- AFRICA: Nigerian pirates released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors who had been captured last month.
- AMERICAS: Mexican federal police in Cancun rescued 31 Cuban immigrants who had been held prisoner by armed men demanding money for their release.
- ASIA: A police officer and two suspected militants were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir during a 15-hour gunfight.
- EUROPE: A Turkish rescue team found the pilot of a Syrian warplane that crashed on Turkish territory.
- MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians.
- TECHNOLOGY: International media outlets reported that the Trump administration is reaching an inflection point where it must decide whether to continue the cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program started under Obama three years ago.
- Somalia: More than one hundred people dead from famine over 48 hours.
- PM Khaire announced that famine and diarrhea, resulting from drought, has killed 110 people over the past two days in the rural southwestern Bay region.
- The country is now facing long term and widespread food shortages, with UNICEF predicting that up to 270,000 Somali children will suffer malnutrition this year.
- The drought follows two seasons of below-average rainfall, and is exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon.
- The drought, famine, and sickness are expected to undermine efforts to promote stability and peace in the region.
- Sources: BBC, CNN, AP, Reuters
- Region: South Korea participated in a European Union-led military operation to combat pirates in the waters around the Gulf of Aden near Somalia. (Yonhap)
- Algeria: Counter terrorism troops deployed along the southern border with Niger discovered an arms stockpile suspected of belonging to regional militants. (Xinhua)
- Nigeria: Pirates released seven Russian and one Ukrainian sailors who had been captured last month. (Reuters)
- Canada: Public Safety Minister Goodale called on the US to assist in slowing the tide of refugees crossing the border into Canada. (AFP)
- Mexico: Federal police in Cancun rescued 31 Cuban immigrants who had been held prisoner by armed men demanding money for their release. (Reuters)
- United States: President Trump is reportedly planning to sign an updated executive order banning travel from certain Middle Eastern and African countries early next week, possibly as soon as Monday. (CNN)
- Region: A police officer and two suspected militants were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir during a 15-hour gunfight. (AFP)
- China: Demonstrators gathered outside Lotte hypermarket stores to protest the Lotte Group’s decision to provide the South Korean government with a site for the THAAD missile defense system. (AP)
- Japan: A helicopter conducting a mountain rescue exercise crashed with nine local officials aboard, and at least three people are feared dead. (AFP)
- Philippines: One person was killed and several others injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered in Surigao. (AFP)
- Region: Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern called for an EU-wide ban on rallies by Turkish politicians urging Turks living abroad to back an April 16 referendum to boost President Tayyip Erdogan’s powers. (Reuters)
- Greece: PM Alexis Tsipras warned Europe against austere budget targets, saying that it would create more uncertainty for his country and Europe as a whole. (AFP)
- Turkey: A Turkish rescue team found and recovered the pilot of a Syrian warplane that crashed on Turkish territory. (AFP)
- Bahrain: The country approved a constitutional change allowing military courts to try civilians, the kingdom’s latest rollback on reforms made after its 2011 Arab Spring protests. (WP)
- Iraq: Troops encountered the “heaviest” clashes yet with Islamic State group fighters in western Mosul; IS militants allegedly dispatched six suicide car bombs, which were all destroyed before reaching troop concentrations. (AP)
- Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida militants launched an armed attack on a pro-government military checkpoint in the southern province of Abyan, leaving four soldiers dead. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: International media outlets reported that the Trump administration is reaching an inflection point where it must decide whether to continue the cyber and electronic strikes against North Korea’s missile program started under Obama three years ago. (NYT)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
- Location: 402 NM N of Port Louis, Mauritius
- Winds: 86 mph
- Movement: WSW at 2 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (06MAR)
- Global: IAEA board of governors to meet in Vienna, approve Japan’s Yukiya Amano’s re-election as IAEA Director General (to 10MAR)
- France: President Francois Hollande, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni to meet in Versailles
- Ghana: Independence Day – 1957
- Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of officials banning all public protests – 2011