ONS: 30 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 31, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The mayor of Libya’s capital Tripoli, Abdulraouf Hassan Beitelmal, was released after being held in detention by unidentified kidnappers, the city council said.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian President Evo Morales doubted Chile’s commitment to peace, accusing the Chilean government of setting up landmines along their border.
  • ASIA: President Donald Trump threatened to hold up the trade agreement finalized this week with South Korea in an effort to gain more leverage in talks with North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Russia will close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg and kick out 60 American diplomats in response to Monday’s expulsion of Russian diplomats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 50 Gazans were wounded in clashes involving thousands of protesters on Israel’s border, with one reported death.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Malaysia’s central bank said it was the victim of a cyber attack in which hackers sought to steal money using fraudulent wire transfers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Two US coalition personnel were killed and five wounded in an IED attack.
    • The coalition has not commented on the nationalities of the casualties.
    • The location of the attack was not disclosed, however earlier reports of an IED attack outside Manbij appear to be consistent.
    • The incident marks the first coalition combat casualties of the year.
    • Manbij has been a point of contention between US-backed Kurdish fighters and Turkey, which views them as a terrorist organization.
    • In an earlier announcement, President Donald Trump said that US forces would be leaving Syria “very soon.”
    • Reporting: Reuters, AP, WaPo, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Congo:  Armed rebels killed at least one soldier during an attack on a house owned by President Joseph Kabila in the eastern town of Beni. (AFP)
  • Libya: The mayor of Tripoli, Abdulraouf Hassan Beitelmal, was released after being held in detention by unidentified kidnappers, the city council said. (AFP)
  • Mali: Gunmen killed one and wounded two others in an attack on a hotel frequented by aid workers and businessmen in central Bandjagara city. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Lagos was on lockdown for President Muhammadu Buhari’s first official visit to the city as campaigning for next year’s presidential polls heats up. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivian President Evo Morales doubted Chile’s commitment to peace, accusing the Chilean government of setting up landmines along their border. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Police arrested four associates of President Michel Temer on graft charges, including Jose Yune, retired colonel Joao Baptista Lima, former agriculture minister Wagner Rossi, and Antonio Celso Greco, owner of port logistics company Rodrimar. (AFP)
  • Peru: Former president Alberto Fujimori feels better after being hospitalized earlier this week, but a feud between his politically ambitious children is not helping the recovery, his doctor said. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: President Donald Trump threatened to hold up the trade agreement finalized this week with South Korea in an effort to gain more leverage in talks with North Korea. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Win Myint, a Suu Kyi loyalist and the former Lower House speaker, was sworn in as the country’s new president. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The military reported a successful test fire of the indigenously developed “Babur” Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM). (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey turned down a French offer to mediate between them and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces. (AFP)
  • France: Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been ordered to stand trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling involving a judge from whom he sought information about an investigation. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj dismissed the interior minister and the secret service chief after the arrest and extradition to Turkey of six Turkish nationals, (Reuters)
  • Russia: Authorities will close the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg and kick out 60 American diplomats in response to Monday’s expulsion of Russian diplomats. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants attacked a military base in Turkey’s Siirt province, killing six Turkish security force members and wounding seven. (Reuters)
  • Israel: 50 Gazans were wounded in clashes involving thousands of protesters on Israel’s border, with one reported death. (AFP)
  • Syria: French President Emmanuel Macron pledged support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, but walked back claims that he had committed to unilateral intervention. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An official said a suspected al-Qaida attack on a checkpoint in the southeast has killed nine soldiers and wounded four others. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Malaysia’s central bank said it was the victim of a cyber attack in which hackers sought to steal money using fraudulent wire transfers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Typhoon Jelawat
      • Location: 371 nm N-NW of Ulitihi
      • Movement: E-NE at 6 mph
      • Wind: 90 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Location: New Britain, Papua New Guinea
    • Depth: 10 KM
  • 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)
    • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31MAR)

  • Malta: Freedom Day – 1979
  • United States: Cesar Chavez Day – Unknown
  • US Virgin Islands: Transfer Day – 1917

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.