ONS: 16 April 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 17, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A car bomb in the Bukavu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo killed three people.
  • AMERICAS: The Honduran police were implicated in the assassination of two national high-level counter-narcotics officials.
  • ASIA: An armed group captured four Indonesian sailors in Philippine waters and is holding them hostage.
  • EUROPE: Labor demonstrators clashed with police in Paris, France.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State made gains against both Syrian government and opposition forces near the Turkish border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US federal government has requested Apple’s assistance unlocking an iPhone in a New York drug case.

TOP STORY

  • Japan: The nation experienced another strong earthquake.
    • The quake struck near the city of Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu and had a magnitude of 7.0.
    • A tsunami warning was issued, but was later rescinded.
    • Up to 29 people were killed, 1,500 injured, and many more remain trapped in the rubble.
    • The emergency has been compounded by rainy and windy weather, leading to mudslides and further infrastructure damage that has made some areas inaccessible.
    • The Historic Aso Shrine and the Kumamoto Castle were also damaged.
    • CNN, Reuters, AP, CBS, BBC

AFRICA

  • Comoros: Azali Assoumani was elected as the nation’s new president. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: A car bomb killed three people in the South Kivu province. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The nation’s navy seized 25 ships carrying stolen crude oil over the past seven months. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Air Force plans to provide counter-narcotics training to Latin American nations. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: The nation’s anti-corruption commission has announced that former President Otto Perez Molina is guilty of collecting millions of dollars in bribes while in office. (AP)
  • Honduras: Case files implicate police in the assassination of two of the nation’s high-level counter-narcotics officials in 2009 and 2011. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Authorities moved Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the 2002 Bali bombers, to a new prison amid complaints that he was not being treated humanely. (AP)
  • Philippines: An armed group kidnapped four Indonesian sailors en route to Malaysia. (AP)
  • Philippines: The Islamist Abu Sayyaf militant group announced they will execute foreign hostages captured last September if they do not receive ransom payment by April 25. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU announced they will lift restrictions on Iranian access to European airspace, in light of the easing of Western-imposed sanctions. (NYT)
  • France: Twenty-two labor demonstrators were arrested following clashes with Paris police. (AFP)
  • Greece: Pope Francis visited a refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, and announced that three refugee families would return with him to live at the Vatican. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Libya: Analysts warn that the deterioration of the country’s oil-dependent economy undermines the viability of the Western-backed government. (WaPo)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that the Islamic State made gains on both government and opposition forces near the Turkey border. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Peace talks are set to resume on Monday. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Apple Inc. has asked a federal judge to reject the Justice Department’s effort to make the company unlock an iPhone tied to a New York drug case. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19S (Fantala)
    • Location: 464 NM N of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Wind: 146 mph
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 1km WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 105km SSW of Champerico, Guatemala
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 25.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Aso, Japan
    • The smoke plume reached a height of approximately 100 meters, but no damage was reported. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 08APR: 39,090 (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: 1,959
      • Deaths: 2
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 15APR: 1714 (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 15APR: 618 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 07APR: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Gabon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa
      • Outbreak Terminated as of 07APR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
      • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 07APR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17APR)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh – 1971
  • China: New Zealand PM Key to visit (to 22APR)
  • Cuba and United States: Anniversary of Bay of Pigs – 1961
  • France: Palestinian President Abbas to visit to meet with President Hollande (to 18APR)
  • Italy: Italy will hold a referendum seeking to limit offshore oil-drilling licences
  • Syria: Syrian Arab Republic National Day / Independence from France – 1946
  • Venezuela: Venezuela is set to take over the rotating presidency of the Union of South American Nations
  • Yemen: Peace talks to be held in Kuwait

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