ONS: 03 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan coast guard has rescued 362 illegal migrants in three separate operations across the country.
  • AMERICAS: A policy document released said the United States will expand its nuclear capabilities, in response to Russia’s growing tactical nuclear weapons arsenal.
  • ASIA: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the deployment of Russian warplanes on a disputed island near Japan.
  • EUROPE: A Greek court rejected an extradition request for the first of nine suspected left-wing militants from Turkey who were arrested in November.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip, after Palestinians there fired a rocket into Israel.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Booz Allen Hamilton said it won a $621 million federal contract to develop and implement cybersecurity tools across the U.S. government.

 

TOP STORY

  • Americas: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on a tour across Latin America, aiming to shore up ties.
    • He caused a stir prior to departure with a statement suggesting that Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro might be removed by his own military.
    • At his first stop in Mexico, Tillerson reaffirmed his commitment to maintaining the NAFTA agreement.
    • Relations between the US and its Latin American partners have been strained by President Trump’s often hostile rhetoric.
    • Tillerson aims to promote US partnership in the region, with accompanying warnings against the growing Chinese influence in the region.
    • Reporting: AFP, NYT, REU, FP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Congo: Thirty-four captured Congolese militiamen have been handed over to the authorities by officials in Burundi. (AFP)
  • Libya: The coast guard has rescued 362 illegal migrants in three separate operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Security forces have arrested the deputy head of the country’s main opposition Umma Party after it held anti-government rallies to protest rising food prices. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The United States restricted arms transfers to the country in response to the tens of thousands who have died in civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: President Donald Trump threatened to end foreign aid to countries that don’t prevent illegal drugs from reaching the United States. (EFE)
  • Region: The foreign ministers of Canada and Mexico said that the current renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement would end up with a “win-win-win” situation for North America. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: A federal judge ruled that authorities must return the passport of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, seized last week on the order of another court after his conviction for corruption was upheld on appeal. (EFE)
  • United States: A policy document released said the United States will expand its nuclear capabilities, in response to Russia’s growing tactical nuclear weapons arsenal. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has approved the deployment of Russian warplanes on a disputed island near Japan. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan:  A total of 25 militants have been killed over the past 24 hours as the government forces attacked Taliban positions in the northern Faryab province. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Authorities denied widespread allegations that there were mass graves in a village in troubled Rakhine state. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Spain has extradited to the United States a Russian citizen, Pyotr Levashov, who is accused by U.S. authorities of running massive cybercrime campaigns. (RFE-RL)
  • Bulgaria: The government denied that it had made a commitment to the EU budget chief to increase its contribution to the EU budget. (Reuters)
  • Greece: A court rejected an extradition request for the first of nine suspected left-wing militants from Turkey who were arrested in November. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: France said it was “deeply concerned” that Syria’s government was flouting its pledges to stop using chemical weapons and Paris was working with its partners to shed light on recent suspected toxic gas attacks. (Reuters)
  • Gaza: Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas compound in the southern Gaza Strip, after Palestinians there fired a rocket into Israel. (AFP)
  • Syria: Bombardment by the Assad regime killed at least seven civilians in the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta, east of Damascus, a monitoring group reported. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Booz Allen Hamilton said it won a $621 million federal contract to develop and implement cybersecurity tools across the U.S. government. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Cebile
      • Location: 698nm S-SE of Diego Garcia
      • Movement: SE at 5mph
      • Wind: 120mph
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • 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 (04FEB)

  • Global: World Cancer Day – 2008
  • Angola: Liberation Movement Day – 1996
  • Costa Rica: General Elections
  • Cyprus: Run-off of presidential elections
  • Germany: Coalition negotiations to form the country’s next government to conclude
  • Guinea: Local Elections
  • Sri Lanka: Independence Day – 1948

 

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