ONS: 13 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A draft UN resolution indicates that African states want the UN to set up a trust fund to finance a force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria and called on the international community to supply intelligence and equipment.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro said he may travel to Washington to challenge US President Obama on the US qualification of Venezuela as a security threat.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s Defense Ministry said that North Korea fired seven ground-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast in an operation supervised by Kim Jong-Un.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine placed a formal request with the UN for a peacekeeping mission to be deployed in its eastern regions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Israel, final opinion polls showed the Likud’s main challenger, the Zionist Union coalition, winning 26 of the 120 seats in parliament against 22 for PM Netanyahu’s party.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Senate Intelligence Committee voted 14-1 to approve a bill intended to enhance information sharing between private companies and intelligence agencies about cybersecurity threats.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: US Secretary Kerry will meet with regional leaders on security issues on the sidelines of an investment conference.
    • US Secretary Kerry arrived in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh where he is to meet President Sisi to discuss economic development and the fight against ISIS.
    • Secretary Kerry will also meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Abbas in talks that are likely to focus on the economic crisis facing the Palestinian Authority.
    • Secretary Kerry is to fly to Switzerland on Sunday for fresh negotiations with Iranian FM Zarif.
    • Egyptian President Sisi ratified an amended investment law that aims to remove obstacles to foreign investments just ahead of the opening of the international conference.
    • A security official said that some 50,000 additional troops were stationed in the Sinai Peninsula ahead of the conference, and army and police have been put on alert around the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: A draft UN resolution indicates that African states want the UN to set up a trust fund to finance a force to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria and called on the international community to supply intelligence and equipment. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Special forces troops killed a suspect in last week`s attack on a nightclub in Bamako. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Senior al-Shabaab intelligence commander Aden Garar is suspected to have been killed in a US drone strike. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chief of USSOUTHCOM GEN Kelly told Congress that 100 people have joined ISIS from countries in the Caribbean and South America, and existing human smuggling networks are in place that could allow them to infiltrate the US if they return. (WP)
  • Haiti: Authorities set dates for elections for two-thirds of the senate and the chamber of deputies for 09AUG and the presidential and municipal vote for 25OCT. (BBC)
  • Honduras: Military police arrested Jose Miguel “Chepe” Handal, the alleged leader of a cartel that coordinated the shipment of tons of cocaine to the US. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he may travel to Washington to challenge US President Obama on the US qualification of Venezuela as a security threat. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Indian PM Modi began the first official visit by an Indian premier to Sri Lanka in nearly three decades. (AFP)
  • China: A senior naval official said that the country is building its second aircraft carrier. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Security Minister Purdijatno said that sixteen Indonesians, mostly women and children, were arrested in Turkey attempting to cross into Syria to join ISIS. (AFP)
  • Japan: The lower house of parliament passed a record USD793 billion budget, including fresh economy-boosting stimulus and more defense spending. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Ministry said that North Korea fired seven ground-to-air missiles into the sea off its east coast in an operation supervised by Kim Jong-Un. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Finance Minister Georgiades said the country will not need all of the 10-billion-euro bailout it received in 2013 as its economy recovers more quickly than expected. (AFP)
  • Greece: EU Commission chief Juncker said he was unhappy with a lack of progress in talks on the country’s bailout. (AFP)
  • Spain: The Interior Ministry said police have arrested eight suspected members of a jihadi terror cell in raids across the country. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government withdrew its controversial homeland security bill from parliament and sent it back to a committee for further revision. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The government placed a formal request with the UN for a peacekeeping mission to be deployed in the country’s eastern regions. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The Interior Ministry reported that authorities arrested three suspects after a firefight in Manama broke out close to US Navy offices. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Local media reported that the advance of government troops into Tikrit is being hampered by bombs and sniper fire from ISIS militants. (DPA)
  • Israel: Final opinion polls published Friday showed Likud’s main challenger, the Zionist Union coalition, winning 26 of the 120 seats in parliament against 22 for PM Netanyahu’s party. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Senate Intelligence Committee voted 14-1 to approve a bill intended to enhance information sharing between private companies and intelligence agencies about cybersecurity threats. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location: 229 NM N of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: ENE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones; Tropical Cyclone 17P (Pam)
    • Location: 350 NM NNE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SSW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 166 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 19S (Olwyn)
    • Location: 83 NM SSW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 15 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Bavi)
    • Location: 173 NM NE of Pohnpei
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica
    • Ash plumes, evactuations. (Reuters)
  • 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 11MAR: 1060 (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 11MAR: 394 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14MAR)

  • Global: World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan (to 18MAR)

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