ONS: 20 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 21, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said 82 aid workers had been killed in South Sudan’s civil war and the number of displaced citizens now stands at 3.5 million.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced a package of measures to combat corruption, including proposed legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers.
  • ASIA: US Vice President Pence said his administration wants fairer trade with Indonesia, as he met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the constitutional court would reject any challenge to the referendum that expanded President Erdogan’s powers, and that Europe’s human rights court had no jurisdiction on the matter.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France said it will provide proof within days that Syrian President Assad’s regime carried out the 04APR chemical attack that killed at least 90 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is considering localizing the storage of some of its Russian users’ personal data in order to comply with data localization laws.

 

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Anti-Maduro protests to continue despite violence.
    • At least three people have been killed in protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro.
    • Opposition is looking to keep up pressure on Maduro by taking to the streets again after people were killed and hundreds arrested in the biggest anti-government demonstrations in years.
    • The government also donated USD 500,000 to US President Donald Trump’s inauguration fund despite on-going economic and political turmoil that has spouted current protests and violence.
    • The opposition accused Maduro of letting state forces and gangs of armed thugs violently repress demonstrators as he resists opposition pressure for him to quit.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNBC

 

AFRICA

  • Somalia: Save the Children said it found “very critical” levels of severe malnutrition in some of the worst-affected parts of the country. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The UN said 82 aid workers had been killed in the country’s civil war and the number of displaced citizens now stands at 3.5 million. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Two of President Robert Mugabe’s chief rivals said they were allying to deny the 93-year-old another term in office. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian authorities detained Colombian Youtuber Josue Martinez on charges of reportedly inciting the assassination of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. (Reuters)
  • Region: Former Mexican state governor Javier Duarte said in court he would not agree to his extradition from Guatemala until his lawyers had studied a formal extradition request. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced a package of measures to combat corruption, including proposed legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: US Vice President Mike Pence said his administration wants fairer trade with the country, as he met with President Joko Widodo. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Prosecutors recommended only probation for Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama for alleged blasphemy against Islam. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s Supreme Court ruled there was insufficient evidence to remove PM Nawaz Sharif from office over corruption allegations and ordered further investigations. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Two militants were killed in the country’s violence-plagued deep south after a bomb they were transporting prematurely exploded. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: A group of farmers who took more than a dozen police and officials hostage over a land dispute, have sealed off their village as the crisis deepens. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Britain will lose more than the EU from its decision to leave the bloc, EU top diplomat Federica Mogherini, indicating Brexit talks will be difficult. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: Claims indicate the country tried to bribe Council of Europe members to secure votes against reports criticizing President Ilham Aliyev. (Guardian)
  • Turkey: Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said that the constitutional court would reject any challenge to the referendum that expanded President Erdogan’s powers, and that Europe’s human rights court had no jurisdiction on the matter. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May is expected to make a formal pledge ahead of the 08JUN election to end EU free movement of people into the country. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia and Kuwait gave the clearest signal yet that OPEC plans to extend a deal with non-OPEC producers to curb oil supplies. (Reuters)
  • Syria: France said it will provide proof within days that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime carried out the 04APR chemical attack that killed at least 90 people. (AP)
  • Syria: Hundreds of Syrian evacuees were stuck in buses at rebel-held transit point Rashidin, awaiting onward transport to safety. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Human Rights Watch said Shiite rebel landmines have killed and maimed hundreds of civilians and prevented many of the displaced from returning to their homes. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter is considering localizing the storage of some of its Russian users’ personal data in order to comply with data localization laws. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Subtropical Depression One
    • Location: 765 NM WSW of the Azores
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: NE at 12 mph
    • Map
  • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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 13APR: 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 13APR: 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 13APR: 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 (21APR)

  • Canada: Italian PM Gentiloni to meet Canadian PM Justin Trudeau
  • Iraq: Anniversary of five suicide car bombers targeting police stations in and around Basra, killing 74 people and wounding 160. – 2004

 

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