ONS: 04 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: More than 1,300 migrants were rescued in 13 separate missions in the Mediterranean, bringing the total over the last three days to over 2,600. (Reuters)
  • AMERICAS: A federal judge in Washington State temporarily blocked enforcement of Trump’s controversial ban on entry to the United States. (WP)
  • ASIA: China warned the United States after Secretary Mattis said an island chain claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing was covered by a US-Japan military accord. (AFP)
  • EUROPE: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bucharest and other Romanian cities as Romania’s anti-corruption protest entered its fourth day. (Guardian)
  • MIDDLE EAST: Defense Department officials acknowledged that the videos seized in this week’s commando raid in Yemen appear to be 10 years old. (NYT)
  • COMMUNICATION: As President Trump steps up his attacks on the “dishonest” press, major American media outlets are seeing an apparent resurgence after years of downward spiral. (AFP)

 

TOP STORY

  • US announces new sanctions against Iran
    • The United States announced new sanctions against Iran following a recent missile test.
    • The US Treasury Department said it was applying sanctions on 25 individuals and companies connected to Iran’s ballistic missile program and those providing support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force.
    • National Security Advisor Michael Flynn said, “The Trump Administration will no longer tolerate Iran’s provocations that threaten our interests,” and that the “international community has been too tolerant of Iran’s bad behavior.”
    • Mr. Trump refused to rule out military action against Iran, saying that “nothing is off the table.”
    • Tehran condemned the sanctions as illegal, and quickly responded with its own plan to impose reciprocal measures, including legal restrictions on US nationals and companies.
    • Coverage: BBC, Aljazeera, CNN, Reuters, WSJ, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: EU leaders pledged to slow the movement of African migrants crossing the Mediterranean. (NYT)
  • Region: More than 1,300 migrants were rescued in 13 separate missions in the Mediterranean, bringing the total over the last three days to over 2,600. (Reuters)
  • Botswana: The government’s four main opposition parties launched a coalition to challenge the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) in the 2019 elections. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government confirmed 60 deaths caused by a yellow fever outbreak, while 87 more suspicious deaths are being investigated. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: According to the Finance Ministry, the government agreed to work with Turkey towards a bilateral free trade agreement. (Xinhua)
  • United States: A federal judge in Washington State temporarily blocked enforcement of President Trump’s controversial ban on entry to the country. (WP)
  • United States: A former Norwegian prime minister was detained at Dulles Airport for an hour because he visited Iran in 2014. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian and Filipino students protested Mr. Trump’s immigration policy outside the US embassies of their capitals. (WP)
  • Region: China warned the United States after Secretary Mattis said an island chain claimed by both Tokyo and Beijing was covered by a US-Japan military accord. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The UN removed the name of a former Afghan warlord from its Islamic State group and al-Qaida sanctions list. (NYT)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The Security Council called on law enforcement agencies to arrest a fugitive cannabis kingpin to quell doubts about its resolve to fight drugs. (Reuters)
  • France: Paris and the United States reaffirmed their alliance against security threats and the shared desire to fight the Islamic State (IS) group, particularly in Iraq and Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bucharest and other cities as anti-corruption protests entered their fourth day. (Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Secretary Mattis said he was not considering raising the number of US forces in the Middle East to address Iran’s “misbehavior.” (Reuters)
  • Iran: Foreign airlines instructed travel agencies not to sell US-bound flight tickets to Iranians holding US visas (AP)
  • Yemen: Defense Department officials acknowledged that the videos seized in this week’s commando raid appear to be 10 years old. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: As President Trump steps up his attacks on the “dishonest” press, major American media outlets are seeing an apparent resurgence after years of downward spiral. (AFP)

 

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 (05FEB)

  • Mexico: Constitution Day – 1917
  • Pakistan: Kashmir Solidarity Day – 1990
  • Ukraine: Contact Group’s deadline for pulling back all weapons and military equipment from contact line
  • United Kingdom: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit London for talks with PM Theresa May (to 06FEB)

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