- AFRICA: President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to Nigeria after medical leave, said he will leave VP Yemi Osinbajo in charge and not immediately resume power.
- AMERICAS: Former Utah governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. accepted President Trump’s offer to be the US ambassador to Russia.
- ASIA: The Japanese and US navies conducted joint exercises in the East China Sea as regional tensions intensify following North Korea’s missile tests.
- EUROPE: The UN called on the Turkish government to investigate alleged killings and other abuses in the country’s southeast.
- MIDDLE EAST: Turkey said 71 members of a Kurdish militia were killed in Syria in the last week in an escalation of clashes with the US-backed YPG group along Turkey’s border.
- TECHNOLOGY: Wikileaks will provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools so they can patch software flaws, founder Julian Assange said.
- South Korea: President Park has been removed from office.
- President Park Geun-hye has become the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office.
- Eight justices of the Constitutional Court unanimously decided to unseat Ms. Park for committing “acts that violated the Constitution and laws” throughout her time in office.
- The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court.
- The ruling deepens the country’s political and security uncertainty with existential threats from North Korea and animosity with China over about Seoul’s cooperation with the U.S. on an anti-missile system.
- The South Korean military has been put on high alert following the impeachment ruling to deter North Korea from taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country.
- Coverage: BBC, NYT, Reuters, VOA, WP
- Egypt: Islamic militants detonated a roadside bomb in the northern Sinai, killing two officers and wounding four. (AP)
- Nigeria: President Muhammadu Buhari, who returned to the country after medical leave, said he will leave VP Yemi Osinbajo in charge and not immediately resume power. (AFP)
- Nigeria: The country’s next presidential and parliamentary elections will be held in FEB2019, the Independent National Electoral Commission announced. (AFP)
- South Sudan: In MAY2017, Japan will end its peacekeeping mission in the country after five years, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe announced. (AP)
- Region: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski criticized a proposal considered by the Trump administration to separate women and children crossing illegally into the US. (Reuters)
- Region: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he would advise President Trump to send newly captured terrorism suspects to the Guantánamo Bay prison in Cuba. (NYT)
- United States: Former Utah governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. accepted President Trump’s offer to be ambassador to Russia. (NYT)
- Region: The Japanese and US navies conducted joint exercises in the East China Sea as regional tensions intensify following North Korea’s missile tests. (AFP)
- Region: China offered USD 100M to assist Afghan refugees and returnees and further boost bilateral ties with Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
- Region: China dismissed Philippine concerns over perceived-survey missions by Chinese ships deep into the Philippines’ 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone. (Reuters)
- China: The country put its first stealth fighter into military service, in the latest milestone highlighting the modernization of the Chinese armed forces. (AFP)
- Myanmar: Close to 140,000 people have been displaced since SEP2017 owing to armed conflicts throughout the country, a new UN report said. (IANS)
- Region: EU leaders debated the future of their bloc in Brussels with Brexit and far-right party resurgence looming, hoping to quickly heal a new rift with Poland. (AP)
- Netherlands: The Dutch military has been “gravely neglected” under PM Mark Rutte’s government, putting “basic readiness” in 2021 at the earliest, a Netherlands’ Advisory Council on International Affairs report said. (Reuters)
- Turkey: The UN called on the Turkish government to investigate alleged killings and other abuses in the country’s southeast. (AP)
- United Kingdom: Scottish ministers called a second Scottish independence referendum “inevitable.” (FT)
- Region: Turkey said 71 members of a Kurdish militia were killed in Syria in the last week in an escalation of clashes with the US-backed YPG group along Turkey’s border. (Reuters)
- Iraq: Iraqi special forces battled ISIS in west Mosul, where commanders said extremist resistance is showing signs of weakening under repeated assaults. (AFP)
- Syria: US-backed Syrian militias said they have enough forces to capture the city of Raqqa from Islamic State with support from the US-led coalition. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Wikileaks will provide technology companies with exclusive access to CIA hacking tools so they can patch software flaws, founder Julian Assange said. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Enawo
- Location: 434 NM SE of Europa Island
- Winds: 50 mph
- Movement: SSE at 25 mph
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Eleven
- Location: 482 NM SSW of Diego Garcia
- Winds: 40 mph
- Movement: SE at 4 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- 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 (11MAR)
- Azerbaijan: Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group to visit
- Iraq: Anniversary of Iraqi–Kurdish Autonomy Agreement establishing Kurdish Autonomous Region – 1970
- Japan: Anniversary of Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami – 2011
- Spain: Anniversary of Madrid train bombings – 2004
- Judaism: Purim (to 12MAR)