- AFRICA: Burundi’s International Cooperation Minister Alain-Aime Nyamitwe expressed hope that the EU will not suspend development aid.
- AMERICAS: A worst-case scenario is hitting Venuzuela as the Zika epidemic has struck during a period of economic chaos and a depleted public health system.
- ASIA: In India, students, journalists and teachers protested in the capital New Delhi after a student union leader’s arrest and subsequent violence by Hindu nationalists.
- EUROPE: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker refused to entertain the idea of a British exit from the EU, ahead of talks with British PM David Cameron.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela are ready to freeze oil production if other producers do the same, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said.
- TECHNOLOGY: China’s plans to tighten internet censorship will continue with a new measure to involve content published by foreign companies and their joint ventures in the country.
- Syria: Russia rejects accusations of war crimes in disputed hospital strike.
- Russia has strongly rejected accusations of war crimes after dozens of people were killed in strikes on medical facilities and schools in rebel-controlled areas of Syria.
- Up to 50 people were killed in missile attacks on schools and hospitals in the region.
- The UN said the “deliberate” targeting of such facilities “could amount to war crimes”.
- Turkish PM Ahmet Davutoglu accused Russia of acting as a “terrorist organization” in Syria and called its alleged bombing of four hospitals and two schools “an obvious war crime”.
- The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian warplanes targeted and destroyed the hospital in Idlib province.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, BBC-2, Guardian, Independent
- Region: Cameroon’s government says its soldiers have retaken Nigeria’s northeastern town of Goshi from Boko Haram, killing 162 militants in a weekend operation. (AP)
- Burundi: The country’s International Cooperation Minister Alain-Aime Nyamitwe expressed hope that the EU will not suspend development aid. (Xinhua)
- Democratic Republic of Congo: A one-day general strike has started, aimed at putting pressure on President Joseph Kabila to quit power when his mandate ends in December. (Reuters)
- Uganda: Presidential contenders held their final rallies, a day after opposition supporters clashed with police leaving at least one dead. (AFP)
- Guatemala: Guatemalan authorities arrested nine suspected gang members wanted in a grenade attack last year that left six dead and 30 injured outside a hospital. (AFP)
- Panama: A newly-expanded Panama Canal designed to accommodate modern day ships be operational by 31MAY, the head of the expansion project said. (Xinhua)
- Venezuela: A worst-case scenario is hitting the country as the Zika epidemic has struck during a period of economic chaos and a depleted public health system. (WP)
- India: Students, journalists and teachers protested in the capital New Delhi after a student union leader’s arrest and subsequent violence by Hindu nationalists. (AP)
- Malaysia: The country is lurching toward autocracy as the government moves to silence allegations of massive graft linked to the prime minister, Transparency International said. (AFP)
- Myanmar: Over 3,000 people have fled their homes in the country’s north following clashes between two ethnic rebel groups, the UN said. (AFP)
- Philippines: Six Philippine policemen were killed and eight injured in an ambush by communist rebels on a remote mountain highway. (AFP)
- Region: The flow of migrants through Europe will be slowed progressively as part of a coordinated “domino effect” of restrictions, Austrian interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said. (Reuters)
- Region: European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker refused to entertain the idea of a British exit from the EU, ahead of talks with British PM David Cameron. (AFP)
- Belgium: Belgian authorities have launched a series of raids in Brussels linked to a recruiting network for the Islamic State group and detained 10 people. (AP)
- Region: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Venezuela are ready to freeze oil production if other producers do the same, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said. (DPA)
- Region: Israeli and Palestinian officials say France has presented the two sides with a proposal for an international peace conference. (AP)
- Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, four months later than planned. (DPA)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: China’s plans to tighten internet censorship will continue with a new measure to involve content published by foreign companies and their joint ventures in the country. (IANS)
- Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Winston
- 353 miles ESE of Suva, Fiji
- Winds: 51 mph
- Movement: ENE at 14 mph
- Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone Uriah
- 682 miles WSW of Cocos Island, Australia
- Winds: 57 mph
- SW at 9 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 16FEB: 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 16FEB: 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 16FEB: 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 16FEB: 587 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 16FEB: 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 16FEB: Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
- Deaths as of 16FEB: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17FEB)
- Libya: Anniversary of uprising against former Libyan leader Gaddafi – 2011
- Serbia and Kosovo: Anniversary of Kosovo’s parliament declaring independence, sparking a fierce reaction in Serbia which refused to recognize Pristina – 2008