ONS: 14 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 15, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, the EU suspended all direct funding for failing to meet EU concerns over its human rights record.
  • AMERICAS: More than three million Brazilians demonstrated across Latin America’s biggest nation to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff.
  • ASIA: France has sent its largest business delegation in nearly two decades to Australia, talking up the economic benefits of its USD 38B bid for contract to build a fleet of 12 stealth submarines for the Australian military.
  • EUROPE: Austria’s chancellor says European countries have to send a message to those seeking safe haven that they cannot expect to choose which nation will accept them.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A new Syrian American Medical Society report claims that chemical weapons have been used in the Syrian conflict at least 161 times through the end of 2015 and caused 1,491 deaths.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The South China Morning Post’s website continues to be unavailable in China, which reports speculate has to do with a recent column it ran that irritated Chinese government officials at the top.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Airstrikes launched in response to Ankara car bombing.
    • Turkey’s air force hit Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, hours after a suicide car-bombing in the capital killed 37 people and heightened tensions with the Kurdish rebels.
    • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to bring terrorism “to its knees” after an attack in the capital Ankara that killed at least 36 people.
    • Turkish investigators suspect Kurdish separatists carried the attack, raising new fears that the country is heading into a destabilizing war.
    • Police meanwhile carried out raids in the southern city of Adana, detaining suspected rebels of the outlawed PKK.
    • A female member of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) was one of two suspected perpetrators of a car bombing that killed 37 people in the Turkish capital Ankara.
    • No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CBS, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The EU, the country’s biggest aid donor, suspended all direct funding for failing to meet EU concerns over its human rights record. (AFP)
  • Egypt: PM Sherif Ismail sacked Justice Minister Ahmed al-Zend after he was criticized for saying he would jail Islam’s Prophet Mohammad himself if he broke the law. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: President Alassane Ouattara is scheduled to preside over an emergency cabinet meeting to respond to an attack by al-Qaida extremists on a popular beach town that left 16 dead. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Barack Obama, who visits Cuba in a week, has promised dissidents he will directly discuss human rights issues with President Raul Castro. (AFP)
  • Brazil: More than three million Brazilians demonstrated across Latin America’s biggest nation to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff. (AFP)
  • Mexico: At least 10 suspected gang members were killed in an early morning firefight with federal security forces in the dangerous northeastern city of Reynosa. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: About 12 militants of the Islamic State (IS) group had been killed and 21 others wounded in an explosion in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: France has sent its largest business delegation in nearly two decades to the country, talking up the economic benefits of its USD 38B bid for contract to build a fleet of 12 stealth submarines for the Australian military. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian authorities bombed the last major illegal toothfish vessel, reiterating a strong message to would-be poachers who enter the country’s waters. (AP)
  • Japan: The country protested to the US over an alleged rape by an American sailor on Okinawa a case that renewed ill feelings on the southern island towards US military presence. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Austria’s chancellor says European countries have to send a message to those seeking safe haven that they cannot expect to choose which nation will accept them. (AP)
  • Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel was facing fresh pressure after a regional election drubbing described as a “debacle” over her liberal refugee policy. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Moscow Arbitration court rejected an appeal from Google and upheld a ruling the US firm broke anti-monopoly laws by abusing its dominant position with its Android mobile platform. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain’s Interior Ministry said it had deported “a number of Lebanese residents” for their links to or support for Hezbollah. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Three Palestinians carried out two attacks — a shooting and a car-ramming — on Israelis in the southern occupied West Bank before they were shot dead. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group returned to the western town of Rutba, less than a day after vacating it. (AFP)
  • Syria: Al-Qaida militants swept through a rebel-held town in the country’s north, arresting US-backed fighters and looting weapons stores belonging to the Free Syrian Army. (AP)
  • Syria: A new Syrian American Medical Society report claims that chemical weapons have been used at least 161 times through the end of 2015 and caused 1,491 deaths. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The South China Morning Post’s website continues to be unavailable in China, which reports speculate has to do with a recent column it ran that irritated Chinese government officials at the top. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 14MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 14MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
  • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 14MAR: 21,285 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 451
      • Deaths as of 14MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 14MAR: 1652 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 14MAR: 591 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 14MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 14MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 14MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15MAR)

  • Global: Anniversary that three Chechens hijacked a Russian plane with 170 passengers from Istanbul, Turkey, and forced it to fly to Medina, Saudi Arabia. They demanded an end to the second operation in Chechnya, which began in October 1999. The two-day crisis ended when Saudi security forces stormed the plane, killing a hijacker, a flight attendant, and a Turkish passenger – 1997
  • Egypt and Russia: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Moscow (to 17MAR)
  • Hungary:1848 Revolution Day – 1848
  • Liberia: Joseph Jenkins Roberts’ Birthday – 1809
  • Syria: Anniversary of Syrian protests erupting – 2011

 

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