- AFRICA: Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court accused a Malian jihadist of war crimes for a “callous” attack on the world heritage site of Timbuktu.
- AMERICAS: Canadian immigration minister John McCallum said the country has reached a significant milestone with the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees.
- ASIA: Tens of thousands of supporters of a Pakistani Islamist executed for gunning down a liberal governor gathered for his funeral, sparking fears of violence.
- EUROPE: EU member states can impose residency restrictions on foreigners if it helps with their integration, the bloc’s top court ruled.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia called for global negotiations to combat the growing threat of Islamic State and other groups waging chemical warfare in the Middle East.
- TECHNOLOGY: About 49 percent of Internet traffic is encrypted, according to a new study from George Tech.
- Syria: Ceasefire continues to hold as aid is delivered.
- US Secretary of State John Kerry says the next few days will be critical in building momentum toward the goal of de-escalating the five-year conflict in Syria.
- Kerry has also accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of obstructing deliveries of humanitarian aid, calling on it to show “some measure of decency” during the truce there.
- Dozens of Russian warplanes sat idle on the tarmac at this Russian air base in Syria on the fourth day of a cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington.
- Russia has not violated the cessation of hostilities in Syria, and it had no complaints from the Syrian opposition, Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov said.
- Washington regards rapid progress towards political talks between the Assad government and the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), an umbrella group of his opponents, as essential.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, VOA
- Kenya: Four policemen were to be charged with illegal possession of ivory at a Nairobi court. (AFP)
- Mali: Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court accused a Malian jihadist of war crimes for a “callous” attack on the world heritage site of Timbuktu. (AFP)
- South Africa: President Jacob Zuma faces a no-confidence vote in parliament for a second time in a year and a legal bid to reinstate corruption charges against him. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: Former VP Joice Mujuru launched a new political party in a direct challenge to veteran President Robert Mugabe’s all-powerful ZANU-PF. (AFP)
- Canada: Immigration minister John McCallum said the country has reached a significant milestone with the arrival of 25,000 Syrian refugees. (AP)
- Colombia: The brother of former president Álvaro Uribe has been arrested on charges that he created and led a death squad known as the Twelve Apostles. (Guardian)
- United States: The trial began for Tairod Pugh, a US Air Force veteran who tried to join ISIS. (NYT)
- Afghanistan: Human Rights Watch has slammed “virginity exams” conducted on Afghan women and girls, saying the invasive tests by government doctors were tantamount to sexual assault. (AFP)
- India: Security forces killed eight left-wing Naxalite rebels in an encounter on the border of central state of Chhattisgarh and southern state of Telangana. (Xinhua)
- Indonesia: The counter-terrorism squad Densus 88 reportedly arrested two suspected terrorists in the second largest city in East Java. (Xinhua)
- Pakistan: Tens of thousands of supporters of an Islamist executed for gunning down a liberal governor gathered for his funeral, sparking fears of violence. (AFP)
- Region: EU member states can impose residency restrictions on foreigners if it helps with their integration, the bloc’s top court ruled. (DPA)
- Region: More than 7,000 refugees and other migrants are camped on Greece’s northern border with Macedonia, waiting for authorities to allow them to seek asylum in wealthier European countries. (AP)
- Greece: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said an EU-IMF audit of the debt-laden country’s reforms would likely resume by 10MAR. (AFP)
- Spain: Prominent Basque separatist Arnaldo Otegi has been released from prison after serving more than six years on terrorism charges. (AP)
- Region: Russia called for global negotiations to combat the growing threat of Islamic State and other groups waging chemical warfare in the Middle East. (Reuters)
- Iran: Voters chose “the right and proper path for the country”, moderate President Hassan Rouhani said after final election results showed his allies made significant gains. (AFP)
- Iraq: Troops launched a new push to retake a key area north of the capital, Baghdad, and dislodge Islamic State militants from there, officials said. (AP)
- Iraq: Four ISIS group suicide bombers infiltrated an army headquarters west of Baghdad, killing a senior general and 39 soldiers. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: About 49 percent of Internet traffic is encrypted, according to a new study from George Tech. (The Hill)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 01MAR: 18,080 (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: 376
- Deaths as of 01MAR: 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 01MAR: 1638 (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 01MAR: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 01MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
- Indication of Viral Circulation as of 01MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
- Deaths as of 01MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)
- Japan and United States: U.S.-Japan space security dialogue (to 03MAR)
- Ethiopia: Adwa Victory Day – 1896