ONS: 23 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed appointed Somali-born Norwegian national Hassan Ali Khaire as prime minister.
  • AMERICAS: The White House delayed a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the US by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping promised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing would not build structures on the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: According to the latest UK migration figures, a record number of European migrants have come to work in Britain since the Brexit vote.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN-sponsored peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition began in Geneva for the first time in nearly a year.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Center for Democracy & Technology announced opposition to Homeland Security efforts to collect social media passwords from those wishing to enter the US.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Government forces retake Mosul airport from Islamic State.
    • Iraqi security forces have recaptured Mosul airport, a key part of the government’s offensive to drive the so-called Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city.
    • After ousting the militant group from eastern Mosul last month, Iraqi forces have sought to capture the airport to use it as a launchpad for an onslaught into the west of the city.
    • Meanwhile, Iraqi anti-terrorism forces stormed the al-Ghazlani camp, a Iraqi military base just to the west of Mosul airport.
    • On 19FEB, Iraqi forces officially launched the operation to take Mosul’s western half, and have since retaken nearly 50 square miles south of the city.
    • Coverage: BBC, CBS, CNN, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi reiterated his support for the independence of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Two Germans were kidnapped while working at an archaeological site in the northern Kaduna state. (AFP)
  • Somalia: President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed appointed Somali-born Norwegian national Hassan Ali Khaire as prime minister. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The government said it foiled a serious plot aiming to destabilize the country by preventing the chief of the Organization of American States traveling to the island. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: The country’s presidential election will head to a runoff as the leading ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno failed to garner an absolute majority. (Al-Jazeera)
  • United States: The White House delayed a new executive order to replace its directive suspending travel to the US by citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping promised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that Beijing would not build structures on the Scarborough Shoal in the South China Sea. (Reuters)
  • Region: Malaysian detectives probing the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam admitted they cannot force wanted North Korean diplomat Hyon Kwang Song to answer questions. (AFP)
  • Australia: Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters gathered in Sydney to voice their anger at the historic visit by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: An explosion killed eight in the eastern city of Lahore, the latest in a string of terrorist attacks. (AP)
  • Philippines: Senator Leila De Lima, the most outspoken critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been ordered by a Philippine court to be arrested over illegal drug charges. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: According to the latest UK migration figures, a record number of European migrants have come to work in Britain since the Brexit vote. (Guardian)
  • Denmark: The country is expected to make a decision whether to extradite the daughter of the former confidante of South Korea’s president within a month. (AP)
  • Hungary: The US said central bank chief Gyorgy Matolcsy lacked credibility in accusing a “large NATO ally” of trying to topple the Hungarian government two years ago. (Reuters)
  • Romania: New Romanian justice minister Tudorel Toader was confirmed in office, ending a month-long upheaval triggered by a government decree that would have decriminalized several graft offenses. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A lawyer for Nizar Zakka, a US permanent resident imprisoned in the country, has described him as a “hostage.” (AP)
  • Iraq: Four people were killed and nine others wounded in two suicide car bomb attacks targeting security checkpoints in the eastern province of Diyala. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: UN-sponsored peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition began in Geneva for the first time in nearly a year. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Seven people from the Norwegian Refugee Council have been released by rebel authorities. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Center for Democracy & Technology announced opposition to Homeland Security efforts to collect social media passwords from those wishing to enter the US. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Eight
    • Location: 388 NM SSW of Tonga
    • Wind: 40 mph
    • Movement: SE at 40 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 (24FEB)

  • Mexico: Flag Day – 1937
  • United States: Anniversary of the final launch of the Atlantis Space Shuttle – 2011

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