ONS: 28 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 29, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN, EU, and African Union expressed “grave concern” over violence in the DR Congo, including the reported killing of 39 police officers.
  • AMERICAS: The EU said Brazil will have to “restore trust” in its meat exports after being hit by a scandal over expired meat being passed off as fresh.
  • ASIA: A US think tank says China has nearly completed construction on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to freely deploy military assets to the disputed region.
  • EUROPE: Germany accused Turkey of “unacceptable” spying amid allegations Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sent agents after more than 300 people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, about 40,000 people, mainly women and children, have been displaced by fighting northwest of Hama city, the UN said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: British government officials will meet with representatives of US technology companies to demand more help in the fight against terrorism and online hate speech, in a widening global push against encryption technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Riots between Paris police and protesters after killing of Chinese man.
    • Violent clashes in Paris between police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home have left three police officers injured and 35 protesters arrested.
    • Paris police said around 150 “members of the Asian community” gathered outside a police station in the north-east of the capital before the clashes began.
    • As a result, French police have opened an inquiry into the shooting.
    • China lodged an official protest, urging French authorities to do all they can to shed light on the incident and to protect its nationals’ “security and rights”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The devastating conflicts gripping the Middle East and North Africa have left 30 million people unsure of their next meal, the UN said. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The UN, EU, and African Union expressed “grave concern” over violence in the Kasai region, including the reported killing of 39 police officers. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Celebrated anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, one of Nelson Mandela’s closest colleagues in the struggle against white rule, died aged 87. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan returned to the country, obeying an abrupt recall from President Jacob Zuma, amid reports of a political showdown. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The EU said the country will have to “restore trust” in its meat exports after being hit by a scandal over expired meat being passed off as fresh. (AFP)
  • Canada: PM Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will introduce legislation in the coming weeks that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the country by mid-2018. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The governor of northern state of Chihuahua, Javier Corral, said his government does not have the means to tackle organized crime. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The US cruise ship line Holland America halted port calls at the resort city of Acapulco “due to recent security concerns.” (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A US think tank says China has nearly completed construction on three man-made islands in the South China Sea, giving it the ability to freely deploy military assets to the disputed region. (AP)
  • Region: Australia canceled an extradition treaty with China after opposition lawmakers said they would not support it. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: At least four Afghan army soldiers were killed and five others injured in an attack by Taliban militants on an army base in the Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: The US asked the country to restore faith in democracy after the government deployed troops to parliament to forcibly remove opposition politicians. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: A Taiwanese court found former president Ma Ying-jeou not guilty in a political leaks case. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany accused Turkey of “unacceptable” spying on its soil amid allegations Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government sent agents after more than 300 people. (INDE)
  • Region: The EU’s Court of Justice ruled the bloc’s economic sanctions on Russian companies over the crisis in Ukraine are valid. (AP)
  • Region: Russia said US naval patrols in the Black Sea are a potential threat to its safety because it was unclear what kind of missiles the ships were carrying. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia’s Sberbank announced it had sold its Ukraine division, where operations have been complicated since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. (AFP)
  • Hungary: A controversial law that will create detention centers for all asylum seekers in border zone camps went into effect. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The New Zealand military is to deploy a C-130 Hercules transport aircraft to the Middle East to help in operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif said Russia could use Iranian military bases to launch airstrikes against militants in Syria on a “case by case basis.” (Reuters)
  • Region: Saudi Arabian forces have destroyed 4 ballistic missiles launched from Yemen which were targeting two border cities. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: About 40,000 people, mainly women and children, have been displaced by fighting northwest of Hama city, the UN said. (Reuters)
  • United Arab Emirates: The UN called on the country to immediately release Ahmed Mansoor, a leading human rights advocate, saying his arrest was a “direct attack” on the work of rights defenders. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: British government officials will meet with representatives of US technology companies to demand more help in the fight against terrorism and online hate speech, in a widening global push against encryption technology. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Debbie
    • Location: 45 km SE of Bowen, Australia
    • Winds: 93 mph
    • Movement: SW at 8 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 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 (29MAR)

  • Central African Republic: Barthelemy Boganda Day – 1959
  • Costa Rica: 16th Tuxtla Summit to be held in San Jose
  • Europe Region: UK to formally trigger Article 50
  • Jordan: 28th Arab Summit to be held near Dead Sea
  • Russia: Anniversary of Moscow Metro bombings – 2010
  • Sudan: Joint air force drills with Saudi Arabia to be held in Meroe (to 12APR)

 

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