ONS: 27 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian army killed 19 militants south of Sheikh Zuweid city in North Sinai province.
  • AMERICAS: The Chilean Health Ministry confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted Zika in the country.
  • ASIA: Two Japanese opposition parties merged to form a new grouping intended to put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling party before the upper house election this summer.
  • EUROPE: Hopeful refugees flooded back to Greece’s overwhelmed Idomeni migrant camp on the border with Macedonia, creating confusion, after rumors that the closed frontier would be forced open.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq’s politicians to support embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reform drive.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Britain’s Independent newspaper published its final print edition after 30 years, as Russian owner Evgeny Lebedev promised to maintain the paper’s style and quality in new formats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government forces retake all of Palmyra from the Islamic State
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS lost at least 400 fighters in the battle for Palmyra
    • Army sappers were defusing mines and bombs planted by IS in the city’s ancient ruins, a UNESCO world heritage site where the jihadists sparked a global outcry with the systematic destruction of treasured monuments.
    • Capturing the city will be seen as a major strategic victory for President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
    • Syria’s army vowed to follow its victory against the Islamic State group in the city of Palmyra with an advance against the jihadists in their other strongholds including Deir Ezzor and Raqa.
    • AFP, AFP-1, Al-Jazeera,  BBC,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Local media Sudan Tribune reported the army denied its war planes bombarded defensive positions of South Sudan’s army at Upper Nile State. (Xinhua)
  • Region: According to correctional services authorities, a prisoner transfer agreement signed between Namibia and Zambia in 2012 came into effect. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The army killed 19 militants south of Sheikh Zuweid city in the North Sinai province. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Authorities arrested a 23-year-old man in the Toronto suburbs on a terrorism-related charge, but stressed it was not linked to the deadly suicide bombings in Brussels. (AFP)
  • Chile: The Health Ministry confirmed the first case of sexually transmitted Zika in the country. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani investigators arrived in New Delhi to help probe an attack on an Indian air force base close to the border in which seven Indian soldiers and six militants died earlier this year. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Government forces mounted pressure against Taliban militants in the northern Baghlan province, killing a shadow district governor Mullah Jan Mohammad. (Xinhua)
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  • China: A prominent Chinese columnist was released after being detained earlier this month, possibly in connection with an online letter critical of President Xi Jinping. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Two opposition parties merged to form a new grouping intended to put pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative ruling party before the upper house election this summer. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Basque separatist group ETA called on 27MAR for peace talks with the Spanish and French governments and the return of ETA prisoners to the northern Basque region. (AFP)
  • Region: Italian police arrested an Algerian man wanted in Belgium on suspicion of supplying fake documents used by three of the terrorists behind the attacks in Paris and Brussels. (DPA)
  • Germany: Authorities were unable to link two men arrested by police there to the attackers who carried out the airport and metro bombings in Brussels. (AFP)
  • Greece:  Hopeful refugees flooded back to the overwhelmed Idomeni migrant camp on the border with Macedonia, creating confusion, after rumors that the closed frontier would be forced open. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged Iraq’s politicians to support embattled Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s reform drive. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkish military and coalition forces launched airstrikes at Islamic State (IS) targets in northern Iraq after the militant group attacked a military base near Bashika region in Musul province. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Thousands of citizens rallied in the rebel-held capital to denounce the Saudi-led coalition that launched a military campaign against the country’s insurgents a year ago. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Press: Britain’s Independent newspaper published its final print edition after 30 years, as Russian owner Evgeny Lebedev promised to maintain the paper’s style and quality in new formats. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Global Disease Outbreaks:
      • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 27MAR: 21,285 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 451
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 1698 (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 27MAR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 27MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 27MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 27MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAR)

  • Indonesia: Anniversary of a 8.6-magnitude quake on Indonesia’s Nias island off Sumatra leaves at least 900 dead – 2005
  • Christianity: Easter Monday

 

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