ONS: 08 March 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Kenyan civil society organization asked the courts to stop vote tallying, stating that the manual tallying has produced irregularities and that the IEBC must use electronic tallying in accordance with the constitution
  • AMERICAS: Deceased Venezuelan President Chavez’s body will be embalmed “like Lenin” and displayed in the barracks where he plotted a failed 1992 coup
  • ASIA: Malaysian Security forces continued to search for militants connected to the Philippine separatist Sultan in Sabah province, killing 52 so far.
  • EUROPE:  In the Czech Republic, Milos Zeman was inaugurated as the third president since the collapse of the communist system, succeeding conservative Valclav Klaus.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN World Food Program will increase its food aid to displaced Syrians from 1.7 million per month to 2.5 million due to rising need
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook unveiled a new News Feed layout aiming to simplify the information, creating a “personalized newspaper.”

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The government voided the ceasefire that ended hostilities in the Korean War in response to a new round of UN sanctions, cut phone-line to the South.
    • Leader Kim Jong-un visited the military unit involved in shelling South Korea in 2010.
    • South Korean President Park warned against “self destruction” if the DPRK continued to focus on military power over the needs of its people.
    • South Korea also announced worries about the affect of the DPRK’s nuclear tests and military provocations on the region’s financial markets.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Xinhua-1, Xinhua-2, BBC, CNN, NYT

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A protestor was killed during overnight clashes when police fired on protestors outside their headquarters in Port Said. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A civil society organization asked the courts to stop vote tallying, stating the manual tallying has produced irregularities and that the IEBC must use electronic tallying in accordance with the constitution. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: An ambulance that was part of a military convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in the northern region of Gao, injuring the driver. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: The Nigerian embassy in Dakar was attacked by disgruntled Nigerians living in the country, injuring the staff and vandalizing the building. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Police arrested 21 alleged members of a drug gang connected to the Sinaloa cartel in connection with as many as 30 murders and the kidnapping of members of a newspaper staff. (AP)
  • United States: The Senate confirmed John Brennan as CIA chief after a nearly 13-hour filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez’s body will be embalmed “like Lenin” and displayed in the barracks where he plotted a failed 1992 coup. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro will be sworn in as acting president Friday night after a state funeral for President Chavez. (AP)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Five police officers were arrested in connection to a video showing suspected terrorists being tortured by uniformed officers. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Security forces continued to search for militants connected to the Philippine separatist Sultan in Sabah province, killing 52 so far. (DPA)
  • Philippines: The government formally requested the Malaysian government allow the country’s embassy in Kuala Lumpur access to the 10 citizens detained in Sabah. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The government denied accusations that the navy attacked Indian fishing vessels off of the coast of Tamil Nadu. (UPI)

EUROPE

  • Region: Several EU nations called for the creation of a mechanism to safeguard the bloc’s “fundamental values” such as democracy, human rights, and rule of law. (AP)
  • Czech Republic: Milos Zeman was inaugurated as the third president since the collapse of the communist system, succeeding conservative Valclav Klaus. (AP)
  • Greece: The government renewed its claims to a large area of disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, risking confrontation with Turkey. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: Security forces seized 282 lbs of hashish in an operation in the eastern province of Bingol and detained one in connection with the drug. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: An official accused the UN rapporteur for human rights in Iran of receiving bribes from the US in return for generating critical reports on the country’s policies. (AP)
  • Israel: President Obama downplayed near-term prospects for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, managing expectations for his highly anticipated trip to the region. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN World Food Program will increase its food aid to displaced persons from 1.7 million per month to 2.5 million due to rising need. (AP)
  • Syria: A member of the SNC announced rebel fighters would release captive Philippine soldiers in the Golan Heights after Friday prayers. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook unveiled a new News Feed layout aiming to simplify the information, creating a “personalized newspaper.” (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Sandra)
    • Location: 817 NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: NE at 5.75 mph
    • Winds: 51.8 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAR)

  • Egypt: Registration will begin for Egypt’s parliamentary elections (to 16MAR).
  • Malta: Parliamentary elections.
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of the dissolution of the ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali’s party – 2011.

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