ONS: 25 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 26, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dozens of Egyptian Christian families fled Sinai province after the Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan authorities ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters.
  • ASIA: More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Manila to protest Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, following the arrest of his most high-profile critic.
  • EUROPE: Several Azerbaijani servicemen were killed in clashes between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian separatists over the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was in Baghdad, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom to Iraq in years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Provincial Chinese officials are requiring drivers to install a satellite navigation system in their vehicles in order to track people.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Suicide bomb attacks on security bases in Homs kill at least 32
    • According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attackers targeted the headquarters of military security in the city and also a branch of state security.
    • There were three blasts in total. The attackers wore suicide belts, which they detonated in the security offices.
    • Some reports put the death toll at more than 40.
    • State TV said the local head of military intelligence, General Hassan Daabul, a close associate of President Bashar al-Assad, was among the dead.
    • An al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, Tahrir al-Sham, the so-called the Levant Liberation Committee, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
    • Sources: WP, BBC, CNN, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Burundi: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on political parties to commit fully to peace talks to resolve a two-year old political crisis in the east African nation. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Dozens of Christian families fled Sinai province after the Islamic State killed the seventh member of their community in just three weeks. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: The country formally informed the chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of its desire to join the bloc as a fully-fledged member. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, the first Latin American president to visit Donald Trump at the White House, told the US leader he prefers “bridges to walls,” sending him a gentle rebuke of his controversial proposal to build a wall along the border with Mexico. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities ordered the expulsion of a ship run by a Dutch nonprofit organization that performs free abortions onboard in international waters. (AP)
  • Haiti: The government announced the creation of a new commission to probe the country’s prisons and make recommendations to improve conditions for inmates. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Several students were killed in a mortar mine attack on a school in the Laghman province. (Xinhua)
  • China: Guizhou province plans to relocate over 750,000 people this year to alleviate poverty. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Three senior police officers have been jailed for failing to block the deadly raids on border posts in October that threw northern Rakhine state into crisis. (AFP)
  • North Korea: Plans for first contact between the country and the Trump administration were canceled after the US State Department denied a visa for the top envoy from Pyongyang. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: More than 1,000 people took to the streets of Manila to protest President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs, following the arrest of his most high-profile critic. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Clashes erupted between Azerbaijani forces and Armenian separatists over the breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region, claiming the lives of several Azerbaijani servicemen. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel says that Germany needs to fulfill its commitment to boost defense spending to meet NATO’s target of 2 percent of gross domestic product. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Police detonated an explosive device placed near a police station in the Athens district of Daphne. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir was in Baghdad, the first such visit by a chief diplomat from the kingdom in years. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country’s nuclear chief said they have asked to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop the civil reactor program. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities arrested a religious clerk for financing the Islamic State militant group. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: General Joseph Votel made a secret trip to northern Syria to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Officials in the Xinjiang province of China are requiring all drivers there to install a satellite navigation system in their vehicles by June 30. The new requirement is intended to help the authorities track people the region, where violence sometimes erupts because of ethnic tensions. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 283 km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 396.1 km
    • Map
  • 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 24FEB: 3,940 (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, and Paraguay)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 24FEB: 605 (Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil)
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 24FEB: 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 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 (26FEB)

  • Australia: Indonesian President Widodo to visit Australia to meet with PM Turnbull
  • Kuwait: Liberation Day – 1991
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of US withdrawal of troops – 1984
  • United States: Anniversary of first World Trade Center attack – 1993
  • United States: Anniversary of death of Trayvon Martin – 2012

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