ONS: 03 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in West Africa are to attend an international conference in Brussels to mobilize a final push to end the outbreak.
  • AMERICAS: US President Obama said that he hopes the US will open an embassy in Cuba by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April.
  • ASIA: Soon to be officially released figures indicate that the Afghan Army lost more than 20,000 fighters and others last year largely because of desertions, discharges and deaths in combat.
  • EUROPE: The leaders of France, Germany and Russia agreed with Ukraine on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 sites on the country’s eastern frontline.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Officials in northern Iraq said that troops are clashing with Islamic State militants south of Tikrit, as roadside bombs have slowed an offensive.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said it plans to launch a US wireless service on a small-scale to demonstrate technical innovations that carriers could adopt.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Nuclear negotiations resume ahead of Israeli PM Netanyahu’s address to US Congress.
    • US Secretary Kerry met with Iranian FM Zarif for a second day as they try to pin down a political framework for a nuclear deal by a March 31 deadline.
    • Local media reported that FM Zarif rejected as “unacceptable” a demand by US President Obama that Tehran freeze its sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu plans to address a joint meeting of Congress to outline his case for a tougher strategy to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
    • US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken warned that the current tensions between the US and Israel could last until the end of the Obama administration in 2016.
    • State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf warned PM Netanyahu against revealing details on nuclear negotiations shared in confidence in classified briefings.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in West Africa are to attend an international conference in Brussels to mobilize a final push to end the outbreak. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The country’s administrative court ordered the delay of the parliamentary elections set for 21MAR after another top court ruled parts of the electoral laws “unconstitutional.” (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Troops backed by civilian vigilantes claimed to have killed more than 70 Boko Haram fighters in a foiled attack on Konduga. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A military appeals court jailed blogger Yassine Ayari for six months on charges of defaming the army. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Police seized 27 tons of ground coca leaves concealed in packets of yerba mate tea that were to be shipped to Lebanon for processing into cocaine. (EFE)
  • Cuba: The most important US agricultural delegation to visit the country in more than a decade began three days of meetings. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: US President Obama said that he hopes the US will open an embassy in the country by the time of a Western Hemisphere summit in Panama in mid-April. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: The chief of presidential security under former President Aristide was shot to death in Port Au Prince. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indian Foreign Secretary Jaishankar arrived in Pakistan on a two-day visit, marking the first high-level meeting since talks broke down between the two countries last year. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Soon to be officially released figures indicate that the Army lost more than 20,000 fighters and others last year largely because of desertions, discharges and deaths in combat. (NYT)
  • China: The more members of the country’s top legislative advisory body convened their annual meeting. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Attorney General Prasetyo said the country is nearly ready to execute by firing squad nine foreigners condemned for drug smuggling. (AP)
  • Korea, North: A report indicates that the country may be readying to test fire a medium-range missile to underscore its anger over joint US-South Korea military drills. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Environment Agency said in its five-yearly report that the EU’s level of ambition “may be inadequate to achieve Europe’s long-term environmental goals.” (AP)
  • Azerbaijan: Rebels said that an ethnic Armenian soldier from the separatist Nagorny Karabakh region was killed troops in a fresh clash along the breakaway region’s frontier. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The leaders of France, Germany and Russia agreed with President Poroshenko on the dispatch of OSCE monitors to 10 sites on the country’s eastern frontline. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: FM Klimkin said no normalization of ties between the country and Russia is likely unless the region of Crimea is returned to Kiev’s sovereignty. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials in the north of the country said that troops are clashing with Islamic State militants south of Tikrit, as roadside bombs have slowed an offensive. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Security forces reported that a soldier and a wanted militant were killed in an exchange of gunfire in the north of the country. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Local activists urging a boycott of Israeli products began confiscating goods in the West Bank. (AP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi suggested the Saudi capital Riyadh as a possible venue for the resumption of UN talks with Shiite rebels who have seized Sanaa. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google said it plans to launch a US wireless service on a small-scale to demonstrate technical innovations that carriers could adopt. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Villarica Volcano, Chile
    • Ash and lava, evacuations. (BBC)
  • 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 (04MAR)

  • Bahrain: Hearing for Nabeel Rajab, one of the Arab world’s most prominent democracy campaigners, on his appeal against a conviction for publicly insulting two state institutions
  • United States and Singapore: Frank Rose, assistant secretary for arms control, verification and compliance, will visit
  • Zimbabwe: Anniversary of President Mugabe coming to power – 1980

 

END

 

Comments on this entry are closed.