ONS: 02 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Thousands of Egyptians held protests in Cairo in support of the armed forces against alleged attempts to islamize the military by the Muslim Brotherhood.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts.
  • ASIA: Australian soldiers shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry criticized comments by the PM equating Zionism to a crime against humanity.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian PM Fayyad was evacuated after inhaling tear gas during a demonstration in the West Bank against Israel’s security barrier.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The hacking group accused of being part of the Chinese military is continuing operations despite the public attention triggered by a detailed report on its activities published by the security firm Mandiant.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Clashes escalate as rebel forces call for increased international support
    • An ongoing battle on the outskirts of Raqa, near the Turkish border, killed dozens of Syrian troops and rebel fighters.
    • Government troops retook a checkpoint on the northeastern border with Syria, captured a day earlier by fighters of Al-Nusra Front.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon warned that the spiralling conflict was breaking the country apart.
    • Russian leader Putin and US President Obama discussed Syria and other urgent issues by telephone.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Thousands of Egyptians held protests in Cairo in support of the armed forces against alleged attempts to islamize the military by the Muslim Brotherhood. (Xinhua)
  • Guinea: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for calm amid reported violence. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: The US called for Kenyans “to vote peacefully” as they prepare for the upcoming election. (DPA)
  • Mali: The PM’s chief of staff said the presidential election will take place sometime in July. (AFP)
  • Sudan: At least seven people were killed and three others injured in tribal clashes between Al- Gimir and Bani Halba tribes. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez told Congress she will not push for a constitutional overhaul that would let her run for a third consecutive term. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff inaugurated a naval installation that will eventually make parts for a nuclear-powered submarine. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Government delegates at peace talks with the FARC said negotiations are at a critical juncture and must yield concrete results. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts. (AP)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro said President Chavez is in “good spirits” but fighting for his life as he undergoes chemotherapy in a Caracas military hospital. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Australian soldiers shot dead two children tending cattle, local officials said as the international coalition launched an inquiry into the incident. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Police opened fire at islamists protesting the conviction for war crimes of one of their leaders, killing three people. (AFP)
  • Fiji: Police said they were working with Interpol to investigate reports of Fijian militants joining the Taliban. (AFP)
  • India: Police said insurgents shot and killed two policemen at a market place in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino urged the followers of the Sultan of Sulu who are still in Lahad Datu in Malaysian state Sabah to surrender without conditions. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU and Morocco began discussions aimed at concluding a free-trade agreement. (AFP)
  • Georgia: Russian Deputy FM Karasin held an informal meeting with the Georgian PMs special envoy for settling relations with Russia. (Itar-Tass)
  • Macedonia: Several political parties reached a deal to end a political crisis with the aid of an EU delegation. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: US Secretary Kerry criticized comments by the PM equating Zionism to a crime against humanity. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The death toll from attacks fell in February from January, but more than 200 were still killed for the second month in a row. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: PM Fayyad was evacuated after inhaling tear gas during a demonstration in the West Bank against Israel’s security barrier. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Police arrested 176 people for holding an illegal protest to demand the release of islamist prisoners. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Yemen’s al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, considered to be the terror network’s most dangerous branch, released a new edition of its online English-language magazine. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The hacking group accused of being part of the Chinese military is continuing operations despite the public attention triggered by a detailed report on its activities published by the security firm Mandiant. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 91 km SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 31.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAR)

  • Africa: Africa Environment Day.
  • Colombia: Five-year anniversary of the death of Ivan Rios who was killed by his security chief – 2008.
  • Israel: American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee Annual Conference in Washington DC (to 05MAR)

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