ONS: 12 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese police fired tear gas when mourners called for “revolution” following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur.
  • AMERICAS: In El Salvador the conservative candidate in the country’s close presidential runoff demanded a new vote be held.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, street battles between two rival gangs armed with RPGs and machine guns killed at least 14 and wounded 39 in Karachi.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Assad made a rare trip outside the capital to meet people displaced by the country’s civil war.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Satellite firm DigitalGlobe reported that a crowdsourcing effort to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane using satellite imagery overloaded the computer network with an “unprecedented” amount of traffic.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US moves closer to imposing sanctions as NATO steps up patrols.
    • NATO dispatched two surveillance planes to fly over Poland and Romania to monitor the crisis unfolding in Ukraine.
    • A joint exercise involving US, Bulgarian and Romanian naval forces in the Black Sea began.
    • The US Congress demanded Russia immediately withdraw from Ukraine and urged US President Obama to impose punitive economic sanctions on Moscow.
    • One of the most senior representatives of the Tatar minority in Crimea was expected to hold talks in Moscow.
    • The EU is on course to impose travel bans and to freeze the assets of Russian officials and military officers involved in the occupation of Crimea by next Monday.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, DPA, The Guardian, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Maltese PM Muscat reported that Former PM Zeidan was in the country briefly while en route to “another European country.” (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The ruling African National Congress unveiled its list of candidates for upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Police fired tear gas when mourners called for “revolution” following the funeral of a student allegedly gunned down by security forces at a protest against violence in Darfur. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: The AU opened a commission of inquiry into atrocities carried out in the ongoing conflict in the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador: The conservative candidate in the country’s close presidential runoff demanded a new vote be held. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Students and opponents of the government called a new rally for Wednesday to mark a month of protests in Caracas. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities are holding 14 members of the security forces on charges of violating human rights amid weeks of anti-government protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese government said it is trying to arrange a trilateral summit with South Korea and the US for this month. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Three militants were killed in an attack on a base of the National Directorate for Security in Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • India: Home Minister Shinde said the government will not allow Maoist rebels to spoil next month’s national elections with violent attacks. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Street battles between two rival gangs armed with RPGs and machine guns killed at least 14 and wounded 39 in Karachi. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Amnesty International criticized the government for allegedly failing to crack down on torture committed by the security forces against detained persons. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande’s government acknowledged that it knew of the surveillance of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy. (Reuters)
  • Italy: PM Renzi is set to unveil his government’s first batch of economic reforms. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Thousands of people gathered in Istanbul for the funeral of a teenager who died nine months after slipping into a coma from being hit by a police tear-gas canister during anti-government protests. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A peace conference on the Syrian crisis opened in Tehran. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Local media reported that Russia signed a preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power plants in Bushehr. (AFP)
  • Iraq: International diplomats and security delegations gathered in Baghdad for the country’s first international counter-terrorism conference. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Israeli MPs voted through 65 to 1 a law which will compel ultra-Orthodox Jews to either serve in the military or perform national civilian service. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad made a rare trip outside the capital to meet people displaced by the country’s civil war. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Satellite firm DigitalGlobe reported that a crowdsourcing effort to locate the missing Malaysia Airlines plane using satellite imagery overloaded the computer network with an “unprecedented” amount of traffic. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Lusi)
    • Location: 395 NM W of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Karymsky Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 11MAR: 186 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 11MAR: 81 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13MAR)

  • Global: Anniversary of Pope Francis elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI – 2013
  • Global: 57th UN Session of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, Austria (to 14MAR)
  • Turkey: Anniversary of 6.5 earthquake in eastern Turkey killing 500 – 1992

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