ONS: 08 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ongoing fighting in south Sudan between government and rebels eliminates ceasefire possibilities, threatens to spread throughout region.
  • AMERICAS: US, Mexico, Guatemala forming Trilateral Security Desk to fight drug trafficking and organized crime.
  • ASIA: Despite contradictory reports, Malaysian Airliner still missing.
  • EUROPE: Turkish government warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned in wake of corruption scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three killed as Islamist protestors supporting Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces in Cairo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Privacy groups skeptical of purchase of WhatsApp, worried Facebook will compromise WhatsApp private user data.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Vitriol escalates between Russia and West
    • Russian strategy remains aggressive as military remains in Crimea and rhetoric against Europe, America escalates.
    • Russia warns sanctions will “boomerang,” harming US-Russian relations.
    • President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke via telephone; agreed Russia should pull back forces from Crimea, human rights monitors allowed into region.
    • US spies not caught off guard by Crimea crisis, warned of Russia action; reject criticism.
    • Council of Europe chief Thorbjoern Jagland will travel to Kiev for high-level talks with interim leaders, offer human rights advice.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, CNN, DPA, REUT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US military presence growing in Africa in small ways to counter growing instability. (LAT)
  • Egypt: Three killed as Islamist protestors supporting Mohamed Morsi clash with security forces in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Libya: Militants blockading the oil terminal of al-Sidra in the east of the country tried to expoert crude oil onto a North Korean-flagged ship. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Ongoing fighting between government and rebels eliminates ceasefire possibilities, threatens to spread throughout region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US, Mexico, Guatemala forming Trilateral Security Desk to fight drug trafficking and organized crime. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Former President Alvaro Uribe’s political movement wins as much as one-third of Senate seats, threatens Santos regime and peace process. (WSJ)
  • El Salvador: Salvador Sanchez Ceren, former Marxist guerilla, is poised to win presidential election runoff on Saturday. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Panama warns broken diplomatic ties between both countries are not an excuse to renege on its debt exceeding USD1 billion. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Despite contradictory reports, Malaysian Airliner still missing. (CNN)
  • Afghanistan: District chief killed by bomb in Jalalabad early Saturday morning. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: EU will send observers for next month’s presidential, local elections. (AFP)
  • China: FM Wang Yi announced China will take a more active role as a major, responsible nation. (XIN)
  • Pakistan: First women-only bus goes into service, provides greater comfort and protection for Pakistani women. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Croatia, France further bilateral relations, economic cooperation. (XIN)
  • Region: Ambassadors from Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic sent a letter to US politicians urging for increased gas exports to Europe. (AP)
  • Region: Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia sign joint declaration boosting trilateral cooperation with focus on transport, energy and the environment. (XIN)
  • Turkey: Government warns YouTube and Facebook could be banned in wake of corruption scandal. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Nine were killed, and 29 wounded in separate attacks throughout country. (XIN)
  • Syria: Government removing chemical arsenal at an increasing pace, yet still behind schedule. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda attack on military base kills two soldiers. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Privacy groups skeptical of purchase of WhatsApp, worried Facebook will compromise WhatsApp private user data. (E-Commerce Times)

 

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 (09MAR)

  • Global: Technology fair CeBIT begins in Hanover, Germany (to 14MAR)
  • Colombia: Legislative elections
  • El Salvador: Presidential run-off election
  • North Korea: Parliamentary elections

 

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