- AFRICA: France will send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16.
- AMERICAS: Police arrested two financial operators linked to the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party for paying bribes to politicians and Petrobras executives.
- ASIA: Pakistan’s army accused India of “unprovoked firing” across the LOC, resulting in the injury of two girls and two women in Kashmir.
- EUROPE: Ildar Dadin, a convicted Russian opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison, has been freed.
- MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi forces captured a neighborhood on the western side of Mosul.
- TECHNOLOGY: Germany’s foreign intelligence service was accused of spying on journalists of the BBC, the New York Times, Reuters, and other media since 1999.
- Malaysia: Health minister announced North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un’s brother died within 20 minutes of poisoning.
- Malaysia’s health minister announced that the dose of nerve agent given to Kim Jong Nam was so high that it killed him “within 15-20 minutes.”
- Two women who wiped a liquid on Kim’s face in the Kuala Lumpur airport thought they were rubbing baby oil on his face for a prank.
- Tests on Kim’s eyes and face revealed the presence of the VX nerve agent, an internationally banned substance.
- After the exposure, Kim fainted at the airport clinic and subsequently died in the ambulance while en route to a hospital.
- Sources: Guardian, CNN, AFP, AP-1, AP-2, AP-3
- Gambia: The World Bank has agreed to give Gambia $60 million in budget support in response to allegations that former ruler Yahya Jammeh took tens of millions of dollars in public money, leaving the country heavily indebted. (Reuters)
- Libya: A car bomb explosion hit a security checkpoint in Benghazi, killing two soldiers and injuring four others. (Xinhua)
- Niger: France will send a contingent of counterterror forces to help the army in Niger after militants ambushed a military patrol killing 16. (AFP)
- Nigeria: Three people, including an army personnel, were killed by a handheld grenade that exploded during a demonstration in a village in the central state of Niger. (Xinhua)
- South Africa: The country’s Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas is being investigated as part of a probe into allegations of corruption at state-owned South African Airways. (Reuters)
- Brazil: Police arrested two financial operators linked to the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, who are suspected of paying large amounts of bribes to politicians and executives of the national oil company, Petrobras. (Xinhua)
- Mexico: The country’s foreign minister has warned the United States that his country will impose tariffs on US products if President Donald Trump taxes Mexican imports to finance a border wall. (AFP)
- United States: As many as 28 people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching a parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans. (AP)
- Afghanistan: Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the leader of the Taliban, wrote a letter addressing the Afghan people, calling on them to plant more trees. (AP)
- Malaysia: The country welcomed King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia for a four-day state visit.
- Pakistan: The army accused India of “unprovoked firing,” which resulted in the injury of two girls and two women in the disputed Kashmir region. (Xinhua)
- Albania: Opposition leader Lulzim Basha was charged by police for inciting public violence after leading sweeping anti-government protests. (AFP)
- Russia: Ildar Dadin, a convicted opposition activist who says he was tortured in prison, has been freed. (AP)
- United Kingdom: A watchdog reports that Britain faces a level of terror threat not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s. (BBC)
- Iran: The country’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, sent a letter to President Donald Trump, criticizing the travel ban on citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries. (AP)
- Iraq: Militarized police forces captured a neighborhood on the western side of Mosul. (AP)
- Syria: The government’s army and its allies made a sudden advance into areas held by Islamic State, a war monitor said, as the jihadist group retreated after losing the city of al-Bab to Turkey-backed rebels on Thursday. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: Germany’s foreign intelligence service has been accused of spying on journalists of the BBC, the New York Times, Reuters and other media since 1999. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Nothing to Report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
- Volcanoes: Volcano of Fire, Guatemala
- Generated ash columns 4,500 meters above sea level, and a lava flow stretching 1,600 meters. (AFP)
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- 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 (27FEB)
- Asia Region: South Korea, the United States and Japan to hold talks in Washington on North Korea’s denuclearization
- Chile: Anniversary of 8.8M earthquake that killed 525 – 2010
- Dominican Republic: Independence Day – 1844
- Nigeria: Anniversary of elections restoring democracy – 1999
- Russia: Sochi Investment Forum (to 28FEB)
- South Korea: Constitutional court to end hearings in Park’s impeachment trial
- Tanzania: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to visit Dar El Salaam
- Ukraine: Prime ministers of member countries of GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova) to meet in Kyiv