ONS: 09 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 10, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: European diplomats are attempting to dissuade Russia from helping renegade military strongman Khalifa Haftar seize overall military power in Libya.
  • AMERICAS: Canada warned the Trump administration of retaliation if the United States applies new tariffs.
  • ASIA: Indonesia accepted an apology from Australia over a purported insult to Indonesian state ideology that caused a spat between the two countries.
  • EUROPE: Russia views the deployment of NATO troops and military hardware to the Baltic states, Poland, and Germany as a growing threat.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain foiled an attempt by “terrorist fugitives” wanted in connection with a JAN17 prison break to flee by sea to Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Denmark sees Russia as “a leader” when it comes to hacking, saying that the country has for “a long time invested intensively in its cyber capabilities.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: High Court rules against move to close Dadaab refugee camp.
    • The country’s High Court blocked the government’s bid to close the Dadaab refugee camp, the largest in the world.
    • The Kenyan government has taken a hardline stance on the sprawling camp, saying it acts as a terrorist training ground for Shabaab Islamists, and repeatedly stating its intention to deport all Somali refugees.
    • The decision ruled Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government had not proved Somalia is safe for the refugees to return, nor provided conclusive proof that Dadaab camp is a staging ground for extremist attacks.
    • The challenge against the government’s decision to close both Dadaab and the Department of Refugee Affairs came in a petition filed by two Kenyan human rights organizations.
    • Roughly 300,000 Somali refugees have been living in the Dadaab camp for years, with many born there as their homeland has been in the throes of a civil war and a violent Islamic insurgency.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, USA Today, VOA, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: European diplomats are attempting to dissuade Russia from helping renegade military strongman Khalifa Haftar seize overall military power in the country. (Guardian)
  • Libya: Heavy clashes erupted in Tripoli between rival militias. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Somalis celebrated the election of their new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, despite continued militant threats. (EFE)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canada warned the Trump administration of retaliation if the United States applies new tariffs. (AP)
  • Mexico: According to a report, the sons of Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman were attacked and wounded by a rival drug gang. (AP)
  • United States: The Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia accepted an apology from Australia over a purported insult to Indonesian state ideology that caused a spat between the two countries. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The country ordered construction to start at a desolate island where it wants to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, despite warnings the site is uninhabitable. (AFP)
  • China: The country will begin to collect the fingerprints of foreign nationals aged between 14 and 70. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: Exiled leader Mohamed Nasheed will return to the Indian Ocean archipelago to run in the 2018 presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Communist rebels abducted three villagers in new attacks and condemned President Rodrigo Duterte as a “double-speaking thug” for terminating peace talks. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia views the deployment of NATO troops and military hardware to the Baltic states, Poland, and Germany as a growing threat. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia rejected suggestions the Kremlin and the Trump Administration may try to negotiate a deal over the war in eastern Ukraine. (AP)
  • France: Another 26 arrests were made in suburban Paris as violence continued following the alleged rape of a young black man by police. (AP)
  • Germany: Police detained two known Islamic extremists in an investigation of possible plans for an attack. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two Palestinians were killed and five wounded near the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, which Hamas blamed on Israel. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: The country foiled an attempt by “terrorist fugitives” wanted in connection with a JAN17 prison break to flee by sea to Iran. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Crews are working to control the fires torched by the Islamic State militants to slow down the advance of US-backed Iraqi forces toward Mosul. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Rebel fire on an Aleppo aid distribution center killed three people, including a Red Crescent volunteer and a child. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Denmark sees Russia as “a leader” when it comes to hacking, saying that the country has for “a long time invested intensively in its cyber capabilities.” (AP)
  • Communications: Myanmar introduced May Yu FM radio program to refute rumors in the northern Rakhine state. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 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 (10FEB)

  • Russia: President of Slovenia Borut Pahor to visit
  • United States: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to visit, talk with President Trump (to 11JAN)
  • Judaism: Tu B’Shevat (to 11FEB)

 

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