ONS: 07 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Campaigning in Nigeria’s to close to call presidential election entered its final week with mounting questions about whether the vote will even go ahead.
  • AMERICAS: Six Bosnian immigrants were accused of sending money and equipment from the US to terrorists overseas, including fighters with the IS and al-Qaida in Iraq.
  • ASIA: The US unveiled a National Security Strategy that maintains focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership economic and security effort.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s hard-left government met after demanding temporary funding from its European creditors before renegotiating its foreign loans.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IS said that American captive Jean Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike, but Jordan dismissed the statement as “criminal propaganda.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: A British tribunal ruled that some aspects of intelligence-sharing between security agencies in Britain and the United States were unlawful.

 

TOP STORY

  • Islamic State: The Islamic State said that American captive Kayla Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike
    • An Islamic State message published by the SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist activity, said the American woman was killed when the building where she was being held in the Raqqa area collapsed in an airstrike.
    • The family of Kayla Mueller, 26, meanwhile urged media to be restrained in their reporting of the IS claim about the aid worker.
    • US President Barack Obama says the U.S. is doing everything in its power to try to rescue an American woman being held by Islamic State militants.
    • Jordan has dismissed the statement as “criminal propaganda.”
    • Coverage: ABC News, AFP, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: A prominent MP was shot dead along with two bodyguards and a driver in the centre of the capital Nairobi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Campaigning in the country’s too close to call presidential election entered its final week with mounting questions about whether the vote will even go ahead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Presidential candidate Buhari called it a national “disgrace” that its neighbors have had more success in battling Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The US, UK, and Norway called rival factions in the country’s conflict to reach a final peace agreement in a month and form a transitional government by July. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The Supreme Court ruled that an absolute ban on assisted suicide is out of step with the times and deprives those with incurable illnesses their right to decide matters critical to their dignity and autonomy. (LAT)
  • Mexico: A Tamaulipas state official said a Televisa station in the border city of Matamoros suffered a grenade attack that injured two guards, one seriously. (AP)
  • United States: Six Bosnian immigrants were accused of sending money and equipment to terrorists overseas, including fighters with the Islamic State and al-Qaida in Iraq. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced that an occupied supermarket chain will be folded into the state food distribution system. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US unveiled a National Security Strategy that maintains focus on the Trans Pacific Partnership economic and security effort. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: PM Abbott expected a challenge against him to fail and said his government would not repeat the “chaos and instability” of previous administrations. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: 31 were injured, and eight people, including two children, were burnt to death in separate petrol bomb incidents amid continued countrywide blockades. (XIN)
  • Korea, North: The country test-fired a new anti-ship cruise missile, images released by state media showed, demonstrating the increased capability of its navy. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Thousands of Afghan families are fleeing the country to escape harassment after a deadly Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country’s hard-left government met after demanding temporary funding from its European creditors before renegotiating its foreign loans. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The intelligence service head, Hakan Fidan, one of President Tayyip Erdogan’s closest confidants, resigned to run in a parliamentary election in June. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: A flurry of diplomacy aimed at calming the conflict brought German Chancellor Merkel, Ukrainian President Poroshenko and other players together in Germany. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Islamic State said that American captive Jean Mueller died in a Jordanian air strike, but Jordan dismissed the statement as “criminal propaganda.” (AP)
  • Iraq: A pair of bombings in the capital killed nearly two dozen people and wounded at least 38, hours before the city’s longtime curfew was set to come to an end. (AP)
  • Israel: A bomb blew up the car of an official with the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Gaza, the second such attack in recent weeks. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Jamal Benomar, the UN envoy to the country, arrived to promote political reconciliation between rival factions after its takeover by Houthi rebels. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Britain and United States:  A British tribunal ruled on Friday that some aspects of intelligence-sharing between security agencies in Britain and the United States were unlawful. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert WTPN21
    • Location: 155 NM N of Pohnpei
    • Movement: NW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 11S (Fundi)
    • Location: 315 NM SW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: SSE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 22,495 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 8,981 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787(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, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 03FEB: 965 (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 and the US)
      • Deaths as of 03FEB: 357 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08FEB)

  • Germany and North America: German Chancellor Angela Merkel to visit Washington and Ottawa (to 09FEB)

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