ONS: 07 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 7, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt carried out its first death sentence handed down over the violence that erupted after the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist President Morsi.

  • AMERICAS: The Supreme Court approved an investigation of dozens of top politicians, including a former president and leaders of congress for alleged connections to what prosecutors call the biggest graft scheme in Brazil’s history.

  • ASIA: Philippine soldiers killed 14 Muslim guerrillas in an overnight battle to capture a rebel position, an army spokesman said, as the number of displaced from the military offensive rose to 80,000.

  • EUROPE: Two suspects were detained in relation to the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Russian state TV Rossiya-24 quoted the head of Russia’s Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov as saying.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Officials said gunmen dressed all in black abducted 31 Shiite men from their home in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad in an attack they described as targeting suspected criminals.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US prosecutors charged two Vietnamese and a Canadian for their roles in what they claim is one of the biggest data breaches in US history.


TOP STORY

  • Mali: Islamic militants killed at least five, including three Europeans, drawing international condemnation of the event.

    • At least five people, including three Europeans, were killed and 10 others injured in a shooting and grenade attack at a nightclub in the Malian capital Bamako.

    • France and Belgium condemned a terror attack on a restaurant in the Malian capital of Bamako that has killed five and injured an unknown number of others.

    • Belgian FM Reynders denounced a “cowardly act of terror” and France’s Laurent Fabius said “everything must be done to find those responsible for this crime.”

    • The French embassy set up a crisis cell to help expatriates in Bamako, as President Hollande said that he will meet with Mali’s President Keita to show his support.

    • Coverage: AFP-1, AP, DPA, WP


AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country carried out its first death sentence handed down over the violence that erupted after the army’s 2013 overthrow of Islamist President Morsi. (AFP)

  • Egypt: A bomb blast in front of a mobile phone service store in the country’s textile town of Mahallah wounded at least seven people. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: A 71-year-old Seattle missionary abducted last month from a school has been released and is safe, the Free Methodist Church USA said. (AP)

  • South Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon on Friday expressed his “profound disappointment” following the unsuccessful conclusion of the peace talks. (Xinhua)


AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The government accused a jailed former National Police commander of ties to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman through one of the imprisoned Mexican drug trafficker’s sons. (EFE)

  • Brazil: The Supreme Court approved an investigation of dozens of top politicians, including a former president and leaders of congress, for alleged connections to what prosecutors call the biggest graft scheme in the country’s history. (AP)

  • Mexico: The growing legalization of cannabis in the US is forcing drug cartels to turn to opium poppy plantations and domestic pot consumption, experts say. (AFP)

  • United States: Wisconsin police fatally shot an apparently unarmed African-American teenager, prompting dozens of people to protest at the site of the killing. (Reuters)

  • Venezuela: South American nations showed their support for President Nicolas Maduro’s government and criticized US interference in Venezuelan affairs. (Xinhua)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Ghani inaugurated a new session of parliament, praising the country’s security forces in his speech. (AP)

  • China: A well-known feminist activist was detained in Beijing two days before the observance of International Women’s Day, her lawyer said. (AP)

  • India: The government suspended three officials and deployed paramilitary soldiers two days after a mob stormed a high-security jail, dragged away a man accused of rape and then lynched him. (AP)

  • Myanmar: Authorities reopened two border gates that were closed during the period of armed conflicts as Laukkai restores peace and stability, the military-run Myawaddy Daily said. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: Soldiers killed 14 Muslim guerrillas in an overnight battle to capture a rebel position, an army spokesman said, as the number of displaced from the military offensive rose to 80,000. (Reuters)


EUROPE

  • Region: US Secretary of State Kerry prepared for Paris arrival to boost European support for an emerging nuclear deal with Iran. (AFP)

  • Albania: Police deactivated 200 grams of TNT contained in a package with a 2.5-meter-long fuse ready to be set on fire in the capital city of Tirana. (Xinhua)

  • France: The country pledged USD8.7 billion as part of European Commission President Juncker’s plan to boost economic growth, President Francois Hollande said. (AFP)

  • Russia: Two suspects were detained in relation to the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Russian state TV Rossiya-24 quoted the head of the country’s Federal Security Service Alexander Bortnikov as saying. (Reuters)

  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian rebels claimed to have completed their withdrawal of heavy weapons, in line with a February ceasefire deal. (AFP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials said gunmen dressed all in black abducted 31 Shiite men from their home in Baghdad in an attack they described as targeting suspected criminals. (AP)

  • Iraq: Government forces have retaken some districts around Tikrit in their fight to recapture the city from the Islamic State. (BBC)

  • Israel: Naval forces gunfire killed  a Palestinian fisherman on Saturday while he was fishing in the waters of the Gaza Strip, medics and officials said. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: The EU hit several businessmen with travel bans and asset freezes over the crisis in the nation, in its latest bid to increase pressure on the Assad regime. (DPA)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: US prosecutors charged two Vietnamese and a Canadian for their roles in what they claim is one of the biggest data breaches in US history. (BBC)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Fifteen)

    • Location: 380 NM WNW of Antananarivo, Madagascar

    • Movement: NW at 4 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 23,729 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)

      • Deaths: 9,604 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas

      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 25,255

      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)

      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases as of 26FEB: 1030 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines and the US)

      • Deaths as of 26FEB: 381 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2


TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAR)

  • Global: International Women’s Day

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Coptic Christians and Muslim clashes – 2011


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