ONS: 12 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 13, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said Sudan and Zambia signed a framework agreement to establish a joint ministerial committee.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos requested US President Trump’s support in approving US funding to back the country’s peace deal with leftist rebels.
  • ASIA: Four militants and 2 troopers of the Indian army were killed in an ongoing gunfight in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.
  • EUROPE:  Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the former foreign minister, is the overwhelming favorite to win the presidential election in Germany.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, at least seven people were killed in attacks targeting polling stations, as citizens voted amid the worst violence in years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An internet watchdog group reported an attempted hacking of Mexican activists who campaigned against soft drinks and junk foods.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: country tests first ballistic missile since beginning Trump administration.
    • North Korea fired a ballistic missile into the sea early 12FEB.
    • The projectile took off at 7:55 AM from Banghyon, and is believed to be a modified version of the North’s intermediate-range ballistic missile Musudan.
    • It flew 310 miles before falling in the sea.
    • North Korea launched the missile while US President Trump was hosting the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, at his Mar-a-Lago estate.
    • Mr. Abe said the missile launch is “absolutely intolerable” and called upon North Korea to “fully comply with the relevant [UN] security resolutions.”
    • Trump’s administration indicated that Washington would have a calibrated response to avoid escalating tensions.
    • Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, spoke to his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan Jin.
    • They both condemned the launch and agreed “to seek all possible options” to deter Pyongyang in the future.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, WSJ, AP (and ABC), CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said Sudan and Zambia signed a framework agreement to establish a joint ministerial committee. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: The Defense Ministry reported that army troops found a large quantity of war weapons in a bunker near the border with Mali. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The ruling National Congress Party (NCP) accused the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of committing a massacre in South Kordofan. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Colombian President Santos requested US President Trump’s support in approving US funding to back the country’s peace deal with leftist rebels. (AP)
  • Mexico: Protests have been planned against US President Trump, hitting back at his anti-Mexican rhetoric and vows to make the country pay for his “big, beautiful” border wall. (AFP)
  • Peru: US authorities have informed the government that they are not planning to detain former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Venezuelans lead asylum requests to the US as the country’s middle class flees the crashing, oil-dependent economy. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The NATO mission has opened a preliminary investigation into claims that more than 20 civilians were killed in the southern province of Helmand. (NYT)
  • Cambodia: The country’s opposition party will meet after the shock resignation of its founder and leader. (AFP)
  • Kashmir: Four militants and 2 troopers of the Indian army were killed in an ongoing gunfight in the Indian-controlled region. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella assured the public that the government was ready to aid the victims of an earthquake in Surigao City. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France:  Police fired tear gas after clashes erupted in the suburbs of Paris as demonstrators protested over an alleged police rape. (AFP)
  • Germany: Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the former foreign minister, is the overwhelming favorite to win the presidential election. (AP)
  • Romania: Thousands of protesters braved the cold to march against government attempts to water down anti-corruption laws. (AFP)
  • Russia: Edward Snowden’s lawyer denies reports that Russia is considering sending him back to the US as a “gift.” (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A semi-official news agency reported that a drone belonging to the navy crashed in the southern port town of Jask. (AP)
  • Iraq: At least seven people were killed in attacks targeting polling stations, as citizens voted amid the worst violence in years. (CNN)
  • Syria: British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said that western-backed forces should isolate the Islamic State group’s de facto capital “by the spring.” (Reuters)
  • Syria: The main opposition bloc arrived in Geneva to assess the intentions of the government in implementing humanitarian measures. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An internet watchdog group reported an attempted hacking of Mexican activists who campaigned against soft drinks and junk foods. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: TC Carlos, Indian Ocean
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatépetl volcano, Shiveluch
    • Ash cloud alert
  • 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 (13FEB)

  • Global: World Radio Day – 2013
  • Azerbaijan: Third meeting of the Ukrainian-Azerbaijani intergovernmental commission on military and technical cooperation to be held in Baku (to 16FEB)
  • Ukraine: Moldovan PM Pavel Filip to visit

 

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