AFRICA: Sudan is working with Chadian and French authorities on the case of a French citizen who was kidnapped in Chad and taken into Sudan.
AMERICAS: China lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years.
ASIA: Leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 Umbrella protest movement have been informed of their own arrests and impending prosecution.
EUROPE: NATO will expand its satellite communications capability with contracts worth about USD 1.85B as it prepares to field a new fleet of drones.
MIDDLE EAST: Iran called for an immediate halt to bloodshed in Yemen and urged efforts to start a political process for formation of a national unity government.
TECHNOLOGY: British police investigating the London parliament attack set their sights on accessing WhatsApp, the heavily-encrypted messaging service that was used by the killer.
Russia: Kremlin faces strongest political opposition and protests in years.
The Kremlin rejected calls by the US and the EU to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared in court, a day after being detained at a major opposition rally that he led the previous day.
The US “strongly condemned” the detention of hundreds of Russian protesters as the EU demanded the release “without delay” of hundreds of people detained in protests across Russia on 26MAR.
Energized by the largest anti-government demonstrations in Russia for at least five years, opponents of President Vladimir Putin are preparing for a new wave of protests as the next presidential election looms.
About 7,000 to 8,000 people demonstrated in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and in a number of provincial cities, making it one of the biggest unauthorized rallies in recent years.
Cases as of 16FEB: 1,917 (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 16FEB: 684 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 10MAR: 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 10MAR: 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 10MAR: Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Portugal, Spain, and the United States of America.