ONS: 02 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 2, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A new UN report said Libya’s ability to prevent the flow of weapons into and out of the country is “almost nonexistent,” and calls for the tightening of an arms embargo.
  • AMERICAS: US special envoy to the Colombian peace talks Bernard Aronson met with government and rebel negotiators for the first time.
  • ASIA: North Korean fired two missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills.
  • EUROPE: US Chief of Army Staff GEN Odierno said that the US is reviewing the role of British troops in future conflicts as the UK considers reducing military spending.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Some 30,000 Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters launched an attack on jihadist positions in and around Tikrit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Silent Circle, a secure communications company, said it is updating its high-security Blackphone, and launching a tablet device.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine and Russia: US Secretary Kerry met with Russian FM Lavrov on Ukraine, Nemtsov.
    • US Secretary Kerry met Russian FM Lavrov Monday in Geneva to discuss the war in Ukraine and the murder of a prominent political opponent in Moscow.
    • The UN said that an influx of troops and heavy weapons from Russia had intensified the conflict, with more than 6,000 people killed since April.
    • President Poroshenko’s office said the appeal for a contingent of peacekeepers will be addressed to the UN and the EU.
    • French FM Fabius called for an investigation into the killing of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, calling it an “assassination that was revolting.”
    • Russian FM Lavrov said the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a “heinous crime which will be fully investigated.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, AP-3, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A new UN report said the government’s ability to prevent the flow of weapons into and out of the country is “almost nonexistent,” and calls for the tightening of an arms embargo. (AP)
  • Mozambique: Health officials reported that the death toll from a cholera epidemic that broke out after widespread flooding rose by almost 50 percent in two weeks to 41. (AFP)
  • Zambia: A court dropped corruption charges against the country’s chief prosecutor after he asked the magistrate to dismiss the case. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US special envoy to the country’s peace talks Bernard Aronson met with government and rebel negotiators for the first time. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The ELN released a mayor it had kidnapped late last year claiming it intended to “place him on trial” for corruption. (EFE)
  • Peru: Retired army general Urresti, widely seen as a possible presidential candidate, was formally charged with murdering a prominent journalist 26 years ago. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Security officials said they arrested a leading suspect in the death of an American blogger who wrote against religious extremism. (Reuters)
  • Burma: Police prevented hundreds of student protesters from continuing their march Yangon to push for educational reform. (AP)
  • China: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers were arrested and then released over their involvement in mass protests for free elections. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country fired two missiles into the sea and vowed “merciless” retaliation as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU said it hoped for a “positive outcome” in talks in Brussels between the Russian and Ukrainian energy ministers. (AFP)
  • Germany: Workers began a series of public sector labor strikes that are set to spread across the country this week due to a labor dispute. (DPA)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis called for “intelligent” restructuring of the country’s debt, while acknowledging that a write-down would be unacceptable for the country’s creditors. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: US Chief of Army Staff GEN Odierno said that the US is reviewing the role of British troops in future conflicts as the UK considers reducing military spending. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Some 30,000 security forces backed by jets and helicopters launched an attack on jihadist positions in and around Tikrit. (AFP)
  • Israel: Authorities said they foiled a ring that smuggled iron, electronic equipment and other prohibited materials to Hamas to rebuild its infrastructure following last year’s war. (AP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike killed at least two suspected al Qaeda militants in the southern Shabwa province. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Silent Circle, a secure communications company, said it is updating its high-security Blackphone, and launching a tablet device. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (03FEB)

  • Africa Region: Africa Environment Day
  • Cuba and Europe Region: Cuba and the European Union have agreed to meet in early March for a third round of negotiations aimed at normalizing ties
  • United States and Israel: Israeli President Netanyahu to speak before Congress
  • United States and Indonesia: Frank Rose, assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance, will visit

 

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