ONS: 21 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 22, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 74 bodies, presumed to be African migrants, washed ashore on the coast of the Mediterranean in the western Libyan city of Zawiya.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian Marxist FARC rebels can begin surrendering their weapons to the UN, President Juan Manuel Santos said.
  • ASIA: Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as unsettling and want to prevent militarization, the Philippines said.
  • EUROPE: French President Francois Hollande urged the international community to protect the more than 200 million children of today’s conflict zones.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli soldier convicted of killing a wounded Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, far less than prosecutors requested.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India is offering the world’s largest biometric-identity database —an opportunity that excites fans of cyber transactions but worries privacy advocates.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Suicide bombers killed in courthouse attack.
    • Three suicide bombers were killed as they tried to storm a courthouse in Tangi, Charsadda, a northwest district.
    • Seven total were killed as 30 were injured.
    • One attacker blew himself up outside the court, while two were killed by policemen before they could enter the building.
    • Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility.
    • A fresh wave of terrorist attacks is gripping Pakistan and Jammat-ul Ahrar, as well as the mainstream Pakistani Taliban have taken credit for being behind most of the violence.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: President Roch Marc Christian Kabore handed over control of the defense ministry to Jean Claude Bouda as the country battles to contain the spread of Islamist militant violence. (Reuters)
  • Ghana: President Nana Akufo-Addo said the country’s economy was in a “bad way” and the fiscal deficit for 2016 was 9 percent of GDP on a cash basis. (Reuters)
  • Libya: At least 74 bodies, presumed to be African migrants, washed ashore on the coast of the Mediterranean in the western city of Zawiya. (AP)
  • Libya: A trial of dozens of aides to ousted dictator Moamer Gaddafi is failing to uphold international rights norms in its treatment of defendants, a UN report said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Rio de Janeiro State Assembly voted to privatize the state’s water distribution and sanitation company, Cedae, despite protests. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: Chilean police dismantled two drug-trafficking gangs, seizing two multi-million dollars shipments of marijuana and cocaine. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Marxist FARC rebels can begin surrendering their weapons to the UN, President Juan Manuel Santos said. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Donald Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster as his new national security adviser. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Southeast Asian countries see China’s installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as unsettling and want to prevent militarization, the Philippines said. (Reuters)
  • Region: In Malaysia, no cause of death has been determined yet for North Korea exile Kim Jong Nam, while no family member has yet claimed the body. (AP)
  • Region: China said it opposed naval patrols in the South China Sea, a day after a US aircraft carrier arrived in the region. (Reuters)
  • Nepal: The country will hold its first local elections in 20 years on 14MAY. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Francois Hollande urged the international community to protect the more than 200 million children of today’s conflict zones. (AP)
  • Region: Britain denied reports of plans to pay eastern EU states to support it during Brexit negotiations with Brussels. (AFP)
  • France: The French agriculture ministry ordered all remaining 600,000 ducks in the Landes region slaughtered to try to stem a growing outbreak of bird flu. (AP)
  • Turkey: The country sees US President Trump’s administration as more understanding on the issue of extraditing US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, PM Binali Yildirim said. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the reconciliation plans with Israel and urged resistance to liberate the Palestinian occupied territories. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: An Israeli soldier convicted of killing a wounded Palestinian assailant was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment, far less than prosecutors requested. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Moderate Syrian rebels launched a counter-attack on Islamic State-linked militants near the Golan Heights. (DPA)
  • Syria: Human rights groups say UN-sponsored Syrian peace talks should prioritize enshrining rights protections in law with constitutional amendments in any post-conflict transition. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: India is offering the world’s largest biometric-identity database —an opportunity that excites fans of cyber transactions but worries privacy advocates. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Alfred
    • Location: 446 NM ESE of Darwin, Australia
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Movement: S at 9 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 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 (22FEB)

  • Egypt and Syria: Anniversary of the formation of the United Arab Republic – 1958
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel to meet International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Berlin
  • Philippines: Ceasefire-specific negotiations between Government and Communist rebels to take place in Utrecht, NL (to 27FEB)
  • Saint Lucia: Independence Day – 1979
  • Somalia: Inauguration of President Farmajo

 

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