- AFRICA: At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region of the Central Republic of Africa.
- AMERICAS: Several countries are requesting that travelers to Brazil be immunized against yellow fever.
- ASIA: A man detonated explosives at a police checkpoint near the international airport in Dhaka in Bangladesh, killing only himself.
- EUROPE: Seven of the 11 people arrested since the Westminster attack have been released with no further action.
- MIDDLE EAST: Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak was released from detention after being cleared of inciting the killings of hundreds of protesters in 2011.
- TECHNOLOGY: Twitter began surveying members on a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools for using the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields.
- EU Leaders meet to celebrate the anniversary of the Treaty of Rome
- Leaders of 27 European Union countries, not including the UK, are meeting in the Italian capital to celebrate 60 years since signing of the Treaty of Rome.
- The meeting was overshadowed by the unprecedented departure of the UK from the bloc.
- Prime Minister Theresa May is set to trigger article 50 on 29MAR.
- Pope Francis warned that the crisis-ridden bloc “risks dying” without a new vision, and also warned about the forces of populism and extremism.
- According to the Pew Research Center, people in France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden would choose to reclaim power for their governments rather than hand over more authority to the European Union.
- The bloc’s executive defused a fight with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, who threatened spoil celebrations if the EU didn’t back Greece in its latest dispute with international creditors.
- The White House congratulated the EU birthday, in a notable shift in tone for Trump’s administration, whose deep scepticism has alarmed Brussels.
- The EU bloc’s leaders share growing concerns over Trump’s unexpected new policies and unconventional mode of governance.
- Coverage: BBC, Reuters, AFP, NYT, AP, WP, LAT, WSJ
- Region: The US military is wrapping up operations against the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa, even though its leader Joseph Kony is still at large. (AFP)
- Central African Republic: At least 50 people have been killed and dozens more injured after armed men attacked three villages in the central Bambari region. (AFP)
- South Sudan: The first soldiers of a UN-mandated regional military force are set to be deployed to South Sudan within a month. (AFP)
- Tunisia: The government summoned the British ambassador to protest against what it called an “unjustified” ban on electronic devices on flights to the UK. (AFP)
- Argentina: Tens of thousands of people gathered to mark the 41st anniversary of the military coup that installed a junta blamed for 30,000 deaths. (EFE)
- Brazil: Several countries are requesting that travellers to Brazil be immunized against yellow fever. (AP)
- French Guiana: Large protests spread throughout the country, blocking roads to neighboring Brazil and Suriname. (AP)
- Peru: The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) has provided a loan of 300 million USD to deal with the damage caused by El Nino. (Xinhua)
- Bangladesh: A man detonated explosives at a police checkpoint near the international airport in Dhaka, killing only himself. (NYT)
- Korean Peninsula: An advanced U.S. stealth fighter conducted a precision bombing drill earlier this week. (Yonhap)
- Myanmar: The government rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims. (AFP)
- Philippines: Soldiers rescued one of two Filipino cargo ship crewmen taken captive just two days ago by suspected Abu Sayyaf militants. (Reuters)
- Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be attending NATO talks on 31MAR, after throwing the 5APR meeting into disarray after indicating that he was not going to attend. (AFP)
- France: Three people have been injured in a shooting in the northern city of Lille. (AP)
- Macedonia: The Social Democratic Union of Macedonia (SDSM), the Democratic Union for Integration (DUI) and Alliance for Albanians agreed on Friday to form a new government. (Xinhua)
- United Kingdom: Seven of the 11 people arrested since the Westminster attack have been released with no further action. (BBC)
- Egypt: Ex-President Hosni Mubarak was released from detention after being cleared of inciting the killings of hundreds of protesters in 2011. (Aljazeera)
- Iraq: The American-led military coalition in Iraq investigated reports that as many as 200 residents had been killed in American airstrikes in Mosul. (NYT)
- Israel: Gunmen in the Gaza Strip shot dead a Hamas official who was freed by Israel in a 2011 prisoner swap. (AFP)
- Syria: UN Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said that while he didn’t expect a breakthrough in the latest round of Syria peace talks, he would work towards brokering a political end to the conflict. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Social Media: Twitter began surveying members on a paid subscription service that would give frequent users more tools for using the social network for marketing, journalism and other fields. (AFP)
- TC Caleb
- TC Thirteen
- Location: -17.2N 208E
- Movement: SSE @ 4 MPH
- Wind: 45 MPH
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (26MAR)
- Bangladesh: Independence Day – 1971
- Bulgaria: General elections
- China: Nepalese PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal to meet with President Xi in Beijing
- Mali: Democracy Day – 1991
- New Zealand: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to visit (to 29MAR)
- Russia: Planned illegal anti-corruption march in Moscow