ONS: 14 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram gunmen armed with explosives and heavy weapons attacked a military barracks in Maiduguri.
  • AMERICAS: USSOUTHCOM CMD GEN Kelly told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that the US doesn’t have the ships and surveillance capabilities to go after the illegal drugs flowing into the US from Latin America.
  • ASIA: Officials in the Philippines said the government and the US have hurdled a major obstacle in negotiations on an accord that will allow increased US military presence in the country.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish military was on alert against a threat from jihadist groups to a historic tomb on Turkish territory 25km inside Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese security officials reported that Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem has been rushed to a Beirut hospital and is undergoing treatment.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Target Corp reported that its security software detected potentially malicious activity during last year’s massive data breach but its staff decided not to take immediate action.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Diplomatic efforts intensify as sanctions loom.
    • US Secretary Kerry arrived in London for talks on Crimea with Russian FM Lavrov.
    • UK PM Cameron urged Russia and Ukraine to negotiate over Crimea and warned that failure to do so could trigger sanctions from the West.
    • Uncertainty on the country’s future promoted a run on banks in Crimea.
    • Russia blocked three major opposition news websites as well as the popular blog of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
    • A Russian warship unloaded trucks, troops and at least one armoured personnel carrier at a bay near Sevastopol.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Interim President Mansour said the country will have an “elected” leader in two and a half months. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen armed with explosives and heavy weapons attacked a military barracks in Maiduguri. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Government forces backed by AU troops captured a sixth settlement in the latest advance against al Shebab fighters. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Diplomatic and other sources reported that major European and Saudi banks have stopped dealing with the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: USSOUTHCOM CMD GEN Kelly told the US Senate Armed Services Committee that the US doesn’t have the ships and surveillance capabilities to go after the illegal drugs flowing into the US from Latin America. (AP)
  • Chile: President Bachelet unveiled an education reform bill to address the long-lasting education crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities in the border city of Tijuana found a tunnel designed to smuggle people without documentation into the US. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The death toll from violent protests reached 28, with 365 others injured. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Afghanistan voiced concern with Pakistan’s policy of releasing Afghan Taliban prisoners without allowing Afghan officials access to the releases. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The US said allied and Afghan forces are putting a greater focus on going after the Haqqani militant network, which has threatened to disrupt April presidential elections. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Park Geun- hye will chair the first-ever quarterly meeting of the preparatory committee on reunification with the DPRK in April. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomb attack targeting police in Peshawar killed at least seven and wounded 28. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Officials said the government and the US have hurdled a major obstacle in negotiations on an accord that will allow increased US military presence in the country. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: A policemen was killed and three injured in a standoff with a gunman near a school. (AFP)
  • Germany: Authorities detained a man suspected of fighting for a hardline Islamic group in Syria during a stay in the country last year. (AP)
  • Russia: The Bank of Russia said hackers brought down the bank’s website before a meeting on interest rates. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The military was on alert against a threat from jihadist groups to a historic tomb on Turkish territory 25km inside Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A string of bombings targeted marketplaces and a commercial area in Baghdad killing at least eight people and wounding 26. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials reported that Syrian FM Walid al-Moallem has been rushed to a Beirut hospital and is undergoing treatment. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A truce declared by Gaza militants appeared to be largely holding on with the Israeli military reporting a single rocket fired after two days of violence. (AFP)
  • Syria: A Russian Foreign Ministry official said the country’s chemical weapons could be removed by 13APR. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Target Corp reported that its security software detected potentially malicious activity during last year’s massive data breach but its staff decided not to take immediate action. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 13KM North of Kunisaki-shi, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 82.9 km
    • Map
  • 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 (15MAR)

  • Bahrain: Anniversary of the monarch declaring martial law during protests and violence – 2011
  • Hungary: Hungarian National Day – 1848
  • Russia: Opposition anti-war rally held in Moscow
  • Slovakia: Presidential elections held
  • Syria: Anniversary of Syrian protests erupting – 2011

 

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