By TRG Alerts Admin
AFRICA: The Foreign Ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said they had reached the basis of an agreement on the sharing of Nile waters and Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam.
AMERICAS: The Colombian military delegation joined peace talks with the negotiating team from the FARC in Havana.
ASIA: South Korean police said they were investigating possible links the man behind a knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea.
EUROPE: British Foreign Minister Hammond said the EU would prepare possible new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict that could be imposed quickly if the Minsk ceasefire agreement is broken.
MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, Al-Qaeda affiliate Nursa Front confirmed that its top field commander was killed in an airstrike.
TECHNOLOGY: The FBI and DHS issued an appeal to police and the public to remain “vigilant” against attempts by ISIS to recruit young Americans online.
Iraq: Government continues advance on Tikrit amid reports of destruction of historical sites in ISIS-held territory.
The UN reported that 28,000 people have fled the Tikrit area as Iraqi forces battle the ISIS in an offensive aimed at retaking the city.
The governor of Salahuddin province Raed al-Jabouri said that fighters expect to reach Tikrit later Friday.
The head of UNESCO Irina Bokova condemned the destruction of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud by ISIS, saying it amounted to a “war crime”.
Bokova said she had spoken with the heads of the UNSC and International Criminal Court on the issue.
In a meeting with US Secretary Kerry, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal urged the US-led coalition conducting air strikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq to wage a ground war against the jihadists.
Region: The Foreign Ministers of Sudan, Egypt and Ethiopia said they had reached the basis of an agreement on the sharing of Nile waters and Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam. (AFP)
Egypt: UK-based energy company BP announced a total investment of USD12 billion in developing the country’s gas fields, calling it a “vote of confidence” in the country. (AFP)
Libya: The UNSC adopted unanimously a resolution extending the mandate of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya until the end of March. (Xinhua)
Colombia: The military delegation joined peace talks with the negotiating team from the FARC in Havana. (EFE)
Colombia: Clashes between police and indigenous protesters left more than 50 people wounded. (AFP)
Mexico: The peso dropped to its lowest level against the dollar since a recession in 2009. (AFP)
United States: The Federal Reserve reported that the largest US-based banks are strong enough to keep lending during a severe recession. (WSJ)
Burma: Authorities defended a crackdown on a Yangon rally, which saw police and men in civilian clothes beat unarmed protesters. (AFP)
China: Nine civilians and a police officer were injured in a knife attack by two assailants at a railway station in Guangzhou City. (Xinhua)
Indonesia: The Attorney General’s office signaled that the planned execution of up to 11 inmates on death row is on hold until judicial processes are resolved. (Guardian)
Korea, South: Police said they were investigating possible links the man behind a knife attack on the US ambassador may have had with North Korea. (AFP)
Philippines: Officials reported that poverty worsened in the country in the first half of 2014 due to a rapid rise in food prices and the effects of a typhoon Haiyan. (AP)
Region: British Foreign Minister Hammond said the EU would prepare possible new sanctions on Russia for its involvement in the Ukraine conflict that could be imposed quickly if the Minsk ceasefire agreement is broken. (Reuters)
Belgium: Police arrested two men suspected of recruiting fighters to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq. (DPA)
Greece: PM Tsipras requested a meeting with European Commission chief Juncker. (AFP)
Turkey: An opposition leader from Tajikistan was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Istanbul. (Reuters)
Israel: A driver drove his car into pedestrians in Jerusalem before trying to stab them, injuring several in an attack mirroring similar incidents last year. (AFP)
Syria: Al-Qaeda affiliate Nursa Front confirmed that the group’s “military commander” Abu Hommam al-Shami was killed in an airstrike. (AP)
Syria: A monitoring group reported that Kurdish fighters seized control from ISIS of the entire western countryside of Kobane. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Cybersecurity: The FBI and DHS issued an appeal to police and the public to remain “vigilant” against attempts by the Islamic State group to recruit young Americans online. (AFP)
Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Fifteen)
Location: 356 NM NNE of Europa Island
Movement: SSE at 5 mph
Winds: 40 mph
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255
Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases as of 26FEB: 1030 (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 and the US)
Deaths as of 26FEB: 381 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
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