ONS: 06 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Militants attacked a Malian army post near the border of Burkina Faso, killing 11 soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Raul Castro harshly criticized US President Donald Trump’s immigration, trade, and other policies as Trump reviews a fragile detente with Communist-run Cuba.
  • ASIA: Malaysian PM Najib Razak rebuked North Korea as his government expelled its envoy for casting doubt over the impartiality of the investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader’s estranged half-brother.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine accused Russia of financing terrorism, supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US-backed forces have cut a key supply route between the Islamic State group’s Syrian stronghold Raqa and their territory in Deir Ezzor province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Oil and gas companies are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: New missile tests land in Japanese waters.
    • North Korea launched four missiles, a provocative barrage that coincided both with joint US-South Korean military exercises on the southern half of the peninsula and with the opening of the annual National People’s Congress in China.
    • South Korea said the missiles were unlikely to have been intercontinental ballistic missiles, which can reach the US, but some landed in Japanese waters.
    • American officials held phone calls afterward with counterparts in Japan and South Korea, as Japan moved to the highest possible alert level.
    • The test-launches appeared to be a reaction to huge US-South Korean military drills that those countries consider routine but that Pyongyang insists are an invasion rehearsal.
    • China called for restraint, criticizing the launches but also suggesting that South Korea and the US were partly to blame.
    • North Korea’s missile program is evolving, experts say, as the country develops and produces missiles at a faster rate, and deploys them in ways which potentially help evade new and existing defenses.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Bloomberg, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: Militants attacked a Malian army post near the border of Burkina Faso, killing 11 soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UN confirmed 196 people have died from acute watery diarrhea and cholera outbreak in the country since JAN17. (Xinhua)
  • Zambia: At least eight people were killed and 28 others injured in a stampede in the capital Lusaka as thousands of poor people struggled to claim food handouts. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban President Raul Castro harshly criticized US President Donald Trump’s immigration, trade, and other policies as Trump reviews a fragile detente with Communist-run Cuba. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: Late ex-president Rene Preval, a champion of the poor who served two terms as the country’s leader, will be honored with a state funeral. (AFP)
  • United States: FBI director James Comey asked the Justice Department to publicly reject President Trump’s assertion that President Barack Obama ordered the tapping of Mr. Trump’s phones. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysian PM Najib Razak rebuked North Korea as his government expelled its envoy for casting doubt over the impartiality of the investigation into the murder of the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother. (Reuters)
  • Region: At least five Pakistani soldiers and ten militants died in terrorist attacks in Mohmand Agency along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. (DPA)
  • Region: India called on all Asian countries for joint action against terrorism which it described as the “most pervasive and serious threat.” (Xinhua)
  • China: The country’s defense budget will rise seven percent to USD 151B this year, the slowest increase since 1991 and consistent with decelerating economic growth. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Police relaunched their ruthless drug war with the hope that it will be less bloody “or even bloodless” after a campaign that has claimed more than 8,000 lives. (FT)

EUROPE

  • Region: Ukraine accused Russia of financing terrorism, supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, and discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean Peninsula. (AP)
  • Region: Germany labeled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s likening a German ban on rallies by his ministers to “Nazi practices” as “absolutely unacceptable”. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia will have to prove it can be trusted again but there was no appetite among Western allies for a new cold war, British FM Boris Johnson said. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The country’s security services have thwarted 13 would-be terror attacks since JUN13, London Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner Mark Rowley said. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel said the US warned that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an “immediate crisis” with the Trump administration. (AP)
  • Region: A Palestinian was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government forces reached one of Mosul’s five destroyed bridges as they pushed deeper into the city’s western half. (AP)
  • Syria: US-backed forces have cut a key supply route between the Islamic State group’s stronghold Raqa and their territory in Deir Ezzor province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A fifth consecutive night of suspected US air strikes targeting Al-Qaeda members in the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Oil and gas companies are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Blanche
    • Location: 182 NM WSW of Darwin, Australia
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
    • Location: 393 NM NNW of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 32km NW of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 31.1 km
    • Map
  • 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 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 (07MAR)

  • Kyrgyzstan: Regular session of the Eurasian Inter-Governmental Council to be held in Bishkek
  • Ukraine: Withdrawal of forces and hardware in the area of Stanytsia Luhanska
  • United Kingdom: Anticipated government approval of bill triggering Article 50

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