Monday’s Mini-Report, 2.2.15

Updated
Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Ukraine: “Two weeks ago, pro-Russian rebels captured the airport in Donetsk, kicking off the fiercest round of combat in the region since last fall. Their commanders declared a four-month-old cease-fire defunct and vowed new attacks… The top commander, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, said Monday that the rebels would answer Ukraine’s recent announcement that it would conscript more troops by organizing a voluntary mobilization of their own that, he vowed, would increase the size of the rebel army to as many as 100,000.”
 
* Related news: “ ‘Active and comprehensive discussions’ are underway in the Obama administration over whether the United States should provide heavy weapons to Ukrainian forces under increasing attack by pro-Russian separatists, senior defense officials told NBC News on Monday.”
 
* ISIS: “The Japanese government condemned the purported beheading of a second of its citizens by the Islamist terror group ISIS, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe saying he was ‘left speechless’ and vowing, ‘Japan will never succumb to terrorism.’ President Barack Obama called the apparent killing of Kenji Goto ‘heinous.’”
 
* Hmm: “The United States and North Korea have been actively discussing the possibility of returning to denuclearization talks, raising the prospect of a new round of diplomacy even as Washington takes a tougher line against Pyongyang.”
 
* Iraq: “An ISIS chemical weapons expert was killed in an airstrike on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday. Abu Malik worked in a chemical weapons production facility under Saddam Hussein before joining al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.”
 
* Syria: “On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah’s international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements. As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly.”
 
* CDC: “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a ‘large outbreak’ of measles.”
 
* Gun violence: “A 3-year-old boy shot his father and pregnant mother inside a New Mexico motel room, police said Sunday. Both parents are recovering. The Albuquerque Police Department said in a statement that it appears the toddler managed to take a handgun out of his mother’s purse and fire one shot in the America’s Best Value Inn on Saturday afternoon.”
 
* The Precision Medicine Initiative: “The White House on Friday unveiled a $215 million program to study genes of a million Americans in various stages of sickness and health, with the hope of gaining vast new insight into diseases and how to cure them.”
 
* FCC: “Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers.”
 
* This again? “Georgia state senators this week introduced a resolution condemning the revised Advanced Placement U.S. History framework and demanding that the College Board return to the old test.”
 
Anything to add? Consider this an open thread.
 

Monday's Mini-Report, 2.2.15

Updated