ONS: 15 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army police checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday, killing five officers.
  • AMERICAS: The US government brushed aside accusations by Venezeulan President Nicolas Maduro that it was meddling in the country’s internal affairs by intervening in anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: Malaysian PM Razak said the movement of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was consistent with ‘deliberate action’.
  • EUROPE: Current Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico was tipped to defeat his 13 opponents in the first round of presidential elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: New Lebanese policy gives all citizens the right to resist Israeli occupation or attacks, giving credibility to Hezbollah actions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In 2015, the US will transition its role overseeing Internet domain names to an international group.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Violence rises in eastern region ahead of Crimea vote
    • Two people have been killed in clashes between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian activists in Ukraine’s eastern city of Kharkiv.
    • The highly-charged Saturday breakaway vote in Crimea is likely to see the peninsula annexed by Russia, despite the threat of stiff sanctions.
    • Moscow urged Ukraine to outlaw ultra-nationalist groups in the wake after clashes in Kharkiv.
    • The UN Security Council will vote Saturday on a U.S.-drafted resolution urging countries not to recognize the results of an upcoming Crimean referendum.
    • Ukraine’s Constitutional Court on Friday declared the referendum as unconstitutional.
  • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, VOA, XIN

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The EU is shirking its security responsibilities in the Central African Republic, says France. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on an army police checkpoint on the outskirts of Cairo on Saturday, killing five officers. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: An early Friday morning clash between Boko Haram and military in Maiduguri killed 350. (The Punch)
  • Rwanda: A Paris court sentenced an ex-Rwandan soldier to 25 years in jail in France’s first trial to punish those responsible for 1994 genocide. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized 1.5 tons of cocaine in a speedboat in international waters near Panama. (LAHT)
  • Honduras: A judge and an attorney were fatally shot Friday in separate incidents. (LAHT)
  • Mexico: Authorities on Friday finally served notice to vigilantes fighting the Knights Templar drug cartel in western Michoacan state that their illegal tactics will no longer be tolerated. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The US government brushed aside accusations by Venezeulan President Nicolas Maduro that it was meddling in the country’s internal affairs by intervening in anti-government protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysian PM Razak said the movement of missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 was consistent with ‘deliberate action.’ (AP)
  • Region: Japan will not retract its 1993 sex slave apology, PM Abe said Friday in an attempt to ease tensions with South Korea. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Ahrarul Hind, an increasingly active Taliban splinter group, claimed responsibility for the Quetta and Peshawar blasts on 13MAR. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: The government sentenced a group of 200 suspected ethnic Uighur Muslims, despite international calls for their protection. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The opposition to PM Orban hopes to bring tens of thousands of supporters onto the streets and give a boost to its troubled bid to unseat Orban in upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Northern Ireland: Police officers came under attack when an explosive device was thrown at their vehicle in Belfast, although no one was seriously injured. (AFP)
  • Slovakia: PM Fico is tipped to defeat his 13 opponents in the first round of presidential elections. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: Thousands of protestors called on the government to deport the Israeli ambassador and annul a 1994 peace treaty in the wake of a killing of a Jordanian judge. (Gulf News)
  • Kuwait: Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a meeting next Tuesday with the Government to discuss the latest developments in the Gulf region. (Arab Times)
  • Lebanon: A new policy gives all citizens the right to resist Israeli occupation or attacks, giving credibility to Hezbollah actions. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian troops have started to storm the key rebel town of Yabroud, north of the capital Damascus. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: In 2015, the US will give up its role overseeing Internet domain names to an international group. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 21km SSE of Paracas, Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.9 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 (16MAR)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Kingdom of Egypt Proclaimed – 1922
  • Iran: Belarusian FM Makei visits to discuss the Geneva agreement in JAN14 as well as bilateral cooperation (to 17MAR)
  • Japan: Vietnamese President Sang visits with PM Abe on bilateral cooperation
  • Guinea Bissau: General elections
  • Serbia: Parliamentary elections
  • Ukraine: Crimean referendum on whether to stay a part of Ukraine or join Russia
  • Judaism: Purim

 

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