ONS: 01 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS leaders prolonged the mandate of the caretaker government in Guinea-Bissau by seven months underscoring the challenges faced by transitional authorities
  • AMERICAS:  Venezuelan VP Maduro announced that President Chavez is still battling for his life but three in five believe that he will return to power.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, A new round of clashes between Islamist protestors and security forces erupted after a prominent Islamist leader was sentenced to death, bringing the total to 54 killed.
  • EUROPE: In Italy, Bersani ruled out Italy’s center-left parties forming a “grand coalition” government with Berlusconi’s center-right party after inconclusive parliamentary elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu announced that he will ask President Peres for additional time to form a cabinet and avoid a snap election.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google unveiled a new open source compression algorithm, Zopfli, that can compress data three to eight percent more densely and could lead to faster data transmission feeds.

TOP STORY

  • Malaysia: The standoff in Sabah between security forces and the followers of the Sultan of Sulu ended with at least 15 dead and more wounded.
    • The followers of the Sultan of Sulu crossed the Philippine border over two weeks ago to claim what they see as their “rightful” ownership of Sabah.
    • 10 members of the Royal Army of Sulu surrendered to Malaysian security forces while the rest fled towards the sea.
    • The Malaysian security forces stormed the town after refusing to meet the demands of the Sultan for greater control, autonomy, and recognition.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Reuters, BBC, AFP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Opposition leader Muhammad el-Baradei turned down an invitation to meet with Secretary Kerry while he is in Cairo over the weekend. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: ECOWAS leaders prolonged the mandate of the caretaker government by seven months underscoring the challenges faced by transitional authorities. (Reuters)
  • Mali: A senior AQIM commander was killed during a French military operation in the north alongside 40 other militants. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Congress approved a controversial treaty with Iran aimed at setting up a “truth commission” about the 1994 Jewish center bombing in Buenos Aires. (AP)
  • United States: The DoD stepped up efforts to safeguard the country’s digital infrastructure and cyberspace. (AP)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro announced that President Chavez is still battling for his life but three in five believe that he will return to power. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai demanded that ISAF forces hand over control of local Afghan militia groups to his government within three months. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: A new round of clashes between Islamist protestors and security forces erupted after a prominent Islamist leader was sentenced to death, bringing the total to 54 killed. (AFP)
  • India: Officials said that poachers had killed 13 endangered one-horned rhinos in the last two months, adding to a recent surge in poaching in Assam state. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A bomb blast in the restive south injured six less than a day after the government agreed to begin peace talks with several rebel groups. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Nicos Anastasiades was sworn in as president for a five-year term after being given a strong electoral mandate, vowing to restart stalled negotiations with the IMF and EU. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: Bersani ruled out the center-left parties forming a “grand coalition” government with Berlusconi’s center-right party after inconclusive parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • Germany: An MP from the ruling Christian Democratic Union called for Italy to leave the Euro if it could not adhere to EU rules after inconclusive elections. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan came under fire from US and Israeli officials for his remarks comparing Zionism to 20th century fascism. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  Construction of the USD7.5 billion pipeline connecting the country with Pakistan will begin 11MAR after many delays, despite strong US objections. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two bombs exploded at a sheep market south of Baghdad killing five and wounding dozens of others. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu announced that he will ask President Peres for additional time to form a cabinet and avoid a snap election. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The opposition accused government forces of executing 72 civilians in a village near Aleppo and burning their bodies. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The search giant unveiled a new open source compression algorithm, Zopfli, that can compress data three to eight percent more densely that the standard algoritm and could lead to faster data transmission feeds. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Pakistan: Second anniversary of Shahbaz Bhatti’s assassination – 2011.
  • United States: Read Across America Day.

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