ONS: 15 April 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 16, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN mission stationed in CAR said it had launched a probe after the arrest of a peacekeeper suspected of trafficking arms in the capital Bangui.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan voters are being called out to decide whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a border dispute with neighboring Belize.
  • ASIA:  The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable “rare earth” elements in sea sludge off the coast of Japan has raised hopes that Asia’s number-2 economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply.
  • EUROPE: UK Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes on Syria without consulting parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military says it has destroyed a Gaza attack tunnel that was connected to a network dug by Hamas militants and penetrated Israeli territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message has revolutionized how British officers approach evidence.

TOP STORY

  • China: Passenger takes flight attendant hostage, forcing an emergency landing.
    •  An Air China flight bound for Beijing was diverted to central China after a passenger tried to hold a flight attendant hostage using a fountain pen as a weapon, the country’s civil aviation authority said.
    • The motive behind the attack remains unclear.
    • The Zhengzhou airport initiated their emergency procedure and they have stated that it is operating in its regular capacity.
    • Reporting: (Xinhua), (WaPo), (NYT), (AP)

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN mission said it had launched a probe after the arrest of a peacekeeper suspected of trafficking arms in the capital Bangui. (AFP)
  • Mali: An attempted suicide bombing and mortar fire killed one UN peacekeeper and left about a dozen wounded in the northern region, the United Nations said. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The campaign leading up to the May 6 municipal elections began across the 350 municipal constituencies spreading over the 24 provinces. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez slammed U.S. policy towards Latin America, calling it a return to a past of “domination and impositions,” adding that Havana won’t accept threats or pressure from Washington to modify its political system. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Voters are being called out to decide whether the International Court of Justice (ICJ) should rule on a border dispute with neighboring Belize that goes back more than 200 years. (AFP)
  • Peru: The president said that the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, which ended on Saturday, was a success despite the absence of the presidents of the United States and Venezuela. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Australia: A catastrophic grassfire is continuing to threaten life and property in Sydney’s southwest, with over 500 firefighters desperately trying to contain the blaze. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan/Pakistan: An Afghan official says Pakistani forces have crossed into eastern Afghanistan and clashed with Afghan troops. (AP)
  • Japan: The discovery of potentially millions of tons of valuable “rare earth” elements in sea sludge off the coast has raised hopes that Asia’s number-2 economy can reduce its dependence on Chinese supply. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Montenegro: Citizens go to the polls with pro-Western six-time former prime minister Milo Djukanovic tipped to win the presidential vote in the Balkan nation aspiring to join the EU. (AFP)
  • Russia: Residents staged a number of protests in several cities and towns in the Moscow region over pollution from landfills. (RFE/RL)
  • United Kingdom: Prime Minister Theresa May faced a backlash from the domestic opposition after launching military strikes on Syria without consulting parliament. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Fourteen companies have expressed interest in oil and natural gas exploration and development contracts to be auctioned by Iraq on April 25. (REU)
  • Israel: The military says it has destroyed a Gaza attack tunnel that was connected to a network dug by Hamas militants and penetrated Israeli territory. (AP)
  • Syria: An explosion rocked the northern region near a base where pro-regime Iranian fighters and allied Shiite militias have been stationed, a monitor said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A pioneering fingerprint technique used to convict a drugs gang from a WhatsApp message has revolutionized how British officers approach evidence. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16APR)

  • Belgium: Representatives to engage in technical talks related to Britain’s departure from the EU (to17APR)
  • Cyprus: Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to meet
  • Luxembourg: EU Foreign Affairs Council to meet
  • United Arab Emirates: 3rd World Congress & Expo on Oil, Gas & Petroleum Engineering to open (to 17APR)
  • United States: 122nd Boston Marathon to be held in Boston, Massachusetts

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