- AFRICA: Region of Eastern Libya declared itself semi-autonomous
- AMERICAS: US VP Biden promised additional security assistance for Central America
- ASIA: A former commander in the Pakistani Taliban publicly supported peace talks
- EUROPE: Suicide bombing in Russia’s Dagestan killed five
- MIDDLE EAST: Negotiations with Iran to resume with world powers
- TECHNOLOGY: US, British and Irish authorities cracked down on “Lulzsec” hacker group, arresting at least six
- Syria: Government continued to defy international pressure
- UN Humanitarian chief Amos arrived in Damascus to urge the government to allow aid access.
- Government forces continued their bombardment of Homs.
- US CENTCOM General Mattis said the advanced air defense weapons Russia provided to Syria’s regime would make it difficult to establish a no-fly zone there as part of an effort to help the rebellion.
- Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, AP-2, WaPo, AP-3
- Region: The UN SC rebuked Sudan and South Sudan for border clashes. (Reuters)
- DR Congo: The UNHCR reported a new wave of attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army. (Reuters)
- Libya: Tribal leaders and militia commanders in the eastern part of the country declared the region a semi-autonomous state. (AP)
- Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a police station and government office in Kondunga, wounding at least three. (AFP)
- Region: US VP Biden pledged an additional $107 million in security assistance to Central American states during a visit to Honduras. (AFP)
- Colombia: ELN guerrillas freed 11 oil workers kidnapped in February. (Reuters)
- Mexico: The army confiscated a shoulder-fired missile, a rocket launcher and three grenades during a drug raid in Veracruz. (AP)
- Region: Chinese officials stated Islamic separatists in Xinjiang want to establish an independent state called East Turkestan.
- Neighboring states, especially Pakistan, are trying to stamp out violence and protect China’s interests. (Reuters)
- Afghanistan: Six British soldiers were killed in Helmand by a roadside bombing. (Reuters)
- Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s defense chief threatened “revenge” against North Korea in retaliation for any attack. (AFP)
- Pakistan: A former commander of the Pakistani Taliban publicly supported peace talks with the government. (AFP)
- Greece: An EU official stated the debt swap plan will take place “without a hitch.” (AFP)
- Russia: Activist group League of Voters declared Putin’s election an “insult to civil society” and refused to recognize the results. (AFP)
- Russia: A suicide bomber killed five police officers in Dagestan. (Reuters)
- Iran: World powers agreed to resume negotiations with Iran. (NYT, Reuters)
- Iraq: A car bombing killed two and wounded seven in Baghdad. (AP)
- Iraq: Two car bombings in Nineveh killed at least 12 and wounded at least 15. (Xinhua)
- Yemen: Eight soldiers were wounded in a shootout with Al Qaeda militants. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Cybersecurity: Federal authorities arrested at least six members of the “LulzSec” hacker group in a crackdown. (Wired)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Irina
- Location: 500 NM ESE of Maputo, Mozambique
- Movement: ENE at 07 knots
- Winds: 40 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to report
- Earthquakes: Nothing to report
- Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAR)
- Egypt: Anniversary of Coptic Christian and Muslim clashes – 2011.
- Syria: Aid groups to meet at the UN in Geneva to discuss Syria.
- United States: President Obama hosts Ghanaian President Mills.