ONS: 10 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 11, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The EU pledged USD 80M to the Gambia’s new government after a two year suspension.
  • AMERICAS: A US federal appeals panel maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order.
  • ASIA: Indonesia urged Myanmar to take significant steps to achieve peace in Rakhine state, warning the situation could lead to instability across Southeast Asia.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved a constitutional reform bill, paving the way for an executive presidential system that will be voted on 16APR.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Millions of Iranians marched on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in what President Hassan Rouhani deemed a response to the Trump administration.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter shares plunged as the social network reported sluggish revenue and user growth.

 

TOP STORY

  • US & China Relations: Trump accepts “One China” policy.
    • US President Donald Trump has agreed to honor the so-called “One China” policy in a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, the White House said.
    • The concession was designed to put an end to an extended chill in the relationship between China and the US.
    • Xi said China was willing to strengthen cooperation with the US on a number of areas, including trade and investment.
    • The one-China policy forms the bedrock of US-China diplomatic ties, which rules out independence and diplomatic recognition for the island of Taiwan.
    • Trump angered Beijing in DEC2016 by talking to the president of Taiwan and saying the US did not have to stick to the policy.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Egyptian police shut down the offices of the Al Nadeem Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, which treats victims of torture, in a government crackdown against human rights defenders and civil liberties groups. (NYT)
  • The Gambia: The EU pledged USD 80M to the country’s new government after a two year suspension. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The opposition Democratic Alliance party said deployment of armed soldiers in parliament during President Jacob Zuma’s state-of-the-nation speech was unconstitutional and is seeking a court ruling. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Peru: A judge ordered the arrest of the country’s former president Alejandro Toledo over allegations that he took USD 20M in bribes. (BBC)
  • Puerto Rico: Nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera unexpectedly returned to the island to serve the remainder of a sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama. (AP)
  • United States: A federal appeals panel maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order. (WP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia urged Myanmar to take significant steps to achieve peace in Rakhine state, warning the situation could lead to instability across Southeast Asia. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Afghan Defense Ministry welcomed US General John Nicholson suggestions that more troops were needed to train Afghan security forces. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Qari Moneb, a leading commander of the Islamic State group, was killed following a joint operation in the eastern Nangarhar province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The Red Cross is searching for two employees who went missing after their convoy came under insurgent fire in northern Jowzjan province. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Indonesian police urged Islamists opposing Jakarta’s Christian governor to ensure a mass prayer rally remains peaceful before the capital’s elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Four people including a 16-year-old girl were arrested by anti-terrorist police in Montpellier on suspicion of preparing an attack. (AFP)
  • France: The country’s top constitutional court struck down a law that handed down jail time for consulting “terrorist websites”. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan approved a constitutional reform bill, paving the way for an executive presidential system that will be voted on 16APR. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: PM Binali Yildirim reiterated the country’s demand for US cooperation on the extradition of cleric Fethullah Gulen in a meeting with new CIA Director Mike Pompeo. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Millions of Iranians marched on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution in what President Hassan Rouhani deemed a response to the Trump administration. (AFP)
  • Iraq: PM Haider al-Abadi asked US President Trump to remove his country from a contentious travel ban list. (AFP)
  • Israel: US President Donald Trump said he is “thinking seriously” about moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (INDE)
  • Syria: Hashem al-Sheikh, a chief of a hardline jihadist alliance, balked at peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s conflict and vowed to continue fighting. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Yemeni government forces took full control of the Red Sea port of Mokha after weeks of deadly fighting with Shiite rebels and their allies. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter shares plunged as the social network reported sluggish revenue and user growth. (AFP)

 

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 (11FEB)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Mubarak stepping down – 2011
  • India: Uttar Pradesh to hold local elections (to 08MAR)
  • Iran: Revolution Day – 1979
  • Japan: Foundation Day – 1872
  • Liberia: Armed Forces Day – 1956
  • Norway: Internal Schengen border controls to expire unless renewed

 

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