ONS: 04 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court banned the activities of the Palestinian militant Hamas group that controls the neighbouring Gaza Strip and ordered its assets seized.

  • AMERICAS: Leaders of the Venezuelan opposition movement announced plans for more street demonstrations.

  • ASIA: The UN warned that eased economic integration in East and South-East Asia is expected to lead to a rise in regional trade in heroin and methamphetamines.

  • EUROPE: Three-term Estonian PM Ansip submitted his resignation in a long-planned move to pave the way for his successor to lead a new government into a general election next year.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, militants seized the city council headquarters in Samarra and took employees hostage, the second such attack in recent months.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo is reportedly rolling out targeted ads which prompt users to download other apps across its mobile properties.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US considering sanctions on Russia.

    • US Secretary Kerry is to visit the country to reinforce US support for the new government in Kiev, as the US and its top allies decide whether to apply sanctions.

    • Russian energy giant Gazprom said it would end Ukraine’s gas discount from April but proposed a loan of up to $USD3 billion to cover its debt.

    • EU President Van Rompuy said Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk will meet EU leaders Thursday ahead of an emergency summit the same day.

    • German FM Steinmeier said no “solution is in sight” on the Ukraine crisis after a “difficult” talk in Geneva with Russian FM Lavrov.

    • President Putin ordered troops that took part in military exercises in central and western Russia to return to base after completing their training.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Five UN peacekeeping troops were wounded when two people on a motorcycle threw a grenade at their patrol in the area of Beni in North Kivu province. (AFP)

  • Egypt: A court banned the activities of the Palestinian militant Hamas group that controls the neighbouring Gaza Strip and ordered its assets seized. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The government said it had released fuel from its reserves to ease a crippling shortage that has caused long queues across the country. (AFP)

  • Sudan: At least 40,000 people may have been displaced by militia arson and looting in the Darfur region. (AFP)

  • Sudan, South: The government and rebels are taking a more than two-week break from key peace talks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Nicaragua: President Ortega reappeared in public after a 10-day absence that had sparked rumors he was sick or even dead. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: Leaders of the opposition movement announced plans for more street demonstrations. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged the government to “listen carefully to the aspirations” of protesters and engage in dialogue with the opposition. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The UN warned that eased economic integration in East and South-East Asia is expected to lead to a rise in regional trade in heroin and methamphetamines. (DPA)

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry said that the country’s security forces eliminated seven Taliban militants during a series of military operations. (Xinhua)

  • India: The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia headed to the country to work on repairing ties. (AFP)

  • Korea, North: The military fired a volley of shots into the sea using multiple rocket launchers in an apparent show of force to coincide with South Korea-US joint military exercises. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Gunmen opened fire on a NATO supply convoy in the country’s northwest, killing two truck drivers and wounding another. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Estonia: Three-term PM Ansip submitted his resignation in a long-planned move to pave the way for his successor to lead a new government into a general election next year. (Reuters)

  • Italy: PM Renzi lost the first member of his government after an under secretary resigned following allegations he had pressured a local newspaper not to publish a damaging story about his son. (Reuters)

  • Turkey: A new voice recording leaked on internet disclosed that PM Erdogan allegedly tried to influence the legal process in a case against a media boss. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants seized the city council headquarters in Samarra and took employees hostage, the second such attack in recent months. (AFP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoon. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Regime helicopters dropped explosives-packed barrels near rebel-held Yabrud. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Yahoo is reportedly rolling out targeted ads which prompt users to download other apps across its mobile properties. (ReadWriteWeb)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Faxai)

    • Location: 380 NM E of Andersen AFB, Guam

    • Movement: NNE at 15 mph

    • Winds: 63 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (05MAR)

  • Egypt: Trial of Al-Jazeera journalists begins

  • Venezuela: Anniversary of President Hugo Chavez’s death

  • Christianity: Ash Wednesday

 

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