ONS: 21 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 26 people died from hunger in Somalia’s southern, semi-autonomous Jubbaland region in just a day and a half.
  • AMERICAS: Some of the biggest consumers of Brazilian meat, including China and the EU, suspended imports over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.
  • ASIA: Taiwan launched its first ever home-grown submarine project in response to growing military threats from China.
  • EUROPE: EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Turkey’s membership will become “more and more unrealistic” unless Ankara changes course soon.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US announced a ban on electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said the number of websites hacked rose 32 percent in 2016, with little relief in sight.

 

TOP STORY

  • Northern Ireland: Major Sinn Féin leader Martin McGuinness dies.
    • Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland’s former deputy first minister, has died aged 66.
    • While Sinn Féin said he died after a short illness, McGuinness was diagnosed with a rare heart disease in DEC2016.
    • British PM Theresa May said while she could not condone the “path he took” earlier in life, he went on to make a historic contribution to the search for peace.
    • He was a senior IRA figure during 1972’s Bloody Sunday, when British soldiers shot and killed 13 civilians during a peaceful civil rights march, and became Sinn Féin’s chief negotiator during the Northern Ireland peace process after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.
    • McGuinness resigned as Northern Ireland’s deputy first minister in JAN2017.
    • McGuinness leaves Northern Ireland at peace and hands over to a new generation with Sinn Fein a major political force across the island.
    • Coverage: BBC, NBC, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The World Bank disbursed another USD 1B in financial assistance out of its USD 3B loan program with the country. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Abdirizak Mohamed Dirir, director of anti-piracy operations in Puntland, said the province’s president sacked him after he told journalists permits had been handed to illegal fishing vessels. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: At least 26 people died from hunger in the southern, semi-autonomous Jubbaland region in just a day and a half. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: Adverse climate change effects threaten to cut harvests in the Karamoja region that already depends heavily on food handouts, a World Food Program report said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: As a weapon in a potential trade war with the Trump-led US, Mexico has threatened to ditch lucrative American corn and buy from elsewhere. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Some of the biggest consumers of Brazilian meat, including China and the EU, suspended imports over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. (BBC)
  • Canada: A spike in refugee claims for the first two months of 2017 put the country on track for the highest number since at least 2011. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: Held hostage by inmates, four youth correctional facility guards were released by security officials, although one guard later died at a hospital. (EFE)
  • United States: FBI Director James Comey confirmed an ongoing investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia and there was “no information” to support the President’s wiretapping claims. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The border between Pakistan and Afghanistan reopened for the first time in more than a month. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 26 Islamic State group loyalists were killed after drones bombed the armed outfit’s hideouts in the eastern province of Nangarhar. (Xinhua)
  • East Timor: Former independence fighter Francisco “Lu Olo” Guterres was on track to win the presidency in one round, based on early vote counting. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government and the leftist National Democratic Front of the Philippines will resume peace negotiations in the Netherlands on 02-06APR. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen launched the island’s first ever home-grown submarine project in response to growing military threats from China. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said Turkey’s membership will become “more and more unrealistic” unless Ankara changes course soon. (AP)
  • Region: After comparing Germany’s government to the Nazis, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is no longer welcome in the country, German premier Volker Bouffier said. (Reuters)
  • Region: The EU’s remaining 27 member states will hold a special summit on 29APR to decide the political objectives for Brexit talks, after London said it would begin the divorce process next week, president Donald Tusk said. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US announced a ban on electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from eight mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries. (BBC)
  • Region: An Australian government probe found no evidence taxpayer money was misused by the World Vision NGO in the Gaza Strip, after Israel alleged millions of dollars were diverted to Hamas. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Baghdad that killed 27 people on 20MAR. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian rebels detonated a car bomb in an eastern neighborhood of Damascus and launched a renewed attack on the Syrian capital. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Authorities detained leading human rights advocate Ahmad Mansoor for criticizing the government on social media sites. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said the number of websites hacked rose 32 percent in 2016, with little relief in sight. (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 http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/(CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 17MAR: 9,978 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 17MAR: 2,260 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 17MAR: 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 (22MAR)

  • Global: World Water Day – 1992
  • Finland: Possible strikes at the Helsinki airport (to 24MAR)
  • Kazakhstan: Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to visit Astana (to 23MAR)
  • United States: Trump administration to hold strategy session on countering Islamic State group in Washington (to 23MAR)

 

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