ONS: 27 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan is working with Chadian and French authorities on the case of a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad and taken into Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: China lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.
  • ASIA: Leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella protest movement have been informed of their own arrests and impending prosecution.
  • EUROPE: NATO will expand its satellite communications capability with contracts worth about USD 1.85B as it prepares to field a new fleet of drones.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran called for an immediate halt to bloodshed in Yemen and urged efforts to start a political process for formation of a national unity government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British police investigating the London parliament attack set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Kremlin faces strongest political opposition and protests in years.
    • The Kremlin rejected calls by the US and the EU to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend.
    • Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared in court, a day after being detained at a major opposition rally that he led the previous day.
    • The US “strongly condemned” the detention of hundreds of Russian protesters as the EU demanded the release “without delay” of hundreds of people detained in protests across Russia on 26MAR.
    • Energized by the largest anti-government demonstrations in Russia for at least five years, opponents of President Vladimir Putin are preparing for a new wave of protests as the next presidential election looms.
    • About 7,000 to 8,000 people demonstrated in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and in a number of provincial cities, making it one of the biggest unauthorized rallies in recent years.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan is working with Chadian and French authorities on the case of a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad and taken into Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Region: Humanitarian ships rescued almost 1,200 migrants off the coast of Libya, who were crossing the Mediterranean Sea. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: The country rescinded an order to increase security at its two main ports after determining an earlier reported threat of terrorism was unfounded. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: China lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. (BBC)
  • Chile: Tens of thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations against the country’s controversial privatized pension system. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos met with FARC top leader Rodrigo Londono, to follow up on the implementation of the peace agreement between the both sides. (Xinhua)
  • Dominican Republic: Thousands demonstrated in the province of Santiago to demand officials involved in taking bribes from Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht be brought to trial. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella protest movement have been informed of their own arrests and impending prosecution. (NYT)
  • Region: Philippine security forces rescued three Malaysian sailors kidnapped by the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf. (EFE)
  • North Korea: The country could conduct an additional nuclear test in the middle of APR17, according to a diplomatic source. (Yonhap)
  • South Korea: Prosecutors want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye over the corruption allegations that toppled her from power. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO will expand its satellite communications capability with contracts worth about USD 1.85B as it prepares to field a new fleet of drones. (WSJ)
  • Region: Poland challenged the legality of Donald Tusk’s re-election to head the European Council, saying the vote exposed the EU as having “double standards.” (AP)
  • Turkey: Turkish citizens living abroad started casting ballots for the country’s 16APR referendum on ushering in a system that would boost the president’s powers. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British police say two people remain in custody following last week’s attack in London. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran called for an immediate halt to bloodshed in Yemen and urged efforts to start a political process for formation of a national unity government. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Hamas authorities partially reopened the crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel, after a one-day closure following the assassination of one of the group’s leaders. (AFP)
  • Iran: Fourteen percent more Iranians are seeking to run in next month’s municipal elections than four years ago. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi forces launched a renewed attack against Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City. (AFP)
  • Syria: Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Homs city, resuming an evacuation as part of a Russian-backed deal with the government. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: British police investigating the London parliament attack set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 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 (28MAR)

  • Indonesia: Anniversary of a 8.6-magnitude quake on Indonesia’s Nias island off Sumatra leaves at least 900 dead – 2005
  • Palestinian Territories: Candidate registration for 13MAY municipal elections, Hamas-ruled Gaza not to participate (to 06APR)
  • Russia: Parliamentary conference on international terrorism to be held in St. Petersburg
  • United Kingdom: Government to launch new pound coin to deter counterfeiters
  • United Kingdom: Scottish parliament to vote on independence referendum

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