- AFRICA: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said he will try to restart negotiations between Western Sahara’s Polisario independence movement and Morocco to resolve their conflict and allow Sahrawi refugees to return.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed to battle his opponents in the streets in a defiant speech, hours after being briefly detained as part of a probe into a massive corruption scheme.
- ASIA: The tiny Marshall Islands will seek to convince the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit against India, Pakistan and Britain which they accuse of failing to halt the nuclear arms race.
- EUROPE: Germany and Italy’s interior ministers have written to the European Commission calling for an EU-wide system to register migrants and a harmonization of selection procedures and rights for asylum seekers.
- MIDDLE EAST:
- Korea, North: Tensions continue to grow between the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the rest of the global community after sanctions were placed on the DPRK and in return, they fired off several nuclear weapons.
- The Philippines said Saturday it had impounded a North Korean vessel in response to tough new United Nations sanctions introduced in response to Pyongyang’s recent nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
- A team from the UN is expected to inspect the ship in the port, located near a former United States naval base, foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.
- The Kremlin on Friday called for “restraint” after North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un ordered that the country’s nuclear arsenal be readied for pre-emptive use at any time.
- South Korea on Saturday slammed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) for its denunciation of new tougher UN Security Council resolution, saying it will be an outright challenge to the international community.
- The European Union also tightened sanctions against North Korea by adding 16 people and 12 entities to a list of some 60 individuals and groups who were hit with travel bans and asset freezes.
- South Korea’s navy and coast guards on Friday carried out a joint maritime exercise against possible terrorist attacks from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), a local broadcaster YTN reported.
- AFP, AFP-1, Xinhua, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2
- Burundi: The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said that the number of people who have fled the country and sought shelter in neighboring states has passed the 250,000 mark, according to a UN spokesman. (Xinhua)
- Morocco: U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said he will try to restart negotiations between Western Sahara’s Polisario independence movement and Morocco to resolve their conflict and allow Sahrawi refugees to return. (AFP)
- Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir said there would be no dialogue with the Darfur armed groups after the current national dialogue which reached its final stages. (Xinhua)
- Region: The governments of Barbados and St. Lucia are expected to conclude negotiations on a draft agreement to establish a maritime boundary between the two states. (EFE)
- Brazil: Ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva vowed to battle his opponents in the streets in a defiant speech, hours after being briefly detained as part of a probe into a massive corruption scheme. (AFP)
- Venezuela: Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez has denounced the “aggression” of the United States after that country in 2015 issued a decree labelling the South American country an “unusual and extraordinary threat to national security”. (EFE)
- Afghanistan: Up to 45 militants have been killed and 35 others injured as a clash erupted in Taliban former stronghold the southern Helmand province on Saturday (Xinhua)
- Marshall Islands: The islands will seek to convince the UN’s highest court to take up a lawsuit against India, Pakistan and Britain which they accuse of failing to halt the nuclear arms race. (AFP)
- Samoa: Samoa’s ruling Human Rights Protection Party won a crushing victory in the Pacific island nation’s general election, preliminary results released on Saturday showed. (AFP)
- Region: Germany and Italy’s interior ministers have written to the European Commission calling for an EU-wide system to register migrants and a harmonization of selection procedures and rights for asylum seekers. (Reuters)
- Slovakia: Citizens began voting in a general election that polls show will hand firebrand leftist Premier Robert Fico a third term in power on the back of staunch anti-refugee rhetoric. (AFP)
- Ukraine: The European Union has extended its sanctions against 16 Ukrainian nationals, responsible for misuse of state assets, the EU decision, published at the Official Journal, reads. (Tass)
- Syria: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested building a new city in the north of the country to house some of the millions of refugees escaping the country’s civil war. (AFP)
- Syria: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in a late phone conversation called for a prompt start to the next round of peace talks, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technological Development: China aims to become a world leader in advanced industries such as semiconductors and in the next generation of chip materials, robotics, aviation equipment and satellites, the government said in its blueprint for development between 2016 and 2020. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 04MAR: 18,080 (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: 376
- Deaths as of 04MAR: 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 04MAR: 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 04MAR: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 04MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
- Indication of Viral Circulation as of 04MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
- Deaths as of 04MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAR)
- Global: Indonesia will host the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Jakarta (to 07MAR)
- Benin: Presidential elections
- Ghana: Independence Day – 1957
- Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Saudi officials banning public protests – 2011