- AFRICA: Norway and Germany are jointly giving USD 395M to prevent a famine in the African countries around the Lake Chad Basin.
- AMERICAS: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau came under pressure to deal with asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada from the US to avoid a crackdown by the administration of US President Donald Trump.
- ASIA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted solid ties with China and there was no urgency in pressing it to abide by last year’s arbitration ruling on the Philippines’ maritime boundaries and sovereign rights.
- EUROPE: More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers, and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July’s failed coup.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces entered a west Mosul neighborhood for the first time since the start four months ago of an offensive to retake the city.
- TECHNOLOGY: Google researchers have cracked a key internet security tool, proving the encryption method of internet security vulnerable.
- North Korea: Nerve gas presence further indicates state-sponsored assassination.
- Malaysian authorities have identified the substance that killed Kim Jong-nam at Kuala Lumpur airport as VX, which is classified as a weapon of mass destruction.
- The revelation boosted speculation that Pyongyang dispatched a hit squad to kill Kim Jong Nam, the outcast older sibling of North Korea’s ruler.
- Malaysian police were investigating whether the VX was brought into the country or made there.
- North Korea claims that it doesn’t possess chemical weapons, but it is believed to have one of the world’s largest stockpiles, according to South Korea.
- Coverage: AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, USA Today
- Region: Senegalese police arrested two suspected extremists from Mali connected to the deadly attacks in Ivory Coast last year. (AP)
- Region: Norway and Germany are jointly giving USD 395M to prevent a famine in the African countries around the Lake Chad Basin. (AP)
- Nigeria: Kidnappers are demanding a ransom of USD 200,000 for a German archaeologist and his associate abducted in the northern Kaduna state. (AP)
- South Africa: Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades to break up clashes between local protesters and migrants in Pretoria at an anti-immigration march. (AFP)
- Region: Canadian PM Justin Trudeau came under pressure to deal with asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada from the US to avoid a crackdown by the administration of US President Donald Trump. (Reuters)
- Colombia: Prosecutors seized USD 98M worth of buildings, land and assets belonging to the leftist FARC force as it disbands under a peace deal. (AFP)
- Mexico: Suspected ETA terrorist Angel Maria Telleria Uriarte was arrested in the central state of Guanajuato. (EFE)
- Region: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he wanted solid ties with China and there was no urgency in pressing it to abide by last year’s arbitration ruling on the Philippines’ maritime boundaries and sovereign rights. (Reuters)
- Region: Myanmar Buddhist nationalists rallied outside the Thai embassy in Yangon to condemn the Thai government’s siege of the controversial Dhammakaya temple. (AFP)
- Australia: The country’s plan to rescue the Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after it suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said. (AFP)
- Sri Lanka: The country arrested 18 people suspected of trying to leave the country illegally for New Zealand. (AFP)
- Region: More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July’s failed coup. (AFP)
- Region: Greece said it was expecting an extradition request from Turkey for two Turks who had claimed asylum and with suspected links to last July’s coup attempt. (Reuters)
- Britain: Main opposition Labour Party defeated UKIP’s leader in a Brexit bastion, but suffered a landmark defeat to PM Theresa May’s governing Conservatives. (AFP)
- Greece: PM Alexis Tsipras said a deal between Athens and lenders for further reforms in return for bailout aid was an ‘honorable compromise’. (Reuters)
- Region: Saudi Arabia held talks with Iran about the possibility of Iranian pilgrims rejoining the annual hajj despite ruptured ties between the two countries. (AFP)
- Iraq: Government forces entered a west Mosul neighborhood for the first time since the start four months ago of an offensive to retake the city. (AFP)
- Iraq: ISIS carried out an attack on a Trebil border guard position near Jordan, killing at least 15 guards. (AFP)
- Israel: The country rejected a visa request from Human Rights Watch, accusing the group of engaging in Palestinian “propaganda.” (AP)
- Syria: A suicide bomber killed 42 people, most of them rebels, near the town of Al-Bab, which they had taken from the Islamic State group. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Google researchers have cracked a key internet security tool, proving the encryption method of internet security vulnerable. (Re/Code)
- 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 (25FEB)
- Iraq: Anniversary of Day of Rage protests – 2011
- Iraq: National Day – 1950
- Palestinian Territories: Voter registration to end for 13MAY municipal elections, Hamas-ruled Gaza not to participate
- Turkey: Campaigning for referendum on constitutional change to formally kick off