ONS: 03 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Human rights concerns loom over a proposed EU plan to block migrants in Libya, as a one-day EU summit in Malta begins.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican FM Luis Videgaray said the differences between Mexico and the US can be overcome and emphasized the “strategic” nature of their mutual ties.
  • ASIA: Defense Mattis promised an “effective and overwhelming” response to any use of nuclear weapons against America or its allies, delivering a firm message to North Korea during his first overseas trip.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders are seeking a common stand in how to deal with President Trump, as they fear that campaign rhetoric will be turned into policy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The United States is expected to impose additional sanctions on Iranian entities under existing executive orders that predate President Trump.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Treasury Department eased economic sanctions on Russia, allowing some cyber-security transactions.

 

TOP STORY

  • France: Knife-wielding attacker shot, thwarted outside Louvre Museum.
    • Police say a French soldier guarding the Louvre in Paris shot a man who tried to attack a security patrol with a machete shouting “Allahu Akbar”.
    • The attacker was wearing two backpacks and may have had a second weapon, but no explosives were found.
    • The attacker was alive but seriously wounded, as his identity and nationality are presently unknown.
    • Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said a second person also was arrested but it is unclear whether the person was linked to the attack.
    • The Paris prosecutor’s office opened a terrorism investigation, but the authorities are being cautious about the suspect’s motives.
    • France is on high alert after a series of terror attacks, including Paris in NOV2015 and Nice in JUL2016.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Human rights concerns loom over a proposed EU plan to block migrants in Libya, as a one-day EU summit in Malta begins. (AP)
  • Angola: President Jose Eduardo dos Santos confirmed he would step down ahead of AUG17 elections, ending his 37-year long reign. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Police arrested a suspected drug trafficker at Moi International Airport in the city of Mombasa with heroin valued at more than USD 100,000. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Nine Libyan soldiers were killed in clashes with militants after the army gained hold of a crucial area in the city of Benghazi. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Mexican FM Luis Videgaray said the differences between Mexico and the US can be overcome and emphasized the “strategic” nature of their mutual ties. (EFE)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said his government would soon begin peace talks with the National Liberation Army after the rebel group released former congressman Odin Sanchez from captivity. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Justice Department rescinded the Obama administration’s policy of expedited hearings and deportations of those seeking refuge in the country. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Defense Secretary Mattis promised an “effective and overwhelming” response to any use of nuclear weapons against America or its allies, delivering a firm message to North Korea during his first overseas trip. (WSJ)
  • Region: India said it will soon set up a smart fence along its border with Pakistan in order to prevent infiltration. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: A UN report said the country’s military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Duterte will lift a ceasefire with a communist rebel group, the New People’s Army, following the group’s decision to withdraw. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders are seeking a common stand in how to deal with President Trump, as they fear that campaign rhetoric will be turned into policy. (AP)
  • Region: French President Hollande criticized “unacceptable” pressure on the EU from President Trump, who has predicted a break-up of the bloc. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia accused Ukraine violating the Geneva Convention and of using weapons systems banned under the terms of the Minsk peace deal. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey accused Greece of breaching international law by carrying out a military exercise on an island in the Aegean Sea. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The group representing Israeli settlers brushed off a US statement warning Israel about constructing new settlements in West Bank territory. (AP)
  • Iran: The United States is expected to impose additional sanctions on Iranian entities under existing executive orders that predate President Trump. (CNN)
  • Iran: The country refused visas for the US wrestling team in response to US President Trump’s travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries. (AFP)
  • Syria: Water to the Islamic State group’s bastion in Raqa has been cut after suspected coalition raids on the city’s main pipeline. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda overran three southern towns just days after a deadly US raid targeting its commanders. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Treasury Department eased economic sanctions on Russia, allowing some cyber-security transactions. (USA Today)

 

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 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 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 (04FEB)

  • Global: World Cancer Day – 2000
  • Angola: Anniversary of beginning of War of Independence – 1961
  • Bahrain: Deadline for Bahrianis to declare secondary citizenships
  • Sri Lanka: Independence Day – 1948

 

END

Comments on this entry are closed.