ONS: 26 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 27, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian security forces have re-arrested a number of recently freed politicians and journalists as they gathered for a social event outside the capital.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican marine and four suspected gunmen were killed during a coordinated series of ambushes against marine patrols in Nuevo Laredo.
  • ASIA: The South Korean trade minister said that Seoul and Washington have effectively reached an understanding on revising the free trade agreement and steel tariffs.
  • EUROPE: Authorities in Germany detained former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont after he crossed into the country from Denmark, setting up a possible extradition of the separatist leader to Spain.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Saudi air defenses shot down seven ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia, with debris killing a man.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The European Union holds “grave suspicions” about the dominance of internet giant Google and has not ruled out breaking it up, according to a warning by the EU’s antitrust chief.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: 64 people dead, potentially dozens more missing in shopping center fire.
    • The Winter Cherry mall in the Siberian city of Kemerovo caught fire during the afternoon.
    • The fire spread from the top floor through a children’s section of the building, contributing to a high number of children among the casualties.
    • Although terrorism is not suspected, four people have been arrested for negligence in connection to the blaze.
    • The fire was extinguished after 17 hours.
    • Regional governor Vladimir Chernov suggested that a cigarette lighter in a trampoline room was to blame.
    • 11 victims are currently in the hospital. President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences in a Kremlin statement.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Security forces have re-arrested a number of recently freed politicians and journalists as they gathered for a social event outside the capital. (AP)
  • Mozambique: 23 people were killed when a vehicle veered into a crowd attending a party in the capital. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The government is in talks with militant group Boko Haram about a ceasefire with the ultimate aim of securing a permanent cessation of hostilities, the information minister said. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A car bomb exploded near the parliament headquarters in the capital, Mogadishu, killing at least four people along with the driver, police said. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: A marine and four suspected gunmen were killed during a coordinated series of ambushes against marine patrols in Nuevo Laredo, authorities reported. (AP)
  • United States: Three former Cambridge Analytica employees alleged that the firm brought “dozens” of foreign advisors to work on US campaigns since 2014. (WaPo)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro awarded disgraced Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht almost $4 billion for public works in exchange for campaign donations. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysian police announced the arrest of a suspected Filipino bomb maker they said had ties to the militant group Abu Sayyaf and the separate arrests of six Malaysians involved in alleged terror plots by Islamic extremists. (WSJ)
  • Afghanistan: Russia has rejected comments by NATO’s top commander in Afghanistan that it has been supporting and even supplying weapons to the Taliban. (Reuters)
  • China: US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted President Trump intends to implement $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The trade minister said that Seoul and Washington have effectively reached an understanding on revising the free trade agreement and steel tariffs. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: Authorities in Germany detained former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont after he crossed into the country from Denmark, setting up a possible extradition of the separatist leader to Spain. (AP)
  • Belarus: Dozens of people have been arrested as opposition activists attempted to hold an unsanctioned rally in the capital, Minsk. (RFE-RL)
  • Moldova: More than 10,000 people gathered in the capital Chisinau to rally in support of reunification between Romania and Moldova. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Polls have opened in the presidential election with the outcome — a second term for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi — a foregone conclusion. (AP)
  • Israel: Police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: Air defenses shot down seven ballistic missiles fired by Yemen’s Houthi militia, with debris killing a man. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Jaish al-Islam, the last rebel faction in control of territory in eastern Ghouta, said it would not withdraw to other opposition-held parts of Syria as other rebel groups have done under deals negotiated with Syrian government ally Russia. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The European Union holds “grave suspicions” about the dominance of internet giant Google and has not ruled out breaking it up, according to a warning by the EU’s antitrust chief. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Iris
      • Location: 560 nm NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
      • Movement: S-Sw at 6mph
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression Delawat
      • Location: 48 nm S of Ngulu
      • Movement: NW at 13 mph
      • Wind: 35 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Location: 139km E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
    • Depth: 40km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • 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 20JAN: 2,123 (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 20JAN: 740 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAR)

  • France: OECD Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum to be held in Paris (to 28MAR)
  • Russia: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to pay a working visit to Moscow (to 28MAR)
  • Sierra Leone: Presidential runoff election

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