ONS: 06 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari asked parliament to extend his medical leave, deepening suspicions his health is worse than officials are admitting publicly.

  • AMERICAS: The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to immediately restore President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

  • ASIA: China welcomed US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ suggestion that diplomacy should be the priority in the South China Sea.

  • EUROPE: EU diplomats say sanctions against Russia must remain in force until it helps end fighting in eastern Ukraine.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia, Turkey, Iran and the UN met in Kazakhstan to discuss the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Silicon Valley’s heavyweights like Apple, Google and Facebook joined the court fight against President Trump’s immigration restrictions, warning the limits could hurt the US economy.

 

TOP STORY

  • US & Russian Relations: Trump causes further controversy with Putin comments.

    • US President Donald Trump’s latest comments about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the US are leading some fellow Republicans to take a step back from the president.

    • The Kremlin demanded an apology from Fox News, after Bill O’Reilly called Putin “a killer” in an interview with Trump.

    • O’Reilly tried to press Trump to explain more fully why he respected his Russian counterpart, but did not say who he thought Putin had killed.

    • The Kremlin also said differences between Russia and the US over Iran and other international issues shouldn’t harm efforts to improve relations between both countries.

    • Coverage: Reuters, USA Today, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Morocco: The country threatened to end economic cooperation with the EU if the bloc did not honor a farming deal. (Reuters)

  • Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari asked parliament to extend his medical leave, deepening suspicions his health is worse than officials are admitting publicly. (Reuters)

  • Somalia: The country’s electoral committee said preparations for the 08FEB presidential polls are complete and the election will take place as scheduled. (Xinhua)

  • Somalia: Al Shabaab militants publicly beheaded four men accused of spying for the country’s Western-backed government, the US and Kenya. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Around 300 fighters from Marxist FARC rebels will not demobilize under a peace deal, General Alberto Jose Mejia said. (Reuters)

  • United States: The Pentagon failed to disclose up to thousands of airstrikes over several years in Iraq, Syria, and Afghanistan. (Reuters)

  • United States: The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to immediately restore President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. (WSJ)

  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro said he was seeking more Vatican help to try to jump-start political talks with the opposition. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China welcomed US Defense Secretary James Mattis’ suggestion that diplomacy should be the priority in the South China Sea. (Reuters)

  • Region: Asylum seekers who have been in Indonesia for years rallied in Jakarta urging the UN speed up the process of resettling them in third countries. (AP)

  • Afghanistan: More than 11,400 civilians were killed or injured in the country last year, according to a new UN report, a record high. (WSJ)

  • Pakistan: A security guard shot and killed Afghan diplomat Mohammad Zaki Abdu in the city of Karachi. (AP)

  • Philippines: Philippine soldiers arrested communist rebel leader Ariel Arbitrario, as the Philippine army clashed with the insurgents. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU insisted all parties must fully implement the Minsk ceasefire accords to restore peace in Ukraine. (AFP)

  • Region: EU diplomats say sanctions against Russia must remain in force until it helps end fighting in eastern Ukraine. (AP)

  • Greece: Immigration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas faced off with angry migrants at the Hellinikon camp, who barred entry to a camp in protest at poor living conditions. (AFP)

  • Spain: Thousands marched in Barcelona to accompany three Catalan politicians, who face charges for ignoring a constitutional ban a vote on the region’s independence. (AP)

  • Turkey: The number of suspects detained in a major police operation against the Islamic State group over the weekend increased to nearly 750. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Chinese navy task force ended its visits to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, showing its growing presence in the region. (AP)

  • Region: Israel struck a Hamas position in Gaza after a “projectile” fired from the Palestinian enclave crashed in a border area. (AFP)

  • Bahrain: The country’s top court rejected an appeal by main opposition group Al Wefaq against its dissolution over terrorism-related charges. (AFP)

  • Syria: Russia, Turkey, Iran and the UN met in Kazakhstan to discuss the implementation of the Syrian ceasefire. (Reuters)

  • Syria: The Islamic State group is “completely besieged” in Al-Bab after forces loyal to Syria’s regime cut off a road into the jihadists’ last major stronghold in Aleppo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Silicon Valley’s heavyweights like Apple, Google and Facebook joined the court fight against President Trump’s immigration restrictions, warning the limits could hurt the US economy. (NYT)

 

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 03FEB: 480 (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 03FEB: 101

        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250

      • Deaths as of 03FEB: 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 (07FEB)

  • Asia Region: Chinese FM Wang to visit Australia and New Zealand (to 10FEB)

  • Colombia: Negotiations with ELN rebels to begin in Quito, Ecuador

  • Cuba: Anniversary of complete US embargo placed on Cuba – 1962

  • Europe Region: Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez to visit Germany, Finland, and Russia (to 17FEB)

  • Haiti: Jovenel Moise to be inaugurated President

  • Haiti: Anniversary of Aristide’s inauguration as President – 1991

  • Haiti: Anniversary of President’s Jean-Claude Duvalier’s overthrow – 1986

  • Maldives: Anniversary of coup and resignation of President Mohamed Nasheed – 2012

 

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