ONS: 17 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sources hint the UN World Food Program could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico asked Guatemala to extradite fugitive former governor Javier Duarte, suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • ASIA: US Vice-President Mike Pence said the US’s “era of strategic patience” with North Korea is over.
  • EUROPE: An investigation is ongoing into a suspected noxious substance that burned 12 patrons at a London nightclub.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails went on hunger strike over conditions of captivity, with more expected to join, in one of the biggest protests in recent years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A mysterious group called “Shadow Brokers” disclosed some Windows hacking tools, purportedly stolen from the NSA, but Microsoft said most of the listed exploits have already been patched.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: President Recep Erdogan wins controversial referendum.
    • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated a narrow win in a referendum giving him sweeping new powers that exposed bitter divisions in Turkey and left incensed rivals demanding a major recount.
    • Unofficial results, which the opposition said it would challenge, showed a narrow victory with 51.4 percent of votes cast in favor.
    • The result of the referendum is valid, said Sadi Guven, the head of the country’s electoral body.
    • The results cement a years-long effort by Erdogan to consolidate his position.
    • In the wake of the referendum, Turkey is set to extend a nearly nine-month state of emergency.
    • The EU and Germany have urged Turkish leaders to heal bitter internal divisions after a contested referendum on handing the president greater powers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP- 2, AFP-3, BBC, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The government returned the body of tribal leader Kamuina Nsapu, to soothe tensions within the Kasai Central province. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Sources hint the UN World Food Program could in a few weeks run out of funding to feed millions living on the brink of famine in the country. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: President Edgar Lungu announced he will not intervene in the treason case against opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexico asked Guatemala to extradite fugitive former governor Javier Duarte, suspected of embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The Federal Police charged 63 persons for taking part in a corruption scheme that sold expired or adulterated meat. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: At least 36 people were injured after a grenade detonated inside a nightclub in the town of San Pedro. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan said it was prepared to review a petition for asylum from Chinese activist Zhang Xiangzhong who left his tour group in Taiwan without notice last week. (Reuters)
  • Region: Students clashed with government forces in Indian Kashmir as they protested a police raid on a college. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US and South Korea agreed to early deployment of the THAAD missile defense system. (Reuters)
  • North Korea: US Vice-President Mike Pence said the US’s “era of strategic patience” with the country is over. (BBC)
  • South Korea: Recently impeached and ousted president, Park Geun-hye, was formally indicted for bribery and will face criminal trial. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Ten Albanian police officers and eight customs officials have been arrested for organizing illegal drugs traffic to nearby Italy. (AP)
  • Russia: The International Chamber of Commerce held an arbitration hearing over Russian magnate Sergei Pugachev’s claims for USD 12B from the government. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: An investigation is ongoing into a suspected noxious substance that burned 12 patrons at a London nightclub. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails went on hunger strike over conditions of captivity, with more expected to join, in one of the biggest protests in recent years. (Guardian)
  • Region: The armed wing of Hamas al-Qassam Brigades said that one of the group’s militants was killed in a tunnel collapse in eastern Gaza. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russia, the US and the UN plan to discuss the Syrian crisis in Geneva next week. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A mysterious group called “Shadow Brokers” disclosed some Windows hacking tools, purportedly stolen from the NSA, but Microsoft said most of the listed exploits have already been patched. (TechTimes)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Maarutha
    • Location: 19.2 N 94.2 E
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: NNE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR16: 28,646 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR16: 11,323 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 14APR: 22,491 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 14APR: 7,342 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 14 APR: 7 (Brazil)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
  • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
  • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • Cases as of 05APR: 1,936 (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 05APR: 690 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
  • Zika Virus
    • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR:  American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia (Plurinational State of), Bonaire (Netherlands), Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Montserrat, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Palau, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Singapore, Sint Eustatius and Saba (Netherlands), Sint Maarten, Suriname, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, United States of America, Vietnam, United States Virgin Islands, and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).
    • Outbreak Terminated as of 10MAR: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Gabon, Isla de Pascua (Chile), Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
    • Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 10MAR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18APR)

  • Middle East and Africa: U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to visit Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Qatar and Djibouti (to 23APR)
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of US Embassy Bombing – 1983
  • Japan: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and VP Mike Pence to visit Tokyo for economic summit
  • Kazakhstan: Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to pay a state visit to Kazakhstan
  • South Africa: Debate begins on no-confidence vote of President Zuma
  • United States: Alleged foreign agent Candace Marie Claiborne to face preliminary hearing
  • Zimbabwe: Independence Day – 1980

 

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