ONS: 06 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A crew of 22 Indian nationals was freed by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government and the opposition agreed on having an adequate delegation of international observers at this year’s presidential election.
  • ASIA: Exiled former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed urged India to intervene after the government of the Indian Ocean archipelago imposed a state of emergency and arrested two senior judges.
  • EUROPE: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Balkan countries hoping to join the EU that none will be invited until they have resolved all border disputes with their neighbors.
  • MIDDLE EAST: After a month-long manhunt, Israeli forces killed Palestinian man Ahmad Jarrar, suspected of being behind the killing of a Jewish settler in JAN2018.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia sentenced 43 people to jail over online posts in 2017, signs that the country is slowly criminalizing internet use.

 

TOP STORY

  • Global Markets: Asia and Europe stocks follow US plunge.
    • Dow futures slumped more than 400 points, or 1.7%, early 06FEB morning, suggesting the turmoil of the past few days is set to deepen.
    • European markets followed Asian markets lower as investors continue to dump stocks following the biggest US market fall for six years.
    • The Dow already plummeted more than 1,800 points over the previous two trading sessions, the worst day since August 2011.
    • The weakness in stocks over the last few days was triggered by fears that interest rates could climb faster than expected.
    • As the stock market fell, the White House said the fundamentals of the US economy are strong.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNBC, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A crew of 22 Indian nationals was freed by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea off Benin in West Africa. (BBC)
  • Kenya: Opposition politician Miguna Miguna was charged with treason for his involvement in the symbolic presidential “swearing in” of opposition leader Raila Odinga. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma summoned cabinet ministers to a meeting in Cape Town, as pressure builds on the embattled 75-year-old leader to quit. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Main opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai is critically ill in a South African hospital and his supporters should “brace for the worst”, a party source said. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuba described US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s ongoing five-nation tour as seeking a return to the Monroe Doctrine of US supremacy over Latin America. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: Police and soldiers may have committed extrajudicial killings and used excessive force in their battle against violent street gangs in the country, the UN said. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The government and the opposition agreed on having an adequate delegation of international observers at this year’s presidential election. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three Hong Kong protest leaders had their prison sentences thrown out by Hong Kong’s highest court. (NYT)
  • Region: Exiled former president of the Maldives Mohamed Nasheed urged India to intervene after the government of the Indian Ocean archipelago imposed a state of emergency and arrested two senior judges. (Reuters)
  • China: The country confirmed it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai. (WSJ)
  • Korean Peninsula: US VP Mike Pence refused to rule out contact with North Korean officials when he attends the Winter Olympics in South Korea. (NYT)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an end to all foreign scientific research missions off the country’s northeast waters and called on the military to “chase out” unauthorized vessels. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned Balkan countries hoping to join the EU that none will be invited until they have resolved all border disputes with their neighbors. (AP)
  • Azerbaijan: Jamil Hasanly, head of the opposition National Council of Democratic Forces, said the coalition will boycott the 11APR presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel said her conservatives were willing to make painful concessions to seal a coalition deal to end the country’s political deadlock. (Reuters)
  • Poland: President Andrzej Duda announced that he would sign into law a bill that makes it illegal to accuse the Polish nation of complicity in the Holocaust and other Nazi war crimes during World War II. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: A government preoccupation with Brexit has led to “policy paralysis” over the armed forces, The Royal United Services Institute think tank warned. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: After a month-long manhunt, Israeli forces killed Palestinian man Ahmad Jarrar, suspected of being behind the killing of a Jewish settler in JAN2018. (AJ)
  • Region: President Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian government is being sued on allegations of targeting allies and rivals in a large-scale CIA-backed wiretapping operation. (AP)
  • Syria: Air strikes killed at least five people in the village of Tarmala, part of the rebel-held region of Idlib. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Russia sentenced 43 people to jail over online posts in 2017, signs that the country is slowly criminalizing internet use. (VOA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 1212 nm SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 8 mph
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 20JAN: 61,613 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 20JAN: 123,087 (Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, México, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin (French part), and Venezuela)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 20JAN: 101 (Brazil, Ecuador)
        • Deaths (01JAN16-31DEC16): 172
        • Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 91 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico)
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 05FEB: 2,143 (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 05FEB: 750 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07FEB)

  • France: 6th OECD Parliamentary Days to open in Paris (to 09FEB)
  • Grenada: Independence Day – 1974
  • United States: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau to visit (to 10FEB)

 

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