ONS: 26 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 27, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Three suicide bombings rocked the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others.
  • AMERICAS: In Venezuela, protesters will continue marches against President Nicolas Maduro, despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis.
  • ASIA: The US started installing a controversial anti-missile defense system in South Korea, triggering protests and criticism it was rushing to get the battery in place before the likely election of a president who opposes it.
  • EUROPE: French authorities arrested 10 suspected suppliers of weapons to attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in JAN2015.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A report by French intelligence services blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for a suspected chemical attack in rebel-held Syria that killed 87 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Two foundations tied to Germany’s ruling coalition parties were attacked by the same cyber spy group that targeted the campaign of French presidential favorite Emmanuel Macron, cyber security firm Trend Micro said.

TOP STORY

  • China: Launch of first domestically-built aircraft carrier marks military milestone.
    • China has launched a new aircraft carrier in the latest sign of its growing military strength.
    • The carrier is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed.
    • The launch is a milestone in President Xi Jinping’s drive to extend the Chinese military reach far beyond its shores.
    • China has the second largest military budget in the world, estimated at USD 148B after a 7% spending increase announced early in 2017.
    • A 2015 white paper drafted by the Chinese defense ministry said China’s navy would gradually shift its focus from “offshore waters defense” to “open-seas protection”.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, FT, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: The country’s UN-backed PM Fayez Serraj asked Russia to help end its domestic conflict when meeting with Russian Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Three suicide bombings rocked the northeast city of Maiduguri, killing one civilian militia member and injuring several others. (AFP)
  • South Africa: A South African court ruled government plans to increase the country’s reliance on nuclear power with help from Russia and other countries are unlawful. (AP)
  • South Sudan: China will provide USD 5M to the country through the World Food Program to boost its response to famine. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Trump administration’s decision to slap tariffs on Canada’s lumber exports has set up potentially thorny negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement. (NYT)
  • Colombia: The rebel National Liberation Army freed two hostages after more than a month in captivity, the Red Cross said, a boost to ongoing peace talks. (AFP)
  • United States: A federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump’s efforts to starve localities of federal funds when they limit their cooperation with immigration enforcement. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Protesters will continue marches against President Nicolas Maduro, despite the deaths of more than 25 people in an increasingly violent political crisis. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Australia: The police force in the state of New South Wales announced the creation of a new anti-terror unit targeting potential lone-wolf attackers. (Xinhua)
  • China: A Chinese court sentenced US citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis to prison for espionage but then ordered she be deported. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Disaster reconstruction minister Masahiro Imamura resigned over controversial remarks over the MAR2011 quake and tsunami had hit the country’s north. (AP)
  • South Korea: The US started installing a controversial anti-missile defense system in the country, triggering protests and criticism it was rushing to get the battery in place before the likely election of a president who opposes it. (WP)

EUROPE

  • France: French authorities arrested 10 suspected suppliers of weapons to one of three attackers who killed 17 people at Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher store in JAN2015. (AP)
  • Russia: The FSB security service foiled an attack by supporters of the Islamic State group on the far eastern island of Sakhalin, an oil and gas hub. (AFP)
  • Russia: A website that has previously carried Al Qaeda messages issued a claim of responsibility for the recent subway bombing in St. Petersburg. (NYT)
  • Turkey: The country detained 803 people in overnight operations across the country against the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Three Ukrainian troops were killed and four injured in the country’s east during fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatists. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US Navy says a guided-missile destroyer fired a flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel in a tense, recent encounter in the Persian Gulf. (AP)
  • Iran: The country confirmed upholding a five-year sentence for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman accused of sedition. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country gave a one-year work visa to Human Rights Watch researcher Omar Shakir after initially denying him a permit and accusing the organization of engaging in “Palestinian propaganda.” (Reuters)
  • Syria: A report by French intelligence services blames Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for a suspected chemical attack in rebel-held Syria that killed 87 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian FM Sergey Lavrov says the airstrike that the US launched at a Syrian military base earlier this month damages the prospects of a political settlement for the war-torn country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Two foundations tied to Germany’s ruling coalition parties were attacked by the same cyber spy group that targeted the campaign of French presidential favorite Emmanuel Macron, cyber security firm Trend Micro said. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Muifa
    • Location:
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Movement: WNW
    • Map
  • 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 (27APR)

  • Europe: Japanese PM Abe to visit to meet with Russian President Putin (to 28APR), before visiting Britain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland
  • Argentina: Argentinian President Macri to meet US President Trump
  • Morocco: UN to vote on MINURSO’s mandate renewal
  • Netherlands: King’s Day
  • Philippines: Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah to visit the Philippines
  • Sierra Leone: Independence Day – 1961
  • South Africa: Freedom Day – 1994
  • Togo: Independence Day – 1960
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Yemen civil war – 1994

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