ONS: 11 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN experts reported that Libya has become a primary source of illicit weapons that have been trafficked to at least 14 countries and are fueling conflicts on several continents.
  • AMERICAS: Four Colombian soldiers died and four civilians were wounded in an attack by suspected FARC guerrillas in Montañita.
  • ASIA: The UN reported that North Korea has developed sophisticated countermeasures to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate the illegal trade in weapons.
  • EUROPE: Turkish riot police fired tear gas at protesters crowded outside an Istanbul hospital following the death of a teenage boy wounded in mass anti-government protests last year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US drone strike in northeast Yemen killed four suspected al Qaeda members.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter disclosed that 93,788 protected accounts had been vulnerable to a bug that allowed tweets to go out to unapproved followers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Yanukovych claims still leader as Crimea assembly votes for independence.
    • Ousted President Yanukovych said that he remained the legitimate president and commander-in-chief, and that he believed he would be able to return to Kiev soon.
    • Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia.
    • German FM Steinmeier said three ex-Soviet Baltic states can count on the security provided by their membership of NATO and the EU.
    • French FM Fabius said sanctions against Russia could come as early as this week.
    • US President Obama spoke separately with Spanish PM Rajoy and Kazakh President Nazarbayev on the Ukrainian situation.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, Xinhua, XInhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: UN experts reported that the country has become a primary source of illicit weapons that have been trafficked to at least 14 countries and are fueling conflicts on several continents. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Focused oil and gas producer Seplat on announced plans to issue shares on the London and Lagos stock markets. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur reported that thousands of displaced people from the town of Saraf Omra in North Darfur State sought refuge at one of the organization’s bases. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The government and South Korea reached a free trade agreement meant to boost exports and investment. (AP)
  • Colombia: Four soldiers died and four civilians were wounded in an attack by suspected FARC guerrillas in Montañita. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: President Correa reshuffled his cabinet after his party suffered major setbacks in local elections. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: Preliminary presidential election results showed Salvador Sanchez Ceren, the former rebel commander, edging out conservative candidate Norman Quijano by 6,634 votes, 50.11 percent to 49.89. (AFP)
  • Panama: Authorities reported that they confiscated 1,525 kilos of cocaine during an operation last week off the country’s Caribbean coast. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Swedish radio journalist Nils Horner was shot dead in Kabul by an unknown gunman. (AFP)
  • India: Maoist rebels killed 18 paramilitary soldiers in an ambush in Chattisgarh state. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The UN reported that the country has developed sophisticated countermeasures to circumvent UN sanctions, including the suspected use of its embassies to facilitate the illegal trade in weapons. (Reuters)
  • Maldives: The US State Department voiced strong objection to the Supreme Court’s dismissal of the country’s top election officials. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Judges hearing treason charges against Pervez Musharraf adjourned his formal indictment to the end of the week after lawyers said his life was in danger. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: EU foreign policy chief Ashton will visit the country on Wednesday to urge the country’s leadership to respond to corruption and unemployment concerns. (AFP)
  • France: A militant Islamist website created a series of posters calling for attacks on the country and for the assassination of President Hollande. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Authorities seized 62 bales containing close to two tonnes of hashish that washed ashore. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Riot police fired tear gas at protesters crowded outside an Istanbul hospital following the death of a teenage boy wounded in mass anti-government protests last year. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A preliminary army investigation showed that a Jordanian-Palestinian judge who was shot dead by Israeli troops at the Jordan border tried to snatch a weapon and “strangle” a soldier. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli military said one of its unmanned surveillance aircraft has crashed in the Gaza Strip after experiencing a technical malfunction. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN said the number of children impacted by the country’s civil war has doubled in the past year to 5.5 million. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A US drone strike in the northeast of the country killed four suspected al Qaeda members. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter disclosed that 93,788 protected accounts had been vulnerable to a bug that allowed tweets to go out to unapproved followers. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Lusi)
    • Location: 362 NM NNE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 418km ESE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 10.0 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 (12MAR)

  • Europe: NATO to hold military exercise in northern Norway involving 16,000 soldiers from 16 countries (to 19MAR)
  • Bosnia: EU foreign policy Chief Ashton visits the country
  • Cambodia: Nine opposition- aligned trade unions warned Wednesday that they would lead a weeklong strike (to 19MAR)
  • India: Anniversary of deadly Bombay bombing – 1993
  • Nigeria: The National Executive Council of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria to begin a two-day nationwide warning strike
  • Oman: Iranian President discusses bilateral cooperation and regional tension with Sultan Qaboos
  • Russia: Japanese national security official Shotaro Yachi visits to discuss tensions in Ukraine (to 14MAR)
  • Serbia: Anniversary of assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic – 2003
  • South Korea: Japanese Vice FM Akitaka Saiki visits counterpart on bilateral ties
  • United States: Ukrainian PM Yatseniuk to meet with President Obama

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