ONS: 11 February 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 12, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Italian Ambassador Maurizio Massari contacted his Egyptian counterpart a day after an Italian student went missing in Egypt in January, but was denied.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, the last four holdouts of an armed militia that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past 40 days said they would turn themselves in.
  • ASIA: China warned possible joint US-India naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea could threaten peace and stability.
  • EUROPE: NATO is ready to patrol the Aegean Sea to deter people-smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranians have begun nationwide celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NATO and the EU have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Disagreement between US and Russia on ceasefire timetable
    • A US push for an immediate ceasefire in Syria has run into Russian opposition ahead of talks aimed at reviving peace negotiations on the conflict.
    • The talk of new ceasefire plans comes as the US, Russia and more than a dozen other countries meet in Munich to try to halt five years of civil war in the Arab country.
    • Washington officials speaking anonymously painted a 01MAR ceasefire proposal as an attempt by Moscow to give itself and the Syrian government three more weeks to try to crush moderate rebel groups.
    • Syria’s national wealth, infrastructure and institutions have been “almost obliterated” by the “catastrophic impact” of nearly five years of conflict, a new report has found.
    • Russia’s Defense Ministry said two US aircraft had bombed the Syrian city of Aleppo on 10FEB, and Russian planes had not been operating in the area.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Guardian, Guardian-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: A political crisis is growing in the country over the possibility that President Joseph Kabila might seek a third term in office, a senior US official warned. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Italian Ambassador Maurizio Massari contacted his Egyptian counterpart a day after an Italian student went missing in the country in January, but was denied. (AP)
  • Somalia: Insurgents in Mogadishu fired “several” rounds of mortar shells targeting the capital’s airport, witnesses said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Costa Rican authorities busted a ring that used speedboats and fishing vessels to smuggle in cocaine from Colombia and Ecuador. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Researchers have developed a molecular test that allows the presence of the Zika virus to be detected in a patient in just five hours. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The last four holdouts of an armed militia that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon for the past 40 days said they would turn themselves in to authorities. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: China warned possible joint US-India naval patrols in the disputed South China Sea could threaten peace and stability. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Five police personnel were killed and six others wounded in a suspected insider attack in the southern province of Kandahar overnight. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The country’s pro-democracy “Red Shirt” movement will vote against a new junta-scripted charter in a looming referendum. (AFP)
  • Vanuatu: Charlot Salwai was elected the new prime minister of the South Pacific island nation, following a snap election sparked by a corruption scandal. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Netherlands said it would create a 300-strong rapid response security team that could be deployed for border control anywhere, but primarily within the EU. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO is ready to patrol the Aegean Sea to deter people-smugglers taking migrants from Turkey to Greece, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter says. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Suspected militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked the offices of two strongly pro-government Turkish newspapers. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The British government has significant work to do to justify allowing the authorities to spy on the public’s internet use, according to lawmakers. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranians have begun nationwide celebrations to commemorate the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani said the deal clinched in 2015 on the country’s nuclear program has reshaped Tehran’s image in the world. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Kurdish-led fighters aided by Russian bombing captured a rebel-held former Syrian military airport near the border with Turkey. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: NATO and the EU have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10S (Daya)
    • Location: 278 NM SSW of St. Denis, La Reunion
    • Wind: 46 mph
    • Movement: SE at 11 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Eleven)
    • Location: 443 NM WNW of Suva, Fiji
    • Wind: 46 mph
    • Movement: SSE at 4 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12P (Twelve)
    • Location: 603 NM E of Cairns, Australia
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Fuego, Guatemala
    • Ash and lava eruption with no casualties. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 11FEB: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 11FEB: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 11FEB: 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 11FEB: 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 11FEB: 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 11FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 11FEB: 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 11FEB: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 11FEB: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12FEB)

  • Chile: Chilean Declaration of Independence – 1818
  • Myanmar: Myanmar Union Day
  • Qatar: National Sports Day – 2012
  • Poland: Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said Thursday she will visit Berlin next month to discuss Europe’s record migrant crisis

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