ONS: 21 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Botswanan government announced that it is cutting diplomatic relations with North Korea.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities captured Jesus Pena Gonzalez, the security chief of an associate of major drug lord, Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman.
  • ASIA: South Korea and China agreed to strengthen cooperation to denuclearize North Korea.
  • EUROPE: In Spain, monitors reported that ETA is expected to make an announcement on disarmament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IAEA reported that Iran’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium declined for the first time in four years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Venezuelan government is quietly increasing restrictions Internet freedom amid ongoing protests.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government reports temporary deal in wake of clashes.
    • President Yanukovych and opposition leaders are expected to sign a preliminary deal aimed at halting ongoing violence.
    • The government reported that the signing was expected for 1000 GMT.
    • A senior EU diplomat said the EU expects the “temporary” deal to go through.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said there would be severe consequences in the NATO-Ukraine partnership if the military is called to put down protests.
    • The US said it was “outraged” that security forces had turned weapons on demonstrators.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, CNN, DPA, Reuters, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: UNFAO warned water scarcity is one of the most urgent food security issues facing Near East and North Africa (Xinhua)
  • Botswana: The government announced that it is cutting diplomatic relations with North Korea in response to human rights abuses. (Kyodo)
  • Egypt: A US diplomat pressed the government to respect “basic rights and freedoms” as the trial of Al-Jazeera journalists began. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN reported that President Mohamud was unharmed by a car bombing and suicide attack against the presidential palace in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged all parties in the country to ensure protection of civilians amid renewed clashes. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Local media reported that the EU will help the country improve justice administration at request of President Evo Morales. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities captured Jesus Pena Gonzalez, the security chief of an associate of major drug lord, Joaquin ‘Chapo’ Guzman. (AFP)
  • Panama: Work resumed on the Panama Canal as the government continued negotiations with the the European-led GUPC consortium. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and China agreed to strengthen cooperation to denuclearize North Korea (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: Militants attacked a police compound near Kabul killing one and injuring four. (AP)
  • Thailand: Protesting rice farmers called off a tractor drive to Bangkok’s main airport after an assurance of payment (Reuters)
  • Vietnam: Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai called for nationwide preventive measures to combat the spread of avian flu (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Party sources reported that center-left leader Matteo Renzi is close to naming the members of his government and is expected to meet with President Napolitano. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Monitors reported that ETA is expected to make an announcement on disarmament. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Finance Minister George Osborne reiterated that it will not be possible for Scotland to keep using the pound if it votes to become independent. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran has stepped up support for Syrian President Assad, providing elite teams to gather intelligence and train troops. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The IAEA reported that the country’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium declined for the first time in four years.(Xinhua)
  • Syria: An increasing number of refugees are going to Mexico as a gateway to possible US asylum. (WSJ)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Venezuelan government is quietly increasing restrictions Internet freedom amid ongoing protests. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Guito)
    • Location: 795 NM SSW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: S at 14 mph
    • Winds: 70 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 (22FEB)

  • Global: G20 Meetings of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in Sydney, Australia
  • Philippines: People Power Day – 1986
  • Singapore: Participants in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meet for a ministerial meeting (to 25FEB)
  • St. Lucia: Independence Day – 1979
  • Syria and Egypt: Anniversary of United Arab Republic – 1958

 

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