ONS: 13 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 14, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Ivory Coast, six journalists, including three media owners, were arrested for “spreading false information” about a mutiny by security forces.
  • AMERICAS: Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to extradite fugitive ex-Peruvian leader Alejandro Toledo on graft charges.
  • ASIA: Human Rights Watch charged Pakistan is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan, despite being beset by war and poverty.
  • EUROPE: An EU report has a bleak forecast for the British economy in the wake of the Brexit vote but paints a more optimistic picture for the bloc as a whole.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas elected Yahya Sinwar, a hard-line member of its armed wing as its new Gaza head.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Telecom Namibia has temporarily blocked calls to a number of countries following massive fraud practices dubbed as phreaking cost companies USD 75,000 FEB2017.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: International condemnation over latest missile test.
    • North Korea claimed success with a new nuclear-capable intermediate-range ballistic missile test, in addition to important progress in being able to strike its enemies with long-range missiles tipped with nuclear warheads.
    • The US, Japan and South Korea requested urgent diplomatic talks at the UN over North Korea’s launch.
    • China condemned the missile test, saying North Korea’s launch activities were in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
    • The incident tests US President Donald Trump’s vow to get tough on the isolated regime.
    • The missile tested isn’t capable of reaching the US mainland or even Guam, but Pyongyang has made developments more quickly than many experts have expected.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Fortune, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: A top militant and three others were killed when a UN helicopter fired on fighters advancing towards the town of Bambari. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Six journalists, including three media owners, were arrested for “spreading false information” about a mutiny by security forces. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Kenya: A Kenyan court jailed seven union officials for a month over a doctors strike that has crippled public hospitals for 10 weeks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski urged his US counterpart Donald Trump to extradite fugitive ex-Peruvian leader Alejandro Toledo on graft charges. (AFP)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed a large wave of Colombians were entering Venezuela in order to “flee violence” in their own country. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Federal immigration officials arrested more than 600 people across at least 11 states over the past week. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of students protested against President Nicolas Maduro in a march through eastern Caracas. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Human Rights Watch charged Pakistan is forcing hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to Afghanistan, despite being beset by war and poverty. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility as a roadside bomb attack killed three soldiers in the South Waziristan tribal region. (AP)
  • Philippines: The nation’s crime rate dropped by 13 percent in 2016, according to the national police, amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs. (Kyodo)
  • Turkmenistan: Incumbent President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov bagged a new seven-year term with nearly 98 percent of a weakly contested vote. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: An EU report has a bleak forecast for the British economy in the wake of the Brexit vote but paints a more optimistic picture for the bloc as a whole. (AP)
  • Region: German Deputy FM Michael Roth cautioned against “special deals” between individual EU countries and the US under President Donald Trump. (AP)
  • France: Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux called for calm in Paris suburbs after a week of violence linked to the alleged rape of a young black man by police. (AP)
  • Russia: Deputy FM Oleg Syromolotov said his country and the US are “natural allies” in fighting terrorism. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas elected Yahya Sinwar, a hard-line member of its armed wing as its new Gaza head. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian government said it is ready to exchange prisoners it has with kidnapped people in rebel hands. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russia’s military released drone footage showing more destruction by the Islamic State in Palmyra since jihadists recaptured the UNESCO World Heritage Site. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Twenty rebels and government troops were killed in clashes as warring parties pushed north along the country’s western coast. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Telecom Namibia has temporarily blocked calls to a number of countries following massive fraud practices dubbed as phreaking cost companies USD 75,000 FEB2017. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • 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 (14FEB)

  • Global: Valentine’s Day
  • Bahrain: Anniversary of outbreak of protests – 2011
  • Iran: Anniversary of protests – 2011
  • Lebanon: Rafik Hariri Memorial Day – 2005
  • Thailand: Cobra Gold military exercises to be held

 

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