ONS: 02 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: No police officers were killed after Somalia-based militants Al-Shabaab attacked a police camp in northern Kenya’s border region.
  • AMERICAS: Sources said American and Mexican delegations met to discuss security initiatives, in an effort to find common ground.
  • ASIA: Defense Secretary Mattis will consult with South Korea and Japan about whether the current strategy for getting North Korea to curtail or eliminate its nuclear and missile programs is adequate.
  • EUROPE: Turkey accused Greece of provocative actions and warned there could be “no going back” if tensions were allowed to escalate.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US warned they will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A United States jury ordered Facebook and creators of its Oculus Rift to pay USD 500M to gaming software firm ZeniMax over stolen virtual reality technology.

 

TOP STORY

  • Australia & the United States: Trump’s temperament tests a close alliance.
    • A phone call between President Trump and Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call.
    • Trump is under pressure to reject or change a refugee deal between both countries as he attempts to temporarily halt refugee arrivals and ban immigration from several Muslim-majority countries.
    • Australia is scrambling to save its agreement to resettle refugees in the United States after Mr. Trump raged publicly at “a dumb deal” and told Turnbull it was the “worst deal ever”.
    • President Trump’s treatment of PM Turnbull was particularly striking because of the tight bond between both countries that share intelligence, support one another diplomatically, and have fought together in wars including in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • US diplomats appeared to be taken by surprise by Mr. Trump’s outburst, the latest in a series of incidents that signal a growing rift between the White House and the State Department in the administration’s early days.
    • Coverage: CNN, FT, Guardian, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: No police officers were killed after Somalia-based militants Al-Shabaab attacked a police camp in northern Kenya’s border region. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Five East Libyan force soldiers were killed in clashes with Islamist-led rivals on the edge of a recently recaptured district of Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A Nigerian soldier was jailed for seven years for killing a man at a market in the country’s northeast in a rare sanction of military excesses against civilians. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Sources said American and Mexican delegations met to discuss security initiatives, in an effort to find common ground. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Riot police used tear gas and stun grenades in Rio de Janeiro to break up a protest against austerity measures to rescue the state from near bankruptcy. (AFP)
  • United States: Violent protests at the University of California – Berkeley prompted officials to cancel a speech by conservative writer and activist Milo Yiannopoulous. (USA Today)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Defense Secretary Mattis will consult with South Korea and Japan about whether the current strategy for getting North Korea to curtail or eliminate its nuclear and missile programs is adequate. (AP)
  • China: Missing Chinese billionaire Xiao Jianhua is said to have been abducted by mainland security agents is reportedly under investigation in connection with the country’s 2015 stocks crash. (AFP)
  • India: At least eight policemen were killed in a landmine blast suspected to have been carried out by Maoist rebels in the eastern Koraput region. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Police arrested a man they say is a conspirator behind the assassination of Ko Ni, a longtime legal adviser of the country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte announced the military would take a leading role in his deadly drug war, while vowing to kill more traffickers and addicts. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey accused Greece of provocative actions and warned there could be “no going back” if tensions were allowed to escalate. (AFP)
  • Romania: President Klaus Iohannis filed a challenge with the Constitutional Court to a government decree decriminalizing some graft offenses, which prompted protests. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Two Ukrainian troops were killed in the country’s industrial east as both government forces and rebels reported shelling on their positions. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: British Defense Minister Michael Fallon said London will not help Scotland hold another referendum on independence during the current parliament ending in 2020. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United States warned they will act against Iran unless it stops testing ballistic missiles and supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: A Saudi soldier was killed in a firefight at a border guard post in Jazan province on the border with Yemen. (AFP)
  • Iran: Intelligence sources indicated the country’s recent missile test included a cruise missile called “Sumar” that is capable of carrying nuclear weapons. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian army said recent advances against Islamic State northeast of Aleppo were a starting point for further operations to drive the jihadist group back. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A United States jury ordered Facebook and creators of its Oculus Rift to pay USD 500M to gaming software firm ZeniMax over stolen virtual reality technology. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Bogoslof, Alaska
    • The volcano continued a string of eruptions, generating ash clouds as high as 9.1 kilometers and canceling a dozen flights. (CSM)
  • 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 (03FEB)

  • Ghana: King Mohammed VI of Morocco to meet with President Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra
  • Japan: US Defense Secretary James Mattis to visit
  • Malta: 27 remaining EU leaders to meet in Valletta
  • Mozambique: Heroes Day – 1969
  • United States: Next hearing for case of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to be held in New York
  • United States: Navy to decommission USS Enterprise at Newport News

 

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