- AFRICA: Burundi accepted the United Nations security council’s resolution to send in police after months of political tension.
- AMERICAS: President Mauricio Macri repeated the Argentina’s claim to the Falklands, on the anniversary of the 1982 invasion of the South Atlantic islands by the country’s then-ruling military junta, which set off a war with Britain.
- ASIA: Two Japanese destroyers and a submarine docked at a Philippine port near disputed South China Sea waters, where Beijing’s increasingly assertive behavior has sparked global concern.
- EUROPE: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he took offense at US President Barack Obama slamming eroding press freedoms in Turkey, expressing sadness that the comments were made behind his back.
- MIDDLE EAST: Israel’s neighbors are buying arms on a scale that threatens its regional military superiority, the deputy Israeli air force chief said, in remarks that appeared aimed at helping secure more defense aid from a reluctant Washington.
- TECHNOLOGY: Thousands of cyberattacks originating from abroad targeted Hungary’s information technology network in the past 24 hours and were thwarted, Hungarian Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday afternoon.
- Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict: Azerbaijan and Armenia continued to trade political barbs and engaged each other on the border on several occasions.
- Officials in Azerbaijan and the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh say fighting is persisting a day after the worst outburst of hostilities in nearly 20 years killed 30 soldiers.
- The Nagorno-Karabakh military said its troops were attacked by Azeri forces at 0600 (0200 GMT) on Sunday morning.
- Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Moscow said Baku said the country was willing to discuss a compromise with Yerevan once Armenian troops ended an occupation of what he said was 21 percent of his country’s territory.
- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to back Ankara’s ally Azerbaijan “to the end” in its conflict with Armenia.
- Azerbaijan said one of its helicopters was shot down as its forces took control of several strategic heights and a village in Armenian-controlled territory, but Yerevan denied Baku had made any advances.
- Karabakh forces claimed they took back the strategic Lala-Tepe height in Karabakh which was captured by Azeri troops on Saturday., but Baku denied the report
- Azerbaijan announced a unilateral ceasefire following fierce clashes with Armenian forces, but threatened to strike back if its forces came under attack.
- (AFP, AFP-1, AP, Reuters)
- Burundi: The country accepted the United Nations security council’s resolution to send in police after months of political tension. (Reuters)
- South Africa: Embattled President Jacob Zuma apologized in a televised national address for a corruption scandal that has left many calling for his resignation. (UPI)
- Somalia: The US military says it has targeted a vehicle carrying three al-Shabab militants in a drone strike. (BBC)
- Argentina: President Mauricio Macri repeated the country’s claim to the Falklands, on the anniversary of the 1982 invasion of the South Atlantic islands by the country’s then-ruling military junta, which set off a war with Britain. (DPA)
- Colombia: Colombia’s second-largest guerrilla group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), freed a policeman on Saturday after holding him captive for 13 days, in a boost to peace efforts. (AFP)
- Region: Two Japanese destroyers and a submarine docked at a Philippine port near disputed South China Sea waters, where Beijing’s increasingly assertive behaviour has sparked global concern. (AFP)
- Afghanistan: Five militants and a security personnel were killed as clash erupted the Dand-e-Shahabudin district of the northern Baghlan province. (Xinhua)
- Australia: The last asylum-seeker children in mainland detention have been freed, although dozens of others are still being held on the remote Pacific island of Nauru. (AFP)
- Thailand: Authorities confiscated nearly 6,000 red bowls bearing a message from an ousted ex-premier, in the junta’s latest attempt to block the resurgence of the political party it toppled. (AFP)
- Belgium: Brussels Airport was to reopen on Sunday with three “symbolic” flights and strict additional checks for passengers, marking a new high-security era for air travel in the country after attacks by Islamic State suicide bombers. (AFP)
- Turkey: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he took offence at US President Barack Obama slamming eroding press freedoms in Turkey, expressing sadness that the comments were made behind his back. (AFP)
- Kosovo: Kosovo police say a hand grenade has been hurled overnight at a sports hall that was to host a meeting with Serbia’s visiting prime minister. (AP)
- Region: The European Union (EU) urged Turkey to restart the peace process with the Kurds after an attack in the south-eastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir killed at least seven police officers. (DPA)
- Iraq: Fighting between Iraqi forces and militants affiliated with the Islamic State group close to Mosul, has displaced over 2,000 people in the past week. (AP)
- Israel: The country’s neighbors are buying arms on a scale that threatens its regional military superiority, the deputy air force chief said, in remarks that appeared aimed at helping secure more defense aid from a reluctant Washington. (Reuters)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Thousands of cyberattacks originating from abroad targetted Hungary’s information technology network in the past 24 hours and were thwarted, Hungarian Interior Ministry said in a statement Saturday afternoon. (Xinhua)
- Cyclones: Nothing to report
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquake: Sola, Vanuatu
- Magnitude: 7.2
- Depth: 35 km
- Earthquake: Olry, Vanuatu
- Magnitude: 7.2
- Depth: 35 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK)
- Suspected Cases as of 18MAR: 31,005 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 1,487
- Deaths: 2
- Deaths (01JAN15-31DEC15): 82 (Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 29MAR: 1698 (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, Germany, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 29MAR: 609 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 24MAR: Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Aruba, Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Saint Martin, Sint Maarten, Dominica, United States Virgin Islands, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Bonaire, Curacao, Suriname, French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay, Gabon, Maldives, Bangladesh, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, American Samoa
- Outbreak Terminated as of 24MAR: Micronesia, New Caledonia, Cook Islands, French Polynesia
- Locally Acquired Without Vector Borne Transmission as of 24MAR: United States of America, France, Italy, Argentina, New Zealand
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04APR)
- Global: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1948
- Global: Anniversary of founding of Microsoft – 1975
- Angola: Angolan Peace Day – 2002
- China: Tomb Sweeping Day Holiday
- Senegal: Independence Day – 1960
- United States: US President Barack Obama will meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the White House
- United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – 1968