ONS: 14 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 15, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Gambia asked the UN to halt the process of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court begun by the previous regime.
  • AMERICAS: The US imposed sanctions on Venezuelan Vice President Tareck el-Aissami, accusing him of involvement in international drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: The half-brother of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has been assassinated in Malaysia, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police arrested a French citizen of Turkish origin suspected of helping plan the New Year nightclub attack in Istanbul claimed by jihadists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of the Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State militants, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Queen Elizabeth II will inaugurate Britain’s National Cyber Security Center on 14FEB, spearheading the country’s efforts to combat a growing wave of cyber attacks notably from Russia.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Adviser.
    • National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned, citing “incomplete information” that he provided top White House officials about his dealings with the Russian ambassador.
    • His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration that Flynn potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians.
    • Flynn acknowledged misleading VP Mike Pence and other administration officials about his potentially illegal conversations with a Russian envoy.
    • President Trump named retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the acting national security adviser.
    • Coverage: AP, Bloomberg, CNN, USA Today, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN repatriated some 4,753 Somali refugees before a court suspended the closure of the Dadaab refugee camp in northeast Kenya. (Xinhua)
  • The Gambia: The new Gambian government asked the UN to halt the process of withdrawal from the International Criminal Court begun by the previous regime. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The World Bank approved a USD 250M credit to finance Kenyan agricultural productivity and help farmers build resilience to climate change. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The UN said recent increased fighting in the Wau Shilluk and Kajo Keji hotspots is having “devastating consequences” for civilians. (AP)
  • Tunisia: PM Youssef Chahed rejected German claims that his country has been blocking the return of rejected asylum seekers. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US imposed sanctions on Venezuelan Vice President Tareck el-Aissami, accusing him of involvement in international drug trafficking. (BBC)
  • Region: Mexico’s foreign relations secretary Luis Videgaray says his country has not seen an increase in deportations by the US, despite immigration raids in several states. (AP)
  • Brazil: President Michel Temer decided to send troops to Rio de Janeiro state to help reinforce public security during ongoing protests. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Seven Hong Kong police officers were found guilty of assaulting a protester during pro-democracy rallies in 2014. (AFP)
  • Region: Three Indian soldiers and a militant were killed in a gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir. (AP)
  • Region: Japan lodged a protest with Russia for naming five uninhabited islands among a Russian-held, Japanese-claimed archipelago off northern Japan. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The half-brother of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un has been assassinated in Malaysia, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Islamist Abu Sayyaf militants in the country’s south threatened to behead a German hostage if a ransom was not paid by 26FEB. (DPA)
  • Thailand: The country launched its annual joint ‘Cobra Gold’ military exercises with the US. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Documents obtained by an Austrian politician show Turkish diplomats enlisting Turkish religious organizations abroad in a ‘global effort’ to undermine supporters loyal to Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. (AP)
  • Britain: The country’s defense spending last year dipped just below the NATO military alliance’s target of 2 percent of gross domestic product. (Reuters)
  • Spain: In Bilbao, police arrested a 44-year-old Algerian national with an alleged history of supporting and spreading the propaganda of extremist groups. (EFE)
  • Turkey: Turkish police arrested a French citizen of Turkish origin suspected of helping plan the New Year nightclub attack in Istanbul claimed by jihadists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The Iraqi parliament should implement the electoral reform called for by protesters, UN representative Jan Kubis said. (AFP)
  • Iraq:  A car bomb exploded in south Baghdad, killing at least four people. (AFP)
  • Syria: The country’s UN humanitarian coordinator Ali al-Za’atari called for immediate aid for the towns of Zabadani, Madaya, Fua and Kafraya. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkey-backed rebels have largely taken control of the town of al-Bab from Islamic State militants, Turkish PM Binali Yildirim said. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Queen Elizabeth II will inaugurate Britain’s National Cyber Security Center on 14FEB, spearheading the country’s efforts to combat a growing wave of cyber attacks notably from Russia. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Dineo
    • Location: 69 NM WNW of Europa Island
    • Wind: 50 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 5 mph
    • Map
  • 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 10FEB: 406 (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 10FEB: 26
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 10FEB: 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 (15FEB)

  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of withdrawal of Soviet troops – 1989
  • Afghanistan: Moscow to host international meeting on Afghanistan
  • Europe Region: NATO Defense Ministers’ conference to be held in Brussels (to 16FEB)
  • Serbia: Sovereignty Day (to 16FEB) – 1804
  • Syria: Technical discussions aimed at strengthening the ceasefire regime to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan (to 16FEB)
  • United States: Israeli PM Netanyahu will visit Washington for talks with President Trump

 

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