ONS: 27 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: About 100 people ransacked shops in Johannesburg, in the latest wave of anti-immigrant looting incidents in South African cities.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government warned a ceasefire with the National Liberation Army would not happen if the group continued to commit terrorist attacks.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s Lotte Group approved a land swap that will enable South Korean authorities to deploy the US anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system.
  • EUROPE: Five Azeri soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenia-backed separatists along the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian navy test-fired the latest versions of the Nasr and Dehlaviyeh missiles during military exercises in the Gulf.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook announced plans to lay nearly 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda, infrastructure Facebook believes will provide internet access for more than 3 million people.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean Intel indicates North Korea in assassination.
    • Two North Korean ministries orchestrated the plot to kill Kim Jong Nam on the orders of his half-brother, North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s spy agency the National Intelligence Service said.
    • South Korean intelligence believes suspected North Korean officials worked for the state’s foreign and security ministries.
    • The National Intelligence Service also reported North Korea executed five senior security officials for making false reports that “enraged” leader Kim Jong Un.
    • South Korean spies have a spotty record when reporting about high-level events in authoritarian, cloistered North Korea.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Zambia has not withdrawn its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: A militant bomber attacked a police station in the eastern city of Constantine but was shot before he could enter the building. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: About 100 people ransacked shops in Johannesburg, in the latest wave of anti-immigrant looting incidents in South African cities. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government warned a ceasefire with the National Liberation Army (ELN) would not happen if the group continued to commit terrorist attacks. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Protesters in New York City marched to champion press freedom for all outlets. (NYT)
  • United States: President Donald Trump is expected to instruct federal agencies to assemble a budget that includes sharp increases in Defense Department spending. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Police shot dead a man linked to the Islamic State group during a firefight at a government office in the city of Bandung after a bomb explosion. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Lotte Group approved a land swap that will enable South Korean authorities to deploy the US anti-missile Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Islamic militants Abu Sayyaf have beheaded the German hostage they were holding for ransom. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The government said it has taken measures to effectively deal with chemical terrorism at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics. (Yonhap)
  • Sri Lanka: Gunmen fired on a prison bus in Colombo, killing five prisoners and two warders in what was believed to be a gangland dispute. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is “not welcome” to hold campaign events in Austria ahead of April’s referendum, Austrian FM Sebastian Kurz said. (AFP)
  • Region: Five Azeri soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenia-backed separatists along the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: Belgian police said they would go on strike because part of the force will be given tasers for a trial period without proper guidance for their use. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: The country began building a second line of fence along its southern border with Serbia. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A rocket or mortar round launched from the Gaza Strip slammed into southern Israel but caused no casualties. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Iranian navy test-fired the latest versions of the Nasr and Dehlaviyeh missiles during military exercises in the Gulf. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Government forces clashed against Islamic State militants in western Mosul and seized a neighborhood in the southern outskirts of the embattled city. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government airstrikes in the country’s northwest killed at least 11 people, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook announced plans to lay nearly 500 miles of fiber cable in Uganda, infrastructure Facebook believes will provide internet access for more than 3 million people. (Re/Code)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • 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 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 (28FEB)

  • Bahrain: Trial of journalist Nazeeha Saeed to resume
  • Israel and the Palestinian Territories: Israel to publish report on 2014 Gaza war
  • Kuwait and Iraq: Anniversary of end of Gulf War – 1991
  • Myanmar: Second meeting of 21st century Panglong Peace Conference to be held in Nay Pyi Taw
  • Sweden: Anniversary of assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme – 1986
  • United States: President Trump to address joint session of Congress
  • Vatican City: Anniversary of resignation of Pope Benedict XVI – 2013
  • Vietnam: Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to visit (to 05MAR)
  • Christianity: Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday

 

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