ONS: 10 February 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 11, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured in a double suicide attack in Cameroon’s northern border region with Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: The White House requested USD 450.6M for fiscal year 2017 to support Colombia’s anti-narcotics campaign and peace-building efforts in its Paz Colombia program.
  • ASIA: Japan announced it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology.
  • EUROPE: NATO is to discuss a possible role in managing the migration crisis at two-day talks that will also focus on boosting defenses against perceived Russian aggression.
  • MIDDLE EAST: More than 500 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since a major Russian-backed regime offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province began this month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US intelligence chief James Clapper has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea to shut down joint Kaesong Industrial Complex.
    • South Korea said it would shut down an industrial complex that it runs jointly with North Korea, its strongest retaliation yet for Pyongyang’s recent nuclear test and its launching of a long-range rocket over the weekend.
    • Seoul is accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs.
    • The Kaesong Industrial Complex, which is 31 miles northwest of Seoul, is the last remaining symbol of reconciliation between the North and South.
    • The withdrawal would end operations at a complex that has produced more than USD 3.1B of goods since 2005.
    • Seoul had notified Pyongyang of its plan to suspend operations at Kaesong and would take necessary measures for the safe return of South Korean nationals.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, NYT, Reuters, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Region: At least six civilians were killed and over 30 injured in a double suicide attack in Cameroon’s northern border region with Nigeria. (AFP)
  • Chad: President Idriss Deby, in power for more than 25 years, said he would reintroduce constitutional term limits if he won a fifth term in an election slated for April. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: The country’s Supreme Court has stopped the Senate’s attempts to jail Finance Minister Amara Konneh after he tried to clamp down on politicians’ expenses. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A group of Cuban migrants have been flown by the Costa Rican authorities to a Mexican border town, from where they are expected to enter the US. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The White House requested USD 450.6M for fiscal year 2017 to support the country’s anti-narcotics campaign and peace-building efforts in its Paz Colombia program. (Miami Herald)
  • Peru: The country is not considered a risk for foreign travelers contracting the Zika virus due to its relative high altitude, according to Trade and Tourism Minister Magali Silva. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The US and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Region: Japan announced it will impose new sanctions on North Korea to protest a rocket launch seen as a test of missile technology. (AP)
  • Region: The number of arrests made by Hong Kong police, following Monday’s riot, climbed to more than 60. (Kyodo)
  • Tajikistan: The country’s parliament voted unanimously to hold a referendum on 22MAY that is expected to extend the grip of President Emomali Rakhmon and his family. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO is to discuss a possible role in managing the migration crisis at two-day talks that will also focus on boosting defenses against perceived Russian aggression. (DPA)
  • Austria: The country began to fully implement its southern border protection measures in anticipation of a renewed increase of refugees wishing to cross into the country. (Xinhua)
  • France: Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius says he is leaving his post to be named chief of the Constitutional Council. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Three civilians were killed when a passenger minibus hit a landmine in the country’s east despite a relative lull in the ongoing conflict. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, advancing a program that has drawn criticism from the UN and sanctions from the US. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Turkish security forces seized explosives and four suicide vests in the baggage of a group of suspects stopped at the Turkish-Syrian border. (AFP)
  • Syria: More than 500 people, including dozens of civilians, have been killed since a major Russian-backed regime offensive in Aleppo province began this month. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Five members of the same family were killed when a Saudi-led coalition airstrike hit their home in the rebel-held capital Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US intelligence chief James Clapper has acknowledged for the first time that agencies might use a new generation of smart household devices to increase their surveillance capabilities. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Repor
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 40km W of Ovalle, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 31.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 10FEB: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 10FEB: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 10FEB: 6,244 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
      • Confirmed Cases: 175
      • Deaths as of 10FEB: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 10FEB: 1638 (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: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10FEB: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
      • Indication of Viral Circulation as of 10FEB: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 10FEB: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11FEB)

  • Egypt: Anniversary Mubarak steps down – 2011
  • Iran: Iran Revolution Day – 1979
  • Japan: Foundation Day – 1872
  • Liberia: Armed Forces Day – 1956
  • Turkey: Anniversary a university student was murdered as she resisted an attempted rape in Turkey, sparking nationwide protests and public outcry against harassment and violence against women – 2015
  • United States: Anniversary of massive winter storm across Northeastern US (to 17FEB) – 2015
  • Christianity: Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes

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