ONS: 13 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: East African heads of state gathered in Ethiopia in the latest push for peace in South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: El Salvador’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal said former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren won the 09MAR presidential election by less than half a percentage point.
  • ASIA: The Australian government announced plans for a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, a protester and policeman died in clashes after the funeral of a 15-year-old who has become the symbol of anti-government demonstrations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas demanded that Israel halt its “escalation” in Gaza as militants pounded southern Israel with rockets and the Israeli army hit back with air strikes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Parliament forms new self-defense force amid increased Russian military activity.
    • The Verkhovna Rada parliament voted 262-0 to create a new National Guard of 60,000 volunteers.
    • Russia said it was stepping up field training for tank, artillery and infantry units in three regions next to the Ukrainian border.
    • German Chancellor Merkel warned Russia of “massive” long-term damage to its economic and political interests if it continued to violate international law.
    • A senior Russian lawmaker said military units are occupying positions in Crimea in case of armed attack from Kiev, in the first apparent admission by Moscow that its forces have occupied Crimea in a military operation.
    • A US Senate panel approved legislation that would impose strict sanctions on Russians involved in Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: East African heads of state gathered in Ethiopia in the latest push for peace in South Sudan. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Gunmen targeted an army bus in Cairo and killed a non-commissioned officer and wounded three soldiers. (AP)
  • Sudan: The UN reported that approximately 100,000 people have fled their homes because of an upsurge of violence in the Darfur region in the last six weeks. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Authorities are increasing efforts to regain control of certain mosques they say have become incubators for radical Islamist ideology. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The rift between President Rousseff and her main political allies widened one day after they voted in Congress to look into bribery allegations leveled at state-run oil company Petrobras. (Reuters)
  • El Salvador: The Supreme Electoral Tribunal said former leftist rebel commander Salvador Sanchez Ceren won the 09MAR presidential election by less than half a percentage point. (AFP)
  • United States: Attorney General Holder endorsed a proposal that would result in shorter prison sentences for certain nonviolent drug traffickers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: At least four people were killed in anti-government protests in Valencia. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea signaled that it would not go ahead with a mooted leaders’ summit with Japan after talks between top diplomats failed to produce a breakthrough. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The country’s Interior Ministry said twenty-six militants were killed and 17 others wounded in military operation across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The government announced plans for a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned drones to help patrol the nation’s borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A Taliban intermediary was scheduled to travel to the Waziristan tribal region for talks with the militants to decide venue and agenda for the proposed direct talks with the government.  (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The military said it had evaded a Chinese sea blockade by using an airplane to drop food to soldiers on a shoal claimed by both countries. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Slovakia: Analysts reported that PM Fico is poised to win a presidential election that begins on 15MAR, sparking concern that his leftist Social Democrats could monopolize power in the country. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A protester and policeman died in clashes after the funeral of a 15-year-old who has become the symbol of anti-government demonstrations. (BBC)
  • United Kingdom: British police announced they had charged a 29-year-old man with terror offences linked to Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said it had sealed an agreement to export ten billion cubic meters of gas per year to Oman. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The UN reported that a third refugee camp will open on 30APR to accommodate an influx of Syrians. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas demanded that Israel halt its “escalation” in Gaza as militants pounded southern Israel with rockets and the Israeli army hit back with air strikes. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The NSA developed malware that allows it to collect data automatically from millions of computers worldwide. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Lusi)
    • Location: 406 NM SW of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: S at 20 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 12MAR: 189 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 12MAR: 82 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14MAR)

  • Andorra: Constitution Day
  • Chad: Anniversary of attempted coup d’etat – 2006

 

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