ONS: 17 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Uganda, gunmen shot dead police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi in the capital Kampala, in addition to his bodyguard and driver.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, dozens of human rights defenders have been murdered by gangs since the nation ended its decades-old civil war late last year, the UN said.
  • ASIA: Military action against North Korea is “an option on the table”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said during a visit to South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Finance ministers from the world’s top nations gathered in Germany as fears grow of a looming trade war over US President Trump’s America First policy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US military said it had carried out an airstrike against a meeting of Al Qaeda militants in Syria, but denied bombing a mosque.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.

TOP STORY

  • Israel & Syria: ‘Most serious’ armed exchange since 2011.
    • Anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria into Israeli-controlled territory, following a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria.
    • Israel shot down a Syrian missile using its advanced Arrow anti-missile system for the first time.
    • The Syrian army said that four Israeli jets had entered Syrian airspace, and that one had been shot down and a second hit, a claim denied in the Israeli military statement.
    • The Syrian military said the Israeli strikes targeted a military installation near Palymyra.
    • The army said the incident set off sirens in Jewish settlement communities in the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.
    • It was one of the most serious incidents between the two countries, which remain technically at war, since civil war broke out in Syria in March 2011.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, BBC, CNN, Guardian, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Mali: Cambodia will send a fourth batch of peacekeepers to the war-torn West African nation next month. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: Gunmen shot dead Ugandan police spokesman Andrew Felix Kaweesi in the capital Kampala, in addition to his bodyguard and driver. (AP)
  • South Sudan: US President Donald Trump’s proposed deep cuts in foreign aid could mark the retreat of US support for the war-torn country. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s prosecutor general wants to investigate more than 100 politicians as part of the massive Petrobras corruption probe. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The number of cases of yellow fever surpassed 400,as the disease spread to the state of Rio de Janeiro. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Dozens of human rights defenders have been murdered by gangs since the nation ended its decades-old civil war late last year, the UN said. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: A pair of suicide bombers killed an officer at a Pakistani training facility, while a cross-border attack from Afghanistan killed two more Pakistani troops. (AP)
  • Region: Japan launched a new spy satellite as the region grows increasingly uneasy over North Korea’s quickening missile program. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up at a camp for the country’s elite security forces in Dhaka, wounding two others. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country conducted its first civilian missile evacuation drill in response to the threat of North Korean missiles. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: Military action against North Korea is “an option on the table”, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said during a visit to South Korea. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: Finance ministers from the world’s top nations gathered in Germany as fears grow of a looming trade war over US President Trump’s America First policy. (AFP)
  • Denmark: The country will extradite Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of the central figure in a South Korean influence scandal, to South Korea but her lawyer said she will fight the order in court. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Greek police minister Nikos Toskas said there was “no sign” of additional parcel bombs, which investigators believe were sent by a Greek militant group. (AFP)
  • Hungary: The country will finish its second line of fences to prevent migrant waves from Turkey by the end of May, PM Viktor Orban said. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: New Zealand FM Murray McCully said his government is committed to supporting the fight against IS insurgents in Iraq and Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: Awad al-Qarni, a Saudi Islamic leader with more than two million Twitter followers, has been banned from writing by a court that convicted him of jeopardizing public order. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US military said it had carried out an airstrike against a meeting of Al Qaeda militants in Al Jinah, but denied bombing a mosque. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Thirty-one Somali refugees were killed off the country’s coast when a helicopter attacked their boat. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help it identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so that it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition. (AP)

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 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 10MAR: 4,519 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 10MAR: 629 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 10MAR: 1 (Brazil)
        • 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 16FEB: 1,917 (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 16FEB: 684 (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, Panama, 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 (18MAR)

  • China: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to visit Beijing, meet with President Xi Jinping
  • Germany: Anniversary of East Germany elections, leading to reunification with West – 1990
  • Japan: Deputy foreign ministers of Russia and Japan to hold talks on establishing joint economic activity in Southern Kuril Islands
  • Russia: Anniversary of first spacewalk by Alexey Leonov – 1965
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of Bardo attack – 2015

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