ONS: 05 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 6, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Police said they defused a bomb planted on a road used by Somali and African Union forces in Beletweyne in central Somalia. (Xinhua)
  • AMERICAS: US envoy Nikki Haley put into motion a far-reaching review of UN peacekeeping that is likely to lead to closures and downsizing of missions. (AFP)
  • ASIA: The government of Indonesia aims to rein in a notorious Islamic hardline group which spearheaded protests against Jakarta’s Christian governor. (AFP)
  • EUROPE: Thousands took to the streets in American and European cities to protest President Trump’s travel ban, even as it was suspended by a federal judge. (AFP-JIJI)
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian forces carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in southern Syria, hitting an arms depot, a warehouse, and barracks. (AP)
  • TECHNOLOGY: Following President Trump’s executive order, India’s technology firms fear a US crackdown on high-skilled visas. (AFP)

 

TOP STORY

  • United States Border Control: Appeals Court rejects President Trump’s appeal to immediately restore travel ban
    • The US Justice Department filed an appeal just after midnight, asking to pause a sweeping decision from federal Judge Robart, which temporarily halted the enforcement of several key provisions of President Trump’s executive order.
    • The government’s emergency motion was part of a multi-pronged response to Judge Robart’s decision.
    • The Trump administration said a federal judge in Seattle overstepped his authority by temporarily blocking the ban nationwide.
    • The US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied the Justice Department’s request to immediately reinstate Mr. Trump’s immigration ban.
    • The ban will remain frozen throughout the weekend, and a decision on a further request to restore the ban will be put off until at least afternoon Monday 06FEB.
    • The travel ban will remain suspended until the full case has been heard.
    • Coverage: Aljazeera, CNN, BBC, AFP, WSJ, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Traditional herdsmen invaded the land, burned down the tourist lodge and brought in thousands of cattle to steal pasture. (BBC)
  • Libya: More than 120 migrants including women and children were rescued by the coastguard off the coast of Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The police defused a bomb planted on a road used by Somali and African Union forces in Beletweyne in central Somalia. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Mauricio Macri issued a decree curbing immigration to Argentina, while declaring that newcomers from poorer countries bring crime. (NYT)
  • Peru: Police searched the house of ex-President Alejandro Toledo in a case involving alleged bribes from a Brazilian construction firm under investigation. (AP)
  • United States: UN envoy Nikki Haley put into motion a far-reaching review of UN peacekeeping that is likely to lead to closures and the downsizing of missions. (AFP)
  • United States: Trump’s promotion of a CIA official who once led brutal interrogations raised concerns that the United States could resume torturing suspects. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: The State Council has issued its first strategic plan for territory development and preservation, outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The government aims to rein in a notorious Islamic hardline group which spearheaded protests against Jakarta’s Christian governor. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 13 people were killed in an avalanche that buried five homes following heavy snowfall in the country’s north. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Following the Trump travel ban, growing pressures lead the Pakistani government to rein in Islamist militants. (WP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Thousands took to the streets in American and European cities to protest President Trump’s travel ban, as it was suspended by a federal judge. (AFP-JIJI)
  • Region: Tensions flare between Greece and Turkey over disputed islets in the Aegean Sea, airspace violations, and a Byzantine heritage inside Turkey. (AFP)
  • Romania: The government repealed a contentious corruption decree that has sparked the biggest protests since the fall of Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Oleg Anashchenko, a senior commander with pro-Russian rebel forces in eastern Ukraine was killed in a car bomb attack in Luhansk. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Government forces carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in southern Syria, hitting an arms depot, a warehouse, and barracks. (AP)
  • Syria: Opposition fighters backed by Turkey took control of the northern Syrian town of Dabiq from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. (Aljazeera)
  • United Arab Emirates: The government confirmed that one of its soldiers was killed during the operation “Restore Hope” with the Saudi-led Arab coalition. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Qassim al-Raymi, who became leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said that the US raid carried out had failed. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Following President Trump’s executive order, India’s technology firms fear a US crackdown on high-skilled visas. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes:
  • 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 (06FEB)

  • Global: International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation – 2012
  • Moldova: President Igor Dodon to visit Brussels to meet with EU officials (to 07FEB)
  • Russia: Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani to visit Moscow
  • Spain: Trial of Catalonia’s former separatist chief Artur Mas (to 10FEB)
  • Syria: The Joint Operational Group will hold its first session in Astana, Kazakhstan

 

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