ONS: 08 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: According to a new UN report, more than 120,000 Nigerians likely will suffer “catastrophic” famine-like conditions caused by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising.
  • AMERICAS: The National Liberation Army, Colombia’s second-largest rebel group, joined the Colombian government for peace talks in Ecuador.
  • ASIA: The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping.
  • EUROPE: In France, rioters again set fires as violence spread through Parisian suburbs over the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said US Embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Somalia: Historic presidential election underway, despite violence.
    • Voting started in Somalia’s groundbreaking presidential election amid a security lockdown that closed the capital Mogadishu’s international airport and cleared major streets.
    • Hundreds of lawmakers, observers and journalists mixed together at the airport, where the vote was held.
    • In stepped up attacks, militants fired mortars into several areas of Mogadishu and threw grenades at security checkpoints in the city, without casualties.
    • Al-Shabaab fighters stormed a hotel in the capital of the semi-autonomous Puntland region killing four guards, while two of the attackers also died.
    • Somalia, marred by religious and clan conflict, has not had a one-person one-vote democratic election since 1969.
    • Coverage: Al-Jazeera, AFP, AP, BBC, Bloomberg

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: According to a new UN report, more than 120,000 Nigerians likely will suffer “catastrophic” famine-like conditions caused by Boko Haram’s Islamic uprising. (AP)
  • South Africa: President Jacob Zuma authorized more than 400 soldiers to join the security team at his annual state of the nation speech. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: President Salva Kiir will seek another term in elections in 2018, despite ongoing violence throughout the country. (Bloomberg)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The National Liberation Army, Colombia’s second-largest rebel group, joined the Colombian government for peace talks in Ecuador. (NYT)
  • Region: Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong and US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly discussed security issues and an upcoming meeting in Mexico. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Colombian prosecutors say they suspect President Juan Manuel Santos received a bribe from scandal-plagued Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht. (AFP)
  • United States: A Justice Department lawyer defended President Trump’s targeted travel ban before a three-judge federal appeals panel. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines is seeking US and Chinese help to guard a major sea lane as Islamic militants shift attacks to international shipping. (AFP)
  • India: The country’s central bank said limits on cash withdrawals will be removed entirely starting 13MAR. (AFP)
  • Japan: A record 128.1 billion cyberattacks against Japanese networks were detected in 2016, more than double the previous year. (Kyodo)
  • North Korea: According to a UN experts’ report, the country is increasing the scale and refinement of the tactics it uses to evade international sanctions. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The interior and defense ministers of 13 European nations met in Vienna on ways to prepare for a possible uptick in migrant flows once winter is over. (AP)
  • Region: In Britain and Germany, authorities searched homes and other properties to gather evidence about two suspects believed to have supported the Islamist group “Jabhat al-Nusra.” (Reuters)
  • France: Rioters again set fire to cars and garbage bins in spreading violence in Parisian suburbs over the alleged rape of a young black man with a police baton. (AP)
  • Russia: Alexei Navalny, leading opposition leader and likely-challenger to President Vladimir Putin, was found guilty of embezzlement. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: Rebel leader Mikhail Tolstykh was killed in an explosion in his office in the country’s east. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and President Trump agreed to act together regarding the Islamic State controlled Syrian towns of al-Bab and Raqqa. (Reuters)
  • Israel: About 50 ultra-Orthodox Jews were detained after demonstrations in several Israeli cities turned violent. (DPA)
  • Syria: Syrian rebel forces supported by Turkish armed forces seized control of strategically important hills around the Islamic State-controlled town of al-Bab. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The country rejected an Amnesty International report of mass hangings in a prison near Damascus, calling the allegations “totally untrue”. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said US Embassies could ask visa applicants for passwords to their own social media accounts in future background checks. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 20km WSW of Pasni, Pakistan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 25.9 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 03FEB: 480 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 03FEB: 101
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 03FEB: 0
        • 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 27JAN: 1,888 (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 27JAN: 670 (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 (09FEB)

  • United States: Anniversary of Senator Joseph McCarthy launching anti-communist witch hunt – 1950

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