ONS: 25 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, two more people were killed in rival protests both for and against President Nicolas Maduro, raising the death toll to 23 over three weeks.
  • ASIA: A remote-controlled roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed at least 10 people and wounded several others in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police in the northeastern region of Catalonia arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi group with ties to the cells that carried out the 2016 Brussels attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged countries to pitch in to help prevent a looming famine in Yemen, warning children especially were already dying at an alarming rate.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching Wikitribune, an online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Rival military drills underscore rising tensions on Korean Peninsula.
    • North Korea staged huge artillery drills to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of the nation’s military.
    • North Korea’s drills coincided with military exercises held by US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea, as a US submarine made a port call in South Korea in what US officials said was a show of force amid mounting tensions in the region.
    • Experts fear Pyongyang could be planning more tests – it has marked some key anniversaries in the past with nuclear tests or missile launches – but South Korea’s defense ministry said “no unusual development had been detected”.
    • After meeting, Japan, the US and South Korea agreed to pile greater pressure on North Korea, urging it to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and to urge China to use its influence to curb North Korea’s nuclear and missiles development.
    • China has warned North Korea will ‘cross the point of no return’ if it carries out a sixth nuclear test amid fears the secretive state can create a nuke every six weeks.
    • China also says its diplomatic channels with North Korea remain open and exchanges are normal.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, Kyodo, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan warned South Sudan to cease its support of rebel groups at war with Khartoum. (Reuters)
  • Cameroon: A Cameroonian military tribunal sentenced journalist Ahmed Abba to 10 years in prison on terrorism charges. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The International Criminal Court unsealed an arrest warrant for Al-Tuhamy Mohamed Khaled, the former head of the country’s Internal Security Agency. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The country executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US extradited the former head of Colombia’s defunct DAS intelligence service, Enrique Ariza Rivas, to his home country to face charges of psychologically torturing a journalist. (AFP)
  • Region: Three suspects were killed and two others arrested when dozens of gunmen who carried out a robbery in Paraguay fled into Brazil and clashed with police. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Two more people were killed in rival protests both for and against President Nicolas Maduro, raising the death toll to 23 over three weeks. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Thousands shut down the main highway in Caracas in a sit-in protest against President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea expressed a “strong complaint” after Japan renewed its territorial claim to the South Korean islets of Dokdo. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban killed eight policemen and overran three security checkpoints in northern Takhar province. (AP)
  • China: Chinese authorities banned dozens of common Muslim names in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said. (EFE)
  • Pakistan: A remote-controlled roadside bomb targeting a minibus killed at least 10 people and wounded several others in the country’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Japanese anti-virus firm Trend Micro say the campaign of French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron has been targeted by Russia-linked hackers. (AP)
  • Spain: Police in the northeastern region of Catalonia arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi group with ties to the cells that carried out the 2016 Brussels attacks. (AP)
  • Turkey: A ceremony commemorating the 102nd anniversary of the World War I Battle of Gallipoli was attended by hundreds, including Australian FM Julie Bishop. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The country’s national power company cut electricity to parts of an eastern region controlled by pro-Russian separatists because they had run up large debts. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The toll in Turkish airstrikes on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria rose to 18 killed. (AFP)
  • Region: China is not allowing Chinese construction crews to work in the West Bank because it opposes Israeli settlements in what it considers occupied Palestinian territory. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi troops have driven out Islamic State militants from the al-Tanek neighborhood, the largest in the western half of the city of Mosul. (AP)
  • Yemen: Yemeni protesters reached the Red Sea city of Hodeida, ending a weeklong march to demand the rebel-held port be declared a humanitarian zone. (AFP)
  • Yemen: UN chief Antonio Guterres urged countries to pitch in to help prevent a looming famine in the country, warning children especially were already dying at an alarming rate. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Iran launched an ambitious project to connect houses to a nationwide fiber optic network seeking to develop internet-based businesses. (Xinhua)
  • Communications: Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia, is launching Wikitribune, an online publication which will aim to fight fake news by pairing professional journalists with an army of volunteer community contributors. (Guardian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 39km W of Valparaiso, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 25.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (26APR)

  • Global: Global Intellectual Property Day – 2000
  • Russia: 6th Moscow Conference on International Security (to 27APR)
  • Ukraine: Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident – 1986

 

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