ONS: 02 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Bakri Hassan Saleh was sworn in as Sudan’s first prime minister since 1989.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico, Canada and the US all need each other within the North American Free Trade Partnership (NAFTA).
  • ASIA: Taiwan’s navy and air force will step up regular patrols and training around the South China Sea in response to China’s growing military power.
  • EUROPE: The EU is pleading with member countries to step up relocation of asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, even threatening legal action if nations don’t comply.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State group fighters withdrew from much of the Syrian city of Palmyra, but Syrian government forces paused before entering because of mines.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The strengthening of cyber capabilities is an important part of China’s military modernization, as the Chinese government warned the internet should not become “a new battlefield”.

TOP STORY

  • Kim Jong-nam: Relations strain between Malaysia and North Korea.
    • Malaysia said it would release and deport Ri Jong Chol, a North Korean man arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam due to a lack of evidence.
    • In a sign of frayed relations, Malaysia also announced North Koreans would now need to get a visa to travel to the country starting 06MAR.
    • South Korea and Malaysia have blamed the North for sanctioning the assassination, while Pyongyang has angrily denied involvement and accused both of trying to frame it and “smear” its reputation.
    • North Korean diplomat Ri Tong-il suggested Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half brother of the country’s leader, died of heart failure despite Malaysia’s finding that he was killed by a banned nerve agent.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, NYT, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former president Hosni Mubarak denied killing protesters during the 2011 uprising as his final retrial in the case began. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Bakri Hassan Saleh was sworn in as the country’s first prime minister since 1989. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: Tanzanian civil society organizations have launched a year-long campaign calling on the government to respect freedom of expression and assembly. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Mexico, Canada and the US all need each other within the North American Free Trade Partnership (NAFTA). (Xinhua)
  • Region: Bolivian President Evo Morales took an “emergency trip” to Cuba to seek medical treatment for a throat condition. (Reuters)
  • Region: Argentina made a diplomatic complaint to Brazil, accusing it of letting British warplanes use its bases for flights to the disputed Falkland Islands. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Seven Pacific island nations have called for a UN investigation into allegations of human rights abuses in Indonesia’s West Papua and Papua provinces. (AP)
  • Region: Taiwan’s navy and air force will step up regular patrols and training around the South China Sea in response to China’s growing military power. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called for a united fight against terrorism in a speech to the Indonesian parliament. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suspected US drone strike killed two men in a Pakistani village near the Afghanistan border. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The country kicked off negotiations with the US to finalize the terms of deploying the advanced American missile defense system THAAD. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU is pleading with member countries to step up relocation of asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, even threatening legal action if nations don’t comply. (AP)
  • Region: A French court has delayed its extradition decision for former Kosovo PM Ramush Haradinaj to Serbia for war crime charges. (AP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the release of German journalist Deniz Yucel from Turkish custody. (AP)
  • Germany: German authorities arrested two Syrian nationals who allegedly were members of the extremist Nusra Front, with one accused of war crimes. (AP)
  • Sweden: The country will reintroduce compulsory military service starting this summer to respond to global security challenges including from Russia. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Islamic State group fighters withdrew from much of the city of Palmyra, but government forces paused before entering because of mines. (AFP)
  • Syria: A UN report found the Syrian Air Force deliberately attacked a UN convoy in SEP2016, an action which constitutes a war crime. (NYT)
  • Syria: Turkey threatened to strike Syrian Kurdish militia forces if they do not withdraw from Manbij, a former bastion of the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least three members of the country’s al-Qaeda branch were killed in a US drone strike in the southeastern Shabwa province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The strengthening of cyber capabilities is an important part of China’s military modernization, as the Chinese government warned the internet should not become “a new battlefield”. (Reuters)

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 (03MAR)

  • China: The annual session of the CPPCC National Committee to be held in Beijing

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