ONS: 16 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 17, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Burundi government announced it will not attend the latest effort at peace talks with the opposition in neighboring Tanzania.
  • AMERICAS: American authorities continue to track and monitor an alleged Russian spy ship moving along the country’s eastern seaboard.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s Constitutional Court plans to wrap up hearings over parliament’s impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on 24FEB.
  • EUROPE: The first face-to-face meeting between US and Russian military chiefs since 2014 takes place in Azerbaijan, in an attempt to reopen a military dialogue.
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Bashar al-Assad said his goal is to retake “every inch” of Syrian territory.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Ukraine said it faces a growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks by computer codes the United States said were developed in Russia.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: More suspects in assassination arrested in Malaysia.
    • Two more suspects were arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong-nam, the brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in Malaysia.
    • Malaysian police suspect a total of four men and two women were involved.
    • Malaysian Deputy PM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the North Korean embassy in Malaysia confirmed Kim Jong Nam’s identity.
    • Malaysian authorities reportedly also rebuffed efforts by North Korean officials to stop an autopsy from being carried out on Kim’s body.
    • Coverage: BBC, CNN, VOA, Yonhap

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Burundi government announced it will not attend the latest effort at peace talks with the opposition in neighboring Tanzania. (AP)
  • Region: South Sudan and Uganda agreed to conduct joint border surveillance exercise in an effort to combat the spread of the avian flu. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Suspected Islamic militants gunned down a Coptic Christian teacher in northern Sinai, the second killing of a Christian in less than a week. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Senate leader Bukola Saraki said President Muhammadu Buhari was well after visiting him in London, trying to dispel rumors about the state of his health. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: President Trump called on Venezuela to free jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez “immediately”. (AFP)
  • United States: American authorities continue to track and monitor an alleged Russian spy ship moving along the country’s eastern seaboard. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro ordered the suspension of CNN’s Spanish-language service from the country’s airwaves, accusing it of distorting the truth. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: The country will not participate in a UN conference next month to discuss banning nuclear weapons. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: Security forces raided a hideout of Taliban-linked suspected Islamic militants in the central district of Khanewal , killing 6 of them. (AP)
  • Philippines: Senator Antonio Trillanes accused leader Rodrigo Duterte of hiding millions of dollars of assets. (Reuters)
  • South Korea: The country’s Constitutional Court plans to wrap up hearings over parliament’s impeachment of President Park Geun-hye on 24FEB. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police raided the headquarters of a controversial Buddhist temple sect, seeking to detain its chief monk, who is facing criminal charges including accepting USD 40M in embezzled money. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany signed a series of agreements with its NATO partners to jointly buy transport aircraft and submarines and develop new weapons. (AP)
  • Region: The first face-to-face meeting between US and Russian military chiefs since 2014 takes place in Azerbaijan, in an attempt to reopen a military dialogue. (NYT)
  • Austria: The country filed a lawsuit against Airbus, alleging willful deception and fraud linked to a 2003 order for Eurofighter jets. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said US Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ comments to negotiate “from a position of strength” were futile. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Australia reaffirmed support for a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel. (Xinhua)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country expects to have a productive relationship with the Trump administration and is optimistic about relations with the United States. (AP)
  • Syria: Turkish bombardment of Islamic State group-held al-Bab killed 24 civilians, including 11 children. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Bashar al-Assad said his goal is to retake “every inch” of Syrian territory. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Ukraine said it faces a growing number of sophisticated cyberattacks by computer codes the United States said were developed in Russia. (AFP)
  • Technology: Yahoo was notifying some users that hackers may have been able to break into their accounts without stealing passwords. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Dineo
    • Location: 345 NM WSW of Europa Island
    • Wind: 70 mph
    • Movement: W at 10 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 (17FEB)

  • Germany: Munich Security Conference (to 19FEB)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean FM Yun Byung-se to address special session on Korean Peninsula at Munich Security Conference
  • Kosovo: Independence Day – 2008
  • Libya: Anniversary of mass uprising against former leader Gaddafi – 2011

 

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