ONS: 01 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian military troops killed 13 suspected Islamists and arrested 15 others following a raid on their camp after they massacred at least 37 people.
  • AMERICAS: Hundreds of Venezuelan protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces who tried to disperse them with tear gas, as the death toll rose to 18.
  • ASIA: At least fourteen people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team exploded in northwestern Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Spanish Basque group ETA announced it would put its arsenal of weapons “under seal” and “out of operational use”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply missiles to Syrian rebels, saying Moscow’s support for Damascus was prolonging the conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: MtGox Bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan, saying it had lost nearly half a billion USD worth of digital currency in a possible theft.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Crimea sets referendum for 30MAR, calls for Russian help to restore peace.
    • Newly-elected Crimean PM Aksyonov called on Russian President Putin to help restore “peace and calm”.
    • Pro-Russian forces tightened their grip on Crimea as the Kremlin vowed to help restore calm.
    • Dozens of masked and uniformed gunmen without any insignia took positions next to Crimea’s regional parliament building.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk called on Russia to withdraw the military from Crimea.
    • Russia’s Foreign Ministry said that Moscow was “extremely concerned” about recent developments in Crimea.
    • Sources: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Itar-Tass, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An appeals court postponed until Monday a request by lawyers to appoint new judges in trials involving ousted president Morsi. (AFP)
  • Libya: Thousands of citizens took to the streets in several areas across the country to protest a lack of security. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Troops operating in the northeast state of Adamawa reviewed the curfew period after a recent upsurge of insurgent attacks in the area. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Military troops killed 13 suspected Islamists and arrested 15 others following a raid on their camp after they massacred at least 37 people. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Leader Raul Castro welcomed home one of five national intelligence agents who were tried and jailed in the US on charges of attempted spying and other crimes. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The country rejected as “biased” an annual US human rights report which accuses the government of President Correa of stifling freedom of expression. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Three members of the same family were fatally shot in the Caribbean port city of La Ceiba. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of protesters threw stones and Molotov cocktails at security forces who tried to disperse them with tear gas, as the death toll rose to 18. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian President Yudhoyono reaffirmed the country’s support for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state during the CEAPAD conference. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: At least five militants were killed and eight others wounded as a result of a military operation in the western province of Herat. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: At least fourteen people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team exploded in the northwest. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Three members of the breakaway Muslim group of BIFF were killed and three government troops injured when the group attacked a military installation. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Party of European Socialists (PES) is due to tap Martin Schulz, the president of the EP, as their top candidate in May elections for the EU assembly. (DPA)
  • Romania: The US officially opened a new military transit hub in the country which will play a key role for American forces leaving Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Spain: Basque group ETA announced it would put its arsenal of weapons “under seal” and “out of operational use”. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The Parliament passed a bill to close down thousands of private schools, many of which are run by Fethullah Gulen, a rival of PM Erdogan. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said the country has decided not to develop nuclear weapons out of principles, not only because it is prevented so by treaties. (AP)
  • Iraq: A total of 703 Iraqis were killed in violent attacks during the month of February, the UNAMI said. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The country hit back at Russian criticism of its reported plans to supply missiles to Syrian rebels, saying Moscow’s support for Damascus was prolonging the conflict. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A local newspaper linked to southern separatists, Aden al-Ghad, said it was back in print after being prevented from publishing by authorities a week ago. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: MtGox Bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan, saying it had lost nearly half a billion USD worth of digital currency in a possible theft. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Faxai)
    • Location: 418 miles NM SE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: E-SE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16P (Sixteen)
    • Location: 305 miles NW E-SE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
    • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 28FEB: 184 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
    • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28FEB: 80 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Colombia: Recall referendum of Bogota mayor
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Ashura massacre, a series of planned terrorist explosions that killed at least 178 and injured at least 500 – 2004
  • United States: President Obama hosts Israeli PM Netanyahu on peace talks
  • Baha’i: The Nineteen Day Fast

 

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