ONS: 29 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 30, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Swedish PM Stefan Lofven says the UN and DR Congo must investigate after three bodies, including those of Swedish and American investigators with the UN, were found in the country.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelans marched in support of their government as the Organization of American States discussed the country’s possible suspension from the bloc.
  • ASIA: China confirmed the detention of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist, on suspicion of “pursuing activities harmful to national security.”
  • EUROPE: In Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko condemned an overnight attack on the Polish Consulate in the city of Lutsk, and ordered extra protection for consulates and embassies in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab leaders convened for the 28th annual summit of the Arab League, to address regional turmoil and political challenges.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House voted to block online privacy regulations, a first step toward allowing internet providers to sell the browsing habits of their customers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brexit: United Kingdom to formally begin process of leaving EU.
    • British PM Theresa May will submit a letter triggering “Article 50,” kicking off the formal process for the UK to leave the EU.
    • Tim Barrow, Britain’s ambassador to the EU, will deliver the notification letter to European Council President Donald Tusk, who will respond within 48 hours.
    • One of the next key steps will come when May’s government introduces the Great Repeal Bill, designed to put an end to the EU’s legal jurisdiction over the UK.
    • Chancellor Philip Hammond struck a note of compromise on paying an EU divorce bill and dismissed the idea of a cut-off date for guaranteeing the rights of EU citizens.
    • Going forward, May will have to hold Britain together in the face of renewed Scottish independence demands, while conducting arduous talks with 27 other EU states on finance, trade, security and other complex issues.
    • Coverage: CNN, Guardian, Reuters, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Swedish PM Stefan Lofven says the UN and Congolese government must investigate after three bodies, including those of Swedish and American investigators with the UN, were found in the country. (AP)
  • Morocco: Moroccan authorities fired Al-Hoceima provincial governor Mohammed Zhar after protesters clashed with police leaving dozens of officers reportedly injured. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Nearly 270 people, most of them children, have died in the past five months during the latest meningitis outbreak to hit the country. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Over 3,000 Somalis are fleeing daily due to a severe drought which is ravaging several parts of the country, said the Norwegian Refugee Council. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelans marched in support of their government as the Organization of American States discussed the country’s possible suspension from the bloc. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Mexican Chihuahua state Gov. Javier Corral said ex-Gov. Cesar Duarte has fled to El Paso, Texas, to evade accusations of corruption. (AP)
  • French Guiana: More than 10,000 protesters marched in the capital Cayenne to demand better treatment from France on the second day of a general strike over crime and economic hardship. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: The country reestablished diplomatic relations with Israel, effective immediately, after they were suspended in 2010. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China confirmed the detention of Lee Ming-che, a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist, on suspicion of “pursuing activities harmful to national security.” (AP)
  • Region: Australia and China held an emergency meeting in the wake of Canberra’s failure to ratify an extradition treaty with Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Region: The 2016 heist of USD 81M from the Bangladesh central bank’s account at the New York Federal Reserve was “state-sponsored,” the FBI said. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan and Mongolia agreed to cooperate in pushing North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile development programs. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: The Australian military mobilized to help with the clean-up in Queensland, as towns were heavily damaged in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Former PM Manuel Valls endorsed the presidential bid of centrist Emmanuel Macron. (AFP)
  • France: Ten people were arrested in a second night of protests in Paris over the killing by police of a Chinese man, an incident that has caused tensions with Beijing. (AFP)
  • Turkey: In the town of Buca, a suspected Kurdish militant was killed when a bomb he was preparing exploded prematurely, wounding a second suspected militant. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Petro Poroshenko condemned an overnight attack on the Polish Consulate in the city of Lutsk, and ordered extra protection for consulates and embassies in the country. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Arab leaders convened for the 28th annual summit of the Arab League, to address regional turmoil and political challenges. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Region: Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met US President Trump’s adviser Jason Greenblatt as the White House seeks ways to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: A deal between government forces and rebels allow the residents of Zabadani and Madaya to leave their homes in return for the evacuation of Fuaa and Kafraya. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike killed four suspected members of Al-Qaeda in the town of Mudiyah, as the US intensifies air raids on militants in the war-torn country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US House voted to block online privacy regulations, a first step toward allowing internet providers to sell the browsing habits of their customers. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 78km NNE of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 22.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 (30MAR)

  • Europe Region: President of Ukraine Poroshenko and President of the European Council Tusk to meet in Malta at European People’s Party (EPP) summit
  • Italy: Meeting of G7 Culture ministers to be held in Florence (to 31MAR)
  • Japan: Deputy foreign ministers of Russia and Japan to hold another round of strategic dialogue in Tokyo
  • Myanmar: Campaigning to end for 01APR parliamentary by-election
  • Turkey: US Secretary of State Tillerson to visit
  • United States: Danish PM Rasmussen to visit, meet President Trump at White House

 

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