ONS: 28 February 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian economy suffered a year-long contraction in 2016, official data showed, but the oil sector showed signs of recovery.
  • AMERICAS: More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Donald Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid.
  • ASIA: South Korean protesters sued to stop South Korea hosting a controversial US missile system, as Beijing issued a veiled threat of a consumer boycott over the plan.
  • EUROPE: Germany and other EU members will have to pay more into the bloc’s budget once Britain has walked out, budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi security forces neared the main government complex in western Mosul in their offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook shut down the page of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s party Fatah, apparently over a picture of late leader Yasser Arafat with a weapon.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kim Jong-Nam: Two women to be charged with murder in Malaysia.
    • Two women implicated in the killing of the estranged brother of North Korea’s leader are to be charged with murder, Malaysia’s prosecutor says.
    • The women are Doan Thi Huong and Siti Aishah, while Malaysian police are also holding one North Korean man and have identified seven other North Koreans wanted in connection with the case.
    • A high-level North Korean delegation arrived in Kuala Lumpur seeking the body of Kim Jong Nam, half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un.
    • Ri Tong Il, North Korean spokesman for the group, said they would also discuss the release of a citizen arrested over the case.
    • North Korea has resisted Malaysia’s characterization of the case and has not accepted identification of the victim.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, USA Today

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: Two police posts were attacked by jihadists, for which Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility. (AFP)
  • Guinea: President Alpha Conde fired three ministers, following violent protests over a teachers’ strike last week in which seven people were killed. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country’s economy suffered a year-long contraction in 2016, official data showed, but the oil sector showed signs of recovery. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Four Guyanese citizens were arrested in an operation that seized 4.2 tons of cocaine worth some USD 125M from a fishing boat sailing north of Suriname. (EFE)
  • Canada: Police are preparing for protests when US President Donald Trump’s two oldest sons officially open a new Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver. (AP)
  • United States: More than 120 retired admirals and generals urged President Trump not to slash spending on diplomacy and development aid. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean protesters sued to stop South Korea hosting a controversial US missile system, as Beijing issued a veiled threat of a consumer boycott over the plan. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan’s Emperor Akihito arrived in Vietnam for a whirlwind tour that will include a meeting with families of Japanese soldiers who stayed there after World War II. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters in the southern Helmand province killed 12 policemen in a possible insider attack. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Australian counter-terrorism police arrested a man allegedly planning to advise the Islamic State group on how to develop missiles. (AP)
  • Singapore: Cyber attackers stole basic personal data from about 850 national servicemen and employees in a possible attempt to access official secrets. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany and other EU members will have to pay more into the bloc’s budget once Britain has walked out, budget commissioner Guenther Oettinger said. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkey slammed Austria’s “double standard” and “irresponsible” approach to potential campaigning by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the EU member state. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police raided a Berlin mosque attended by the young Tunisian behind the Christmas market DEC2016 attack. (DPA)
  • Greece: The country resumed negotiations with the EU and the IMF to secure a deal to keep crucial bailout funds flowing for its economy. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli forces began evacuating nine homes in the West Bank settlement of Ofra, after the Supreme Court ruled that it was built on private Palestinian land. (AP)
  • Iraq: Iraqi security forces neared the main government complex in western Mosul in their offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The head of Al-Qaeda’s former Syrian branch Abu Mohamed al-Jolani said opposition figures engaged in peace talks in Geneva should “step aside”. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkey expressed desire to work with its allies to capture the Islamic State bastion of Raqa, but without the involvement of Syrian Kurdish militia. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Facebook shut down the page of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s party Fatah, apparently over a picture of late leader Yasser Arafat with a weapon. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy
    • Lava and ash eruption, but without risk or flight disruption. (AP)
  • 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 (01MAR)

  • Colombia: FARC rebels intend to surrender 30 percent of their weapons
  • Indonesia: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud to visit, meet with President Widodo (to 09MAR)
  • Pakistan: 13th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit to be held in Islamabad
  • Switzerland: Republic Day in Neuchatel – 1848
  • Christianity: Ash Wednesday

 

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