ONS: 11 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 12, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council called on all parties in South Sudan to immediately stop fighting as “there is no military solution to the conflict.”
  • AMERICAS: Police protests in Brazil spread to Rio de Janeiro, as a partial police shut down over unpaid wages ignited fears of chaos and criminals running amok.
  • ASIA: Over 100,000 people descended on Jakarta’s grand mosque in Indonesia to call on people to vote for Muslim candidates in an upcoming election.
  • EUROPE: US President Trump offered mixed messages about lifting sanctions against Russia, which were imposed after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as the new UN envoy to Libya.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A Turkish computer hacker, who stole $55 million from ATM machines in dozens of countries, was sentenced to eight years in prison.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Trump considering issuing a new travel ban.
    • US President Trump is considering issuing a new executive order banning citizens of certain countries from traveling to the US.
    • His initial attempt to clamp down on immigration and refugees came to a halt amid political and judicial opposition.
    • This step could mean setting aside his legal battle in favor of moving more quickly on his broader goal of restricting the flow of immigration.
    • Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One that he would probably wait until 13FEB or 14FEB to take any action
    • Chief of Staff Priebus said, “every single court option is on the table,” including a high court appeal or “fighting out this case on the merits” in a lower court.
    • One administrative official said, “We are reviewing all of our options in the court system and confident we will prevail on the merits of the case.”
    • Coverage: Reuters, LAT, WaPo, CNN, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Islamic State group claims to have executed five men accused of working for the country’s army. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US has “serious concerns” over the emergence of a security force claiming to be the “Libyan National Guard” in the city of Tripoli. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Over 1.5 million people have fled the country, putting it third after Syria and Afghanistan in terms of producing refugees. (Al Jazeera)
  • South Sudan: The UN Security Council called on all parties in the country to immediately stop fighting as “there is no military solution to the conflict.” (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The government said a Danish tourist had tested positive for yellow fever, the country’s first case in a decade. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: Police protests spread to Rio de Janeiro, as a partial police shut down over unpaid wages ignited fears of chaos and criminals running amok. (AFP)
  • United States: Trump welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, as he ditched previous hard-charging rhetoric toward Tokyo. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The Islamic State group fighter Khaled Sharrouf is the first dual national stripped of citizenship under the country’s new anti-terrorism laws. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: Tens of thousands of people took part in two rallies in Seoul, protesting for and against impeached President Park Geun-Hye. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Over 100,000 people descended on Jakarta’s grand mosque to call on people to vote for Muslim candidates in an upcoming election. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The army said terrorists from Afghanistan launched an overnight attack on a border post in the Mohmand Agency district in northern Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: There were at least 6 dead and 126 injured, after a strong quake shook the southern Philippines. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Trump offered mixed messages about lifting sanctions against Russia, which were imposed after the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. (NYT)
  • Czech Republic: A unit fighting fake news ahead of elections debunked online footage that purported to show Muslim migrants attempting to rape a young girl. (AFP)
  • Poland: Prime Minister Beata Szydlo suffered some injuries in a car crash, but her prognosis is good. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, “better be careful,” after Rouhani said that anyone who speaks to Iranians with threats would regret it. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: French jihadist, Rachid Kassim, was targeted in a coalition air strike near Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US blocked the appointment of former Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad as the new UN envoy to Libya. (AFP)
  • Yemen:  The country’s rebel Houthi group called on the United Nations to play “an active role” in stopping the country’s civil war, demanding it not renew the term of UN peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A Turkish computer hacker, who stole $55 million from ATM machines in dozens of countries, was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: TC Carlos, Indian Ocean
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
    • Eruption of smoke and ash cloud
  • 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 10FEB: 1,905 (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 (12FEB)

  • Chile: Anniversary of Declaration of Independence – 1818
  • Myanmar: Union Day – 1947
  • Turkmenistan: Presidential election
  • United States: Mexican leftist 2018 presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to visit Los Angeles

 

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