ONS: 09 February 2018

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 10, 2018

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Africa, African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events, fueling speculation of a final push to force President Jacob Zuma to step down.
  • AMERICAS: Congress passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal, ending the second US government shutdown of 2018.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in the 2015 agreement on “comfort women” between both countries was final.
  • EUROPE: Dozens of Russian athletes lost an eleventh-hour bid to join the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Donald Trump told Israel that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sergey Medvedev, a Russian accused of co-running global cybercrime network the “Infraud Organization,” was arrested in Bangkok and will face extradition to the US.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: Olympics set stage for historic North-South diplomacy.
    • South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North’s ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam shook hands ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
    • Senior North Korean officials arrived in South Korea for a three-day trip that is the highest-level inter-Korean contact in more than a decade.
    • Despite a welcome dinner, also-visiting US VP Mike Pence did not meet with the North Korean delegates.
    • Hundreds of anti-North Korea protesters clashed with riot police outside the Winter Olympics stadium, hours before two of the North’s most senior officials were due to attend the Games’ opening ceremony.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Egyptian military began a major security operation in areas including the northern Sinai Peninsula, where Islamic militants are most active. (AP)
  • Libya: The UN called for establishing a constitutional framework ahead of the upcoming elections in the war-torn country. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events, fueling speculation of a final push to force President Jacob Zuma to step down. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombia and Brazil are tightening their borders in response to Venezuela’s economic crisis and food shortages that have provoked an exodus of migrants. (Guardian)
  • Mexico: Mexican authorities captured Los Zetas drug cartel member and faction leader Jose Maria Guizar, also known as “Z43.” (Reuters)
  • United States: Congress passed a two-year bipartisan budget deal, ending the second government shutdown of 2018. (LAT)
  • United States: The White House conceded regret over how they handled accusations against Rob Porter, the staff secretary who resigned after two former wives publicly accused him of abusing them. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in the 2015 agreement on “comfort women” between both countries was final. (Reuters)
  • Region: The US expressed concerns over Malaysia’s possible deportation of 11 Uighur Muslims to China. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The country’s prisons are ill-equipped to deal with Islamic militant inmates, and have become jihadist breeding grounds. (AP)
  • Maldives: The pro-opposition Raajje TV network said threats over their reporting on the political crisis in the Indian Ocean archipelago have forced it to suspend broadcasts. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The US called for a credible inquiry into the killing of Rohingya Muslims in the country and for the release of two journalists arrested while investigating the crisis. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Denmark: Crown Prince Frederik rushed home from the Winter Olympics in South Korea because the condition of his father — Queen Margrethe’s French-born husband Prince Henrik — has “seriously worsened.” (AP)
  • Russia: Dozens of Russian athletes lost an eleventh-hour bid to join the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected their appeal. (CNN)
  • Turkey: The government ordered the arrest of 17 people including pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party co-leader Serpil Kemalbay over their opposition to the country’s military operation in Syria. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: A recent run of economic figures suggest the British economy did not end 2017 as strongly as previously thought. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Donald Trump told Israel that it too would need to make “significant compromises” for peace with the Palestinians. (Reuters)
  • Region: Indian PM will visit the Palestinian territories and the Gulf to bolster long-standing political and economic ties. (Reuters)
  • Region: Turkey resumed air attacks in the enclave of Afrin in northern Syria, destroying more than a dozen targets and “neutralizing” at least 34 rebels. (AJ)
  • Syria: The rebel-held area Eastern Ghouta of Damascus suffered its bloodiest week since 2015 as a result of government bombardment, with 229 people killed in the last four days. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Sergey Medvedev, a Russian accused of co-running global cybercrime network the “Infraud Organization,” was arrested in Bangkok and will face extradition to the US. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Cebile
    • Location: 1177 nm SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Nine
    • Location: 281 nm W of Pago Pago
    • Movement: ENE at 17 mph
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Two
    • Location: 215 nm SE of Andersen AFB
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Wind: 30 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10FEB)

  • Eritrea: Fenkil Day – 1990
  • Palestinian Territories: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Ramallah
  • Sri Lanka: Local elections

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