ONS: 15 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 15, 2015

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A report by the Sierra Leone’s national auditor said government ministers lost track of more than USD3 million in internal emergency funds to fight Ebola.
  • AMERICAS:  Canadian authorities foiled a plot whereby two suspects planned to open fire on mall shoppers before committing suicide.
  • ASIA: Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels briefly intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian peace process was “threatened” by pro-Russian rebels who encircled troops in a key battleground shortly after the start of an agreed ceasefire.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Shiite militia that seized power in Sanaa, Yemen said it will not cave into “threats” after Gulf neighbours urged the UN to act forcefully against its takeover.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to announce relaxed laws governing the use of privately owned commercial drones.

 

TOP STORY

  • Denmark: Terrorists killed two at a debate on Islam and free speech.
    • Two people were killed and five injured in twin shootings in Copenhagen, with one attack targeting a cultural center hosting a debate on Islam and free speech.
    • Danish police shot and killed a man suspected of killing two men, including a member of Denmark’s Jewish community. Five police officers were also wounded in the attacks.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu called for the “massive immigration” of European Jews to Israel following the shooting outside a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a Danish Jew.
    • “Denmark has been hit by terror,” Danish PM Thorning-Schmidt said. “We do not know the motive for the alleged perpetrator’s actions, but we know that there are forces that want to hurt Denmark. They want to rebuke our freedom of speech.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The National Oil Corporation urgently called for more official protection for its installations after an oil pipeline from the El Sarir field was sabotaged, halting flow to Hariga port. (Reuters)
  • Malawi: President Mutharika pleaded with the World Bank to resume aid to the impoverished country, adding that it has learned its lesson in fiscal discipline. (XIN)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan dismissed allegations by former President Obasanjo that he was plotting to rig rescheduled presidential elections next month. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: A report by the country’s national auditor said government ministers lost track of more than USD3 million in internal emergency funds to fight Ebola. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: A soldier with the People’s Defence Forces and four others were killed and one police officer was injured in a 15-minute exchange of fire with “hardcore criminals.” (XIN)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Authorities in Halifax foiled a plot whereby two suspects planned to open fire on mall shoppers before committing suicide. (WaPo)
  • South America: Colombian President Santos announced plans to create the world’s largest ecological corridor in partnership with Brazil and Venezuela. (EFE)
  • United States: Prosecutors and civic leaders plan to convene at a White House summit this week to discuss ways to counter violent extremism. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three Chinese Coast Guard vessels briefly intruded into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Burma: Around a dozen ethnic rebels were killed in a firefight with the army, and another eight were captured after renewed clashes near the Chinese border. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Australian PM Abbott warned the country of tough diplomatic responses following the “sickening” execution of two of its citizens. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: As a “goodwill gesture,” the country released 172 Indian fishermen who had been held for violating territorial waters in the Arabian Sea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Citizens protested New Delhi after Indian security forces killed a civilian by shooting across the de facto border in the disputed region of Kashmir. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: FM Varoufakis said he was confident a deal with the EU over the country’s bailout could be found while warning the 28FEB deadline may be too tight. (AFP)
  • Poland: The country kicked off an unprecedented military spending spree worth billions to overhaul its forces as Warsaw grows skeptical of peace in Europe. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Thousands of women protested the murder of a young woman who allegedly resisted an attempt by a bus driver to rape her. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: The peace process was “threatened” by pro-Russian rebels who encircled troops in a key battleground shortly after the start of an agreed ceasefire. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Abuses by militias allied with Iraqi Security Forces in Sunni areas have escalated in recent months according to a Human Rights Watch report. (HRW)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 100 fighters on both sides have been killed in a week of fighting between regime forces and rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UNSC prepared to adopt a resolution urging the Shiite militiamen behind a power grab to step down, release government officials and negotiate. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Shiite militia that seized power in Sanaa said it will not cave in to “threats” after Gulf neighbours urged the UN to act forcefully against its takeover. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to announce relaxed laws governing the use of privately owned commercial drones. (TechCrunch)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 22,894 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 9,177 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (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: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 12FEB: 975 (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 and the US)
      • Deaths as of 12FEB: 358 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16FEB)

  • Global: Carnival (variable end dates)
  • Europe Region: Eurogroup of finance ministers to meet, expected to discuss Greece
  • Iran and Azerbaijan: Iranian FM Zarif to visit Azerbaijan (to 17FEB)
  • Liberia: The Administrator of the United Nations Development Program Helen Clark to visit Monrovia

 

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