ONS: 02 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ninety people are feared to have drowned off the Libyan coast after a smuggler’s migrant boat capsized.
  • AMERICAS: The US pressed Venezuela for the release of a jailed Utah man, saying the case is the main obstacle to improving strained relations between the two countries.
  • ASIA: In the Maldives, government opponents clashed with police in the capital, Male, demanding the release of imprisoned politicians, included the exiled former president.
  • EUROPE: At least five migrants were shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iran, Tehran police arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese authorities raided virtual currency exchange Coincheck, a week after the Tokyo-based firm lost USD 530M in cryptocurrency to hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Cuba: Fidel Castro’s son commits suicide.
    • Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart (“Fidelito”), the 68-year-old son of Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro, has killed himself in Havana.
    • Castro Díaz-Balart had been treated for a deep depression for several months and was undergoing outpatient treatment.
    • Fidelito studied in the Soviet Union and led Cuba’s nuclear power program until a falling out with his father led to his dismissal.
    • The product of his father’s first marriage, to Mirta Diaz-Balart, “Fidelito” was a symbol of the complexities of the Cuban experience after the revolution.
    • Through his maternal lineage, Castro Diaz-Balart is related to US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican who represents a Cuban exile community in Florida.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Kenyan police arrested outspoken opposition member Miguna in a raid on his Nairobi home. (AFP)
  • Libya: Ninety people are feared to have drowned off the Libyan coast after a smuggler’s migrant boat capsized. (AP)
  • South Africa: All 955 workers trapped in a gold mine after power was cut were safely brought back to the surface. (BBC)
  • South Sudan: Sources say the US will announce an arms embargo to further pressure President Salva Kiir to end the country’s civil war and humanitarian crisis. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US pressed Venezuela for the release of a jailed Utah man, saying the case is the main obstacle to improving strained relations between the two countries. (AP)
  • Colombia: Tensions between the government and ELN rebels rose when three of the guerrillas were killed in the bombing of a camp in the country’s northwest. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Two journalists were found dead in a field with gunshot wounds to their heads in the southwestern department of Suchitepequez. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China criticized US Congress members who nominated Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy protest movement and three of its most prominent student leaders for the Nobel Peace Prize. (AP)
  • Region: Authorities called off an aerial search for survivors of a ferry that sank while sailing between two islands in the Pacific nation of Kiribati. (AP)
  • Cambodia: The government approved the country’s first lese majeste law, making insulting King Norodom Sihamoni a crime. (AFP)
  • China: A minivan caught fire and plowed into pedestrians in Shanghai, injuring at least 18 people but was not an attack, according to police. (WSJ)
  • Maldives: Government opponents clashed with police in the capital, Male, demanding the release of imprisoned politicians, included the exiled former president. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Theresa May said a Brexit transition period will be agreed with the EU in the next seven weeks. (Reuters)
  • France: At least five migrants were shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais. (BBC)
  • Russia: The country will hold ceremonies in the city formerly known as Stalingrad as it marks the 75th anniversary of one of the bloodiest battles in World War II. (RFE/RL)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May is coming under increasing pressure to set out where she stands on Britain’s future trade agreements. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Nine people were wounded in a barrage of rockets fired at two border towns across from the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli forces struck a Hamas position in Gaza after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave, but without any reports of casualties. (AFP)
  • Iran: Tehran police arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify. (AFP)
  • Iran: Iranians are deeply dissatisfied with their government’s management of the economy and want it to do more to fight corruption. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japanese authorities raided virtual currency exchange Coincheck, a week after the Tokyo-based firm lost USD 530M in cryptocurrency to hackers. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 594 nm SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Wind: 140 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 265km NE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Popocatépetl, Mexico
    • An ash eruption 2 km into the sky caused the Mexican government to warn of an imminent, larger eruption and for the public to stay away. (Express)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 02FEB: 2,123 (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 02FEB: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03FEB)

  • Azerbaijan: OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs to visit to discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis (to 04FEB)
  • Honduras: Day of the Virgin of Suyapa – Unknown
  • Japan: Setsubun – Unknown
  • Mozambique: Heroes’ Day – 1969
  • São Tomé and Príncipe: Martyrs’ Day – Unknown
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of the foundation of the Communist Party of Vietnam – 1930

 

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