ONS: 07 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s running mate alleged that the ballot tallying in the presidential elections had been rigged and that the count must stop.
  • AMERICAS: Falkland Island inhabitants prepared for a public referendum on the political future of the islands, voting on whether or not to remain a British overseas territory.
  • ASIA: Six Indonesian police officers were injured in clashes between the military and the police in the South Sumatra province
  • EUROPE: Bulgaria and Romania will receive another setback in their bid to join the Schengen area of the EU because of member states’ concerns over corruption and organized crime.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Negotiations began for the release of Philippine peacekeeping troops kidnapped by opposition fighters in the Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An appeals court backed up Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom’s right to sue the New Zealand foreign intelligence agency for spying on him as part of a US probe.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The UNSC is expected to unanimously pass further sanctions on the regime in response to the country’s latest underground nuclear test.
    • The increased sanctions, proposed by the US and China after weeks of negotiations, are expected to target the regime’s finances, access to luxury goods, and blacklist its accused weapons dealers.
    • South Korean FM Cho urged its neighbor to heed the UNSC resolution and “take the right path.”
    • The regime vowed “thermonuclear war” if the resolution should be adopted, including a preemptive nuclear strike against the US, despite a lack of evidence the country had developed such weapons.
    • Tens of thousands gathered in Pyongyang to protest the sanctions as well as scheduled US-South Korean joint military drills.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, Kyodo, AFP-2, AP, Xinhua, WaPo, BBC

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi will abide by a ruling by the Supreme Court on the suspension of planned parliamentary elections on the grounds that they violated the new constitution. (DPA)
  • Kenya: Presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s running mate alleged that the ballot tallying in the presidential elections had been rigged and that the count must stop. (BBC)
  • Mali: The government set up a reconciliation commission in an attempt to mend relationships between feuding communities within the country. (Itas-Tass)
  • Nigeria: Pirates attacked an oil tanker off the country’s coast and kidnapped three of the ship’s crew. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: The government began accrediting local and African observers in the run-up to a constitutional referendum slated for 16MAR. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Falkland Islands: Inhabitants prepared for a public referendum on the political future of the islands, voting on whether or not to remain a British overseas territory. (BBC)
  • United States: A report stated the military is unprepared for a full-scale cyber conflict with a “top adversary” and must increase its digital offensive capacity. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez’s body was taken to the military academy that he attended, where it will lie in state until the funeral on Friday. (AP)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A young activist linked to the ruling party was beaten to death during clashes in the northwest as an opposition strike shut down businesses and schools nationwide. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Six police officers were injured in clashes between the military and the police in the South Sumatra province. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: DM Hamidi rejected the secessionist Philippine sultan’s call for a ceasefire, demanding unconditional surrender. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino ordered the military to reassess the country’s policy of deploying troops in peacekeeping missions abroad after soldiers were kidnapped in Syria. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: French Finance Minister Moscovici said Europe should turn its focus away from austerity and towards growth to avoid a further deepening social crisis. (AP)
  • Region: Bulgaria and Romania will receive another setback in their bid to join the Schengen area of the EU because of member states’ concerns over corruption and organized crime. (DPA)
  • Croatia: The government and Slovenia reached a deal on a 20-year-old bank dispute which will allow the country to join the EU. (Reuters)
  • Czech Republic: Hackers targeted the websites of two major telecom companies after similar attacks on major banks and media companies. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government closed the Yaarubiyeh border crossing to Syria after cross-border fire killed an Iraqi soldier. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A 22-year-old man who was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers with a rubber bullet at an anti-Israel demonstration died in an Israeli hospital. (AP)
  • Syria: Negotiations began for the release of peacekeeping troops kidnapped by opposition fighters in the Golan Heights. (AP)
  • Yemen: A militant linked to AQAP was killed when a roadside bomb exploded as he was trying to plant it in a market in the southern town of Loder. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Online Piracy: An appeals court backed up Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom’s right to sue the New Zealand foreign intelligence agency for spying on him as part of a US probe. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Mount Tangkuban Perahu, West Java, Indonesia
    • Continues to emit ash and smoke up to a height of 1600 ft.
    • Coverage: AP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAR)

  • Global: International Women’s Day.
  • Global: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Coptic Christian and Muslim clashes, where thousands of people clashed during protests following the burning of a church in Cairo – 2011.
  • Pakistan: In an effort to control illegal border crossing on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, Pakistan will no longer allow those without legal documents to cross the border.
  • Venezuela: Funeral of President Hugo Chavez.

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