ONS: 08 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Nigerian Boko Haram pledged allegiance to Islamic State, according to an audio statement.

  • AMERICAS: As countermeasures on drug trafficking take effect in Latin America, drug cartels are choosing Jamaica as a new hub for cocaine trafficking, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said.

  • ASIA: Three people were killed and 22 others injured as prisoners made uprising in a prison in Jauzjan provincial capital Shiberghan, Afghanistan.

  • EUROPE: Two Greek F-16 fighter jets violated Turkey’s airspace off the Aegean Sea amid airspace boundary disputes between the two countries.

  • MIDDLE EAST:  Saudi Arabian defense spending rose 54 percent to USD6.5 billion last year, surpassing India as the world’s biggest arms importer.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A French IslamicState fighter painted a rosy picture of life under the group’s so-called caliphate in a propaganda video, the latest example of the jihadists’ campaign to glorify their exploits and draw in foreign recruits.


TOP STORY

  • China: FM Wang Yi asserts Chinese diplomacy to the global stage

    • FM Yi said China’s Belt and Road initiatives are not its “solo,” but a “symphony” of all relevant parties.

    • China will work with other countries to build a wider and tighter net of international anti-corruption cooperation.

    • FM Yi said the China-Russia relationship is not affected by international vicissitudes and not aimed at any third party.

    • FM Yi asked Japanese politicians to use their own conscience while judging the history after Japan lost a war with China 70 years ago.

    • FM Yi called for a “new momentum” in relations with the United States as President Xi Jinping is set to make his first state visit to Washington in the autumn.

    • Coverage: DPA, XIN-1, XIN-2, XIN-3, XIN-4


AFRICA

  • Region:The East African Community reaffirmed their collective resolve to continuously work together in pursuit of the set vision and goals of fast-tracking the integration process for the benefit of the citizenry of the Northern Corridor region. (Xinhua)

  • Egypt: The retrial of two Al-Jazeera English journalists who face terror-related charges was postponed to 19MAR. (AP)

  • Libya: The UN said talks with the country’s warring factions progressed and delegates would return to Morocco next week for more negotiations. (Reuters)

  • Mali: At least three people were killed in an attack on Kidal, including a UN peacekeeper, a witness and a security source said. (Reuters)

  • Nigeria: Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, according to an audio statement. (BBC)


AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: The deputy minister of energy and mines, Victoriano Santos Hilario, was gunned down by unknown persons in the municipality of Cotui. (EFE)

  • Jamaica: As countermeasures on drug trafficking take effect in Latin America, drug cartels are choosing the country as a new hub for cocaine trafficking, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: Troops detained 15 federal police officers on charges of kidnapping the owner of a construction company, demanding a USD2 million (31 million peso) ransom. (AP)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three people were killed and 22 others injured as prisoners made uprising in a prison in Jauzjan provincial capital Shiberghan. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen attacked a Sufi mosque killing at least five people and leaving six others wounded. (AFP)

  • India: PM Modi announced that his government would soon set up one-stop centers and mobile helplines for women. (Xinhua)

  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea hit out at accusations that it may be behind a shocking knife attack on the US envoy to the South, branding the claims a “vicious” smear campaign by Seoul. (AFP)

  • Myanmar: Fighting intensified as the gov’t forces launched six air strikes against the Kokang ethnic army in a bid to retake the posts of the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA). (Xinhua)


EUROPE

  • Region: Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem responded “positively” to a Greek letter proposing a series of reforms in return for further financial aid. (AFP)

  • Region: Two Greek F-16 fighter jets violated the Turkey’s airspace off the Aegean Sea amid airspace boundary disputes between the two countries. (Xinhua)

  • Russia: Police arrested two more men over the killing of opposition activist Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down in the center of Moscow. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: The country’s desire for industrial relations with the West are being hampered and economically strangulated by its conflict with Russia. (AP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A Kurdish forces spokesman said a Canadian soldier was killed in a friendly fire incident after he and others ignored an order to stay in their car and showed up to the front line unannounced. (AP)

  • Iran: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made a public appearance amid rumors about him being hospitalized and in critical condition. (AP)

  • Saudi Arabia: Defense spending rose 54 percent to USD6.5 billion last year, surpassing India as the world’s biggest arms importer. (AP)

  • Syria: At least 26 IS militants were killed in airstrikes in the country’s central province of Hama. (Xinhua)

  • Yemen: The defense minister arrived at dawn at his house outside the southern port city of Aden after fleeing the rebel-held capital. (AP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Information Warfare: A French Islamic State fighter painted a rosy picture of life under the group’s so-called caliphate in a propaganda video, the latest example of the jihadists’ campaign to glorify their exploits and draw in foreign recruits. (AFP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 23,934 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)

      • Deaths: 9,792 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas

      • Suspected Cases as of 09MAR: 1,231,077 (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: 25,353

      • Deaths as of 09MAR: 183 (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 (09MAR)

  • Global: 12 nations will gather in Hawaii from to seek the early conclusion of a Pacific free trade initiative (to 12MAR)

  • Australia: Canberra Day – 1913

  • Iran: IAEA to hold technical meeting in Tehran

  • Poland and United States: Donald Tusk, the council president and former Polish prime minister, will visit with Obama at the White House

  • United States: 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii (to 15MAR)


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