ONS: 01 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s UN-backed government criticized US President Trump’s temporary travel ban on its nationals, which puts in question attendance at a high-profile February conference on the country planned in Washington.

  • AMERICAS: South America and the region must take a stand against US President Trump’s policies instead of appeasing him, said the head of UNASUR Ernesto Samper.

  • ASIA: Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has ruled himself out of the running for South Korean president.

  • EUROPE: The death toll rose to 16 as international alarm rang out over the spike in bloodshed in Ukraine’s volatile east.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran confirmed a new missile test, but said it was not in violation of the country’s nuclear deal or the UN Security Council’s resolution.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Trump scrapped plans to sign an executive action launching a government-wide cybersecurity overhaul without explanation.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Government evacuates outpost, will further expand into West Bank.

    • Israeli security forces began to clear the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona, a flashpoint for supporters and critics of Jewish settlement of the occupied Palestinian territory.

    • Settlers and dozens of pro-settlement activists protested the evacuation by burning tires and piling makeshift barricades at its entrance, but there was no immediate violence.

    • Israel’s Supreme Court ruled in 2014 that Amona was built on private Palestinian land and must be demolished by 08FEB.

    • Israel also announced it will build 3,000 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank.

    • Emboldened by the Trump administration, the approval is the largest wave of new construction plans that defy the international community and open a forceful phase in the country’s expansion into land the Palestinians claim for a future state.

    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The UN-backed government criticized US President Trump’s temporary travel ban on its nationals, which puts in question attendance at a high-profile February conference on the country planned in Washington. (Reuters)

  • Niger: A joint government and EU crackdown on migrant smuggling has led to dramatic decline in the illegal trade within the country. (Reuters)

  • South Sudan: Clashes broke out between government and rebel forces around the city of Malakal in a struggle for the capital of the oil-producing Upper Nile region. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: South America and the region must take a stand against US President Trump’s policies instead of appeasing him, said the head of UNASUR Ernesto Samper. (Reuters)

  • Region: Brazil and Colombia are stepping up security along their border to stop drug gangs from recruiting FARC rebels and their weapons as the guerrillas disarm. (AFP)

  • Region: The US deported Fabio Lopez-Escobar to Colombia for the 2015 shooting of journalist Jose Orlando Sierra Hernandez. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia and Indonesia signed an agreement to stop terrorism financing and money laundering. (Xinhua)

  • Region: South Korea stopped issuing new visas or renewals for Chinese teachers in the country, as tensions grow over a controversial US missile system. (AFP)

  • Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull would not say how many refugees from Pacific island camps would be resettled in the US after President Trump’s administration said “extreme vetting” would be used to check their cases. (AP)

  • Philippines: The government expressed disappointment that the Communist Party of the Philippines rebel group decided to terminate its unilateral ceasefire by 10FEB. (Xinhua)

  • South Korea: Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has ruled himself out of the running for South Korean president. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Azeri security forces killed four members of a group that had been planning to carry out terror acts in the country. (Reuters)

  • Germany: A Tunisian male suspect was taken into custody as police carried out sweeping anti-terror raids in Frankfurt and nearby towns. (AFP)

  • Germany: German police arrested a suspect in connection with a 17-year old bombing in which 10 immigrants were wounded, six of them Jewish. (AP)

  • Ukraine: The death toll rose to 16 as international alarm rang out over the spike in bloodshed in the country’s volatile east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Islamic Republic confirmed a new missile test, but said it was not in violation of the country’s nuclear deal or the UN Security Council’s resolution. (Reuters)

  • Syria: Russia said US President Trump should be more specific about his safe zones proposal in the country to avoid the tragic results of similar policy in Libya. (Reuters)

  • Syria: Russia has reinforced its military presence in Aleppo with a police unit from the Muslim-majority region of Chechnya, part of a bid to win Syrian hearts and minds. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Trump scrapped plans to sign an executive action launching a government-wide cybersecurity overhaul without explanation. (The Hill)

  • Communications: Facebook is developing a video-centric app for television set-top boxes, including Apple TV, people familiar with the matter said. (WSJ)

 

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 27JAN: 394 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)

        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936

      • Confirmed Cases as of 27JAN: 64

        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250

      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 0

        • 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 27JAN: 1,888 (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 27JAN: 670 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

  • Zika Virus

    • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN:  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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 (02FEB)

  • Hungary: Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Budapest for talks with PM Viktor Orban

  • Kenya and Somalia: International Court of Justice to rule on maritime border dispute

  • Russia: Anniversary of Soviet victory over Nazi Germany in Battle of Stalingrad – 1943

  • Turkey: German Chancellor Merkel to visit

  • United States: Groundhog Day

 

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