ONS: 05 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, unknown gunmen attacked a community in Plateau state, shooting indiscriminately and causing an unknown number of casualties.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities have stepped up efforts to crack down on the Knights Templar gang, with arrests and seizures this week aimed at the gang’s illicit mining operation.
  • ASIA: Pakistani government negotiators and the country’s main Taliban faction are to meet today to restart peace talks.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan said he was ready to step down if his ruling party failed to win key local elections later this month.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in protest at its interference in their internal affairs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Flexcoin, a Canada-based bitcoin bank, said it was closing down after losing bitcoins worth about USD 600,000 to a hacker attack enabled by flaws in its software code.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia claims no control over pro-Russian forces in Ukraine.
    • FM Lavrov said Russia has no authority over the pro-Moscow forces operating in Ukraine
    • Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said Russian forces had partly occupied two missile defense units in Crimea.
    • Ukraine’s ambassador told the IAEA that the country is reinforcing security measures at its nuclear power plants in response to Russian threats.
    • Fifteen member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) agreed to participate in a military observer mission in Ukraine.
    • The US and Russia will hold talks on easing East-West tension over Ukraine on Wednesday.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The US is increasingly shifting towards a training and logistical support role in counter terrorism and anti-militancy efforts in the region. (NYT)
  • Egypt: The first woman to head a political party in the country expressed concern that a return to military rule could threaten democracy. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Unknown gunmen attacked a community in Plateau state, shooting indiscriminately and causing an unknown number of casualties. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The UN reported that fighting in South Darfur State has displaced more than 15,000 people. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: Fighting broke out in a military barracks in Juba. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Authorities have stepped up efforts to crack down on the Knights Templar gang with arrests and seizures this week aimed at the gang’s illicit mining operation. (NYT)
  • Nicaragua: The country shrugged off the idea of Russia building a military resupply base in the country after a suggestion last week by the Russian defense chief. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: Federal authorities seized USD 30 million worth of cocaine and charged two men with drug smuggling. (AP)
  • United States: The Missile Defense Agency mapped out plans to overhaul the ground-based US missile defense system managed by Boeing Co and improve its reliability after several test failures in recent years. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan called China’s opaque military spending a “concern” for the world community after Beijing revealed a 12.2% budget hike. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai’s brother is preparing to withdraw from the presidential elections, according to a rival candidate. (Reuters)
  • India: The government has set 07APR as the start of parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Negotiators for the government and the country’s main Taliban faction are to meet today to restart peace talks. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Hundreds of anti-government protesters marched on the headquarters of the ruling party while rice farmers remained camped in another part of the capital demanding money owed by the state. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The EU signed two funding agreements in Tbilisi to support the country’s public finances reform. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: The government sold a record USD 11.3 billion in foreign currency to support the ruble on 03MAR. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said he was ready to step down if his ruling party failed to win key local elections later this month. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The European Commission launched an investigation into allegations that a government agency misused EU funds. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates recalled their ambassadors from Qatar in protest at its interference in their internal affairs. (AFP)
  • Iran: Defense Minister Dehghan claimed the Revolutionary Guard has acquired missiles with multiple warheads. (AP)
  • Iraq: A series of car bombs hit commercial areas and marketplaces in mainly Shiite areas of Baghdad, killing at least 17 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: Troops shot two Lebanese Hezbollah fighters who tried to plant a bomb on the fence between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syrian-held territory. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Officials said that Syrian military aircraft carried out a series of airstrikes at a Lebanese border town. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Flexcoin, a Canada-based bitcoin bank, said it was closing down after losing bitcoins worth about USD600, 000 to a hacker attack enabled by flaws in its software code. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Faxai)
    • Location: 751 NM W of Wake Island
    • Movement: NE at 17
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 262km ESE of Sola, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 636.8 km
    • Map
  • 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 (06MAR)

  • Europe Region: EPP Commission Chief candidate election
  • Europe Region: EU Council to hold emergency summit on Ukraine
  • Ghana: Independence Day – 1957
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of public protest ban – 2011

 

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