ONS: 16 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Security forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo detained a US diplomat along with pro-democracy activists and foreign journalists following a news conference in Kinshasa.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s National Assembly voted to give President Maduro decree-making powers in defense and security affairs for six months.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s minority Christians blocked roads in protest over a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin is to meet with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in Saint Petersburg after a 10-day public absence that prompted speculation about his health.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Zarif is to meet with US Secretary Kerry for nuclear talks ahead of an approaching negotiations deadline.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Federal authorities investigating the data breach at JPMorgan Chase said they are increasingly confident that a criminal case will be filed against the hackers in coming months.

 

TOP STORY

  • Vanuatu: President, aid groups appeal for help in wake of cyclone.
    • President Lonsdale said climate change was a key factor in scale of destruction caused by Super Cyclone Pam, which left at least six dead and 30 injured in the capital Port Vila alone.
    • President Lonsdale said his country needs the world’s help to rebuild “everything” and that “the humanitarian need is immediate, we need it right now,” as he readied to fly home from a disaster conference in Japan.
    • Aid agencies said conditions in Vanuatu were among the most challenging they have ever faced.
    • The death toll from Tropical Cyclone Pam was expected to continue to climb after a private charter plane reported on an island in Vanuatu where all communication links have been severed.
    • Remote communities on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island were evacuated ahead of the arrival of Tropical Cyclone Pam.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, WP, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Chad: Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Djargagoroum killing one person. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: Security forces detained a US diplomat along with pro-democracy activists and foreign journalists following a news conference in Kinshasa. (AP)
  • Kenya: Somalia’s Shebab militants killed one and wounded three others in a shooting in the northern town of Mandera. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US negotiator for normal diplomatic ties with Cuba is due back in Havana amid rallies supporting Venezuela in an ongoing dispute with the US. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched peacefully in more than 150 cities around the country to demand President Rousseff’s impeachment and to criticize government corruption. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The National Assembly voted to give President Maduro decree-making powers in defense and security affairs for six months. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed 10 fighters who claimed to be from ISIS, amid reports that growing numbers of disgruntled Taliban fighters have joined the group. (Reuters)
  • Burma: Buddhist monks who suffered severe burns during a police crackdown on protesters campaigning against a Chinese-backed copper mine two years ago launched a lawsuit against the Home Affairs Minister GEN Ko Ko. (AP)
  • India: IMF chief Christine Lagarde hailed the country as the bright spot of the global economy ahead of talks in New Delhi with PM Modi. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s Christian minority blocked roads in protest over a pair of Taliban suicide bombings that struck two churches the day before. (AP)
  • Philippines: Troops captured Mohammad Ali Tambako, the leader of a Muslim rebel group in the south who has been linked to bombings and a beheading. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Tsipras said the country will not accept any return to austerity, adding that he was convinced he would strike a deal with international partners. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin ordered the Navy’s Northern Fleet and paratrooper units to be on full alert as part of snap military exercises. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin is to meet with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in Saint Petersburg after a 10-day public absence that prompted speculation about his health. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif is to meet with US Secretary Kerry for nuclear talks ahead of an approaching negotiations deadline. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Interior Minister Ghabban said military operations to recapture Tikrit have temporarily paused to allow civilians to leave. (AP)
  • Israel: Election candidates are making their final appeal to voters on the eve of the polls, with reports indicating that PM Netanyahu’s Likud party trails the Zionist Union by four seats. (AP)
  • Yemen: The Houthi group released PM Bahah and all his cabinet ministers after nearly two months under house arrest. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Federal authorities investigating the data breach at JPMorgan Chase said they are increasingly confident that a criminal case will be filed against the hackers in coming months. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Bavi)
    • Location: 292 NM W of Navsta Guam
    • Movement: W at  13 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location: 298 NM ENE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 63 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 (17MAR)

  • Global: Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Europe Region: The 31st round of talks on security and stability in South Caucasus in Geneva (to 18MAR)
  • Israel: Snap elections

 

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