- AFRICA: Human Rights Watch urged Jordan to deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, or arrest him over alleged war crimes in Darfur, should he visit.
- AMERICAS: Brazil won a major victory in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, when China, Egypt, and Chile lifted their bans on its products.
- ASIA: Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks on security posts.
- EUROPE: Thousands of NATO army, navy and air force personnel are in Scotland for one of the largest military exercises in Europe.
- MIDDLE EAST: At least 22 people were killed in Syria by airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the eastern countryside of the capital Damascus.
- TECHNOLOGY: British interior minister Amber Rudd said end-to-end encryption of messages offered by services like Whatsapp are “completely unacceptable,” and there should be no “secret place for terrorists to communicate.”
- Korean Peninsula: North Korea threatens preemptive strike in response to Seoul-Washington drills
- North Korea threatened to carry out a preemptive strike if it detected any attempt to attack its leadership and sovereignty.
- US and South Korean troops have held several joint military drills this month simulating the incapacitation of the Pyongyang leadership in the event of conflict.
- During the annual exercises, the US carried out the largest deployment of military assets to South Korea to date, including F-35B fighter jets and the nuclear aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.
- The threat comes as the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University reveled satellite surveillance of North Korea’s nuclear test site suggesting Pyongyang may be preparing to test another nuclear explosive device.
- Coverage: Kyodo, Yonhap, EFE
- Chad: The National Ministry of Public Health launched a massive vaccination campaign against polio. (Xinhua)
- Libya: The country’s UN-backed government formed a security force of 3,000 fighters to secure the city of Sirte. (Xinhua)
- Morocco: PM Saadeddine El Othmani succeeded in building a governing coalition, ending a damaging five-month political deadlock. (AP)
- Sudan: Human Rights Watch urged Jordan to deny entry to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, or arrest him over alleged war crimes in Darfur should he visit. (AFP)
- Brazil: The country won a major victory in the fight to restore credibility amid a tainted meat scandal, when China, Egypt, and Chile lifted their bans on its products. (AFP)
- Guatemala: The death toll in a fire at a children’s shelter rose to 41 after another girl died of her injuries. (AP)
- Mexico: About 100 journalists and free-speech supporters demonstrated to protest the killing of a reporter gunned down in the northern state of Chihuahua. (AP)
- Peru: The death toll in the floods inundating parts of the country rose to 90, with 20 people missing and 120,899 local inhabitants affected. (EFE)
- Region: Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks on security posts. (AP)
- China: Beijing favorite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader by a mainly pro-China committee. (AFP)
- Japan: The approval rating of PM Abe’s cabinet fell only slightly despite a growing political scandal involving alleged influence-peddling in a cut-price land deal. (Kyodo)
- Region: Thousands of NATO army, navy and air force personnel are in Scotland for one of the largest military exercises in Europe. (BBC)
- German: A state election in the west of the country offers Chancellor Merkel’s conservatives a tough test against their resurgent center-left rivals. (AP)
- Spain: The country’s Socialists are gearing up for a leadership contest that will see ousted chief Pedro Sanchez attempt a comeback. (AFP)
- United Kingdom: Anti-terrorism police said they still believe the man who launched a deadly attack outside parliament this week was acting alone. (Reuters)
- Iran: The government imposed sanctions on 15 US companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel. (Reuters)
- Israel: Hamas shut the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel after blaming the Jewish state for the assassination of one of its officials in the Palestinian enclave. (AFP)
- Syria: At least 22 people were killed by airstrikes on rebel-held areas in the eastern countryside of the capital Damascus. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of the capital Sanaa to mark the anniversary of the war between a coalition led by Saudi Arabia against Iran-allied fighters who had overthrown the government. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: British interior minister Amber Rudd said end-to-end encryption of messages offered by services like Whatsapp are “completely unacceptable,” and there should be no “secret place for terrorists to communicate.” (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Kambalny (Dukono) volcano
- Location: Southern Kamchatka, Russia
- Ash plume 5,000-6,000 meters
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 24MAR: 10,180 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
- Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
- Confirmed Cases as of 24MAR: 2,265 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
- Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
- Deaths as of 24MAR: 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 (27MAR)
- Gambia: Trial of former National Intelligence Agency head Yankuba Badjie to resume
- United States: First round of talks on treaty to abolish nuclear weapons to be held in New York (to 31MAR)