ONS: 05 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi is considering the decision to give the military full control of the restive city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Navy seized 1.5 tons of cocaine off of the coast of the country’s northern Bolivar province with a street value of USD40 million.
  • ASIA: Malaysian security forces launched a second assault on the town occupied by the followers of a Philippine separatist leader. The ‘Sultan’ said his followers would fight to the last man.
  • EUROPE: The British government is set to announce plans to speed up withdrawal of its troops from Germany by 2016.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese President Suleiman and PM Miqati signed a decree calling for parliamentary elections on 09JUN in compliance with the 1960 constitution.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is preparing to launch a competitor to Amazon’s Prime service, offering same day delivery from a number of brick-and-mortar stores.

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: President Chavez is suffering from a “new and severe” infection that has made breathing difficult while he undergoes further chemotherapy.
    • Opposition leaders have begun to plan political strategies in closed door sessions in preparation for a snap election.
    • VP Maduro has regularly commandeered TV broadcast channels to tout the success of the revolution and to vilify the opposition.
    • Communications Minister Villegas called on Chavez supporters, including militiamen, to be on “war footing.”
    • Coverage: AFP, Telegraph, BBC, WaPo, Guardian, WSJ, Daily Mail

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi is considering the decision to give the military full control of the restive city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes. (AP)
  • Mali: Fifteen Islamist militants were killed in overnight clashes with French and Chadian forces in the northeastern Ametettai Valley. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The army launched an offensive against forces loyal to rebel leader David Yau Yau, killing 28. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe will not allow Westerners to observe the country’s constitutional referendum and general election later this year due to sanctions. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Navy seized 1.5 tons of cocaine off of the coast of the country’s northern Bolivar province with a street value of USD40 million. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: A human rights group claimed over 500 people were arrested and detained last month for political reasons. (DPA)
  • Peru: The government and the UN agreed to jointly establish a center to stem the production and trade of illegal drugs in the region. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Police launched an investigation into dozens of officers over the alleged torture of militants after a video surfaced on YouTube. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The US and China agreed on a new deal for further sanctions on the country that will be introduced to the UNSC for a vote. (WSJ)
  • Malaysia: The government launched a second assault on the town occupied by the followers of a Philippine separatist leader. The ‘Sultan’ said his followers would fight to the last man. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Insurgents in the country’s restive southern province of Yala burned tires, felled trees, and blocked roads in a move to increase political and social turbulence in the region. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The 10-year-old daughter of one of the country’s alleged cocaine trafficking kingpins was kidnapped as she was driven to school. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Parliament passed a vote of no confidence in the government led by PM Filat after weeks of feuds within the coalition. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Police seized nearly 600 pounds of illegal drugs in Krasnoyarsk Territory, resulting in 406 related criminal proceedings. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: The government is set to announce plans to speed up withdrawal of its troops from Germany by 2016. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Attacks across the country killed two and wounded three, including a colonel injured in the northern Kurdish city of Irbil. (AP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman and PM Miqati signed a decree calling for parliamentary elections on 09JUN in compliance with the 1960 constitution. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: During a heated battle for control of the northern province of Raqqa, rebel forces captured the provincial governor and the provincial Ba’ath party secretary general. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi rejected efforts by clerics and tribal chiefs to broker a truce with AQAP, insisting they must first lay down their arms. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The search giant is preparing to launch a competitor to Amazon’s Prime service, offering same day delivery from a number of brick-and-mortar stores. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
    • Expelled ash column 5.6 mi high

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAR)

  • Global: US Secretary Kerry will finish his diplomatic tour of Europe and the Middle East.
  • Americas: OAS Inter-governmental meeting on terrorism in Washington, DC.
  • Egypt: Trial of 14 Egyptians and American Robert Becker for their work with United States-backed nonprofit groups.
  • Ghana: Independence from the UK celebrated – 1957.
  • Pakistan: End of anti-polio campaign in FATA, launched on 04FEB.

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