ONS: 07 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 8, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan politician Miguna Miguna, arrested for witnessing the “inauguration” of opposition leader Raila Odinga, has been deported.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he is encouraged by Colombia’s efforts to slash the amount of cocaine produced in the South American nation but cautioned that “we need to see results.”
  • ASIA: In Taiwan, rescue efforts continued in wake of a 6.4 earthquake that killed four people, injured 225 and left over 140 unaccounted.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement on a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France demanded that all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, leave Syria and said that Turkey and Iran were violating international law through their actions in the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive US defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Kim Jong Un’s sister to lead North delegation to Olympics.
    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is sending his younger sister and close adviser, Kim Yo Jong, to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
    • Kim Yo Jong, a senior Workers’ Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border.
    • The North Korean delegation’s three-day itinerary includes a meeting with President Moon Jae-in of the South.
    • North Korea’s success in getting into the Olympics represents a first-round win in a parallel competition: the propaganda games.
    • US VP Mike Pence said the US will roll out its harshest sanctions yet against North Korea.
    • Pence, who will attend the opening ceremony in South Korea, warned against the North using “the powerful symbolism in the backdrop of the Winter Olympics to paper over the truth about their regime.”
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, USA Today, WP, WP-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea: Five young children perished in an arson attack during clashes in the country following local elections. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Kenyan politician Miguna Miguna, arrested for witnessing the “inauguration” of opposition leader Raila Odinga, has been deported. (AP)
  • South Africa: African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa will outline “progress” on the question of President Jacob Zuma’s future, amid persistent speculation a deal is in the works for him to resign. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: More than 300 child soldiers were released in the war-torn region of Yambio under a program to help reintegrate them into society. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Region: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said he is encouraged by Colombia’s efforts to slash the amount of cocaine produced in the South American nation but cautioned that “we need to see results.” (AP)
  • Ecuador: The country assured Julian Assange of continued diplomatic asylum in its London embassy. (Bloomberg)
  • United States: President Donald Trump asked the Pentagon to organize a large military parade in the nation’s capital. (BBC)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai called on the US to sanction Pakistani military and intelligence officials. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The UN said “strains of intolerance” are making inroads in the nation and warned the government against criminalizing its LGBT citizens. (WSJ)
  • Maldives: Mohamed Nasheed, the country’s exiled former president, accused authorities of ill-treatment of a supreme court judge thrown into prison following the imposition of emergency in the island nation. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: Rescue efforts continued in wake of a 6.4 earthquake that killed four people, injured 225 and left over 140 unaccounted. (AP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: Brussels will have the power to punish the UK at will during the Brexit transition period by closing off parts of the single market to British companies. (Guardian)
  • Region: France criticized Poland’s new law that makes it illegal to attribute Nazi crimes to the Polish state, describing it as an “ill-advised” move. (AFP)
  • Germany: The country’s center-left Social Democrats reached an agreement on a coalition government with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives. (WSJ)
  • United Kingdom: PM Theresa May convened her Brexit “war cabinet” of senior ministers to thrash out the thorniest issues for Britain’s future relationship with the EU. (Guardian)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Region: France demanded that all Iranian-backed militia, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah, leave Syria and said that Turkey and Iran were violating international law through their actions in the country. (Reuters)
  • Region: Israeli warplanes struck a Syrian military position in a rural area near Damascus, triggering Syria’s air defense system which destroyed most of the missiles. (Reuters)

 

  • Region: A Palestinian man was shot and killed after a stabbing attack on an Israeli guard in the West Bank city of Hebron. (AJ)
  • Syria: France says the Syrian government is likely using chlorine gas in its latest attacks on rebel-held areas. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russian cyberspies pursuing the secrets of military drones and other sensitive US defense technology tricked key contract workers into exposing their email to theft. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 1275 nm SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 5 mph
    • Wind: 60 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 (08FEB)

  • Armenia: Feast of Saint Vartan – Unknown
  • Belgium: High-level Russia-EU talks to be held in Brussels
  • Nepal: Assembly elections
  • North Korea: Possible military parade to be held in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army
  • Slovenia: Prešeren Day –1991
  • South Korea: US Vice President Mike Pence to visit

 

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