ONS: 14 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Secretary of State Kerry said the US will make a decision “very soon” on how to unfreeze hundreds of millions of dollars in suspended military assistance to Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro urged the US for “frank dialogue”, calling it an opportunity to correct an earlier misstep that raised tensions between the two.
  • ASIA: Police announced a seizure of more than 100 kilograms of drugs from a home and convenience store in Shanxi, China.
  • EUROPE:  An international drug-smuggling racket was broken up in a joint operation in Spain that netted 35 arrests across Europe and Latin America.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Obama administration said it expects the UN Security Council to endorse a final nuclear agreement reached between the Iran and world powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan warned about a new generation of terrorists that is increasingly able to communicate online.

TOP STORY

  • China and Myanmar: A Myanmar warplane bombed Chinese farmers, triggering a series of military and diplomatic skirmishes.
    • China’s Air Force sent fighter jets to patrol over the China-Myanmar border after four Chinese were killed by a bomb dropped by a Myanmar warplane in southwestern Yunnan Province.
    • The jets were sent to “track, monitor, warn and chase away” Myanmar military aircraft flying near the shared border, Air Force spokesman Shen Jinke said.
    • The incident occurred as the Myanmar government stepped up its fight against ethnic Chinese rebels in the country’s Kokang region along China’s southwestern border.
    • A Myanmar official suggested Kokang rebels “purposely created these attacks with the intent of causing misunderstanding between China and us.”
    • Beijing has disavowed any links with the ethnic Chinese rebels in Myanmar, saying it respects Myanmar’s sovereignty. Myanmar officials have said former Chinese soldiers have trained the rebels, an allegation the insurgents have denied.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, DPA, NYT, XIN

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Housing Minister Madbouly announced project plans to build a new USD45 billion capital east of Cairo over the next 5-10 years. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Secretary of State Kerry said the US will make a decision “very soon” on how to unfreeze hundreds of millions of dollars in suspended military assistance. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military uncovered a Boko Haram bomb-making factory in Buni Yadi after soldiers retook the town from the insurgents. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Insurgents said they launched an offensive in war-torn South Kordofan to try to disrupt nationwide elections due next month. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • El Salvador:  Mara street gangs began a hunger strike to protest conditions at the Zacatecoluca prison. (AP)
  • Chile: A state of emergency was declared and the evacuation of up to 16,000 people was ordered as a raging forest fire led to at least one death and threatened the historic port city of Valparaiso. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Six suspected FARC fighters were killed in military operations while the leftist guerrilla group pursued a unilateral ceasefire. (AFP)
  • United States: The mayor of Ferguson rejected growing calls to resign in the aftermath of a blistering government report into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro urged the US for “frank dialogue”, calling it an opportunity to correct an earlier misstep that raised tensions between the two countries. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • China: Xinhua news agency accused the US of having a “pirate-style sense of insecurity” in response to recent comments from Washington regarding Beijing’s territorial claims in the disputed South China Sea. (AP)
  • China: Police announced the seizure of more than 100 kilograms of drugs from a home and convenience store in Shanxi. (Xinhua)
  • Korean, North: FM Lavrov and North Korean counterpart Ri Su-yong held talks in Moscow regarding the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. (Kyodo)
  • Maldives: Former President Nasheed was found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to 13 years in prison for ordering a judge’s arrest when he was in power in 2012. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A defense lawyer said the main suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks was detained again for one month after a court ordered his release. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Spain: An international drug-smuggling racket was broken up in a joint operation that netted 35 arrests across Europe and Latin America. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Sixteen Indonesians were detained while attempting to cross into Syria to join the Islamic State group. (Al Jazeera)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko confirmed a “gradual de-escalation” in fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: President Obama is “committed” to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestinians, Secretary of State Kerry said on the stalled Middle East peace process. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Obama administration said it expects the UN Security Council to endorse a final nuclear agreement reached between the country and world powers. (AP)
  • Iraq: A top leader from the Badr militia and the spokesman of the volunteer Popular Mobilization units said it would take no more than “72 hours” to flush out remaining IS fighters in Tikrit. (AFP)
  • Syria: CIA Director Brennan said the US does not want to see a chaotic collapse of the regime as it could open the way to Islamist extremists taking power. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Terror: US Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan warned about a new generation of terrorists that is increasingly able to communicate online. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Bavi)
    • Location: 626 NM E of Anderson AFB
    • Movement: W at 22 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location: 230 NM N of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: E at 2 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones; Tropical Cyclone 17P (Pam)
    • Location: 203 NM ENE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: S at 20 mph
    • Winds: 155 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (15MAR)

  • Cuba: American and Cuban diplomats will hold the next round of talks on restoring diplomatic ties and reopening their embassies in Havana
  • Hungary: Hungarian National Day – 1848
  • Iran: Bilateral talks with US to resume in Montreux, Switzerland
  • Syria: Anniversary of Syrian protests erupting – 2011

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