ONS: 30 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 31, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency declared six months ago for an additional four months.
  • AMERICAS: A US federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of President Trump’s new travel ban.
  • ASIA: President Xi Jinping and US President Trump will meet for the first time on 06-07APR the latter’s Florida resort.
  • EUROPE: European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete called on China and the EU to show joint leadership on climate change.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt passed 5 million for the first time in Syria’s six year conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill to be introduced to transfer EU law to UK.
    • The British government will introduce legislation known as the Great Repeal Bill – a crucial part of its next steps towards leaving the EU.
    • Thousands of EU laws on everything from workers’ rights to the environment are to be scrapped or replaced with UK equivalents in a new plan.
    • The Great Repeal Bill will repeal the European Communities Act of 1972, which gave effect and priority to EU law in the UK.
    • The bill will come into force on the day the UK leaves the EU which, on the current two-year timetable, will be in MAR2019.
    • The Brexit Department has said that ‘corrections’ to EU laws will number between 800 and 1,000 and will be passed by statutory instrument.
    • David Davis, Brexit secretary, played down the difficulty of repealing existing regulations from Brussels and defended the process the government will use, which will involve secondary legislation that receives only limited parliamentary scrutiny.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, FT, INDE

 

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Ethiopian lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency declared six months ago for an additional four months. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A Boko Haram faction is trying to win over civilians by shunning the indiscriminate violence that has alienated locals. (AFP)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma has vowed to sack Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, a government coalition party confirmed, which could split the African National Congress. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The Ugandan military says the hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony will continue in the jungles of central Africa despite US withdrawal from the mission. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas presented a new list of 257 members of the Armed Forces who will be granted parole following the establishment of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace. (EFE)
  • United States: A US federal judge in Hawaii has indefinitely extended the suspension of President Trump’s new travel ban. (BBC)
  • United States: The US Senate Intelligence Committee promised a thorough investigation into any direct links between Russia and Republican Donald Trump during his successful 2016 run for the White House. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Hong Kong democracy activist Alvin Cheng was jailed over the 2014 Umbrella Movement mass protests while nine more campaigners face charges. (AFP)
  • Australia: Australian authorities are working to evacuate some 3,000 people stranded on the tourist islands of Whitsunday in the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie. (EFE)
  • Cambodia: Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced in absentia to 20 months in prison for alleging PM Samdech Techo Hun Sen was behind the assassination of political analyst Kem Ley. (Xinhua)
  • China: President Xi Jinping and US President Trump will meet for the first time on 06-07APR the latter’s Florida resort. (AP)
  • South Korea: Ousted president Park Geun-Hye appeared in court at a hearing to decide whether she should be arrested over the corruption scandal that brought her down. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete called on China and the EU to show joint leadership on climate change. (Reuters)
  • France: Protests continued in central Paris as around 200 protesters clashed with police over the killing of a Chinese man in his home. (AP)
  • Greece: The country is close to a long-delayed deal with its creditors after months of tough talks, Greek parliament chief Nikos Voutsis said. (AFP)
  • Italy: Italian police dismantled a terrorist cell in Venice, arresting three men in raids on 12 homes in the city. (CBS)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran strongly denied any meddling after Arab leaders condemned “foreign interference” in their affairs in a clear reference to the Islamic republic. (AFP)
  • Region: The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt passed 5 million for the first time in Syria’s six year conflict. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: During a visit to the country, UN chief Antonio Guterres called for protection of civilians to be the “absolute priority” as Iraqi forces battle to retake Mosul. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide attack Baghdad that left 17 people dead and 48 wounded. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Donald Trump plans to sign a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules as a bigger fight looms over rules governing the openness of the internet. (Reuters)

 

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 (31MAR)

  • Belgium: Possible NATO foreign ministers’ meeting to be held in Brussels
  • South Sudan: Mandate for Japanese Self-Defense Forces peacekeeping mission to expire

 

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