ONS: 04 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 5, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The forces of Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar, based in the country’s east, have lost control of a key oil export terminal they had seized last year.
  • AMERICAS: According to a human rights watchdog, a total of 120 civil leaders have been killed in Colombia over the past 14 months.
  • ASIA: At least eight civilians, including four children, were killed in an attack in Afghanistan’s western Farah province.
  • EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the suspension until next week of a ruling by the Georgian Supreme Court that hands the country’s main opposition television station over to a government-friendly owner.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran successfully test-fired the Russian-made S-300 air defense system.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Netherlands is considering a bill to give police far-ranging powers to prosecute cybercrime, including the ability to hack suspects’ computers or trap suspected pedophiles.

 

TOP STORY

  • Jordan: Authorities execute ten criminals convicted of terrorism related offenses.
    • The ten individuals were convicted in a series of bombing and shooting attacks since 2003 that resulted in the death of a British tourist, a critic of Islamic extremism, and members of Jordanian security forces.
    • Five additional criminals were executed for “heinous” crimes including rape.
    • All those executed were Jordanian citizens.
    • The men were hanged in Suaga prison south of the capital Amman.
    • In 2005 King Abdullah II said that Jordan aimed to become the first Middle Eastern country to halt executions, however public opinion blamed the policy for a rise in crime, and in December 2014 Jordan resumed the practice.
    • Sources: BBC, CNN, AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: The forces of military strongman Khalifa Haftar, based in the country’s east, have lost control of a key oil export terminal they had seized last year. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Authorities seized 1.5 tons of cannabis in the central city of Kasba Tadla. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: The country declared a state of emergency in several western areas flanking Mali after a spate of deadly attacks blamed on foreign jihadists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) demanded the country’s prosecutor-general open an investigation into corruption allegations against the government’s chief of staff, Eliseu Padilha. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: According to a human rights watchdog, a total of 120 civil leaders have been killed in the country over the past 14 months. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: A civil organization has called for a criminal investigation into the use of landmines and child soldiers by leftist guerrillas during the country’s civil war. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least eight civilians, including four children, were killed in an attack in western Farah province. (AP)
  • India: Authorities arrested two child protection officers for alleged links with a trafficking gang that ran illegal adoption centers selling children to foreign couples. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Families of passengers on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have launched a campaign to privately fund a search for the aircraft. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen have killed a prominent attorney in an apparent targeted shooting in a northwestern town near a tribal region bordering Afghanistan. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The European Court of Human Rights ordered the suspension until next week of a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court that hands the country’s main opposition television station over to a government-friendly owner. (AP)
  • Kosovo: The European Union’s foreign policy chief has urged Kosovo’s opposition to ratify a border demarcation agreement with Montenegro. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Authorities said that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will schedule a visit Moscow in coming weeks for talks focused on bilateral ties and regional issues. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country successfully test-fired the Russian-made S-300 air defense system. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that tens of thousands of civilians fled advancing Russian-backed regime forces fighting Islamic State jihadists in the north over the past week. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The US military conducted a series of at least five airstrikes against suspected al-Qaeda positions. (WP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Netherlands is considering a bill to give police far-ranging powers to prosecute cybercrime, including the ability to hack suspects’ computers or trap suspected pedophiles. (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 03MAR: 4,008 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03MAR: 616 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 03MAR: 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: 1,917 (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 (05MAR)

  • China: Fifth annual session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) to open in Beijing
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Kurdish uprising against Saddam Hussein – 1991
  • Russia: Azerbaijani FM Elmar Mamedyarov to visit (to 07MAR)
  • Russia: Anniversary of death of Joseph Stalin – 1953
  • Thailand: Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of death of Hugo Chavez – 2013

 

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