ONS: 09 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 9, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A resident of the Niger village of Bosso said that 200 vehicles with soldiers from Chad and Niger crossed the border into Nigeria to fight Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of Colombians rallied across the country to denounce violence and express support for a peace deal with the FARC.
  • ASIA: Philippine troops killed 56 Islamic militants including one described as “foreign-looking” who may be among terror suspects sought by the US.
  • EUROPE: Greek Defense Minister Kammenos threatened to provide refugees in the country with unrestricted travel documents for transit throughout Europe over Athens’ economic standoff with the rest of the Eurozone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian state television reported that officials are willing to give inspectors access to Marivan, a site where the IAEA suspected experiments on high explosives may have taken place.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI said it was investigating a string of hacks that defaced US websites with imagery from the Islamic State group.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: Airstrikes target ISIS positions as US meets with Iraqi officials on progress.
    • Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey arrived in Baghdad for talks with top Iraqi officials.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said coalition warplanes launched two strikes on oil facilities run by ISIS in Raqa province killing at least 30.
    • Kurdish forces backed by US coalition airstrikes attacked ISIS positions around Kirkuk.
    • Residents and officials in Syria’s Hasakah province reported that US-backed Syrian Kurds repulsed a fresh attack by ISIS militants on a cluster of Christian villages over the weekend.
    • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced outrage over the ongoing destruction by ISIS of Iraqi cultural sites.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A resident of the Niger village of Bosso said that 200 vehicles with soldiers from Chad and Niger crossed the border into Nigeria to fight Boko Haram. (AP)
  • Egypt: Authorities temporarily opened the Rafah crossing with the Gaza Strip for the first time in two months. (AP)
  • Mali: Counter-terrorism investigators arrived from Paris to aid in the hunt for the killers of five people in a jihadist attack at a nightclub. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Independent National Electoral Commission extended the collection of permanent voter cards by two weeks. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: In a nationally televised address President Rousseff asked for patience as the country deals with an economic downturn and a corruption probe involving Petrobras and dozens of top politicians. (AP)
  • Chile: President Bachelet announced the government would create the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Tens of thousands of people rallied across the country to denounce violence and express support for a peace deal with the FARC. (AP)
  • Saint Lucia: PM Anthony reported that a team of independent investigators is alleging that the country’s police force maintained “death lists” of people deemed to be criminals and planted guns at the scenes of police shootings. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country is due to begin installing 20,000 fingerprint scanners at supermarkets across the country as President Maduro said the rationing system would reduce food hoarding and panic buying. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: One soldier was injured when a roadside bomb struck a military vehicle in Koz Kunar district of Nangarhar province. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: PM Abbott said the country is “sick of being lectured” by the UN over its treatment of asylum seekers. (BBC)
  • India: The government said it was working with Sri Lanka’s new government to repatriate thousands of ethnic minority Tamils who fled the island during its separatist war. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military killed 56 Islamic militants including one described as “foreign-looking” who may be among terror suspects sought by the US.  (AFP)
  • Thailand: Police accused a network of “Red Shirt” supporters of the toppled government of trying to destabilize the kingdom after the second small bomb attack to hit Bangkok in recent weeks. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Police in Paris broke up a stunt by Greenpeace activists amid heightened security who dangled from a bridge and unfurled banners calling for cuts in nuclear power. (AP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel commented on Japan’s view of its actions in WWII during a visit to the country for talks with PM Shinzo Abe. (AFP)
  • Greece: Defense Minister Kammenos threatened to provide refugees in the country with unrestricted travel documents for transit throughout Europe over Athens’ economic standoff with the rest of the Eurozone. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State television reported that officials are again willing to give inspectors access to Marivan, a site where the IAEA suspected experiments on high explosives may have taken place. (AP)
  • Israel: A spokesman said that PM Netanyahu denied reneging on a 2009 speech in which he acknowledged the need for the creation of a Palestinian state. (AFP)
  • Yemen: At least two militants and two soldiers were killed in an al Qaeda attack on an army base in Abyan. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI said it was investigating a string of hacks that defaced US websites with imagery from the Islamic State group. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Haliba)
    • Location: 85 NM W of La Reunion
    • Movement: SE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Seventeen)
    • Location: 760 NM NW of Nadi, Fiji
    • Movement: SE at 3 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: 23,934 (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 (10MAR)

  • Libya: 15 Libyan senior officials and prominent activists are to participate in a UN-sponsored peace process in Algiers
  • Morocco: Jordan’s King Abdullah II and his wife Queen Rania to visit (to 12MAR)
  • Pakistan and United States: ‘Pak-US Business Opportunity’ conference being held in Islamabad (to 11MAR)

 

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