ONS: 01 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 1, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN children’s agency said hundreds of South Sudanese children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group that is suspected of having military ties.
  • AMERICAS: Relations between US President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu hit a new low over his planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, resulting in growing signs it could damage the broader US-Israeli alliance.
  • ASIA: The Indian ruling party formed a coalition government in Kashmir, marking the first time the Hindu nationalist party will hold a leadership position in the Muslim-majority disputed region also claimed by India’s archenemy, Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: Opposition supporters planned a march through Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov, whose murder increased concern about Russia’s future under President Putin’s rule.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The state news agency said the Syrian government and the UN special envoy have agreed to send a fact-finding mission to the contested northern city of Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Xinhua News Agency officially unveiled its global social media presence after rebranding its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts under the unified name “New China.”

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: The country imposed sanctions on the US amid escalating tensions.
    • Venezuelan President Maduro plans to require American tourists to obtain visas, in a sign of growing tensions between the two countries.
    • President Maduro announced measures to limit the number of US diplomats working in the country.
    • President Maduro announced that his government will deny visas to a number of United States officials whom he called “terrorists,” including former president George W. Bush and senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, XIN

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled a clause in the election law that draws voting districts as unconstitutional. (AP)
  • Kenya: Anti-narcotics police interrogated a Guinean national who was arrested at the country’s main airport in Nairobi with 11.8 kilograms of heroin. (XIN)
  • Mali: The government signed a peace agreement with some northern rebel groups but the main Tuareg armed coalition asked for more time to consult its grassroots. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UN children’s agency said hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group that is suspected of having military ties. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country arrested an international fugitive wanted by the US for suspected sexual assaults of minors while he led a religious group in Minnesota. (BBC)
  • United States: Relations between President Obama and PM Netanyahu hit a new low over his planned speech to Congress and a looming deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, resulting in growing signs it could damage the broader US-Israeli alliance. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Park urged Japan to have the “courage and honesty” to admit to its historical wrongdoings against Koreans and other Asians. (NYT)
  • Region: Ten Southeast-Asian countries pledged to break down nontariff barriers to boost intra-regional trade as they seek closer economic integration. (Kyodo)
  • China: A huge infrastructure project kicked off in Gansu, which will facilitate trade and people exchanges between the country and central Asia. (XIN)
  • India: The ruling party formed a coalition government in Kashmir, marking the first time the Hindu nationalist party will hold a leadership position in the Muslim-majority disputed region also claimed by India’s archenemy, Pakistan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Schaeuble said Greece’s hard-left government needs “a bit of time” but is committed to implementing necessary reforms to resolve its debt crisis. (AFP)
  • Estonia: Citizens voted in a parliamentary election with center-right Prime Minister Taavi Roivas favored to form a new pro-NATO coalition. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Thousands of supporters of Matteo Salvini, the leader of Italy’s anti-Europe, anti-immigrant Northern League, gathered in Piazza del Popolo. (XIN)
  • Russia: Opposition supporters planned a march through Moscow in memory of Boris Nemtsov, whose murder increased concern about the country’s future under President Putin’s rule. (Reuters)
  • Tajikistan: The country elected a new parliament that will likely be dominated by the party of President Imomali Rakhmon who has ruled the Central Asian nation since 1992 and is backed by Moscow, which has thousands of troops stationed there. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country could allow Internet giants such as Google in to operate if they respect its “cultural” rules, Fars news agency said quoting a senior official. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A man convicted of shooting dead a compatriot was beheaded, bringing to 35 the number of death sentences carried out in the kingdom this year. (AFP)
  • Syria: The state news agency said the government and the UN special envoy have agreed to send a fact-finding mission to the contested northern city of Aleppo. (AP)
  • Yemen: The country – vital to US counter-terrorism efforts – teetered on the brink of collapse as war continued between government loyalists and militants. (LAT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Xinhua News Agency officially unveiled its global social media presence after rebranding its Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts under the unified name “New China.” (XIN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:  Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia
    • Ash plumes caused several flight cancellations in Alaska.  (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 23,729 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 9,604 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 26FEB: 1030 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines and the US)
      • Deaths as of 26FEB: 381 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAR)

  • Ethiopia: Adwa Victory Day – 1896
  • United States and Malaysia: Frank Rose, assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance, will visit Malaysia
  • United States and South Korea: Key Resolve, joint military drill with South Korea (to 12MAR)

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