ONS: 27 April 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African states and South Africa do not support the return of rebel leader Riek Machar to South Sudan, UN envoy David Shearer said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela said it would pull out of the Organization of American States, which has long been critical of President Nicolás Maduro.
  • ASIA: The antimissile system, which the US deployed in South Korea, is close to becoming operational, thus giving the two allies the capability to defend against missile attacks by the North.
  • EUROPE: EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A large explosion rocked the area near Damascus International Airport, in what official Syrian state media said was an Israeli missile strike.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India ordered internet service providers in the Kashmir valley to block social networking services to counteract protests and violence in the region.

 

TOP STORY

  • NAFTA: US, Canada and Mexico to “swiftly” renegotiate terms of trade deal.
    • US Donald President Trump told the leaders of Mexico and Canada he would not immediately move to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement, only after threatening to pull the US out of the deal.
    • Instead, all three countries will move quickly to begin renegotiating terms of the trade deal.
    • The announcement offers a less populist punch than withdrawing from the agreement outright, a move that could cause major disruptions to the economies in Canada, the US, and Mexico.
    • During his election campaign Mr Trump called Nafta the “single worst trade deal ever” and a “killer” of US jobs.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: French counter-terrorism authorities opened an investigation after two police officers were wounded by an armed gunman on the French territory of La Reunion. (Reuters)
  • Region: Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa, Oxfam said. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: East African states and South Africa do not support the return of rebel leader Riek Machar to the war-torn country, UN envoy David Shearer said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela said it would pull out of the Organization of American States, which has long been critical of President Nicolás Maduro. (NYT)
  • Chile: Sixteen retired military officers were charged with involvement in the 1973 murders of 15 opponents of the Augusto Pinochet dictatorship. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: The Chamber of Deputies rejected a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for presidential re-election. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The antimissile system the US deployed in South Korea over China’s objections is close to becoming operational, giving the two allies the capability to defend against missile attacks by the North. (NYT)
  • Region: At least three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir after militants stormed a military camp close to the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. (AP)
  • Region: Hong Kong police arrested at least nine democracy activists in connection with anti-government protest last year. (Guardian)
  • Afghanistan: Civilians casualties caused by war in the country declined slightly in the first three months of 2017, the UN said. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea and the US agreed on “swift punitive measures” against North Korea in the event of further provocation. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A French appeals court turned down a Serbian request for the extradition of former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj. (Reuters)
  • Region: EU-Turkey relations have been severely hit by actions taken by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, German Chancellor Merkel said. (AFP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel told Britain not to have any “illusions” that it would have the same rights as an EU member after it leaves the bloc. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police have arrested a soldier who posed as a Syrian refugee on the suspicion he was planning an attack, apparently motivated by anti-foreigner sentiment. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Constant fuel shortages and insufficient infrastructure have brought about a “humanitarian crisis” for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, the World Bank said. (AFP)
  • Region: The Palestinian Authority told Israel it will no longer pay for the electricity Israel supplies to Gaza. (Reuters)
  • Region: A United Arab Emirates court sentenced an Iranian businessman to 10 years in prison after being convicted of trying to further Iran’s nuclear program. (AP)
  • Syria: A large explosion rocked the area near Damascus International Airport, in what official Syrian state media said was an Israeli missile strike. (WSJ)
  • Syria: The country accused France of concealing the real identity of those behind a deadly suspected chemical attack, a day after Paris said it had proof the Damascus regime was responsible. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: India ordered internet service providers in the Kashmir valley to block social networking services to counteract protests and violence in the region. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Seventeen
    • Location: 179 NM NNW of Darwin, Australia
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Movement: SW at 9 mph
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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 (28APR)

  • Global: World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 2003
  • Egypt: Pope Francis to visit Cairo
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal – 2004
  • Japan: Anniversary of Japan’s renewed sovereignty
  • Mali: Cambodian peacekeepers to arrive
  • Philippines: Indonesian President Joko Widodo to visit the Philippines

 

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