ONS: 02 March 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dozens of emaciated-looking Boko Haram members begging for food have surrendered in northeast Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: In Jamaica, electoral authorities released ballot recount results for last week’s parliamentary elections, confirming victory for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party.
  • ASIA: Two civilians have been killed and 19 injured in an attempted car bomb attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.
  • EUROPE: Macedonian authorities have briefly opened their border with Greece to refugees heading for central Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gulf monarchies declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, in the latest regional move against the Shiite organization fighting in support of Syria’s regime.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon said it would invite vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public US Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Attack on Indian consulate leaves two dead, many injured.
    • Two civilians have been killed and 19 injured in an attempted car bomb attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
    • The attack was ongoing in the early afternoon, as Afghan forces fought to dislodge two gunmen from a nearby guesthouse.
    • “Their target was the Indian consulate, but our forces shot and killed them all before they reached their target,” said Attahullah Khugyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province.
    • So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda and Tanzania are planning to build a pipeline from Ugandan oil fields to the Tanzanian coast in a move that could strike a blow to Kenyan pipeline plans. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Dozens of emaciated-looking Boko Haram members begging for food have surrendered in the country’s northeast. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma survived his second no-confidence vote in a year. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country has confirmed 641 cases of microcephaly and 139 babies with the birth defect who have died since the Zika virus outbreak started in October, the Brazilian Health Ministry said. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Defense Minister Fernando Cordero resigned, after top military brass were fired for criticizing military benefit cuts by President Rafael Correa. (AFP)
  • Jamaica: Electoral authorities released ballot recount results for last week’s parliamentary elections, confirming victory for the opposition Jamaica Labor Party. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China has stationed several ships near a disputed atoll in the South China Sea, raising tensions in the volatile region, Philippine officials said. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Two civilians have been killed and 19 injured in an attempted car bomb attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: US Army General John W. Nicholson has taken command of US and NATO forces in the country, inheriting America’s longest war and a vicious insurgency. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean PM Hwang Kyo-Ahn warned of possible cyber attacks from North Korea, instructing officials to block such attacks in advance. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Macedonian authorities have briefly opened their border with Greece to refugees heading for central Europe. (AP)
  • France: Demolition workers set about razing makeshift shelters in the Calais “Jungle” migrant camp for a third day under close watch of dozens of police officers. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Thousands in the Kurdish-majority town of Cizre started returning to their homes after authorities partially lifted a curfew in place since December. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM David Cameron called on campaigners for the country to leave the EU to give detailed projections of the expected economic impact. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf monarchies declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, in the latest regional move against the Shiite organization fighting in support of Syria’s regime. (AFP)
  • Iraq: American Special Operations has captured a significant Islamic State operative in the country and is expected to apprehend and interrogate a number of others in coming months. (NYT)
  • Jordan: Officials say a Jordanian security officer and four wanted men were killed in raids reportedly targeting militants in the city of Irbid. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Pentagon said it would invite vetted outside hackers to test the cybersecurity of some public US Defense Department websites as part of a pilot project next month. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Karymsky, Russia
    • Two explosions produced ash plumes rising 4.2 km and 5.1 km into the sky. (Volcano Discovery)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 02MAR: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 02MAR: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 02MAR: 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 02MAR: 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 02MAR: 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 02MAR: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 02MAR: 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 02MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 02MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAR)

  • Global: IMF executive board aims to have decided on a candidate for managing director by this date
  • Egypt and South Korea: Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi will make a three-day visit to South Korea (to 05MAR)
  • New Zealand: Referendum poll

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