ONS: 16 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The interim Egyptian government pledged “decisive” action and heightened security on Sunday after gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint.
  • AMERICAS: Venezeulan President Nicolas Maduro has urged for high level talks with the US to discuss “peace and sovereignty.”
  • ASIA: The investigation of the missing Malaysian airliner turned its focus on the pilots as the search widens from Indian Ocean into Central Asia.
  • EUROPE: Slovakian PM Fico and political newcomer Andrej Kiska advanced to a run-off vote in the presidential election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 11 people died and 55 were wounded over three days of Sunni and Shi’ite clashes in Tripoli, Lebanon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers brought down several public NATO websites with cyber attacks on Saturday.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia amid crisis
    • Polls opened Sunday morning in Crimea referendum, with voters to decide to either join Russia or become an independent state connected to Ukraine.
    • Russia vetoed a U.N. resolution declaring Sunday’s referendum on the future of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula illegal.
    • The EU is taking steps to increase sanctions against Russia over the expected annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
    • Pro-Kremlin protesters attacked a security service building in the east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, demanding the release of their self-appointed “governor” and their own right to vote on joining Russia.
    • A US destroyer will carry out more exercises with allied ships in the Black Sea, in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, CNN, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The interim government pledges “decisive” action, heightened security on Sunday after gunmen killed six soldiers at a Cairo checkpoint. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Close to 200 people have been killed in fresh attacks on three villages in Kaduna State by suspected Fulani herdsmen. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: A stampede among jobseekers taking a recruitment test at the national stadium in the capital Abuja has left many people dead and injured. (BBC)
  • Sudan: Police tear-gassed a demonstration by political opposition members on Saturday night despite government calls for national dialogue. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Hundreds of police took up position in two volatile Rio de Janiero favelas on Saturday to clean up the city for the June-July World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities freed five kidnapping victims and arrested 10 suspects in three separate raids. (EFE)
  • Venezeula: President Nicolas Maduro has urged for high level talks with the US to discuss “peace and sovereignty.” (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The investigation of the missing Malaysian airliner turned its focus on the pilots as search widened from Indian Ocean into central Asia. (AP)
  • Afghanistan:  President Hamid Karzai said U.S. soldiers can leave at the end of the year because the Afghan military is ready to take over entirely. (WP)
  • Cambodia: Prince Norodom Ranariddh will re-enter politics by forming a new party to contest the 2018 general election. (Xinhua)
  • India: The government put on hold the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 at the request of Malaysian authorities. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Serbia: Voting began Sunday in snap elections that are expected to produce an unprecedented win for the ruling Progressive Party. (DPA)
  • Slovakia: PM Fico and political newcomer Andrej Kiska will advance to a run-off vote to decide presidency. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: A prosecutor in Turkey has completed a corruption indictment naming 21 people, including the mayor of Fatih township in Istanbul. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: One person was killed and three wounded on Saturday in eastern Lebanon by rockets fired from neighbouring Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army seized the rebel stronghold of Yabrud, dealing a major blow to the opposition. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: At least 11 people died and 55 were wounded over three days of Sunni and Shi’ite clashes in Tripoli. (EFE)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Hackers brought down several public NATO websites with cyber attacks on Saturday (Reuters)

 

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 (17MAR)

  • Global: St. Patrick’s Day
  • Iran: Iran and the P5+1 will hold meeting
  • Myanmar: United Nations human rights envoy report to be presented at Human Rights Council
  • Pakistan: Holi

 

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