ONS: 31 January 2017

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2017

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: African Union leaders chose Chadian FM Moussa Faki Mahamat  to chair the 54-nation body.
  • AMERICAS: The US officially announced its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to its treaty partners.
  • ASIA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered all police to stop prosecuting his deadly war on drugs as he sought to cleanse the force of widespread corruption.
  • EUROPE: The European Court of Justice ruled an asylum request can be rejected if the person seeking protection has links to a terrorist group.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN restarted airdrops of food to support 93,500 Syrians besieged by Islamic State in the city of Deir al-Zor.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An investigation found the Pentagon-run counter-propaganda “WebOps” rife with incompetence and is largely ineffective.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Ballistic missile test prompts UN Security Council meeting.
    • Iran conducted its first missile test since US President Donald Trump took office, providing the administration an early opportunity to show the world how they plan to deal with a key US adversary.
    • The UN Security Council is to hold urgent talks 31JAN in response to the ballistic missile test.
    • Iranian FM Mohammad Javad Zarif refused to confirm the country conducted a missile test, saying Iran’s missile program is not part of a 2015 nuclear deal between his country and world powers.
    • Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said the Iranian missile test “must not go unanswered”.
    • Netanyahu said he will bring up renewed sanctions on Iran when he meets with US President Donald Trump at the White House next month.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, VOA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: African Union leaders chose Chadian FM Moussa Faki Mahamat  to chair the 54-nation body. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress expressed regret over the readmission of Morocco to the African Union. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: A girl died after the suicide vest she was wearing exploded in Banki, near the Cameroon border, as another attack killed one at a mosque. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US officially announced its withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to its treaty partners. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Colombian officials said 17 civil campaigners have been murdered over the past two months in the country. (AFP)
  • Haiti: International monitors commended Haitian authorities for finishing an electoral cycle that started in 2015 but expressed concern over low participation by voters. (AP)
  • United States: President Donald Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates for  refusing to defend the president’s executive order on immigration. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • India: The country acknowledged its controversial decision to withdraw high-value bank notes from circulation has had an “adverse impact” on the economy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Protests were held around the country after Hafiz Saeed, head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa organization, was placed under house arrest in connection with the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. (AP)
  • Philippines: The US is not building any weapons depot anywhere in the country, US Ambassador Sung Kim ambassador said. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Rodrigo Duterte ordered all police to stop prosecuting his deadly war on drugs as he sought to cleanse the force of widespread corruption. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Court of Justice ruled an asylum request can be rejected if the person seeking protection has links to a terrorist group. (AP)
  • Region: Russia accused Ukrainian-backed forces of undermining a peace deal over eastern Ukraine by launching an attack on pro-Russian rebels on 30JAN. (AFP)
  • Britain: British lawmakers begin debating whether to empower PM Theresa May to embark on the country’s separation from the EU. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Fighting between government troops and Russia-backed separatist rebels in the country’s east escalated, killing at least seven people. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said US companies can establish themselves in the country’s oil projects without restrictions. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: A vote was postponed in parliament on a controversial bill retroactively legalizing about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UN restarted airdrops of food to support 93,500 Syrians besieged by Islamic State in the city of Deir al-Zor. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: An investigation found the Pentagon-run counter-propaganda “WebOps” rife with incompetence and is largely ineffective. (AP)

 

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 27JAN: 394 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin (French), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten (Dutch), Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, UK Virgin Islands, United States of America, US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, and Venezuela)
        • Suspected Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 349,936
      • Confirmed Cases as of 27JAN: 64
        • Confirmed Cases (01JAN16-31DEC16): 152,250
      • Deaths as of 27JAN: 0
        • 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 27JAN: 1,888 (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 27JAN: 670 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
    • Zika Virus
      • Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 20JAN:  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 20JAN: 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 20JAN: 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 (01FEB)

  • Iran: Anniversary of Ayatollah Khomenini’s return – 1979
  • Russia: Japanese foreign ministry officials to visit Moscow for followup meeting on Putin’s visit to Japan
  • South Korea: US Defense Secretary James Mattis to visit (to 03FEB)
  • Ukraine: Next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group to be held in Minsk
  • United States: Anniversary of Space Shuttle Columbia disaster – 2003

 

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