ONS: 10 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The ICC asked the UNSC to take “necessary measures” to ensure that Sudan comply with a request to extradite President Bashir.
  • AMERICAS: The US declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials.
  • ASIA: Former Japanese Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama said that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe risks further alienating China and South Korea if he does not hold to the substance of a 1995 apology for wartime aggression.
  • EUROPE: The Russian Defense Ministry launched fresh military exercises in the country’s southern region of Stavropol.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s state news reported that members of the Assembly of Experts elected ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi as their new chairman.
  • TECHNOLOGY: United States President Barack Obama announced a new job training campaign called ‘TechHire’ aimed at employing more Americans in the technology sector.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq and Syria: Coalition forces press gains against ISIS.
    • Iraqi army and police forces backed by allied Shiite and Sunni militias entered the outer neighborhoods of Tikrit.
    • Iraqi Kurdish forces said they had captured several towns south and west of Kirkuk and killed roughly 100 ISIS fighters.
    • 95 captives, including 30 Kurdish fighters, escaped an ISIS-run prison in the town of al-Bab in northern Syria.
    • US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Dempsey said the US-led coalition would consider intervening to protect historical sites targeted by ISIS.
    • The Czech government approved the sale of 15 combat and training L-159 jets to help Baghdad combat ISIS.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, DPA, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security officials said a suicide car bomber targeted a military compound in the country’s restive Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: A court sentenced former first lady Simone Gbagbo to a 20-year prison term on charges of “undermining state security” during post-election violence in 2010-2011. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The government said that Boko Haram’s pledge of allegiance to ISIS was a sign of weakness. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The ICC asked the UNSC to take “necessary measures” to ensure that the country comply with a request to extradite President Bashir. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US declared Venezuela a national security threat and ordered sanctions against seven officials. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: President Rousseff warned she would not tolerate violence as the country prepared for a new round of protests. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Spanish PM Rajoy said that the country can count on Madrid’s absolute support for efforts to improve public safety. (EFE)
  • United States: VP Biden issued a statement saying that the 47 Senate Republicans who sent a letter to the leadership of Iran undermined the foreign policy credibility of the country. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • China: Officials said that members of the country’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority have gone overseas to fight with ISIS and returned to take part in plots at home. (AP)
  • India: Police detained Tibetan protesters gathered outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against China’s rule in Tibet. (AP)
  • Japan: Former PM Tomiichi Murayama said that PM Shinzo Abe risks further alienating China and South Korea if he does not hold to the substance of a 1995 apology for wartime aggression. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: US Ambassador Lippert was released from hospital where he was treated for a knife attack, saying he would not change his “open and friendly” approach to the job. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: A court banned former Defense Minister Rajapaksa from foreign travel over allegations he used a commercial floating armory as weaponry for a “private army”. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A European Central Bank board member said the bank is worried that the EU’s strict budget rules are being undermined and major economies are treated more leniently than smaller ones. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Justice Minister Opstelten and Secretary of State Teeven resigned in an ongoing scandal over a deal worth millions of euros struck by prosecutors with a famous drug trafficker fifteen years ago. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Defense Ministry launched fresh military exercises in the country’s southern region of Stavropol. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The Interior Ministry said police arrested two people in Ceuta on suspicion of belonging to a jihadi terror cell and who were prepared to carry out attacks. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State news reported that members of the Assembly of Experts elected ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi as their new chairman. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A UN panel investigating possible war crimes in last year’s Gaza conflict said that it needed more time for its inquiry. (NYT)
  • United Arab Emirates: The government denied claims from US airlines of supplying its fast-growing carriers with state subsidies as “false and unacceptable.” (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US President Obama announced a new job training campaign called ‘TechHire’ aimed at employing more Americans in the technology sector. (FastCompany)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Pam)
    • Location: 678 NM NW of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SSE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 09MAR: 1041 (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, Germany, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 09MAR: 383 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAR)

  • Iraq: Anniversary of the establishment of Kurdish Autonomous Region – 1970
  • Japan: Anniversary of the Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami – 2011
  • Spain: Anniversary of the Madrid train bombings – 2004
  • Ukraine: The government expects a positive decision from the IMF board on a new four-year $17.5-billion Extended Fund Facility (EFF)

 

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