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)
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)
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)
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.