ONS: 17 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 18, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters repelled Boko Haram suicide bombers in the city of Maiduguri, resulting in 11 dead.
  • AMERICAS: President Donald Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward turned down the job offer.
  • ASIA: Three Chinese warships wrapped training exercises in the South China Sea, after China’s sole aircraft carrier tested its weapons in the disputed region.
  • EUROPE: Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco, with some injuries in the process.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Islamic State group claimed a Baghdad car bombing, whose death toll has reached 59 with 66 others injured.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by President Donald Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans’ data.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Security forces unleash crackdown in response to shrine bombing.
    • Pakistan says dozens of militants were killed in a security crackdown following an attack on a shrine that left at least 80 people dead.
    • Pakistani security officials said at least 39 militants were killed in shootouts following raids on their hideouts, including 11 in Karachi, the capital of Sindh, and at least 47 people were arrested.
    • An offshoot of the Islamic State group said it was responsible for the bombing, the second major attack on a Sufi shrine in three months.
    • The attack raised questions about Pakistani authorities’ ability to rein in militant groups that threaten to drive a deeper wedge between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: VP Manuel Vicente was charged in Portugal with corruption and money laundering. (Reuters)
  • Mozambique: Seven people died and thousands of homes were destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Dineo. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops and civilian self-defense fighters repelled Boko Haram suicide bombers in the city of Maiduguri, resulting in 11 dead. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Yellow fever cases in the country are on rise with 253 confirmed cases. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: Thousands marched in Panama City to protest a scandal over huge bribes paid by a Brazilian company in exchange for public contracts. (AFP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser Retired Vice-Admiral Robert Harward turned down the job offer. (BBC)
  • United States: CIA director Mike Pompeo disputed reports the spy community is withholding information from President Trump. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three Chinese warships wrapped training exercises in the South China Sea, after China’s sole aircraft carrier tested its weapons in the disputed region. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan provincial official says the Taliban stormed several security posts in eastern Kunar province, killing five police officers. (AP)
  • Philippines: Two soldiers and three communist rebels were killed while 15 other troops were wounded in a land mine attack and clashes in the city of Davao. (AP)
  • Turkmenistan: Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov was sworn in as President in a grand ceremony after securing over 97 percent of an almost uncontested vote. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Hundreds of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African territory of Ceuta from Morocco, with some injuries in the process. (AFP)
  • France: A document made public by WikiLeaks purports to show the US Central Intelligence Agency ordered its spies to gather information on the 2012 French presidential election. (AP)
  • Russia: The country will pay off all the USSR foreign debts by the end of this year, with the last tranche to be paid to Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Xinhua)
  • Slovakia: PM Robert Fico survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote requested by the opposition over high energy prices. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Former British PM Tony Blair urged people to “rise up” and change their minds on Brexit, arguing leaving the EU poses a threat to the country. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The United Arab Emirates said two Emirati soldiers were killed while taking part in the Saudi-led war in Yemen. (AP)
  • Iran: President Hassan Rouhani faces increasing domestic pressure as tensions with Trump-led United States rise. (WP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State group claimed a Baghdad car bombing, whose death toll has reached 59 with 66 others injured. (AP)
  • Syria: France and Germany welcomed a ‘useful meeting’ with new US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson about the Syrian crisis. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU data privacy watchdogs will seek assurances from US authorities that a move by President Trump to crack down on illegal immigration will not undermine a transatlantic pact protecting the privacy of Europeans’ data. (Reuters)

 

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 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 (18FEB)

  • Gambia: Independence Day – 1965
  • Thailand: Military government to submit plan for 08FEB18 elections to King
  • Ukraine: Anniversary of outbreak of the Euromaidan Revolution – 2014

 

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