ONS: 23 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Defense Secretary James Mattis started his to Djibouti, with plans to meet with the country’s president as well as with the commander of US troops in Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands Venezuelans took part in a silent march to honor those killed in a wave of violent protests against the socialist government.
  • ASIA: An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered the country over the past two years among Afghan migrants and refugees.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU is considering legislative measures to harmonize how online platforms take down hate speech and incitement to violence.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Voters began casting ballots for the presidential election
    • Over 60,000 polling stations opened at 8 a.m. amid heightened security, and will remain open until 7 p.m. in smaller towns and 8 p.m. in larger cities.
    • This tense first-round poll is seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.
    • The election is considered the most unpredictable election in decades.
    • Voters are choosing between 11 candidates, with the four leading ones so close that it is difficult to predict the outcome
    • Polling ahead of the election suggested that far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead.
    • The top two candidates will go on to a runoff election, to be held on 07MAY.
    • Coverage: NYT, WP, LAT, CNN, Guardian, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Djibouti: US Defense Secretary James Mattis started his visit the country, with plans to meet with Djibouti’s president as well as with the commander of US troops in Africa. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military says one of its priorities is to crack down on illicit oil refineries that they claim fund the operations of militants. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The government granted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) a permit to access the country’s armed conflict areas. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela’s foreign minister has demanded that Colombia return three military officers seeking political asylum in the neighboring country. (CNN)
  • Ecuador: The ruling party celebrated victory in presidential elections, and reiterated its commitment to working for the poorest people in the nation. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Security forces shot dead two suspected drug cartel leaders in different clashes in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Tens of thousands people took part in a silent march to honor those killed in a wave of violent protests against the socialist government. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The country observed a national day of mourning after at least 100 soldiers were killed in a Taliban attack and citizens called for ministers and army chiefs to resign. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Pyongyang said that it is not interested in holding any dialogue with the US as long as Washington refuses to abandon its hostile policy. (Xinhua).
  • North Korea: The country detained a US citizen, bringing the total number of Americans held to three. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Thousands of former Taliban fighters may have entered the country over the past two years among Afghan migrants and refugees. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Thousands of demonstrators rallied against the anti-immigration AfD party congress and clashed with police in Cologne. (AFP)
  • Romania: Border police intercepted 111 asylum seekers hidden in truck trying to illegally leave the country and heading toward Western Europe. (AP)
  • Spain: Police arrested an Egyptian man for allegedly belonging to an international terror organization. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli attack on a Syrian camp for pro-government forces killed three fighters near the Golan Heights. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Hundreds of thousands of Shiite faithful thronged the mausoleum of Imam Kadhim in Baghdad for the climax of a week-long pilgrimage. (AFP)
  • Israel: Six Israelis, including two soldiers, have been arrested for racist attacks against Arabs with knives and other weapons and are charged with “terrorist” offences. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The army killed a wanted Syrian Islamic militant and arrested 10 others during a raid in the country’s east. (Reuters)
  • Syria: An opposition war monitor said airstrikes have knocked out a medical center in country’s rebel-held northern province of Idlib. (AP)
  • Syria: The ruling Ba’ath party replaced half of its members in the leadership during a meeting chaired by President Bashar al-Assad. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: The EU is considering legislative measures to harmonize how online platforms take down hate speech and incitement to violence. (Reuters)

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 21APR: 22,480 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 21APR: 7,366 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 21APR: 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 (24APR)

  • Global: UN Security Council to meet with US President Donald Trump
  • Europe: EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini to visit Russia
  • Niger: Concord Day (1995)
  • Islam: Isra and Mi’raj (24APR)

 

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