ONS 02 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Red Cross confirmed the deaths of at least 51 people following twin explosions in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno in Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s FM will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva on 04MAR to discuss three weeks of deadly protests.
  • ASIA: At least 29 people died and 130 were injured in an attack on the Kunming Railway Station by Xinjiang separatist forces in China.
  • EUROPE: Approximately 600 people gathered in the Turkish capital of Ankara to protest corruption and bribery allegations against PM Erdogan’s government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists say government airstrikes in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 13 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Senate Intelligence Committee said it will investigate whether the NSA was involved in Britain’s screening of Yahoo users’ webcam chats.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: The country prepares for the possibility of Russian military involvement as world powers threaten to suspend the G8 summit.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk warned that the country was on the “brink of disaster”.
    • Ukraine called up all its military reservists after Russia’s parliament approved the deployment of troops in the country.
    • President Putin will decide on sending a Russian contingent to Ukraine and recalling the Russian ambassador from the US.
    • Canada threatens to withdraw from G8 summit, recalls its ambassador from Moscow.
    • France calls for the suspension of the G8 summit over Russia’s “military escalation”.
    • Sources: Telegraph, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: UN gunships targeted a base of the Ugandan Muslim rebel group ADP-Nalu in the eastern region of the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The trial of former president Morsi on charges of inciting the killing of protesters was adjourned till 05MAR. (DPA)
  • Mozambique: The ruling Frelimo party picked Defense Minister Filipe Nyussi as its presidential candidate. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Red Cross confirmed the deaths of at least 51 people following twin explosions in Maiduguri, the capital of the northeastern state of Borno. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: President Correa said he may seek re-election in 2017, despite previously supporting constitutional measures to limit the presidency to only two consecutive terms. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Vigilante groups in the western state of Michoacan pledged not to enter more cities, municipal seats or other urban areas, authorities said. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Approximately 100 people marched for peace in the northern state of Sinaloa, several days after 1,000 supporters of drug lord Guzman demanded his release. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s FM will meet UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Geneva on 04MAR to discuss three weeks of deadly protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A car packed with explosives killed 13 people including nine insurgents. (AP)
  • China: At least 29 people died and 130 were injured in an attack on the Kunming Railway Station by Xinjiang separatist forces. (AFP)
  • China: Thousand of people marched in Hong Kong to vent their anger over violence against the press following the brutal stabbing of a newsman. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it bombed a hideout of a militant leader, killing five insurgents, only a day after the Taliban declared a one-month ceasefire. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The IMF agreed to provide a USD 457 million loan over three years to support the country’s economic reforms. (AP)
  • Poland: The country vowed to boost cooperation with Iran during a meeting in Tehran between the two sides. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: FM Garcia-Margallo plans to cut his visit to Iran short in order to head to Brussels for talks on the crisis in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Approximately 600 people gathered in the capital city Ankara to protest corruption and bribery allegations against PM Erdogan’s government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Attacks in Baghdad killed six people, all members of the security forces. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu will arrive in Washington for talks about the US-led peace process with the Palestinians and nuclear negotiations with Iran. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists say government airstrikes in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 13 people. (AP)
  • Syria: Troops killed 30 rebels in a contested town north of Damascus, the official SANA news agency reported. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Senate Intelligence Committee said it will investigate whether the NSA was involved in Britain’s screening of Yahoo users’ webcam chats. (UPI)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Faxai)
    • Location: 353 miles NM SE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16P (Kofi)
    • Location: 435 miles NM SE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 23 km WSW of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 70.9 km
    • Map
  • 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 (03MAR)

  • Global: 25th session of the UN Human Rights Council (to 28MAR)
  • Africa: Environment Day
  • Asia: Japanese and North Korean officials meet for talks in China
  • Australia: Labour Day
  • Bulgaria: Liberation Day
  • Myanmar: First ASEAN Youth Forum (to 05MAR)
  • United States and Israel: US President Barack Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks on Iran and US Middle East peace moves

 

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