ONS: 24 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 25, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi between 2018 and 2020, the World Health Organization said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called for talks to resume with the opposition, in addition to local elections.
  • ASIA: The Afghan minister of defense and the army chief of staff both resigned in the wake of a Taliban sneak attack that killed more than 160 soldiers last week.
  • EUROPE: Swedish police arrested a second suspect linked to the deadly truck attack in Stockholm this month.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged jihadis to remain steadfast and change tactics to a guerrilla war in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Germany experienced an increase of over 80 percent of cybercrime between 2015 to 2016.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Macron & Le Pen to face off in May runoff vote.
    • Final results from France’s first round of presidential elections confirmed that centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron and nationalist, anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen are heading into a runoff in two weeks.
    • They will face each other in a runoff election on 07MAY.
    • The result was a full-throated rebuke of France’s traditional mainstream parties, setting the country on an uncertain path in an election that could also decide the future of the EU.
    • The euro jumped to a five-month high after the first round of voting in the French presidential election.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi between 2018 and 2020, the World Health Organization said. (AFP)
  • Region: The US is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in the country’s northeast, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram Islamists. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wants allegations of influence-peddling in government investigated, lending his support to a probe called for by the anti-graft watchdog but which President Jacob Zuma has so far ignored. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Nine men, including an Evangelical pastor, were knifed and shot to death in the remote Mato Grosso region in a suspected land dispute. (AFP)
  • Peru: The country expelled two foreigners for ‘inciting’ anti-mine protests. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro called for talks to resume with the opposition, in addition to local elections. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Donald Trump spoke with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping about North Korea, where Xi called for restraint. (AP)
  • Region: China should immediately reveal the whereabouts of eight North Koreans it detained last month, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Afghan minister of defense and the army chief of staff both resigned in the wake of a Taliban sneak attack that killed more than 160 soldiers last week. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in the country and is expected to meet Afghan officials and US troops while in Kabul. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a new UN report. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian journalist Gabriele Del Grande, arrested in Turkey while researching refugees, was freed after two weeks in detention and returned to Italy. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lawyer accused French political scientist, Philippe Moreau Defarges, of inciting an assassination of the Turkish leader. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Swedish police arrested a second suspect linked to the deadly truck attack in Stockholm this month. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The 17APR London nightclub attack suspect Arthur Collins was charged with 15 criminal counts over the incident. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Palestinian woman stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli soldier at West Bank checkpoint. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The family of detained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says all efforts to appeal her prison sentence in court have failed. (AP)
  • Israel: The country indicted an 18-year-old American-Israeli Jew for a wave of bomb threats against US Jewish community centers. (AP)
  • Syria: Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri urged jihadis to remain steadfast and change tactics to a guerrilla war. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Germany experienced an increase of over 80 percent of cybercrime between 2015 to 2016. (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)
  • 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: World Malaria Day – 2001
  • Asia: US special representative Joseph Yun to meet senior diplomats Kenji Kanasugi of Japan and Kim Hong-kyun of South Korea to discuss North Korea
  • Australia: ANZAC Day – 1915
  • Azerbaijan: European Union and Azerbaijan to meet and discuss a strategic partnership agreement
  • Egypt: Sinai Liberation Day – 1956
  • Italy: Liberation Day – 1945
  • Morocco: UN Security Council to discuss Western Saraha
  • Nepal: Anniversary of 7.8 magnitude earthquakes – 2015
  • Portugal: Liberation Day – 1974
  • United Kingdom: European Union Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to travel to Britain with chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May
  • United States: Anniversary of Freddie Gray riots in Baltimore – 2015
  • Yemen:  Meeting of international charitable donors to be held in Geneva

 

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