ONS: 19 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 20, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Militiamen from the Democratic Republic of the Congo Nande ethnic group killed 25 civilians with machetes in the country’s violence-torn east.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the last 300 Farc rebels completed the move to demobilization zones.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police said they were looking for four more North Korean suspects in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam.
  • EUROPE: According to senior Whitehall sources, Russia plotted to assassinate Montenegro’s Prime Minister and overthrow the government last year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US will continue to monitor the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France’s foreign minister called suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign “unacceptable.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Forces battle to free Mosul from the Islamic State group
    • A wide array of Iraqi and international forces are involved in an operation to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group.
    • The offensive was formally announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.
    • Army Staff Lieutenant General Abdulamir Yarallah said in a statement that elite Rapid Response units captured the villages of Athbah and Al-Lazzagah.
    • Graphic videos of men in Iraqi security force uniforms carrying out beatings and summary executions have cast a shadow over the campaign.
    • Iraqi federal police units are leading a northward charge on the Mosul districts that lie west of the Tigris River, aiming to capture the Mosul airport.
    • This is the second phase of the campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State.
    • An earlier offensive took the eastern half of the city in late JAN17.
    • Residents of the west bank have reported difficult living conditions and warned that they were already low on food.
    • It is anticipated that there will be weeks of fighting ahead.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, LAT, Aljazeera, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Spain’s defense ministry said one of its naval ships rescued 112 migrants off the country’s coast. (NYT)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: Militiamen from the Nande ethnic group killed 25 civilians with machetes in the country’s violence-torn east. (AFP)
  • Gambia: The country formally swore in its newly elected President, Adama Barrow, in front of a crowd of thousands, including African heads of state. (BBC)
  • Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed vowed to work closely with the African Union mission to step up the fight against terrorist group Al-Shabaab. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The last 300 Farc rebels completed the move to demobilization zones. (BBC)
  • Ecuador: The general election results could result in the eviction of Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, from the embassy in London. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: Victims of the 2014 unrest filed a petition calling for a tough sentence against opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A US aircraft carrier strike group began patrols in the South China Sea amid growing tension with China over control of the disputed waterway. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Police said that they were looking for four more North Korean suspects in connection with the murder of Kim Jong-Nam. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: Police say that counter-terrorism forces killed five militants in an overnight raid and seized weapons and explosives from their hideout. (AP)
  • Philippines: The army will create a “battalion size” task force to help the government’s anti-narcotics agency run after high-value targets. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Montenegro: According to senior Whitehall sources, Russia plotted to assassinate former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and overthrow the government last year. (Telegraph)
  • The Netherlands: Pledging to “make the Netherlands ours again,” Geert Wilders described Moroccan immigrants as “scum” who endanger the country’s citizens. (NYT)
  • Turkey:  The government claimed that no member of the Turkish Religious Affairs (Diyanet) and the Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) was a spy. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Australian government has not ruled out working with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State Group in the Middle East. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters the United States will continue to monitor the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. (TASS)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: France’s foreign minister called suspected Russian cyberattacks on the French presidential campaign “unacceptable.” (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch volcano, Dunkono, Sbancaya
  • 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 17FEB: 480 (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 17FEB: 27
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 17FEB: 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 (20 FEB)

  • Global: World Day of Social Justice – 2007
  • Syria: Delegations will arrive at UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva
  • Ukraine: New truce due to come into force
  • United Kingdom: House of Lords to debate Brexit bill
  • United Kingdom: MPs to debate US President Trump visit
  • United States: President’s Day

 

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