ONS: 19 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudanese former rebels released 16 UN staff after holding them hostage in a camp in eastern DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Lenin Moreno was declared the victory of Ecuador’s presidential election, after a recount of nearly 1.3 million votes.
  • ASIA: US Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the US commitment to Asia Pacific with a stern warning for North Korea, which he called the “most dangerous and urgent threat” to the region.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, but warned against street protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The evacuation and transfer of thousands of Syrians resumed from four besieged areas in Syria – Foua, Kfarya, Madaya and Zabadani.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia’s critical infrastructure organizations are being targeted by cyber criminals hundreds of times every day, the Australian government said.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Trump Administration to review US support for nuclear deal.
    • In its first notification to Congress, the Trump administration determined Iran is compliant with the 2015 nuclear agreement, but has launched a review over continued US support for the deal.
    • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Trump administration was reviewing the lifting of sanctions against Iran, arguing that the country remains a sponsor of terrorism.
    • Meanwhile, the US has extended the sanctions relief given to the Islamic republic in exchange for curbs on its atomic program.
    • Under the deal, the State Department must notify Congress every 90 days on Iran’s compliance under the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, VOA, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudanese former rebels released 16 UN staff after holding them hostage in a camp in eastern DR Congo. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: A total of 669 people were killed in unrest over several months in 2016, an Ethiopian Human Rights Commission report said. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was charged in a magistrate’s court with trying to overthrow the government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Russia confirmed two Russian Tu-95MS strategic bombers were accompanied by US F-22 fighter jets on a patrol mission over the neutral waters near Alaska. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US President Donald Trump decried the complicated legal process for re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico, and threatened to scrap the pact unless big changes are made. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Lenin Moreno was declared the victory of the country’s presidential election, after a recount of nearly 1.3 million votes. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: US Vice President Mike Pence doubled down on the US commitment to Asia Pacific with a stern warning for North Korea, which he called the “most dangerous and urgent threat” to the region. (CNN)
  • Region: Taiwan rejected a political asylum for Chinese activist, Zhang Xiangzhong. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi Jinping announced a military restructure of the People’s Liberation Army to transform it into a leaner fighting force with improved joint operations capability. (Reuters)
  • India: Three senior members of the ruling Hindu nationalist party should face trial over the 1992 demolition of the Babri mosque, the Indian Supreme Court ruled. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Unofficial tallies indicate Jakarta residents appear set to elect Anies Baswedan as their new governor. (Bloomberg)

EUROPE

  • Region: A cargo vessel with 12 crew members aboard sank off Russia’s Black Sea coast, as the search continued for the seamen who are still missing. (AFP)
  • France: French presidential candidates have increased security in recent days. (AP)
  • Greece: Four army officers were killed and one injured in the crash of a border patrol helicopter in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim said opposition parties have the right to file objections to the outcome of a recent referendum on expanding presidential powers, but warned against street protests. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: London police named reality TV performer Arthur Collins as a suspect in a nightclub acid attack that left 20 people injured. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi PM Haider al-Abad said “friendly countries” and its neighbors have been contacted over the fate of captive Qataris kidnapped in the country in late 2015. (AP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State group could inadvertently benefit from scenarios which weaken Syrian government forces on the ground, an IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre report said. (AP)
  • Syria: The evacuation and transfer of thousands of Syrians resumed from four besieged areas in the country – Foua, Kfarya, Madaya and Zabadani. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two US drone airstrikes killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida operatives in the northeastern Marib province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia’s critical infrastructure organizations are being targeted by cyber criminals hundreds of times every day, the Australian government said. (Xinhua)
  • Communications: Iran’s judiciary blocked newly introduced voice calls on Telegram, the most popular messaging app in the country. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 255km WNW of Iquitos, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.7 km
    • Map
  • 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 (20APR)

  • Crimea: Yalta International Economic Forum (to 22APR)
  • Indonesia: Christian Mayor of Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, to go on trial
  • United States: Italian PM Gentiloni to visit, meet President Trump
  • United States: Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion – 2010
  • United States: Anniversary of shooting at Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado – 1999

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