ONS: 07 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the international community to take action to avert famine in Somalia, which threatens millions.
  • AMERICAS: Peru recalled its ambassador in Venezuela for consultations as the countries’ governments traded insults over the Venezuelan crisis and ties with the US.
  • ASIA: China said it would “resolutely” defend its security interests as the US began deploying the THAAD missile-defense system in South Korea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would go ahead with a planned rally with Turkish voters in Germany, despite an escalating row between the two NATO allies over campaigning for a Turkish referendum.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The top generals of the Turkish, Russian, and US militaries held talks dominated by next steps in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France dropped plans to let its citizens abroad vote electronically in legislative elections in June because of concern about the risk of cyber attacks.

TOP STORY

  • Kim Jong-nam: North Korea and Malaysia hold citizens hostage as affair worsens.
    • North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other’s citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam.
    • The moves underscored the dramatic deterioration in ties with one of North Korea’s few friends since the murder of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s estranged half-brother at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on 13FEB.
    • “This abhorrent act, effectively holding our citizens hostage, is in total disregard of all international law and diplomatic norms,” Malaysian PM Najib Razik said of North Korea’s action.
    • Three North Korean nationals wanted for questioning over the murder of Kim Jong-nam, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, are believed to be holed up in the North Korean embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
    • Malaysian officials said they will not raid the North Korean embassy, but have surrounded the facility and are prepared to wait.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The Economic Community of West African States confirms Morocco is applying to join the bloc. (AP)
  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urged the international community to take action to avert famine in the country, which threatens millions. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Disaffected Lieutenant General Thomas Cirillo Swaka announced the formation of a new anti-government rebel group aimed at toppling incumbent president Salva Kiir. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru recalled its ambassador in Venezuela for consultations as the countries’ governments traded insults over the Venezuelan crisis and ties with the US. (AFP)
  • Colombia: FARC guerrillas denied having requested some of the 26 disarmament zones be different from those agreed with the government. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The Odebrecht corruption scandal inched closer to President Juan Manuel Santos as new evidence suggests he received USD 1M during his re-election campaign. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: China said it would “resolutely” defend its security interests as the US began deploying the THAAD missile-defense system in South Korea. (AFP)
  • Region: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull played down the possibility of Australia and Indonesia joint patrols in the disputed South China Sea, a move that would anger Beijing. (AFP)
  • Region: China called for an immediate ceasefire between ethnic rebels and Myanmar security forces in a restive border area, urging peaceful resolution. (Reuters)
  • Region: Thousands of Afghans were allowed to return home as Pakistan temporarily reopened two main crossings that were closed after a wave of militant attacks. (AP)
  • Philippines: Manila “strongly protested” about an American television drama which shows a fictional Philippine president making a sexual advance on the US Secretary of State. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said he would go ahead with a planned rally with Turkish voters in Germany, despite an escalating row between the two NATO allies over campaigning for a Turkish referendum. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia denied claims of “sponsoring terrorism” in eastern Ukraine, dismissing Kiev’s accusations as “neither factual nor legal”. (AFP)
  • Region: Austria says Turkish hackers have again attacked its internet pages amid simmering tensions between the two countries. (AP)
  • Germany: The German defense ministry said it would not complete a contract for a new missile defense system with European arms maker MBDA during the current legislative period. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: The country approved the automatic detention of all asylum seekers in camps on the southern borders, dismissing concerns from human rights groups. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The top generals of the Turkish, Russian, and US militaries held talks dominated by next steps in the fight against Islamic State jihadists in Syria. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country will continue its retaliatory measure of barring US visitors in response to US President Trump’s updated travel ban on predominantly Muslim countries. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government forces seized the main government offices in Mosul and its famed museum as they made steady progress against Islamic State jihadists. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government army advanced to the outskirts of an Islamic State-held northern village, where a key water pumping facility for Aleppo is located. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Two children were killed in a suspected US airstrike targeting al-Qaeda in the central Baida province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: France dropped plans to let its citizens abroad vote electronically in legislative elections in June because of concern about the risk of cyber attacks. (Fortune)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Blanche
    • Location: 309 NM ENE of Broome, Australia
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Movement: SSW at 12 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
    • Location: 396 NM NNW of St. Denis
    • Winds: 145 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 8 mph
    • Map
  • 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 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 (08MAR)

  • Global: International Women’s Day – 1910
  • Asia Region: Anniversary of disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 – 2014
  • Cuba: Association of Caribbean States (ACS) First Cooperation Conference to be held in Havana
  • Germany: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu to meet with Germany FM Sigmar Gabriel to discuss rally ban
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of Hugo Chavez’s state funeral – 2013

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