ONS: 07 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The ICC convicted rebel leader Germain Katanga of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government declared Panama’s ambassador and three other diplomats “persona non grata”, saying they must leave the country within 48 hours.
  • ASIA: China said it is willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to formulate a code of conduct for the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in the country in an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other malpractices in his inner circle.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japan’s government said that Bitcoin is not a currency but that it “is natural” that transactions involving the virtual unit should be taxed.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russian parliament extends support to Crimea referendum.
    • The speakers of both the Russian State Duma and Federation Council strongly implied that ratification would receive fast-track approval if Crimeans vote to become part of Russia.
    • Military observers from the OSCE who were blocked from entering Crimea will make a second attempt to enter today.
    • Ukraine’s new leadership has reached out to oligarchs for help, appointing them as governors in eastern regions.
    • Russian President Putin defended the country’s moves in Ukraine as consistent with international law during a phone call with US President Obama.
    • Interpol said Friday it was considering a request from Ukraine’s new government to issue an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The ICC convicted rebel leader Germain Katanga of charges including murder and pillage during a deadly attack on a village in eastern Congo. (AP)
  • Egypt: The government welcomed the decision of three Gulf states to withdraw their envoys to Qatar and said its own ambassador “will not return” to the Gulf emirate. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Pro-Palestinian activists left the country after staging a sit-in at Cairo airport. (DPA)
  • Kenya: Two al Shabaab suspects were killed in the Dadaab refugee complex and two rifles and 17 rounds of ammunition were recovered. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: FM Rodriguez condemned the attempts by some foreign countries to destabilize and overthrow the governments of Venezuela and Ukraine. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government declared Panama’s ambassador and three other diplomats “persona non grata”, saying they must leave the country within 48 hours. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro blamed the unrest shaking his country on a “minority” that has left the opposition in a difficult situation. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it is willing to work with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to formulate a code of conduct for the South China Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: At least five civilians were killed and eight others wounded in a motorcycle bombing in Helmand province. (AP)
  • Korea, South: South Korea reoffered to hold Red Cross talks with the DPRK to discuss the topic of regularly holding family reunions. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Defense Minister Asif said the country could launch a full-scale military operation against Taliban insurgents in the tribal areas as early as this month.  (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police reported that two civilians were wounded by gunshots fired from a park occupied by anti-government protesters. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel is holding talks with Irish PM Kenny after clashes at an anti-austerity protest. (DPA)
  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel is to join British PM Cameron in opening the world’s biggest high-tech fair on 09MAR. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan threatened to ban Facebook and YouTube in the country in an attempt to stop political foes anonymously posting audio recordings purportedly exposing corruption and other malpractices in his inner circle. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A government negotiator said that expert-level nuclear talks with world powers this week have been “useful.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: A shelling and a shooting targeting a local official killed seven people in Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for more than two months. (AFP)
  • Jordan: US Secretary Kerry arrived in the country for talks with King Abdullah II on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime warplanes bombed an area near the rebel-held town of Yabrud near the Lebanese border. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japan’s government said that Bitcoin is not a currency but it “is natural” that transactions involving the virtual unit should be taxed. (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 (08MAR)

  • Global: International Women’s Day
  • Russia: FM Sergey Lavrov hosts Tajik FM Sirodzhidin Aslov for talks on trade and economic relations

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