- AFRICA: In Somalia, leader of the militant group, al-Shabaab, Hussein Salad Mukhta surrendered to government forces in the southern town of Baidoa.
- AMERICAS: Guatemala declared three days of mourning after a blaze in a children’s shelter killed 20 teenage girls.
- ASIA: Two Malaysian UN employees were allowed to leave North Korea, while Malaysia negotiated for a travel ban to be lifted on nine citizens still stranded there.
- EUROPE: France said sanctions on Russia cannot be lifted until there is progress in Ukraine.
- MIDDLE EAST: The US is weighing a deployment of up to 1,000 American soldiers to Kuwait to serve as a reserve force in the fight against Islamic State.
- TECHNOLOGY: A UN report stated the need for a global international treaty to protect people’s privacy from unfettered cybersurveillance.
- Syria: Civilian casualties as siege against IS-base Raqqa intensifies.
- Air strikes killed 23 civilians, including eight children, in countryside around the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Islamic State’s base.
- “The raids hit the village of Al-Matab after midnight and were likely carried out by the (US-led) coalition,” said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
- The US-led coalition against Islamic State confirmed the deployment of additional US forces to accelerate the defeat of Islamic State in its Syrian base of operations at Raqqa city.
- Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2
- Madagascar: More than 10,000 Madagascans have been displaced as tropical cyclone Enawo battered the island, with the death toll rising to five. (AFP)
- Morocco: A Moroccan appeals court upheld the conviction of Frenchman Thomas Gallay, who was arrested in anti-terrorism raids. (AP)
- Somalia: Leader of the militant group al-Shabaab, Hussein Salad Mukhta, surrendered to government forces in the southern town of Baidoa. (Xinhua)
- Region: The Association of Caribbean States began its cooperation conference in Havana working on issues including climate change, sea, and sustainable development. (Xinhua)
- Guatemala: The country declared three days of mourning after a blaze in a children’s shelter killed 20 teenage girls. (AFP)
- United States: According to the government, entries into the country by “inadmissible persons” were down 40 percent from JAN-FEB2017. (AFP)
- Region: Chinese survey ships have been entering waters recognized by the UN as Philippine territory, a move the Philippines described as “very concerning”. (AFP)
- Region: Pakistan has again closed the two main border crossings with Afghanistan after a temporary, two-day opening. (AP)
- Region: Two Malaysian UN employees were allowed to leave North Korea, while Malaysia negotiated for a travel ban to be lifted on nine citizens still stranded there. (Reuters)
- Region: North Korea guaranteed the safety of a group of Malaysian citizens stranded there by a travel ban imposed amid a diplomatic spat. (Reuters)
- Region: France said sanctions on Russia cannot be lifted until there is progress in Ukraine. (AP)
- Region: German FM Sigmar Gabriel warned about the danger of a new arms race with Russia and underscored the importance of reducing conventional weapons amid good bilateral ties. (Reuters)
- Region: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany must not allow Turkey to “grow more distant”, despite an ongoing diplomatic row. (AFP)
- Russia: The Kremlin rejected US claims of deploying a land-based cruise missile in violation of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty. (AP)
- Turkey: Turkish authorities ordered the detention of 84 people, including employees of defense contractor ASELSAN, in continuing post-coup crackdowns. (Reuters)
- Region: The US is weighing a deployment of up to 1,000 American soldiers to Kuwait to serve as a reserve force in the fight against Islamic State. (Reuters)
- Region: British FM Boris Johnson warned the alternative to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is an “apartheid system.” (AFP)
- Region: Samira Halayqa, a Hamas member of the largely defunct Palestinian Legislative Council, was arrested by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank. (AFP)
- Syria: Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would strike against US-backed Kurdish YPG militia in the town of Manbij if they did not leave. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: A UN report stated the need for a global international treaty to protect people’s privacy from unfettered cybersurveillance. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Eleven
- Location: 506 NM SSW of Diego Garcia
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: W at 5 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Bezymianny, Russia
- Scientists have raised aviation danger level the from orange to red as an ash plume rose eight kilometers in the sky. (TASS)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (10MAR)
- Bermuda: Anniversary of assassination of British governor Sir Richard Sharples – 1973
- Cuba: 22nd Ordinary Meeting of the ACS Council of Ministers to be held in Havana
- Cyprus: Anniversary of pro-independence riots following deportation of Archbishop Makarios – 1956