- AFRICA: Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011, walked free for the first time in six years.
- AMERICAS: Fourteen nations urged Venezuela to hold elections and release “political prisoners,” in a joint statement that kept open the option of seeking to suspend the South American country from the Organization of American States.
- ASIA: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said claimed the defense equipment Beijing has installed on artificial islands in the South China Sea is “primarily” for civilian use.
- EUROPE: Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron won the backing of Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, adding political weight to Macron’s campaign.
- MIDDLE EAST: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the battle to take back the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, will start in the coming days.
- TECHNOLOGY: The CIA developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers’ fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published by WikiLeaks.
- United Kingdom: Police investigate London attacker; two more arrests made.
- The police announced two more “significant” arrests in connection with the attack outside the British Parliament by terrorist Khalid Masood, who they said was born Adrian Russell Ajao.
- Detectives are piecing together the history of the 52-year-old ex-convict who used a string of aliases and reportedly converted to Islam only in later life.
- Police have appealed to anyone who knew the Westminster attacker Khalid Masood to come forward with information.
- Masood was known to security services as “a peripheral figure” and “was not part of the current intelligence picture,” PM Theresa May told the House of Commons.
- The death toll from the attack grew to five as police said one of the injured died in hospital.
- Coverage: BBC, Guardian, NBC, NYT, Reuters
- Egypt: Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian president overthrown in 2011, walked free for the first time in six years. (Reuters)
- The Gambia: The country will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and will offer to pay reparations to victims. (AP)
- South Sudan: The US warned the country that preventing humanitarian aid workers from reaching parts of the war-torn state that are suffering famine could “amount to deliberate starvation tactics.” (Reuters)
- Region: Fourteen nations urged Venezuela to hold elections and release “political prisoners,” in a joint statement that kept open the option of seeking to suspend the South American country from the Organization of American States. (Fortune)
- Canada: House of Commons lawmakers, with strong encouragement from PM Justin Trudeau, passed a motion paving the way to combat Islamophobia. (AFP)
- Colombia: Alvaro Gelves Ortega, leader of the ELN rebel group, was killed in an operation by security forces, President Juan Manuel Santos said. (AFP)
- Region: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said claimed the defense equipment Beijing has installed on artificial islands in the South China Sea is “primarily” for civilian use. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: Russia dismissed a US allegation it may be supplying Taliban insurgents in the country as “a lie.” (Reuters)
- Korean Peninsula: North Korea is scrambling to reinforce its cyberwarfare capabilities and the number of its professional hackers is estimated to have reached about 7,700, a South Korean report said. (Yonhap)
- Malaysia: Nine Malaysian men were arrested on suspicion of being linked to the Islamic State extremist group. (DPA)
- Region: Turkey is negotiating with international aviation authorities on easing a ban barring passengers from carrying large electronics on US and Britain-bound flights. (Reuters)
- France: The country’s private sector growth accelerated in MAR2017 to reach its highest level in nearly six years. (AFP)
- France: Independent presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron won the backing of Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, adding political weight to Macron’s campaign. (AP)
- Russia: Six suspected militants and six soldiers were killed during a firefight at an army base in Chechnya. (AP)
- Region: A Saudi soldier was killed by a missile fired by rebels in Yemen that hit a base in Dhahran South near the border, killing a border guard. (AFP)
- Iraq: Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr threatened to boycott upcoming provincial elections, urging instead followers to join a “reform revolution.” (AP)
- Syria: French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the battle to take back the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa will start in the coming days. (AP)
- United Arab Emirates: The country pledged to cooperate with US authorities with the ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the US, despite already tight security. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The CIA developed tools to spy on Mac computers by injecting software into the chips that control the computers’ fundamental operations, according to the latest cache of classified government documents published by WikiLeaks. (NYT)
- 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 17MAR: 9,978 (Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela)
- Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
- Confirmed Cases as of 17MAR: 2,260 (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico)
- Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
- Deaths as of 17MAR: 1 (Brazil)
- 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 16FEB: 1,917 (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 16FEB: 684 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 (25MAR)
- Global: International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members – 1985
- Global: International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade – 2007
- Europe Region: European Union summit to be held in Brussels
- Europe Region: 60th Anniversary of the Treaty of Rome – 1957
- Greece: Independence Day – 1821
- Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of King Faisal assassinated – 1975