ONS: 19 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A senior UN official accused South Sudan of waging a campaign of harassment against peacekeepers and called on the UNSC to intervene.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s Council of State approved the contested dismissal of Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogota.
  • ASIA: Australian Defense Minister Johnston conceded during a visit to Jakarta that there was still no “breakthrough” in improving relations with Indonesia.
  • EUROPE: Greek civil servants, including hospital and teaching staff, started a two-day strike against austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military launched airstrikes against Syrian army targets in response to a roadside bombing in the Golan Heights.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it was bringing Android to wearable devices in the first phase of the Android Wear platform.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian forces storm Naval HQ in Crimea.
    • Pro-Moscow activists overran the navy’s headquarters in Sevastopol.
    • Defense Minister Tenyukh was urgently heading to Crimea in a bid to ease tensions.
    • Russia’s Constitutional Court unanimously ruled that President Putin acted legally by signing a treaty to make Crimea part of Russia.
    • Australia said it will impose targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against officials involved in the annexing of Crimea.
    • US President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel discussed Russia’s annexation of Crimea and agreed that international monitors must be sent immediately to southern and eastern Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The commander of the upcoming EUFOR mission GEN Ponties said the EU expects to deploy troops to the country by the end of April. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: An army brigadier general and a colonel were killed in a raid on the hideout of jihadists north of Cairo. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: North-eastern Borno state is closing all high schools amid fears of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist network. (The Guardian)
  • Sudan, South: A senior UN official accused the country of waging a campaign of harassment against peacekeepers and called on the UNSC to intervene. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government will drop a controversial provision that would have forced global Internet companies to store data on Brazilian users inside the country. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The Council of State approved the contested dismissal of Gustavo Petro as mayor of Bogota. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto nominated Monte Alejandro Rubido Garcia as the new national security commissioner. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said that the US will be the most affected if it decides to impose economic sanctions on the country over the recent violent protests. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Two people were killed and 10 others injured by a bicycle bomb in Ghazni city. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Defense Minister Johnston conceded during a visit to Jakarta there was still no “breakthrough” in improving relations with Indonesia. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Students protesting over fuel prices torched vehicles during a strike in Kathmandu, amid heightened police presence. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A TTP commander and five family members were killed by the acidental detonation of explosive materials. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The government released two leading rights activists after their detention caused international condemnation. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Montenegro agreed to enhance cooperation on economic development and Euro-Atlantic integration issues. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Civil servants, including hospital and teaching staff, started a two-day strike against austerity measures. (AP)
  • Turkey: A gunman stormed a branch of the statistics agency and killed six before shooting himself. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The military launched airstrikes against Syrian army targets in response to a roadside bombing in the Golan Heights. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The Army deployed in the town of Arsal along the border with Syria,  reopening the main road out of the town. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops shot dead a teenager in the southern West Bank. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unknown gunmen fired two rocket-propelled grenades at a military patrol in Aden injuring at least two army personnel. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google announced it was bringing Android to wearable devices in the first phase of the Android Wear platform. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 20P (Mike)
    • Location: 751 NM ESEof Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: SSE at 28 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 18MAR: 196 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18MAR: 83 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20MAR)

  • Europe : European Council meeting
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Iraq War beginning – 2003
  • Myanmar: Anniversary of Junta officially dissolved – 2011

 

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