ONS: 23 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of the UN mission to Libya Martin Kohler says the new unity government will install itself in Tripoli within days.
  • AMERICAS: US President Barack Obama has arrived in Argentina for the first state visit by a US president since 1997.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, at least 10 people were killed in overnight violence as people went to the polls for local elections, seven of them shot dead by security forces.
  • EUROPE: Three suspected ISIS members arrested in Turkey were planning attacks on Germany’s diplomatic missions or schools in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian pro-government forces advanced to the edge of the ancient city of Palmyra, eyeing a major symbolic victory over the Islamic State jihadist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers are stepping up efforts to turn their exploits into cold cash, using ‘ransomware’, locking a user’s data unless a ransom is paid, a report found.

 

TOP STORY

  • Belgium: Bombing suspects identified as brothers; another key arrest made.
    • Najim Laachraoui, the alleged third man in the Zaventem airport attack, was reportedly arrested in the Anderlecht area.
    • Two of the Islamic State suicide bombers who brought terror, chaos and bloodshed to Brussels were identified as a pair of brothers.
    • The brothers were identified as Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27, and Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, whom the police had been searching for since the 15MAR raid on a Brussels apartment.
    • French PM Manuel Valls called on the EU parliament to authorize a passenger name record for the continent, which would authorize the blanket collection of passenger data.
    • Police also say they found a bomb, chemicals and an Islamic State flag during a raid on a house in a Brussels neighborhood while searching for the suspect.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, USA Today, VOA, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: President Roch Marc Christian Kabore announced the formation of a 21-member body to promote national reconciliation and unity in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: A fifth person has died of Ebola in country since 17MAR, raising concerns that a recent flare-up of the deadly virus could spread. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The head of the country’s UN mission Martin Kohler says the new unity government will install itself in Tripoli within days. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Barack Obama has arrived in Argentina for the first state visit by a US president since 1997. (AP)
  • Brazil: The country has confirmed 907 cases of microcephaly and 198 babies with the birth defect who have died since the Zika virus outbreak started in October. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Acting President Jocelerme Privert named Enex Jean-Charles as prime minister. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull called China’s military deployments on the South China Sea “counterproductive”, an unusually forceful rebuke against the country’s biggest trading partner. (Reuters)

  • Bangladesh: At least 10 people were killed in overnight violence as people went to the polls for local elections, seven of them shot dead by security forces. (AFP)

  • China: Police detained 37 people in Shandong province, after a nearly USD 90M black market vaccine ring was exposed over the last week. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea warned of stern and merciless retaliations in response to North Korea’s threat to strike South Korea’s presidential office. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Belarus is eager to normalize and develop its ties with the EU, but not to the detriment of its relations with Russia, Belarusian FM Vladimir Makei said. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Refugees and migrants in Greece have staged protests at the country’s border with Macedonia and on islands near the Turkish coast. (AP)
  • Turkey: Three suspected ISIS members arrested in the country were planning attacks on Germany’s diplomatic missions or schools in the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: Israel has closed off the occupied West Bank ahead of the start of a Jewish holiday beginning Wednesday night through Saturday. (AFP)
  • Syria: Pro-government forces advanced to the edge of the ancient city of Palmyra, eyeing a major symbolic victory over the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)

 

  • Yemen: A US air strike has killed dozens of fighters from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Pentagon says. (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hackers are stepping up efforts to turn their exploits into cold cash, using ‘ransomware’, locking a user’s data unless a ransom is paid, a report found. (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 23MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 23MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 23MAR: 21,285 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 451
      • Deaths as of 23MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 23MAR: 1694 (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 23MAR: 605 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 23MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 23MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 23MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAR)

  • Global: Anniversary of Germanwings Flight 9525 crashing in the French Alps in an apparent mass murder-suicide, killing all 150 people on board – 2015
  • Bosnia and Serbia: A UN war crimes court will hand down its long-awaited verdict on Bosnian Serb ex-leader Radovan Karadzic
  • United States: Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill – 1989

 

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