- AFRICA: The African Union will try to convince Burundi to accept a peacekeeping force it had rejected, backing away from an earlier plan to send them without consent.
- AMERICAS: In Haiti, a special mission sent by the Organization of American States met President Michel Martelly to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the nation.
- ASIA: Myanmar’s first freely elected parliament in 50 years held its opening session.
- EUROPE: EU and British diplomats held “intensive” talks in Brussels in a race against time to seal a deal on changes to Britain’s EU membership by the end of the day.
- MIDDLE EAST: Geneva talks between the UN special envoy for the Syrian government have been “rescheduled” to allow talks with the opposition first, the UN said.
- TECHNOLOGY: The websites of Japanese government entities and the lower house have been temporarily inaccessible after possible cyberattacks.
- Nigeria: Boko Haram attack on northeast village kills at least 86.
- Boko Haram militants armed with machine guns opened fire on Dalori village near Maiduguri, relief officials said.
- The radical Islamist group burned children alive as part of the attack that killed at least 86 people, according to survivors and witnesses.
- Suicide bombers reportedly took part in the attack.
- Troops arrived at Dalori but were unable to overcome the attackers, who were better armed, other soldiers said.
- Boko Haram has been attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers, since the military last year drove them out of towns and villages in northeastern Nigeria.
- Coverage: CNN, Guardian, LAT, USA Today, WP
- Burundi: The African Union will try to convince the country to accept a peacekeeping force it had rejected, backing away from an earlier plan to send them without consent. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: The nation is holding talks with the World Bank to help it fund a forecast record USD 11B budget deficit. (BBC)
- Somalia: Several people are feared dead in multiple explosions near the presidential palace in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
- South Sudan: Government troops killed some 50 people by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, a report by ceasefire monitors has said. (AFP)
- Colombia: The rebel National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas affirmed they are ready for public negotiations for a peace deal after two years of closed-door talks with the government. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: Two government soldiers were killed in an attack allegedly conducted by rebels of the National Liberation Army (ELN). (Xinhua)
- Haiti: A special mission sent by the Organization of American States met President Michel Martelly to resolve an electoral crisis that threatens stability in the nation. (Reuters)
- Jamaica: PM Portia Simpson Miller has set 25FEB as the date for general elections. (AP)
- Region: China condemned as “dangerous and irresponsible” the weekend transit of a US warship within 12 nautical miles of a disputed island in the South China Sea. (AFP)
- Region: Sung Kim, US top envoy on North Korea, held secret talks with his Chinese counterpart late last week in Beijing, diplomatic sources said, discussing possible new sanctions on Pyongyang following its fourth nuclear test. (Kyodo)
- Afghanistan: Ten people have been killed and 20 others injured after a suicide attack at a police base in Kabul. (Guardian)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea reiterated the need for the deployment of a US missile defense system in the region to better deal with missile and nuclear threats from North Korea. (Xinhua)
- Myanmar: The country’s first freely elected parliament in 50 years held its opening session. (BBC)
- Region: EU and British diplomats held “intensive” talks in Brussels in a race against time to seal a deal on changes to Britain’s EU membership by the end of the day. (AFP)
- Region: Prime Ministers Charles Michel of Belgium and Manuel Valls of France hold talks in Brussels aimed at bolstering counter-terror cooperation. (AFP)
- Germany: Labor Minister Andrea Nahles is threatening to cut benefits for migrants who don’t want to integrate into German society. (AP)
- Greece: A week of nationwide protests over controversial pension reform plans has begun, as a review of the debt-stricken country‘s progress continues. (DPA)
- Turkey: UN human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein called on Turkish authorities to investigate the alleged shooting of unarmed people in the country’s southeast. (AP)
- Region: A Palestinian was shot dead after trying to stab Israeli soldiers near a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
- Region: Israel blocked entry for non-residents to the West Bank city of Ramallah after a shooting attack the previous day that wounded three soldiers. (AFP)
- Iran: The country says it now has access to more than USD 100B worth of frozen overseas assets following the implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers. (AP)
- Syria: At least 71 people have died in blasts near the Shia shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, south of the capital Damascus. (BBC)
- Syria: Geneva talks between the UN special envoy for the Syrian government have been “rescheduled” to allow talks with the opposition first, the UN said. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The websites of Japanese government entities and the lower house have been temporarily inaccessible after possible cyberattacks. (Kyodo)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Balleny Islands region
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10.0 km
- Volcanoes: Colima, Mexico
- Smoke and ash eruption. (ABC.net)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 01FEB: 951 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 21
- Deaths as of 01FEB: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 01FEB: 1633 (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 01FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02FEB)
- United States: Groundhog Day