ONS: 04 February 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 5, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Italy’s Foreign Ministry has urgently summoned the Egyptian ambassador over the death of an Italian student on the outskirts of Cairo, seeking maximum cooperation in the investigation.
  • AMERICAS: South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus.
  • ASIA: South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she will not tolerate a launch by North Korea of a long-range ballistic missile.
  • EUROPE: A UN panel has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been “unlawfully detained”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone in southern Yemen killed Jalal Belaidi, a prominent chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State’s rule, in order to silence the group’s propaganda which relies heavily on social media.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Peace talks break down as international donor meeting convenes.
    • Syrian peace talks remain suspended as fighting continues between government, Russian, and opposition forces.
    • Syria’s government and the opposition have blamed each other for the suspension of peace talks in Geneva.
    • The US and France have accused Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime of undermining talks to end Syria’s civil war.
    • The UN strained to keep faltering Syrian peace talks alive as Damascus tried to press home gains against rebels and its ally Russia said its air strikes would go on until “terrorists” were defeated.
    • Leaders and diplomats from 70 countries are meeting in London to pledge billions to help millions of Syrians displaced by war — and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees to Europe.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan’s oil ministers have agreed in principle a new oil pipeline deal, after slumps in global prices made Juba effectively pay to export crude. (AFP)
  • Region: A confidential report to the UN Security Council accuses Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees with the goal of ousting Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Italy’s Foreign Ministry has urgently summoned the Egyptian ambassador over the death of an Italian student on the outskirts of Cairo, seeking maximum cooperation in the investigation. (AP)
  • Mali: The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said USD 354M will be required to meet the needs caused by the country’s crisis in 2016. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: South American health ministers held an emergency meeting on slowing the spread of the Zika virus. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The ELN (National Liberation Army), the country’s second-largest insurgency, snatched a military intelligence official from a power plant in the northwest. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The country has 37 cases of Zika virus infection in seven of the country’s 32 states. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: India has said it will stand by Pakistan if the neighboring nation takes action against terrorists operating from there. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Churches in the country have said they will offer sanctuary to asylum seekers who face deportation to Nauru. (BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she will not tolerate a launch by North Korea of a long-range ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
  • North Korea: Russia urged the country to avoid escalating tensions with an announced rocket launch, expressing “grave concern” over the plan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Austrian FM Sebastian Kurz called on the EU to stop giving aid to countries that refuse to take back nationals whose asylum claims were rejected. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police have arrested two Algerians they suspect of links to the Islamic State group and are hunting for two others in Berlin and other regions. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: The country’s foreign minister and former premier Hashim Thaci says he received a death threat purportedly from the leader of the Islamic State. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A UN panel has ruled Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been “unlawfully detained”. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Clashes erupted between Palestinian residents and the Israeli military in the northern West Bank hometown of militants who had launched an attack in Jerusalem the previous day. (DPA)
  • Iran: An opposition website is reporting authorities have detained Bahman Daroshafaei, a former BBC Persian service reporter. (AP)
  • Syria: France has destroyed an Islamic State training camp in a joint air raid with coalition partners around 60 kilometers northeast of Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone in the country’s south killed Jalal Belaidi, a prominent chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iraq is trying to persuade satellite firms to halt Internet services in areas under Islamic State’s rule, in order to silence the group’s propaganda which relies heavily on social media. (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 04FEB: 28,638 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 04FEB: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 04FEB: 951 (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: 21
      • Deaths as of 04FEB: 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 04FEB: 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 04FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05FEB)

  • Pakistan: Kashmir Solidarity Day – 1990

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