ONS: 18 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 19, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: International aid is needed to prevent ‘mass exodus’ of millions in the wake of devastation wrought by Boko Haram, according to Nigerian humanitarian coordinator, Ayoade Alakija.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him.
  • ASIA: US Marines arrived in Australia for a six-month deployment during which they will conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party will formally present the Supreme Election Board with a demand to annul the result of the referendum granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers, after alleging major violations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US airstrike on a Syrian mosque that left nearly 40 people dead was “likely unlawful”, a report by Human Rights Watch found.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bangladesh began training thousands of teenage girls to fight cyber crime, citing an “alarming” rise in social media-related abuses mostly targeting adolescents.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: International attention increases as crisis escalates.
    • US VP Mike Pence assured Japanese PM Shinzo Abe that the US stands “100 percent” behind its anchor ally in Asia in working to defuse risks from North Korea’s nuclear program.
    • Chinese FM Wang Yi made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula and said he believes the US would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff.
    • China defended its trade practices with North Korea after Chinese-made vehicles were seen carrying ballistic missiles during a military parade despite international sanctions against selling military hardware to Pyongyang.
    • Australian PM leverage Malcolm Turnbull said China has an obligation to use its “enormous leverage ” to bring nuclear-armed North Korea back from the brink.
    • Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said Japan will prepare to send troops to the Korean peninsula to protect its nationals there if a crisis requires their evacuation
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: A doctors’ strike has left patients without critical care in the capital Yaoude, the latest in a string of union actions in the midst of crippling political crisis. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: International aid is needed to prevent ‘mass exodus’ of millions in the wake of devastation wrought by Boko Haram, according to the country’s humanitarian coordinator, Ayoade Alakija. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The International Monetary Fund agreed to pay out a USD 320M second tranche of the country’s loan program after talks on the government’s reform priorities. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Eleven Latin American nations repudiated the deaths of six anti-government protesters in Venezuela and called for avoiding “any violent action” in further demonstrations. (EFE)
  • Brazil: The country’s meat processing companies, JBS and BRF, have seen their value plummet over the last month, owing to the ongoing adulterated meat scandal. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski promised to rebuild the infrastructure affected by recent floods and landslides. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez declared the army’s loyalty to President Nicolas Maduro, who ordered troops into the streets ahead of a major protest by opponents trying to oust him. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Marines arrived in Australia for a six-month deployment during which they will conduct exercises with Australian and visiting Chinese forces. (Reuters)
  • Region: US National Security Adviser HR McMaster discussed the situation in Afghanistan with Indian PM Narendra Modi. (AP)
  • Australia: The country will abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new program requiring better English-language and job skills, PM Malcolm Turnbull said. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Seven people were injured when two bomb explosions rocked a petrol station in the southern Tacurong city near rebel enclaves. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Land protesters in the capital Hanoi released 15 officials, including police officers, they took hostage when a land dispute escalated. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France renewed their commitment to implementing a faltering peace deal for eastern Ukraine. (AP)
  • France: Police arrested two men suspected of preparing an “imminent” attack, just days ahead of the country’s presidential vote, according to sources close to the probe. (AFP)
  • Russia: Russian newspaper Noyaya Gazeta appealed to the Kremlin for protection after Chechen clerics threatened the paper for alleging gay men in Chechnya were being tortured and killed. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The main opposition Republican People’s Party will formally present the Supreme Election Board with a demand to annul the result of the referendum granting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan new powers, after alleging major violations. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May announced plans to call a snap general election on 08JUN. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani hailed the “might, sacrifice” and achievements of the army in the past few years as the country celebrated the national Army Day. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The country vowed not to negotiate with hundreds of Palestinian detainees on the second day of a hunger strike. (AFP)
  • Syria: Airstrikes, thought to be by planes from a US-led military coalition, killed at least 23 people in two parts of the eastern province of Deir al-Zor. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A US airstrike on a mosque that left nearly 40 people dead was “likely unlawful”, a report by Human Rights Watch found. (INDE)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bangladesh began training thousands of teenage girls to fight cyber crime, citing an “alarming” rise in social media-related abuses mostly targeting adolescents. (AFP)

 

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 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 (19APR)

  • Global: UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark to retire
  • Europe: US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to lead US Congressional delegation to NATO allies, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland and Estonia.
  • Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s new Parliament to convene for the first time
  • China: China and the European Union (EU) to hold their seventh round of high-level strategic dialogue, with European Commission Federica Mogherini in Beijing
  • Indonesia: Runoff election in Jakarta governor’s race
  • Sierra Leone: Anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Sierra Leone – 1971
  • United States: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the younger of the two brothers allegedly responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings is captured after an extended chase through the suburbs of Boston – 2013
  • United States: Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing – 1995
  • Venezuela: Independence Declaration Day – 1811

 

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