ONS: 04 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 5, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan recalled its ambassador to the United States, a day after the American government imposed an arms embargo on the nation.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s government opened its first shelter for Venezuelans who are pouring across the border in ever larger numbers to escape the economic crisis.
  • ASIA: North Korea accused South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo of trying to scuttle the on-going detente by making a nuclear-related statement against the North.
  • EUROPE: Protesters are arriving in central Athens for a massive rally to protest a potential compromise in a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its official name.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey threatened to expand its operation against Kurdish militia in Syria to the town of the Manbij and even east of the Euphrates.
  • TECHNOLOGY: German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was prepared to consider changes to a widely criticized new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech.

 

TOP STORY

  • Maldives: Constitutional crisis between branches of government escalates, troops surround Parliament.
    • On Thursday, the Supreme Court ordered the release of 12 political prisoners, including an ex-president.
    • President Abdulla Yameen is refusing to comply with the order, and in response the Supreme Court has called for his impeachment.
    • The Attorney General Mohamed Anil has said such an impeachment would be unconstitutional.
    • The legislature has been shuttered, with troops surrounding the Parliament building to prevent any lawmakers from entering.
    • Reporting: AFP, Reuters, AP, AVAS, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema dissolved his government, including the prime minister and his three deputies, according to a decree read out on state television. (AFP)
  • Libya: Government forces fought suspected Islamic State fighters, killing three of them near an oilfield run by Waha Oil in the southeast of the country. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The administration recalled its ambassador to the United States, a day after the American government imposed an arms embargo on the nation. (Xinhua)
  • Togo: Thousands of protesters took to the streets in the capital Lome against President Faure Gnassingbe and his government. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia’s government opened its first shelter for Venezuelans who are pouring across the border in ever larger numbers to escape their nation’s economic crisis. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities say they have rescued 300 Central American migrants being transported in dangerous conditions in multiple tractor-trailers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s Latin America tour aims to “conspire” against Venezuela’s socialist government. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea accused South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo of trying to scuttle the on-going detente by making a nuclear-related statement against the North. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: At least eight insurgents were confirmed dead as warplanes struck a Taliban bastion in the Wardoj district of northern Badakhshan province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Authorities criticized a U.S. government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 wounded in a suicide attack near an army base in the Swat valley. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbia is ready to continue negotiations with Kosovo authorities within the Brussels dialogue, after they were stopped recently as a result of assassination of a prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives faced tough negotiations with the Social Democrats as they seek to form a coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Protesters are arriving in central Athens for a massive rally to protest a potential compromise in a dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its official name. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police detained 82 Islamic State (IS) suspects in Istanbul, including 77 foreigners, local media reported. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Security officials say a roadside bomb has targeted a pickup truck carrying members of the security forces in the turbulent north of the Sinai Peninsula, killing two. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkey threatened to expand its operation against Kurdish militia in Syria to the town of the Manbij and even east of the Euphrates, warning that American soldiers risked being targeted in the area if they wore enemy uniform. (AFP)
  • Syria: Seven Turkish soldiers were killed in Turkey’s offensive against Kurdish militia inside Syria, including five who died in a single attack on a tank. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communication: German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled that she was prepared to consider changes to a widely criticized new law that aims to rid social media of hate speech. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone Cebile
      • Location: 848nm S-SE of Diego Garcia
      • Movement: SE at 9mph
      • Wind: 80mph
      • Source
  • 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 (05FEB)

  • Belgium: Trial of the suspect in the November 2015 terror attack in Paris to begin at the Royal palace of Justice in Brussels
  • Burundi: Unity Day – Unknown
  • Holy See: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican
  • Mexico: Constitution Day – 1917
  • Pakistan: Kashmir Solidarity Day – 1990

 

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