ONS: 01 March 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2018

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi warned the media that he considers any defamation of the country’s security forces to be “high treason.”
  • AMERICAS: The US is considering sanctions on Venezuelan military-run oil services and oil shipments to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: China expressed anger after the US Senate passed a bill promoting closer US ties with Taiwan, who praised the measure.
  • EUROPE: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe, leaving roads blocked and thousands stranded.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia accused Syrian rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor in Eastern Ghouta that Moscow set up with the Syrian government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook said they have found no new evidence that Russia used social media to interfere in the JUN2016 Brexit referendum.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Putin unveils new nuclear weapons in state of the nation address.
    • President Vladimir Putin gave a state of the nation speech to which he outlined goals for his expected fourth presidential term.
    • Putin claimed Russia has developed a new cruise missile that is invincible, saying it could not be stopped by the US shield in Europe and Asia
    • A new supersonic weapon is also being deployed in southern Russia and unmanned submarines are operating at “ultra-deep” levels, he said.
    • Putin also promised a massive spending spree on infrastructure, healthcare and social security.
    • Putin vowed to raise the living standards of its citizens by tackling poverty.
    • Putin also said Russia needs to expand freedom in all spheres and be open to the world and new ideas.
    • The speech is the last before an election he is expected to win in 17 days’ time.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, FT, NBC, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi warned the media that he considers any defamation of the country’s security forces to be “high treason.” (AP)
  • Egypt: Egyptian armed forces are using internationally outlawed US-made cluster bombs against Islamic extremists in northern Sinai, Amnesty International said. (NYT)
  • Somalia: The Islamist group al Shabaab set off a suicide car bomb about 15 km outside the capital Mogadishu, causing unconfirmed numbers of casualties. (Reuters)

 

  • Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni called for the collection of the “DNA records of everybody” in a bid to stem the country’s rising crime rate. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US is considering sanctions on Venezuelan military-run oil services and oil shipments to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)
  • Region: The US told Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales that Washington supports a UN-backed anti-graft body and its commissioner, who Morales has tried to oust after investigators targeted him. (Reuters)
  • Region: Seven suspected Colombian paramilitaries were killed in a confrontation with Venezuelan security forces in Tachira state near the border. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed anger after the US Senate passed a bill promoting closer US ties with Taiwan, who praised the measure. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korean President Moon Jae-in criticized Japan’s insistence that the World War II “comfort women,” sex slavery issue is settled. (AP)
  • Region: Pakistan says Indian troops killed two Pakistani soldiers in the latest “unprovoked” fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: Australian diplomat Frances Adamson said his country’s bilateral relationship with China was going through “complex and difficult issues,” but rejected a media report of a diplomatic deep freeze. (AP)
  • Region: Cambodian PM Hun Sen denounced protesters in Australia as dogs for burning his effigy. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Heavy snowfall and deadly blizzards lashed Europe, leaving roads blocked and thousands stranded. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia is considering withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights and ending cooperation with the European Court of Human Rights. (Reuters)
  • Region: European Council President Donald Tusk warned Britain that its current Brexit plan could mean a return to a “hard border” with Ireland. (Reuters)
  • Bosnia: Veterans of the country’s 1992-95 war blocked main highways across the country to draw attention to their frustration with the authorities. (AP)
  • Germany: Lawmakers criticized the government for not informing them about a 2017 cyberattack, likely committed by a Russian-backed hacking group. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Russia claimed the US has set up around 20 military bases in the country on territory controlled by the Kurds. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia accused Syrian rebels of shelling a humanitarian corridor in Eastern Ghouta that Moscow set up with the Syrian government. (AP)
  • Syria: An aid convoy is heading for Afrin to bring humanitarian supplies to 50,000 displaced people, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook said they have found no new evidence that Russia used social media to interfere in the JUN2016 Brexit referendum. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Shinmoe, Japan
    • Ash eruption, but no reports of casualties. (Kyodo)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 22DEC: 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 19FEB: 2,143 (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 19FEB: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Ethiopia: Victory at Adwa Day – 1889
  • Germany: Martin Schulz of the Social Democrat Party to hand over his post to parliamentary leader Andrea Nahles
  • Israel: Shushan Purim – Unknown
  • Moldova: The Atlantic Council to host a conference on security challenges in former Soviet republics
  • Myanmar: Peasants Day – 1962

 

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