- AFRICA: A famine has been declared in South Sudan, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years.
- AMERICAS: A runoff vote appears likely in Ecuador’s presidential election with Lenín Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40% required for outright victory.
- ASIA: The National Assembly of Cambodia amended the Law on Political Parties to bar convicted politicians from leading a political party.
- EUROPE: US VP Mike Pence told senior EU officials in Brussels the Trump administration was looking at ways to “deepen our relationship” with the EU.
- MIDDLE EAST: ISIS fighters are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, a Human Rights Watch report said.
- TECHNOLOGY: Thousands people took to the streets of the capital of Malta to protest a new bill that forces Internet news sites to register with the government.
- North Korea: Regional tensions rise over Kim Jong-un’s half-brother’s death.
- Malaysian PM Najib Razak said his government’s investigation of the killing of the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, will be “objective”.
- North Korea said Malaysia cannot be trusted to carry out the investigation into the killing, as tensions over the death become increasingly heated.
- Malaysia recalled its ambassador over Kim’s death and summoned Pyongyang’s own representative in Kuala Lumpur after North Korea’s accusation of Malaysia conspiring with “hostile forces” in its investigation.
- Acting South Korean president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, called the killing of Kim Jong-nam “an intolerable crime against humanity and terrorist act” masterminded by the North Korean regime.
- Coverage: CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP
- Region: Ministers from Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria met in Tunis to find ways to reconcile Libya’s rival political factions. (AP)
- Somalia: The death toll climbed to 39 in a suicide bombing in the capital Mogadishu. (AFP)
- South Sudan: A famine has been declared in the country, the first to be announced in any part of the world in six years. (BBC)
- Ecuador: A runoff vote appears likely in the country’s presidential election with Lenín Moreno appearing to fall just short of the 40% required for outright victory. (Guardian)
- United States: The Homeland Security Department drafted new guidelines aimed at aggressively detaining and deporting immigrants living in the US illegally. (AP)
- Venezuela: Mitzy Capriles, the wife of Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma, publicly read a document which says her husband believes the government should release all political prisoners to reactivate dialogue with the opposition. (EFE)
- Region: Pirates have kidnapped seven crew members of a Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship off the coast of the Philippines. (DPA)
- Region: India welcomed Pakistan’s move of putting 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and banned outfit Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed’s name on its national terror list. (Xinhua)
- Cambodia: The country’s National Assembly amended the Law on Political Parties to bar convicted politicians from leading a political party. (Xinhua)
- Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan police arrested five military intelligence officers on suspicion orchestrating attacks on other journalists and dissidents. (AFP)
- Thailand: Several monks were injured in clashes with Thai police at a Buddhist temple during a search for a former abbot wanted on money laundering charges. (DPA)
- Region: US VP Mike Pence told senior EU officials in Brussels the Trump administration was looking at ways to “deepen our relationship” with the EU. (Reuters)
- Region: Russia now recognizes passports issued by two separatist governments in eastern Ukraine, a step that Ukraine said would complicate peace negotiations. (NYT)
- Spain: Some 300 migrants stormed the border of Ceuta, days after hundreds more forced their way over the frontier. (AFP)
- Ukraine: One soldier was killed and another wounded in the country’s east, as Ukraine accused rebels of breaking a new truce deal. (AFP)
- Region: ISIS fighters are raping and torturing Sunni Arab women too, a Human Rights Watch report said. (AFP)
- Region: Iran criticized alleged coordination between Israel and Saudi Arabia to create an “international atmosphere” against Tehran. (AFP)
- Iraq: In Baghdad, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis promised the Trump administration would not try to seize the country’s oil. (NYT)
- Iraq: Iraqi forces battled their way to Mosul airport as they prepared to take on the Islamic State group’s stronghold in the city’s west bank. (AFP)
- Yemen: Yemeni rebels abducted a dozen local staff working for the Norwegian Refugee Council in the Red Sea district of Hodeida. (Al-Jazeera)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: Thousands people took to the streets of the capital of Malta to protest a new bill that forces Internet news sites to register with the government. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (21FEB)
- Global: International Mother Language Day – 1999
- China: French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to visit (to 23FEB)
- China: Italian President Sergio Mattarella to visit (to 26FEB)
- Lithuania: Russian RTR Planeta channel to be allowed to broadcast again
- Russia: Swedish FM Margot Wallstrom to visit Moscow for talks with FM Lavrov
- Ukraine: President Poroshenko possibly to take part in UN Security Council debate