ONS: 20 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi for alleged financial recklessness.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan police fired tear gas and buckshot to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani military launched airstrikes on suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district killing at least 15 people.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government submitted a bill to parliament to give the country’s spy agency more sweeping powers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: EU foreign policy chief Ashton said the next round of nuclear talks between political directors of Iran and six powers will be on 17MAR in Vienna.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is taking steps to expand Google Fiber to 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas across the country.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: International community applies pressure to government as truce collapses.
    • At least 21 civilians were killed in fresh fighting in Kiev as demonstrators pushed police forces back to retake control of Independence Square.
    • Top officials were evacuated from the main government building close to the clashes.
    • EU envoys held crisis talks with President Yanukovich.
    • French FM Fabius said that the EU was preparing to impose targeted sanctions against those behind Ukraine’s violence.
    • US President Obama strongly condemned the violence and placed 20 top Ukrainian officials on a visa blacklist.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: ECOWAS announced it will strengthen its military presence in Guinea-Bissau as the country prepares for nationwide elections. (AFP)
  • Egypt: At least 10 militants were killed in government air raids in North Sinai. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Polls opened in a vote to elect a panel to draft a new constitution. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan suspended central bank governor Lamido Sanusi for alleged financial recklessness. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN reported that more than 18,000 asylum seekers have arrived in Kenya. (Xinhua)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Treasury Department is to levy financial sanctions against a Colombian suspected of leading an international drug trafficking and money laundering organization. (AP)
  • Chile: The government launched a national strategy for green growth aimed at promoting sustainable development. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: Work to widen the Panama Canal is set to resume after a two week suspension caused by negotiations over USD1.6 billion in cost overruns. (AFP)
  • United States: Homeland Security Secretary Johnson ordered the cancellation of a plan by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to seek a national license plate tracking system. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Police fired tear gas and buckshot to disperse hundreds of anti-government protesters. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan and China plan to sign agreements on meteorology and earthquake monitoring on 27FEB in Taipei. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed a security guard and wounded four civilians outside a hospital in northern Kabul while roadside bombs killed five soldiers elsewhere in the country. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South and North Korea held a reunion for families divided by the Korean War at North Korea’s Mount Kumgang. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: The military launched airstrikes on suspected Taliban hideouts in a northwestern tribal district killing at least 15 people. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra denied corruption charges after an anti-corruption panel filed charges of neglect of duty that could lead to her removal from office. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: IMF chief Christine Lagarde and British Finance Minister Osborne criticized emerging economies after some attacked US monetary policy ahead of G20 talks. (AFP)
  • Germany: Authorities charged four Turkish men with belonging to a leftist terrorist organization believed to be behind the suicide bombing on the US Embassy in Ankara last year. (AP)
  • Germany: Local media reported that the defense ministry is planning to reduce its order for Eurofighter jets from 180 to 143. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government submitted a bill to parliament to give the country’s spy agency more sweeping powers. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UN experts urged a halt to ransom payments that have made kidnapping a core tactic for al Qaeda and its affiliates in recent years. (AP)
  • Iran: EU foreign policy chief Ashton said the next round of nuclear talks between political directors of Iran and six powers will be on 17MAR in Vienna. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Russian FM Lavrov visited Baghdad for talks with senior officials. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A senior official in an Alawite party supportive of Syrian President Assad was shot dead in Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Syria: Western countries presented the UNSC with a draft resolution on humanitarian aid for Syria. (NYT)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google is taking steps to expand Google Fiber to 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas across the country. (NYT)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Guito)
    • Location: 575 NM SW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: S at 15 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 07FEB: 182 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07FEB: 79 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21FEB)

  • Global: International Mother Language Day
  • Global: G20 Central bankers meet in Sydney, Australia (to 23FEB)
  • Middle East: US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman visits Israel, Saudi Arabia and the UAE to discuss the Iran nuclear negotiations (to 25FEB)
  • Bangladesh: Shaheed Dibash or Language Movement Day – 1952
  • China and United Sates: Anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China – 1972

 

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