ONS: 22 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian officials say at least eight people have been killed after five suicide bombers attacked the northeastern city of Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s civil conflict has raged on despite a recent peace deal, as killing has displaced hundreds since the accord was signed, Amnesty International said.
  • ASIA: Pakistani troops clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the Afghan border, with two soldiers and five “terrorists” killed.
  • EUROPE: Belgium observed a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of the Islamic State group bombings in Brussels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 33 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school in Al-Mansoura, Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter suspended 376,890 accounts between 01JUL-31DEC2016 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Missile explodes upon launch in failed test.
    • A North Korean missile exploded within seconds of launch, a reassuring sign for allies worried about the speed at which the country’s weapons program has been progressing.
    • US officials confirmed North Korea had attempted to launch a missile near Kalma, on the country’s east coast, but early reports suggest it failed.
    • The incident came during annual US-South Korean military drills that Pyongyang believes are a rehearsal for invasion.
    • It was not immediately clear what kind of missile North Korea had fired.
    • Also, a nuclear-capable B-1B strategic bomber from the US air base in Guam conducted a mock bombing exercise over the Korean Peninsula with South Korean warplanes.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Human Rights Watch urged Field Marshal Khalifa Hifter to investigate allegations his forces committed war crimes such as killing prisoners and desecrating bodies. (AP)
  • Nigeria:  Officials say at least eight people have been killed after five suicide bombers attacked the northeastern city of Maiduguri. (AP)
  • South Africa: Three men were arrested over a break-in at the offices of the country’s top judge, which caused a public and political storm within the country. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Police deployed anti-riot officers in the capital Harare ahead of a planned demonstration by opposition parties against changes to the voter registration process. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez met in Washington with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about human rights in Honduras. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The country’s civil conflict has raged on despite a recent peace deal, as killing has displaced hundreds since the accord was signed, Amnesty International said. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: One of the country’s most-feared gangs, Barrio 18, launched nationwide attacks on police following the storming of a detention center overrun by its jailed members. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China’s foreign ministry says the country is not building an environmental monitoring station on the disputed Scarborough Shoal. (AP)
  • Australia: The country is close to resettling the 12,000 refugees from the war in Syria and Iraq it promised to urgently take more than a year ago. (AP)
  • India: Police in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh have begun deploying “anti-Romeo squads”to curb sexual harassment and taunting of women. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani troops clashed with militants during a raid in a tribal region near the Afghan border, with two soldiers and five “terrorists” killed. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Europe’s “abysmal” treatment of refugee children will increase the danger of their radicalization, a damning report from the Council of Europe said. (Guardian)
  • Region: Turkish government officials are still participating in events for expatriate Turks across Europe, but they are not campaigning for an 16APR referendum, Turkish Deputy PM Numan Kurtulmus said. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: The country observed a moment of silence to mark the first anniversary of the Islamic State group bombings in Brussels. (AFP)
  • Germany: A federal court endorsed deportation of two Islamic extremists, despite their German birth and no proof they committed a serious offense. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country stepped up its objections to US restrictions on large electronic devices on flights from some Turkish airports, saying it punished travellers instead of tackling the problem. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The UN said around 45,000 people have fled the fighting in western Mosul, a 22 percent increase from the previous week. (AP)
  • Syria: Russia suffered losses since late January more than three times higher than the official toll, according to evidence gathered by Reuters. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least 33 civilians were killed in a US-led coalition strike on a school in Al-Mansoura. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US military is investigating an American airstrike in Al Jinah that officials said targeted dozens of Qaeda operatives but killed 49 civilians. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter suspended 376,890 accounts between 01JUL-31DEC2016 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism. (TechCrunch)

 

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 (23MAR)

  • Global: World Meteorological Day – 1950
  • China: 9th Boao Forum “Globalization & Free Trade: The Asian Perspectives” to be held on Hainan Island (to 27MAR)
  • China: Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal to visit
  • Pakistan: Republic Day – 1940
  • Syria: Fifth round of Syrian peace talks will be held in Geneva

 

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