ONS: 28 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 29, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia until 2019.
  • AMERICAS: Three shots were fired at buses in the campaign convoy of Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is again running for the presidency, with no casualties.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s Parliament picked former lower house speaker Win Myint, a close ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the country’s new president.
  • EUROPE: The Kremlin said that it was still open to the possibility of a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin despite Washington’s expulsion of Russian diplomats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Over 6,000 Syrians, including rebels and their families, evacuated from Eastern Ghouta according to state-run media, the fourth such evacuation in recent days
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress as he bows to pressure from lawmakers insisting he explain how 50 million users’ data ended up in the hands of a political consultancy.

TOP STORY

  • China: Authorities confirm yesterday’s rumored meeting between President Xi and Kim Jong Un in Beijing.
    • A distinctive green train, recognized as one that Kim uses for personal travel, was observed entering Beijing to an honor guard reception.
    • Rumors widely circulated that Kim himself had come to meet with Xi for personal talks ahead of denuclearization negotiations.
    • The train was later seen leaving, without official confirmation of the visit by the Chinese.
    • When the confirmation did come, it included a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
    • This visit to China marks Kim Jong Un’s first known foreign trip since his rise to power.
    • Reporting: AP, AFP, Reuters, Xinhua, BBC

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: The ruling coalition named Abiy Ahmed as chairman, set to become the country’s new prime minister amid the latest state of emergency. (AP)
  • Mozambique: The three main political parties agreed to go ahead with constitutional reforms as part of efforts to promote peace with former Renamo rebels. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia until 2019. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A Peruvian official says new President Martin Vizcarra will continue to ban Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from attending a regional summit next month. (AP)
  • Brazil: Three shots were fired at buses in the campaign convoy of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is again running for the presidency, with no casualties.  (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Two local journalists and their driver were kidnapped in a troubled area near the border with Colombia by unidentified militants. (Reuters)
  • United States: A 43-year-old man was arrested outside Seattle and charged with sending 11 packages containing explosive black powder to federal addresses in the D.C. area. (AP)

ASIA

  • Malaysia: Prime Minister Najib Razak introduced a controversial proposal in parliament to redraw electoral boundaries that critics say will give the ruling coalition an easy win in the upcoming elections. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Parliament picked former lower house speaker Win Myint, a close ally of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi as the country’s new president. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Political parties called on the junta today to lift curbs on campaigning as disquiet with the military’s four-year rule deepens and demands mount for an election. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Former Catalan minister Clara Ponsati, wanted by Spain for her role in last year’s independence bid, surrendered to Scottish police under a European warrant. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Serb members of the Kosovan government decided to pull out of Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj’s cabinet in protest at the arrest and expulsion of a senior Serbian official. (AFP)
  • Poland: The defense ministry signed a deal to purchase U.S. air defense Patriot missile systems for $4.8 billion as it seeks to bolster its defenses against resurgent Russia. (AP)
  • Russia: The Kremlin said that it was still open to the possibility of a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin despite Washington’s expulsion of Russian diplomats. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates gave $930 million to U.N. humanitarian efforts in Yemen after a meeting with the UN Secretary General (AP)
  • Syria: Over 6,000 people, including rebels and their families, evacuated from Eastern Ghouta according to state-run media, the fourth such evacuation in recent days (Xinhua)
  • Qatar: The government filed a formal complaint to the UN Security Council against Bahrain, alleging airspace violations by Bahraini military jets. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg plans to testify before Congress as he bows to pressure from lawmakers insisting he explain how 50 million users’ data ended up in the hands of a political consultancy. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Storm Jelawat
      • Location: 202 nm NW of Yap
      • Movement: N at 9 mph
      • Wind: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (29MAR)

  • Central African Republic: Boganda Day – 1959
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea to hold high level talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom
  • Madagascar: Martyrs’ Day – 1947
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of the invocation of Article 50, beginning the formal process of Brexit – 2017
  • United States: National Vietnam War Veterans Day – 2017

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