ONS: 08 March 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Africa revoked its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, citing a recent court ruling that declared the decision “unconstitutional and invalid.”
  • AMERICAS: The first public congressional hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US elections will be on 20MAR.
  • ASIA: China warned of a “head-on collision” unless North Korea stops launching banned missiles and the US and South Korea halt their joint military exercises.
  • EUROPE: German and Turkish foreign ministers met in Berlin for emergency talks amid a diplomatic row about Turkish campaigning in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq promised to continue to target militants in neighboring countries, similar to its airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI is preparing for a major mole hunt to determine how anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks got an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Kabul hospital attacked, at least three dead.
    • Attackers dressed as doctors stormed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, the largest military hospital in Kabul and a gun battle is under way, said the Afghan defense ministry.
    • At least three people were killed and 50 others injured.
    • As fighting went on, multiple explosions were heard from inside.
    • Hours after the Taliban denied their involvement, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • The raid on the hospital, across the road from the heavily fortified US embassy, underlines warnings by government officials that high-profile attacks in Kabul are likely to escalate this year.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, Telegraph

 

AFRICA

  • Region: China vowed to continue support for Africa no matter how the international situation or world economy may evolve. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: The UN called for an investigation into abuses committed against civilians in the country following the discovery of mass graves. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Parliamentarian Abdellatif Merdas was shot dead in Casablanca by unknown assassins. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The country revoked its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, citing a recent court ruling that declared the decision “unconstitutional and invalid.” (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuela called on the US to reveal its covert “media war” against the South American country and other progressive governments in Latin America. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Colombian oil industry continues to face bombings and other security challenges even after last year’s peace deal that ended a long-running guerrilla conflict, said Orlando Velandia, president of Colombia’s National Hydrocarbons Agency. (WSJ)
  • United States: The first public congressional hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 elections will be held on 20MAR. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China warned of a “head-on collision” unless North Korea stops launching banned missiles and the US and South Korea halt their joint military exercises. (NBC)
  • Region: For the first time, Malaysian PM Najib Razak directly accused North Korea of murdering Kim Jong Nam. (CNN)
  • Region: Australia commemorated the victims of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370, marking the third anniversary of the disappearance of the plane in the Indian Ocean. (EFE)
  • Region: China warned the US about interfering in the South China Sea dispute, saying it would encounter opposition within the region. (EFE)
  • India: Police killed a man suspected of masterminding the bombing of a passenger train that injured eight people this week in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German and Turkish foreign ministers met in Berlin for emergency talks amid a diplomatic row about Turkish campaigning in Germany. (DPA)
  • Region: Britain owes the EU USD 2.1B after turning a blind eye to a major scam by Chinese importers, the EU’s fraud office said. (AFP)
  • Greece: Greek farmers clashed with police in Athens when a protest against tax and pension reforms mandated by the country’s bailout turned violent. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraq promised to continue to target militants in neighboring countries, similar to its airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria. (AP)
  • Region: British FM Boris Johnson visited Israel and the Palestinian territories for talks with leaders from both sides. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country said a vessel from a joint US and British naval fleet approached Revolutionary Guard boats in the Strait of Hormuz in an “unprofessional” manner aimed at escalating tensions in the region. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Saudi security forces killed a suspected Islamic State member when he pulled a gun on a patrol in the capital Riyadh. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The country’s branch of Al-Qaeda detained two militants accused of being US informants in Mawjan district, heavily targeted by multiple air raids. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The FBI is preparing for a major mole hunt to determine how anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks got an alleged arsenal of hacking tools the CIA has used to spy on espionage targets. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
    • Location: 459 NM NW of St. Denis
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Movement: SW at 9 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 (09MAR)

  • Europe Region: EU Summit, UK anticipated to trigger Article 50 (to 10MAR)
  • Russia: German FM Gabriel and FM Lavrov to meet in Moscow to discuss Syria, Ukraine and Libya
  • Russia: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to visit (to 10MAR)
  • Russia: Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Moscow, meet with Russian President Putin

 

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