ONS: 16 February 2016

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 16, 2016

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: EU foreign ministers said they were prepared to impose more economic sanctions on Burundi following the failure of talks to end a deadly political crisis.
  • AMERICAS: US President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from south-east Asian nations for talks centered on economic and security issues.
  • ASIA: A top ruling party official called for South Korea to develop its own nuclear deterrent to combat the growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea.
  • EUROPE: Bosnia has applied to join the EU, though Sarajevo has not met all conditions to submit the application, EU diplomat Federica Mogherini said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Israel, former PM Ehud Olmert started serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, becoming the first Israeli premier to be imprisoned.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Taiwan announced it will launch an early warning system for natural disasters on 4G mobile phones.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Turkey comes under fire for alleged military incursions into Syrian territory.
    • Syria has condemned Turkish military action against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria and described it as a violation of its sovereignty.
    • The Syrian government claimed that on Saturday 12 pick-up trucks equipped with heavy machine guns and ammunition had crossed into Syria from Turkey via the Bab al-Salama border crossing.
    • Turkey has denied reports that some of its soldiers have entered Syria, as Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz also told a parliamentary commission it was not considering deploying troops there.
    • Turkey’s army shelled Kurdish YPG militia targets in northern Syria over the weekend, further complicating the conflict on Turkish-Syrian border.
    • European Union officials are calling on Turkey to halt its military action in Syria after Turkish forces shelled positions held by a US-backed Kurdish militia over the weekend.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, BBC-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: EU foreign ministers said they were prepared to impose more economic sanctions on the country following the failure of talks to end a deadly political crisis. (Reuters)
  • Burundi: Insurgents hurled a series of grenades, killing a child and wounding at least 30 people in the latest in a string of attacks. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The southwestern state of Ogun has reported the first death from Lassa fever in the worst outbreak of the disease in the country in four years. (Xinhua)
  • Uganda: Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters as they arrested a top presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye, days ahead of presidential polls. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul suspended the use of the larvicide Pyriproxyfen to combat the spread of the mosquito carrying the Zika virus. (EFE)
  • Haiti: Jocelerme Privert was chosen as interim president by the Haitian parliament, a week after Michel Martelly stepped down. (BBC)
  • United States: President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from south-east Asian nations for talks centered on economic and security issues. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian Kashmir largely shut down as a general strike was called to protest the killing of two civilians during a gun battle between troops and suspected separatist militants. (AFP)
  • Australia: Australian police have seized USD 700M worth of the drug “ice” from a shipment of silicon bra inserts and art supplies. (CNN)
  • Korean Peninsula: A top ruling party official called for South Korea to develop its own nuclear deterrent to combat the growing nuclear and missile threat from North Korea. (AFP)
  • South Korea: A South Korean military helicopter crashed in an eastern province, killing three of the four soldiers on board. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Two Russian policemen died and two others were injured in a blast at a checkpoint in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan. (AFP)
  • Region: British PM David Cameron will meet French President Francois Hollande to discuss Britain’s EU renegotiation ahead of a crunch summit this week. (AFP)
  • Bosnia: The country has applied to join the EU, though Sarajevo has not met all conditions to submit the application, EU diplomat Federica Mogherini said. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The country will open four migrant registration centers in time for an EU summit this week, a government source said, (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi authorities say a border guard has been killed by incoming fire from war-ravaged Yemen. (AP)
  • Region: Hundreds of stone-throwing Palestinian youths clashed with Israeli soldiers, leaving a number of people wounded. (AFP)
  • Iran: Russia will start the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to the country in “the nearest time”, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Former PM Ehud Olmert started serving a 19-month prison sentence for bribery and obstruction of justice, becoming the first Israeli premier to be imprisoned. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Taiwan announced it will launch an early warning system for natural disasters on 4G mobile phones. (IANS)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Winston
    • 302 miles SSE of Suva, Fiji
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Movement:  NE at 14 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Uriah
    • 1090 miles ESE of Diego Garcia
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Movement: WSW at 9 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases as of 15FEB: 28,639 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, Italy)
      • Deaths as of 15FEB: 11,316 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
      • Suspected Cases as of 15FEB: 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 15FEB: 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 15FEB: 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 15FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 15FEB: 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 15FEB: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
      • Deaths as of 15FEB: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16FEB)

  • Afghanistan: Liberation Day/Total Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan – 1989
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will make a formal application for the membership of the European Union
  • Europe Region: The Czech Republic will call an extraordinary summit of the Visegrad-four countries
  • Serbia: National Day – 1804
  • US and Asia Region: US-ASEAN Summit in Rancho Mirage, California (to 16FEB)
  • United States: President’s Day

 

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