ONS: 23 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The inexpensive, heat-proof vaccine BRV-PV could mark a turning point in expanding resistance to the diarrhoea-causing rotavirus infection across sub-Saharan Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres said.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, trials against former FARC guerrillas for crimes including homicide and forced disappearance have begun.
  • ASIA: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain says his country is ready to hold talks with India on all issues, including Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian military said unknown saboteurs blew up a warehouse storing tank ammunition in the eastern city of Balakleya, but nobody was hurt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020.
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea has begun to use YouTube to post high-production propaganda videos.

 

TOP STORY

  • United Kingdom: Several raids lead to arrests after London attack.
    • Police investigating the deadliest terror attack in central London in 12 years have arrested seven people.
    • Police searched six addresses, including some in the central city of Birmingham, and arrested seven people in connection with the Westminster attack by a knife-wielding man.
    • Authorities have declined to identify the assailant or reveal his nationality.
    • Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism chief Mark Rowley said he believed the attacker acted alone and was “inspired by international terrorism.”
    • The death toll from the incident was lowered from five to four.
    • The man behind the London terror attack was born in Britain and had been investigated for violent extremism “some years ago” by the MI5 intelligence service, Prime Minister Theresa May said in her statement to the Commons.
    • Parliament resumed normal business, as its security committee will hold an emergency meeting as security arrangements on the estate will be discussed.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, USA Today, WP, Guardian

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The inexpensive, heat-proof vaccine BRV-PV could mark a turning point in expanding resistance to the diarrhoea-causing rotavirus infection across sub-Saharan Africa, Medecins Sans Frontieres said. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Armed groups in the country have prevented children from getting an education for several years by occupying, looting and damaging school buildings, Human Rights Watch said. (DPA)
  • Egypt: Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed in two roadside bombings as they clashed with Islamic State group jihadists in the Sinai Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The country’s opposition parties demanded that presidential elections next year be conducted by a committee set up by the UN and African Union. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot asked the Supreme Court to open an investigation into nine ministers over their suspected links to the Petrobras corruption ring and the Odebrecht construction company. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Trials against former FARC guerrillas for crimes including homicide and forced disappearance have begun. (IANS)
  • United States: The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump possibly coordinated with suspected Russian operatives to damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain says his country is ready to hold talks with India on all issues, including Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: The Taliban say Pakistan hosted a meeting with their leadership to try and press the insurgents into peace talks. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban captured the strategic district of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand. (NYT)
  • Australia: The country rejected 500 Syrian refugees on security grounds while accepting 12,000 eligible for resettlement from Middle Eastern camps. (AP)
  • Philippines: Philippine soldiers rescued two Malaysians held captive for about eight months by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey warned Russia that Ankara will retaliate against any new cross-border attack on Turkish troops from Syrian Kurdish-held areas in Syria. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Sergei Lavrov said the country was willing to discuss reducing nuclear weapons. (Reuters)
  • Scotland: The Scottish Parliament debate on whether to seek a second independence referendum is to resume 28APR, after the London terror attacks. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The Ukrainian military said unknown saboteurs blew up a warehouse storing tank ammunition in the eastern city of Balakleya, but nobody was hurt. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: More and more Gazans are falling ill from their drinking water, highlighting the humanitarian issues facing the Palestinian enclave the UN says could become uninhabitable by 2020. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country released former Agence France-Presse photographer Mohammed al-Shaikh after being held for more than 24 hours. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian jihadists and allied rebels advanced against government forces in central Hama province, taking 11 towns in the surprise offensive. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: North Korea has begun to use YouTube to post high-production propaganda videos. (NYT)

 

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 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 (24MAR)

  • Global: World Tuberculosis Day – 1882
  • Global: International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims – 2010
  • Europe Region: Anniversary of Germanwings Flight 9525 Crash – 2015
  • Ukraine: Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze to visit Brussels to meet with European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn
  • United States: Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill – 1989

 

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