ONS: 06 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Niger extradited Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities arrested a man identified as the son of the leader of the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, an early morning NATO airstrike in central Logar province killed 5 Afghan National Army soldiers and wounded another 17.
  • EUROPE: The Greek government called for more time to shore up its crisis-hit banks as the authorities were locked in a dispute with EU-IMF creditors on how much it would cost to do so.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military said that a ship it claims was carrying advanced rockets bound for Gaza from Iran will be brought into port Saturday.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook said it will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online “checkpoints” warning people that such deals may be illegal.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Crimea schedules referendum on joining Russia.
    • Pro-Moscow authorities in Crimea asked Russian President Putin to examine a request for their region to join the Russian Federation, which will be put to a referendum on 16MAR.
    • US Secretary Kerry will meet with his counterparts from Italy, Britain, France and Germany in Rome to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.
    • Lithuania said the US will send six additional F-15 fighter jets to step up NATO’s air patrols over the Baltic states.
    • The government in Crimea said Pro-Russian forces numbering more than 11,000 controlled all access to the Crimean Peninsula and have blockaded all military bases that have not yet surrendered.
    • Interim PM Yatsenyuk said Russia is increasing tensions in Crimea ahead of meeting EU leaders holding an emergency summit on the crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The World Bank announced it would resume talks on funding for a major hydroelectric power plant. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The government kicked off a three-day meeting to discuss ways of salvaging trade negotiations which were mooted under the Doha Development Agenda (DDA) 13 years ago. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: The country extradited Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saadi to Libya. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Costa Rica: Governing party Presidential candidate Johnny Araya said he is abandoning his campaign for the 06APR run-off election. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested a man identified as the son of the leader of the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel. (AFP)
  • United States: The CIA’s internal watchdog is investigating allegations that the agency improperly spied on Senate staffers probing secret details of a now-defunct interrogation program. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: President Mujica lashed out at the UN labeling the world body “old school” for its criticism of the country’s world-first marijuana law. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing expressed concern after North Korea fired a rocket into the flight path of a Chinese airliner during weapons tests. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai’s brother withdrew from the country’s election race and endorsed former Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An early morning NATO airstrike in central Logar province killed 5 Afghan National Army soldiers and wounded another 17. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The military and the US will end one of the two joint annual war games amid the DPRK’s rejection of a dialogue offer for regular family reunions. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Peace negotiators representing the government and Taliban insurgents called for higher-level talks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Riot police in Athens used tear gas and pepper spray during scuffles with union members protesting austerity measures. (AP)
  • Greece: The government called for more time to shore up its crisis-hit banks as the authorities were locked in a dispute with EU-IMF creditors on how much it would cost to do so. (AFP)
  • Italy: Economy Minister Padoan said the new government will not breach EU rules on public deficits. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A member of the security forces was killed in a land mine blast near the border with Iraq. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Israeli military said that a ship it claims was carrying advanced rockets bound for Gaza from Iran will be brought into port Saturday. (AFP)
  • Iran: Local media reported that the country will soon receive a second installment of previously frozen assets. (Reuters)
  • Syria: At least five people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a bomb blast near a security headquarters in Hama. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security officials reported that al Qaeda militants in the country killed one of their own accused of spying for the US. (AP)
  • Yemen: An intelligence official was assassinated near Sanaa International Airport. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook said it will block members under 18 years of age from viewing pages or timeline posts reported to involve private sales of firearms and will set up online “checkpoints” warning people that such deals may be illegal. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (07MAR)

  • Nothing to report.

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