February Week 1

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12th Februaty 2017:

  1. Israel’s capital city of Tel Aviv continue to host the US embassy. US President Donald Trump is not interested in moving his country’s embassy to Jerusalem at this time
  2. German State Secretary Markus Ederer is a favorite to succeed Lithuania’s Vygaudas Usackas as EU’s next ambassador to Russia, German diplomatic sources said
  3. Donald Trump discussed a wide range of issues while golfing with Shinzo Abe at his Palm Beach retreat
  4. New evidence has emerged in an investigation into insider trading at Deutsche Boerse involving CEO Carsten Kengeter.
  5. Italy’s Five Star Movement party has proposed a way of altering how the country participates in NATO
  6. Francois Fillon said his withdrawal from the presidential race would leave France without a “reliable” candidate and lead to a crisis
  7. Former Macedonian Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski said the Open Society Foundations of the US-Hungarian billionaire George Soros and other foreign actors are responsible for the ongoing political crisis in his country
  8. Former German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected the country’s president
  9. The Russian leader expressed hope for a constructive dialogue in a congratulatory telegram to new German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
  10. The UK Labour Party’s members are working on a secret plan to find a replacement for their leader Jeremy Corbyn who has become the least popular party leader in the United Kingdom, according to media reports
  11. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia would further support the moderate Syrian opposition as part of the international coalition
  12. US President Donald Trump’s adviser Stephen Miller stated that Washington will reinforce and strengthen alliances in the Pacific region in order to deter and prevent hostility by the North Korean regime
  13. UN Secretary General Guterres says that talks on reconciliation in Yemen that have been underway for almost two years should be revived



11th February 2017:

  1. The Slovakian Parliament will hold a special session on February 14th to vote on a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Robert Fico following the introduction of high electricity tariffs in the country
  2. As punishment for co-sponsoring a UN resolution against Israeli settlements on seized Palestinian territories, Jerusalem has downgraded its diplomatic relationship with both Senegal and New Zealand
  3. The radiation-resistant robot, made to withstand up to 1000 sieverts per hour (Sv/hr) of radiation, had to be called back prematurely due to radiation-induced glitches, indicating that radiation levels in Fukushima reactor are even higher than previously estimated
  4. President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall continues to climb in cost. The most recent estimates peg it at $21.6 billion, almost twice the $12-billion price tag Trump claimed during his election campaign
  5. The US federal government’s decision to grant an easement to Dakota Access will encounter legal action and demonstrations, the US Centre for Biological Diversity Public Lands said
  6. Morocco expects that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev will pay an official visit to the African country in 2017
  7. The inviolabile Balkan borders the West forced on the former Yugoslav republics during the 1990s is now being called into question by none other than the West itself
  8. The Turkish referendum on constitutional changes, envisaging transition to a presidential form of governance, will take place on April 16, Turkey’s Supreme Election Board (YSK) said
  9. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak announced that Kuwait will host the next meeting on cutting oil output on March 22-23
  10. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble from attacking Greece over its implementation of the bailout program’s requirements
  11. An Istanbul court has ruled that the arrest Abdulkadir Masharipov, the Uzbek national who is believed to have shot dead 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on the New Year’s Eve, so take place
  12. Thousands of South Koreans took part in rival rallies in Seoul, protesting for and against the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye



1oth February 2017:

  1. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow was ready to work with the administration of US President Donald Trump on the whole agenda of the Russia-US relations on the basis of equality, respect and taking each other’s interests into account
  2. A high-ranking Turkish military source in Ankara said that Turkey has positively assessed Russia’s constructive position in connection with the airstrike incident in northern Syria
  3. Construction of the contested Dakota Access Pipeline has resumed following Energy Transfer Partners receiving the required easement from the US Army Corps of Engineers
  4. US Senators must address internal matters before any outreach efforts to Russian counterparts to establish inter-parliamentary dialogue, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said
  5. The French Republicans presidential candidate Francois Fillon’s rating has collapsed by 13 points, with only 22% of the French people saying they are satisfied with the former prime minister.
  6. An international group of researchers from Russia, Greece and Kazakhstan made an important discovery for enhancing the effectiveness of lasers, including those used in medicine
  7. Russia would like to see London playing a more constructive role in Ukraine and more actively participating in combating terrorism in the Middle East
  8. The entire British attack submarine fleet is reportedly non-operational at the moment and cannot protect the UK waters
  9. Oil production by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) dropped by a million barrels per day in the first month of this year, or 90 percent of what was agreed upon last year
  10. Turkey will hold a referendum on whether to introduce the presidential form of governance
  11. Taiwanese authorities plan to maintain “positive relations” with both Washington and Beijing to maintain peace and stability in the region
  12. The US Trade Representative Office will hold a public hearing next week on the introduction of a 100-percent import tariff on about 90 kinds of European products, mainly in the agricultural sector, media reported Friday
  13. National Front leader and French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen is expected to secure victory in the first round of the election, gaining 25 percent of votes
  14. British industrial production is back on track with the trade deficit narrowing dramatically as the nation has increased its trade volumes with non-EU markets in the midst of its divorce with from Europe
  15. Calls by some politicians – including German Chancellor Angela Merkel for a two-speed EU are “political rhetoric” used to appease an electorate that is split between wanting more or less integration in the union
  16. The conflict settlement deal between Israel and Palestine is both necessary and feasible, US President Donald Trump said
  17. The German government’s open door policy toward refugees appears to be over
  18. Japan will assume a larger military role in the US-Japanese alliance, US President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a joint statement



9th February 2017:

  1. Israeli law enforcement agents are searching for rocket fragments in the vicinity of the southern resort town of Eilat on the Red Sea after missiles were fired at the town. Daesh have claimed responsibility
  2. India has shut down the Gates Foundation Program over ties to big pharma. The Secretariat of India’s highest advisory body on immunization, NTAGI, has been transitioned to the fully government-funded National Institute of Family Health and Welfare (NIFHW)
  3. The US House of Representatives is considering a bill that will ease drilling regulations in America’s national parks, making it easier for companies to gain permission to extract oil and natural gas
  4. An Israeli helicopter fired at Syrian government forces positions in the province of Quneitra in southern Syria, after a shell landed in Golan Heights
  5. Japan has passed a new law that will make bitcoins usable as legal tender. Companies hoping to deal in the new currency, however, must submit to a long list of regulations to ensure that the ‘coins’ are not being used for criminal activity
  6. US President Donald Trump could soon sign off on the sale of high-tech precision-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia and Lockheed Martin F-16s to Bahrain
  7. Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s husband, shut down his hedge fund soon after the November 2016 US Presidential election
  8. Four out of ten Swedes are now having second thoughts about the EU and are in favour of a new referendum
  9. President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte will visit Russia in the spring or summer of 2017
  10. Pope Francis has admitted that the Vatican suffers from corruption and condemned sexual abuses committed by Catholic priests
  11. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) registered a lawsuit filed by Iranian Bank Tejarat on losses Tehran sustained during sanctions imposed due to their nuclear program
  12. With over a quarter of its population affected by drought conditions, India has turned to the locally developed Low Temperature Thermal Desalination (LTTD) for conversion of sea water into drinking water
  13. Regardless of fierce criticism on the part of Eastern European states and EU high-ranking officials, the European Commission cannot unilaterally block the Nord Stream 2 project due to legal complications
  14. Russian President Vladimir Putin said that poor coordination was the reason for an unintentional Russian airstrike killing Turkish soldiers near to al-Bab. Whilst the death of Turkish soldiers in Syria in Russia’s accidental airstrike is a tragedy, both Turkey and Russia will continue to act jointly against the threat of terrorism
  15. An investigation into the Panama Papers tax avoidance scandal has exposed the deep chasm between EU policymakers and bankers, lawyers and accountants who create increasingly complex structures to reduce companies tax liabilities



8th February 2017:

  1. Newly-released documents have detailed the quashing of an $8-million study that was intended to examine possible cancer risks for those living near nuclear reactors. High costs were cited as one reason.
  2. US Senator Marco Rubio claimed that the growing influence of foreign Islamic radicals inside Syria has now made arming the rebels a more difficult and less productive option for the United States
  3. Vizio have recently settled damages for $2.2 million and deleting all data to avoid privacy-invasion charges after admitting it has been spying on owners without their consent via it’s smart televisions
  4. Two ‘vertical forest’ towers, with thousands of trees and other plants growing on their sides and roofs, is going to be built in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The buildings are designed to clean the air in the city of over 8 million people
  5. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told US President Donald Trump in a phone conversation that he would like to develop relations with the new US administration
  6. The new Department of Homeland Security secretary John Kelly has proposed that foreign travelers wishing to enter the US should reveal their social media passwords when applying for a visa
  7. Mike Pence participated in a phone conversation with Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk
  8. Mike Pence met with activists seeking to get US Congress to allow doctors to prescribe experimental drugs more easily to the terminally ill
  9. Yemen called off the permission for US Special Operations anti-terror ground missions,  according to the US media
  10. Moscow and Beijing continue to work on energy cooperation, the most important component of their economic bilateral relationship
  11. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has recommended that Washington refresh their memories about World War II history following US statements about China-Japan disputed islands
  12. Former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Keith Alexander will join Japan’s cybersecurity agency, due to start its work in April
  13. Russia is ready to implement joint energy projects in the Arctic region with other countries, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said
  14. Increasing numbers of citizens of Moldova are disappointed with the European integration as the economic situation in the country has significantly deteriorated over the last two years since the implementation of their Association Agreement with the European Union



7th February 2017:

  1. Nearly two-thirds of the US Navy’s fleet of Super Hornet and F/A-18 jet fighters are not airworthy. The aircraft are grounded awaiting parts or maintenance as part of a lack of funding for repairs that has left over half of the Navy’s aircraft on the ground
  2. More than 4,000 people have alleged that, as children, they were sexually abused by adults within over 1,000 Australian Catholic institutions between 1980-2015, according to an investigation by the country’s Royal Commission
  3. The IMF said that Greece may require additional debt relief despite harsh austerity policy and Europe’s help, the policies to restore growth will have to be carried out
  4. An Israeli government committee gave the initial green light to a draft bill aimed at legalising the export of medical marijuana
  5. The Army Corps of Engineers may possibly reach a decision this week to grant an easement to the Dakota Access pipeline
  6. Marine Le Pen, the leader of French far-right National Front (FN) party, said she would not remain president of France, if after her possible election, French voters decided to stay within the European Union in a referendum
  7. Britain’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia is facing its greatest legal challenge to date, with the UK High Court hearing a judicial review against the exports as campaigners accuse London of being complicit in civilian deaths inflicted as part of Riyadh’s military campaign in Yemen
  8. Despite describing NATO as “obsolete” ahead of the US presidential election, Donald Trump has said in a speech to troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa that he is not anti-NATO, but simply wants all members to pay up
  9. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on the ratification of the agreement with Ankara on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline
  10. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn will use the “three-line whip” during Wednesday’s vote even if Labour fails to make any amendments to the Brexit bill, according to local media reports
  11. Belgian politician Filip Dewinter, who was the head of the Belgian parliamentarian delegation which visited Syrian Aleppo said that the mainstream media is distorting the truth about Syria. After visiting a hospital, he learned that it is actually due to Western sanctions that the hospitals are short of medicine and equipment.
  12. Hungary is to presents proposals to automatically detain all asylum seekers at specially constructed centres during their asylum applications to the European Union
  13. The Scottish Parliament rejected invoking Article 50 of the EU Lisbon Treaty, initiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, 34 lawmakers voted in favour, while 90 voted against
  14. Rules on air quality standards are being breached in a total of 23 of the 28 European Union member states, and in over 130 cities across Europe, with nitrogen dioxide causing over 70,000 deaths a year, an environmental expert has said
  15. Rex Tillerson spoke with his counterparts from Japan, South Korea and Australia about the need for closer military and economic cooperation



6th February 2017:

  1. As Catalonia approaches the date of its final binding referendum on independence from Spain, Manfred Weber, a member of the European Parliament from Germany and a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party, said Europe “cannot accept” Catalan independence
  2. The US presidential administration is “confident” about the legitimacy of President Donald Trump’s temporary immigration ban as the executive order complies with both the US Constitution as well as with the local statutory law, US Vice President Mike Pence said
  3. England has shown a 163-percent increase in a number of people waiting for hospital treatment longer than 18 weeks stipulated by the National Health System (NHS) regulations compared with the figures of 2012
  4. The administration of US President Donald Trump will introduce a new healthcare plan instead of Obamacare by 2018
  5. Japan’s government will go ahead with its efforts to reclaim land for the relocation of the US Futenma military base in the country’s southern Okinawa prefecture
  6. The scientists of Russia’s Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) and Far-Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) will cooperate with Chinese colleagues on forecasting earthquakes and mitigating their consequences
  7. Although Trump’s executive order on immigration has been blocked by a US federal court judge, by the end of his time in office the judiciary may be significantly more amenable
  8. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign staged a protest to decry the visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United Kingdom to have talks with Prime Minister Theresa May
  9. UK International Trade Minister Liam Fox has been accused of “burying” a parliamentary debate on the controversial CETA trade deal between the EU and Canada, with campaigners saying the decision to hold the debate on the same day MPs discuss a Brexit bill shows a “disdain for democracy.”
  10. UK authorities have been accused of covering up a scheme that saw Bahraini police officers allegedly trained in how to gather evidence on protestors, which comes amid concerns over Bahraini law enforcement agencies’ actions in the torture and abuse of anti-government protestors
  11. Despite being touted as a safeguard against credit card fraud, security chip technology has not led to a decrease in identity theft. A new study shows that identity theft has gone up in the 16 months since chip-based cards have become commonplace
  12. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the prospects for bilateral trade agreement after Britain’s withdraws from the European Union