ONS: 17 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Pentagon said that US Navy Seals boarded and took control of a North Korea-flagged tanker in Libya that had loaded crude oil at a port held by rebels.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s National Security Commissioner, one of the most senior officials in charge of the country’s war on drugs, resigned.
  • ASIA: South Korea called for the North to stop its “provocative” rocket tests, after the launch of dozens of rockets in recent weeks.
  • EUROPE: Serbian President Nikolic said that the new government will try to solve the Kosovo issue and further advance towards EU integration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry urged Palestinian PM Abbas to work hard to narrow huge differences with the Israelis at a “pivotal” time for peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google significantly dropped the price for storage on Google Drive this week to where it now undercuts the majority of its competitors.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Crimea declares independence, government moves to act.
    • Crimea’s regional assembly declared independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalized.
    • Crimean Assembly Chief Volodymyr Konstantynov said that all Ukrainian military units on the peninsula would be “disbanded” as part of a nationalization of Ukrainian state property.
    • Ukraine’s Parliament approved the partial mobilization of troops to counter “Russian interference” in the country.
    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton said that Europe needs to send the “strongest possible signals” to Russia when deciding whether to impose sanctions.
    • US President Obama hinted at possible additional sanctions on Russia and said that the US and its allies would “never” recognize Crimea’s breakaway vote.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, BBC, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Interim President Mansour said that the general public opposes the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political process because he said it uses violence. (AP)
  • Guinea Bissau: The Supreme Court validated 13 out of the 21 candidatures for the presidential elections set for 13APR. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The Pentagon said that US Navy Seals boarded and took control of a North Korea-flagged tanker that had loaded crude oil at a port held by rebels. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN said that tens of thousands of civilians sheltering in UN peacekeeper bases are to be moved to new camps. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: The country’s electoral court confirmed the victory of ruling-party candidate Salvador Sanchez Ceren in a presidential election and threw out his rival’s request to annul the vote. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country’s National Security Commissioner, one of the most senior officials in charge of the country’s war on drugs, resigned. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Leaders of vigilante groups fighting a drug cartel in western Michoacan state said they are being persecuted by criminals but also by authorities. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opponents of the socialist government marched to protest against alleged Cuban interference in the armed forces. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen killed a judge and his bodyguard in an attack in Herat. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea called for the North to stop its “provocative” rocket tests, after the launch of dozens of rockets in recent weeks. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: PM Sharif is to hold bilateral talks with the King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa from 18MAR to 20MAR. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The government arrested two leading rights activists under anti-terrorism laws ahead of an expected UN censure later this month. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The new leader of the pro-government “red shirt” movement said that his supporters would take to the streets if the elite or the courts dared try to oust PM Shinawatra. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to travel to Europe from 22MAR to 01APR on his first visit to the region as party leader. (DPA)
  • France: Paris applied new strict measures to curb pollution levels by forcing all cars with number plates ending in even numbers off the road for the first time in two decades. (AFP)
  • Serbia: President Nikolic said that the new government will try to solve the Kosovo issue and further advance towards EU integration. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry urged Palestinian PM Abbas to work hard to narrow huge differences with the Israelis at a “pivotal” time for peace talks. (AFP)
  • Region: Jordanian border guards arrested four people as they tried to enter the country illegally from Syria. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Police defused a homemade bomb in a car on a main road in Manama. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Militant Sunni group ‘The Nusra Front in Lebanon’ said it was behind a car bombing the previous night in a predominantly Shiite town. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google significantly dropped the price for storage on Google Drive this week to where it now undercuts the majority of its competitors. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 74km WNW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 20.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 77km WNW of Ferndale, California
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 16.6 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 64 KM WNW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 17.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 12MAR: 189 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 12MAR: 82 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18MAR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – 1949
  • Bosnia and Croatia: Anniversary of the Bosnian government and Croatia signing a federation accord – 1994
  • Germany: Anniversary of East German voters signal that they want unification with West Germany – 1990
  • Greece: Anniversary of King George I is assassinated in Salonika – 1913
  • India: Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison in India for civil disobedience – 1922
  • Kazakhstan: FM Idrisov to visit China (to 19MAR)
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of Kosovo peace talks collapse after ethnic Albanian delegates unilaterally sign a peace accord that defiant Serbs reject – 1999
  • Pakistan: Bahraini King Khalifa visits Pakistan (to 20MAR)
  • Russia: President Putin addresses both houses of parliament over the referendum in Crimea
  • United States: Eigth Annual Border Security Expo (to March 19)
  • United States: Anniversary of U.S. and Soviet Union international treaty to ban nuclear weapons from ocean floor – 1969

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