- AFRICA: UN Security Council envoys kicked off a visit to Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions starve amid the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region.
- AMERICAS: Colombian Vice President German Vargas Lleras announced he would resign later this month, presumably to pursue the presidency in the 2018 elections.
- ASIA: India will host the Dalai Lama, despite a warning from China that it would damage ties.
- EUROPE: Russia’s top military officer Gen. Valery Gerasimov spoke to NATO counterpart Gen. Petr Pavel for the first time in several years.
- MIDDLE EAST: US fighter jets pounded Al-Qaeda targets in the country for a second straight day, as Washington steps up its air war against the jihadists.
- TECHNOLOGY: Singapore’s Ministry of Defense will set up a cyber command to enhance its defense capabilities against cyber-attacks.
- China & South Korea: Tensions rise over missile defense plans.
- China escalated its condemnation of South Korea over a US anti-missile system, with apparent signs Beijing plans to make Seoul pay an economic price over a move that China says threatens its security.
- Beijing has also banned Chinese tour groups from visiting South Korea.
- As a result, South Korean stock trading plunged, indicating China is prepared to use economic leverage and trade wars as means of protest.
- South Korea is reviewing whether reported Chinese actions violate international norms.
- China also expressed concern about a large-scale joint military exercise between South Korean and US troops that began this week.
- Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, FT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3
- Region: UN Security Council envoys kicked off a visit to Africa’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions starve amid the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. (AP)
- Mozambique: The opposition Renamo party will extend a ceasefire by a further two months, aimed at aiding ongoing peace talks. (Reuters)
- Nigeria: Multiple explosions rocked the outskirts of the northeastern city of Maiduguri, killing three suicide bombers. (AFP)
- Zimbabwe: At least 246 people have been killed by floods in the country since DEC16, as the government launched an appeal for foreign aid. (AFP)
- Colombia: Vice President German Vargas Lleras announced he would resign later this month, presumably to pursue the presidency in the 2018 elections. (EFE)
- Guatemala: Five former Guatemalan army officers will face trial charged with the disappearance of a 14-year-old boy and the rape of his sister during the country’s civil war. (AP)
- Mexico: Journalist Cecilio Pineda was shot and killed in the country’s violent Guerrero state. (AFP)
- Peru: Former President Alejandro Toledo will not return to the country, citing he is the target of political persecution. (Xinhua)
- Region: Malaysian police issued an arrest warrant for Kim Uk Il, an Air Koryo employee in connection with the investigation into an airport murder case. (Xinhua)
- Region: India will host the Dalai Lama, despite a warning from China that it would damage ties. (Reuters)
- Australia: PM Malcolm Turnbull declared the country’s objective to kill fighters serving with Islamic State in the Middle East wherever possible. (Guardian)
- Bangladesh: Police arrested Maolana Abul Kashem, the “spiritual leader” of the banned Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh Islamist outfit, alleged to have carried out a series of deadly attacks in the country. (AFP)
- Thailand: More than 1,000 people marched in the country’s insurgency-torn south to condemn the killing of a Buddhist family. (AFP)
- Region: Britain’s most senior NATO commander Gen. Sir Adrian Bradshaw called for a grand strategy against Russian cyber-attacks, propaganda, and political agitation. (BBC)
- Region: Russia’s top military officer Gen. Valery Gerasimov spoke to NATO counterpart Gen. Petr Pavel for the first time in several years. (AP)
- Region: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu warned Germany of “consequences” as a row between the nations worsens over campaign rallies in Germany by Turkish government officials. (DPA)
- Sweden: A plane bound for Thailand was evacuated at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport after a bomb threat. (DPA)
- Iraq: Iraqi special forces have completely retaken the Wadi Hajjar area of Mosul from Islamic State group militants, despite ongoing clearing operations. (AP)
- Syria: Syrian army units cleared landmines and explosives left behind by Islamic State militants in the historic town of Palmyra. (AP)
- Yemen: US fighter jets pounded Al-Qaeda targets in the country for a second straight day, as Washington steps up its air war against the jihadists. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Singapore’s Ministry of Defense will set up a cyber command to enhance its defense capabilities against cyber-attacks. (Xinhua)
- Technology: The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new Freedom of Information Act online portal is now live. (TechCrunch)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (04MAR)
- Sudan: Anniversary of ICC arrest warrant for President Bashir – 2009