ONS: 01 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia will prosecute six policemen over their response to a 2015 gun and grenade attack on a beach resort that killed 38 foreign holidaymakers.
  • AMERICAS: US President Donald Trump delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress in hopes to give hard line campaign promises a more moderate tone.
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif opened a key regional conference that will focus on intra-region connectivity in energy, infrastructure, transport and trade sectors.
  • EUROPE: The 27 remaining EU members plan on having a summit on Brexit on 06APR.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Twenty-six thousand Iraqis fled west Mosul in the 10 days since security forces launched a major push to retake the city from Islamic State militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: French and international media outlets, supported by Google, launched “CrossCheck”, a joint fact-checking platform aimed at detecting fake information which could affect the French presidential election.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban launch attacks countrywide.
    • The Taliban launched suicide attacks in different parts of the Afghan capital, Kabul, including a police headquarters in the western part of the city, killing at least one and wounding several people.
    • A separate attack appeared to have targeted an office of Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, the National Directorate for Security, but was quickly suppressed.
    • Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said a gun battle between Kabul police and an unknown number of armed attackers was ongoing.
    • In the northern Baghlan province, a Taliban key commander Qari Bahaudin was arrested and three of his men killed in clash for control Tala-o-Barfak district.
    • In the eastern Laghman province, at least two police personnel were wounded and several militants killed after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Mehtarlam city.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AP, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • South Sudan: South Sudanese refugees reported killing of civilians, sexual violence and fears of arrest and abduction as their main reasons for fleeing the country. (AP)
  • Togo: The country’s capital Lome returned to normal after violent demonstrations against fuel price hike resulted in one death. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: The country will prosecute six policemen over their response to a 2015 gun and grenade attack on a beach resort that killed 38 foreign holidaymakers. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Senate unanimously approved a resolution expressing “profound concern” about the crisis in Venezuela and called for the immediate release of political prisoners. (AP)
  • Chile: President Michelle Bachelet declared the year 2017 will mark the consolidation of transformational changes in Chile, especially for education. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels say they will begin laying down their arms on 01MAR as agreed in a peace deal signed in NOV2016. (BBC)
  • United States: President Donald Trump delivered a speech to a joint session of Congress in hopes to give hard line campaign promises a more moderate tone. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif opened a key regional conference that will focus on intra-region connectivity in energy, infrastructure, transport and trade sectors. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The country is recalling more than 100 of its top diplomats to help craft a new foreign policy agenda to navigate a geopolitical shift in the Asia Pacific. (Bloomberg)
  • India: Police in the state of West Bengal arrested ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leader Juhi Chowdhury for her alleged involvement in a child trafficking racket. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: King Salman began the first visit by a Saudi monarch to the country in almost 50 years, seeking to strengthen economic ties. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The country held phone talks with the US about the deployment of the US missile shield on South Korean soil and the launch of joint military exercises. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The 27 remaining EU members plan on having a summit on Brexit on 06APR. (DPA)
  • Region: German FM Sigmar Gabriel says he is skeptical Germany should boost defense spending to meet NATO targets as it would turn Europe’s biggest economy into “a military supremacy”. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Billionaire Rinat Akhmetov’s charity foundation, the largest provider of humanitarian aid in the country, has suspended operations in eastern rebel-held areas. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Iraqi special forces are facing “fierce” resistance as they battle Islamic State jihadis in southwest Mosul. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Twenty-six thousand Iraqis fled west Mosul in the 10 days since security forces launched a major push to retake it, Minister Jassem Mohammed al-Jaff said. (AFP)
  • Israel: The US called on the UN Human Rights Council to drop its “obsession” with the country. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: French and international media outlets, supported by Google, launched “CrossCheck”, a joint fact-checking platform aimed at detecting fake information which could affect the French presidential election. (AFP)

 

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 24FEB: 3,940 (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Paraguay)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24FEB: 605 (Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 24FEB: 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 10FEB: 1,905 (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 10FEB: 677 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 02FEB:  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 02FEB: 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 02FEB: 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 (02MAR)

  • Cambodia: Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to hold a congress to choose its new president
  • Ethiopia: Adwa Victory Day – 1896
  • United Kingdom: Elections to be held in Northern Ireland

 

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