ONS: 03 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU reported that talks between the government and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North have collapsed.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police detained about 100 people in a failed attempt to stop a second demonstration in support of captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, at least 11 people were killed when unidentified gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives in the Islamabad district court complex.
  • EUROPE: The Group of Seven major industrialized nations condemned Russia’s intrusion into Ukraine and cancelled preparations for the G8 summit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Obama is to meet with Israeli PM Netanyahu on a US framework for final peace talks with the Palestinians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s Internet monitoring agency blocked 13 websites linked to the Ukraine protest movement that helped oust the country’s Russia-leaning president last week.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: International community calls for observers.
    • The US envoy to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) said the organization should “immediately” send an observer mission to Ukraine.
    • Russian FM Lavrov harshly criticized threats of “sanctions and boycotts” over his country’s role in Ukraine.
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague warned Russia of “consequences and costs” for its actions in Crimea.
    • The Ukrainian State Border Service said Russia is amassing armored military vehicles on its side of a narrow sea crossing that separates Crimea from Russia.
    • Russian FM Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a phone call noted “broadly coinciding points of view of Russia and China over the situation that has developed in the country and around it,” the ministry said in a statement.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN warned that a food crisis is looming in the country after nearly a year of inter-religious violence. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Prosecutors released the son of ousted President Morsi after he agreed to give samples for a drug test. (AP)
  • Libya: Authorities vowed to stick to the “democratic path” in the face of mounting lawlessness, after two MPs were shot when protesters stormed the country’s transitional parliament. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The AU reported that talks between the government and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North have collapsed. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Police detained about 100 people in a failed attempt to stop a second demonstration in support of captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: Five people were killed during elections in the country’s two Caribbean autonomous regions. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of anti-government marchers converged on an upper-class Caracas district. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai’s cabinet released a statement that more than 13,000 Afghan soldiers and police officers have been killed during the war, far more than previously known. (NYT)
  • China: The National Committee of Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body, started its annual full session in Beijing. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reported that North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea, the second such launch in less than a week. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least 11 people were killed and 25 were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire and detonated explosives in the Islamabad district court complex. (NYT)
  • Philippines: Military officials reported that communist rebel attacks using land mines wounded 11 troops and 5 civilians in the south of the country. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Group of Seven major industrialized nations condemned Russia’s intrusion into Ukraine and cancelled, for now, preparations for the G8 summit. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The government said that the US abruptly withdrew an invitation for Russian veterinary officials to attend talks this week and accused Washington of “sabotage”. (Reuters)
  • Russia: UNSG Ban Ki-moon will meet with Foreign Minister Lavrov. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US and Russian foreign ministers will attend French-sponsored talks on helping Lebanon cope with the conflict in Syria. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA reported that a landmark nuclear deal between the country and six world powers is being implemented as planned. (Reuters)
  • Israel: US President Obama is to meet with PM Netanyahu on a US framework for final peace talks with the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Damascus representative of UN-Arab League Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi has asked to quit his post. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike killed a suspected al-Qaeda fighter in the eastern province of Mareb. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Russia’s Internet monitoring agency blocked 13 websites linked to the Ukraine protest movement that helped oust the country’s Russia-leaning president last week. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Faxai)
    • Location: 295 NM ESE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16P (Kofi)
    • Location: 803 NM S of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: SE at 23 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 106km NNW of Nago, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 111.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
    • Ash and lava eruptions, evacuations. (BBC)
  • 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 (04MAR)

  • Global: Carnival/Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras
  • Ukraine: US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Kiev in support of the country’s interim leaders
  • Zimbabwe: Anniversary of President Mugabe coming to power – 1980

 

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