ONS: 12 February 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 13, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded when suspected Islamists attacked their northeastern base at Kidal in Mali, UN sources said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.
  • ASIA: Britain said a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was “involuntarily removed to the mainland”, in its strongest comments yet.
  • EUROPE: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was to push for the introduction of an EU-wide upper limit to cash payments, in effort to curb terrorists‘ access to financing and crackdown on corruption.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, suspected Al-Qaeda members killed five police officers in an attack in Aden.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bulgarian authorities registered 737 illegal cyber incidents in 2015 against 639 in 2014.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Initial progress on ceasefire, aid to carry over into Munich Conference.
    • US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey V. Lavrov, announced an agreement on the delivery over the next few days of desperately needed aid to besieged Syrian cities, to be followed by a “cessation of hostilities” within a week on the way to a more formal cease-fire.
    • The Munich Security Conference, an annual gathering of foreign and defense policy leaders, runs Friday through Sunday, where the topic of Syria is expected to loom large.
    • The Syrian government has not yet responded, though a key rebel coalition welcomed the announcement.
    • The ceasefire does not apply to military force against terror groups like ISIS or al-Nusra Front.
    • Humanitarian aid for parts of war-ravaged Syria was expected to immediately begin Friday.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NBC, NYT, USA Today

AFRICA

  • Benin: The first round of voting in the country`s presidential elections, scheduled for the end of this month, has been postponed by a week to 06MAR. (AFP)
  • Burkina Faso: The country’s health ministry published preventive measures on Zika virus disease, although no case of the disease has been detected. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Two UN peacekeepers were killed and some 30 wounded when suspected Islamists attacked their northeastern base at Kidal, UN sources said. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Twelve senior officers are under investigation in an anti-graft probe, as part of a wider investigation into massive corruption in Africa’s most populous country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Some 8,942 children and teenagers were recruited by different armed groups in the country from 1985 up until last month, according to figures from the Unique Victims Register. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The country’s Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Three people have died from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said — the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the virus. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Britain said a Hong Kong bookseller believed detained by China was “involuntarily removed to the mainland”, in its strongest comments yet. (AFP)
  • Laos: The US issued a warning urging Americans to avoid a central province popular with adventure travelers after a sudden spate of deadly bomb and gun attacks. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country has arrested 97 al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militants, including three commanders, in the southern city of Karachi. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Government and Muslim rebel negotiators have extended the stay of foreign cease-fire troops in the south at the two sides’ first meeting since their peace pact stalled. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was to push for the introduction of an EU-wide upper limit to cash payments, in effort to curb terrorists‘ access to financing and crack down on corruption. (DPA)
  • Finland: Thousands of Iraqi refugees who arrived in the country last year have decided to cancel their asylum applications and to return home voluntarily. (AFP)
  • Germany: Robust domestic demand enabled the country’s economy, Europe’s biggest, to notch up “solid and continuous growth” at the end of last year. (AFP)
  • Greece: Clashes broke out outside the Agriculture Ministry in Athens as thousands of farmers protested against the government’s new tax and pension plans. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Kuwait: The country will finalize a multibillion-euro deal next week with Italy to purchase Eurofighter jets. (AFP)
  • Syria: As many as 16 people were killed by airstrikes against towns in the central province of Homs. (Xinhua)
  • United Arab Emirates: Jordanian journalist Tayseer al-Najjar has been detained for nearly two months in the country, Human Rights Watch said. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected Al-Qaeda members killed five police officers in an attack in Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybercrime: Bulgarian authorities registered 737 illegal cyber incidents in 2015 against 639 in 2014. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10S (Daya)
    • Location: 508 NM S of St. Denis, La Reunion
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: SE at 18 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Winston)
    • Location: 388 NM W of Suva, Fiji
    • Wind: 74 mph
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12P (Tatiana)
    • Location: 483 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Wind: 63 mph
    • Movement: ESE at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 3km ESE of Andekantor, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 30.5
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 12FEB: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 12FEB: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 12FEB: 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 12FEB: 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 12FEB: 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 12FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 12FEB: 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 12FEB: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 12FEB: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13FEB)

  • Global: World Radio Day

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