ONS: 10 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US accused Libyan separatists of theft after they loaded oil onto a North Korean tanker for a second consecutive day.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s governing coalition emerged from elections with its congressional majority intact but shrunken by ex-president Alvaro Uribe’s new party.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban vowed to target the country’s presidential election, calling on their fighters to attack polling staff and security forces before the 05APR vote.
  • EUROPE: The UN reported that the number of Syrian refugees taking shelter in Turkey is now nearly 900,000.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Amnesty International accused the Syrian government of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by blockading and starving civilians in the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at McAfee reported that cybercriminals are settling into a comfortable place in the “Dark Web” where they test, refine and distribute malware for online thievery.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Yanukovych to give public statement amid ongoing tensions.
    • Russian news agencies reported that ousted president Yanukovych is to speak in southern Russia in his first public statement in over a week.
    • German Chancellor Merkel held a phone talk with Russian President Putin and called for substantial results in forming a contact group to find a political solution.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Obama exchanged views on bilateral ties and the Ukrainian situation.
    • A journalist and a family member said four activists were missing after being led away by pro-Russian militants in two separate incidents.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The Japanese government expressed interest in increasing cooperation with the country to boost stability in the Sahel area. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: The UN Security Council investigation of human rights abuses in the country began. (AP)
  • Libya: The US accused separatists of theft after they loaded oil onto a North Korean tanker for a second consecutive day. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur reported that violence has spread significantly in the Darfur region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The governing coalition emerged from elections with its congressional majority intact but shrunken by ex-president Alvaro Uribe’s new party. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: Authorities declared the presidential runoff election too close to call with just a 0.2-percent margin separating the top candidates. (AP)
  • Mexico: Drug capo Nazario Moreno, said to have been killed more than three years ago, was shot dead in a clash with authorities. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: People in San Cristobal reported that National Guard troops have attacked and dismantled barricades that protesters had raised at key intersections. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban vowed to target the country’s presidential election, calling on their fighters to attack polling staff and security forces before the 05APR vote. (AFP)
  • India: A clash between militants and the Army and police broke out in Indian controlled Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: PM Key called a general election for 20SEP. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Ten people were killed in clashes between government security forces and communist rebels in the south of the country. (DPA)
  • Taiwan: The chief of the country’s intelligence agency said on 04MAR it received information about a possible terrorist attack on Beijing’s airport and subway system. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Kazakh President Nazarbayev will pay an official two-day visit to Russia. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The UN reported that the number of Syrian refugees taking shelter in the country is now nearly 900,000. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Another allegedly incriminating phone call targeting the government of PM Erdogan and involving an ex-minister and a businessman was released online. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel to display weaponry from an intercepted ship destined for Gaza that Israel claims Iran was involved with. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Israeli soldier shot and wounded a Palestinian who tried to attack him at Allenby Bridge crossing between the West Bank and Jordan. (AFP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International accused the government of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity by blockading and starving civilians in the southern Damascus neighborhood of Yarmouk. (AP)
  • Syria: A group of kidnapped nuns was freed in part of a rare prisoner swap. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers at McAfee reported that cybercriminals are settling into a comfortable place in the “Dark Web” where they test, refine and distribute malware for online thievery. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Lusi)
    • Location: 433 NM N of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: WSW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19P (Hadi)
    • Location: 175 NM SE of Willis Island, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gillian)
    • Location: 230 NM NE of Mornington Island, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 37km (23mi) SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 77km WNW of Ferndale, California
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 7.0 km
    • Map
  • 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 (11MAR)

  • Europe: US, Bulgarian and Romanian navies hold exercises in the Black Sea (to 14MAR)
  • Chile: President-elect Michelle Bachelet to be sworn in
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the establishment of the Kurdish Autonomous Region – 1970
  • Japan: Anniversary of Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami – 2011
  • Lithuania: Day of Restitution of  Independence of Lithuania – 1990
  • Russia: Anniversary of Gorbachev becoming Soviet Premier – 1985
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Saudi security forces quelling pro-democracy “day of rage” in Riyadh – 2011
  • Spain: Anniversary of Madrid train bombings – 2004

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