ONS: 06 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, frustration grew as ballot counting entered its second day due to controversial delays and large numbers of invalidated ballots.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Congress set a July deadline for the government to come to an agreement with FARC rebels, pressuring both sides to speed up negotiations.
  • ASIA: South Korea said it is fully prepared to retaliate should the DPRK use force.
  • EUROPE: A Russian prosecutor claimed corruption in the military cost the country seven billion rubles last year and accounted for 20% of all crimes committed in the armed forces.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNHCR announced the number of Syrian refugees who have fled violence in the country has hit one million since fighting began nearly three years ago.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A study revealed Facebook users began to share more information after the site revamped its policies and interface, even as privacy concerns have been aired

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: President Chavez died after a long battle with lung cancer at the age of 58 at a military hospital in Caracas.
    • The army deployed soldiers and police officers throughout the country.
    • VP Maduro was handpicked by Chavez’s political movement to succeed him.
    • Hundreds of anguished Venezuelans poured into the streets of downtown Caracas crying, hugging each other and shouting slogans in support of President Hugo Chavez.
    • VP Maduro announced he will take over as interim president until elections can be held within 30 days.
    • The funeral of President Chavez will be held on Friday, and the government declared seven days of national mourning.
    • Coverage: Guardian, NYT, BBC, AFP-1, AP-1, AP-2, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Frustration grew as ballot counting entered its second day due to controversial delays and large numbers of invalidated ballots. (AFP)
  • Mali: Two hundred British instructors will deploy to the country as part of the European Union Training Mission to assist with the training of local soldiers. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan:  Security negotiations with South Sudan are set to resume in Addis Ababa in accordance with a security agreement between the two nations. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Congress set a July deadline for the government to come to an agreement with FARC rebels, pressuring both sides to speed up negotiations. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: President Castro declared three days of national mourning for the death of Venezuelan President Chavez, the nation’s closest regional ally. (AFP)
  • United States: The Senate Intelligence Committee voted in favor of John Brennan’s candidacy to be the next director of the CIA, paving the way for a full confirmation vote. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korea, South: The government said it is fully prepared to retaliate should the DPRK use force. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Security forces intensified their search for 200 armed followers of a Philippine secessionist ‘Sultan’ following clashes in the northern Sabah state. (AP)
  • Taiwan: The coast guard missed its recruitment goal for servicemen to serve in the country’s islands in the South China Sea, leaving it with a significant shortage. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Bailout talks resumed with international lenders with the aim of finalizing a rescue package by the end of the month. (AP)
  • Greece: Qatari officials from the country’s global investment fund will hold talks on investment in real estate and the country’s construction industry. (AFP)
  • Russia: A prosecutor claimed corruption in the military cost the country seven billion rubles last year and accounted for 20% of all crimes committed in the armed forces. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Australian FM confirmed ‘Prisoner X’ had been working with Mossad, and cautioned of a diplomatic spat if his Australian passport was used for espionage. (AP)
  • Syria: The UNHCR announced the number of refugees who have fled violence in the country has hit one million since fighting began nearly three years ago. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The MoD claimed saboteurs had blown up an oil pipeline running from the eastern Marib province to the west coast, causing a large fire. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A study revealed Facebook users began to share more information after the site revamped its policies and interface, even as privacy concerns have been aired. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Mount Tangkuban Perahu, Western Java, Indonesia
    • Erupted spewing ash and volcanic material and forcing 1500 to evacuate the area.
    • Coverage: Xinhua

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAR)

  • Africa: AU Peacekeeping Mission (AMISON) in the Horn of Africa set to expire unless extended by the UNSC.
  • Yemen: International “Friends of Yemen” group meet in London to discuss the security situation in the country.

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