- AFRICA: The Islamist group al Shabaab attacked the Laanta Buuro Somali military base, killing at least one person and seizing vehicles and other equipment.
- AMERICAS: Brazil’s leftist government is fighting on two fronts as impeachment proceedings threaten President Dilma Rousseff and legal battles harry her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
- ASIA: China called on Indonesia to release crew members of a Chinese fishing boat detained during a maritime confrontation.
- EUROPE: A Russian court found Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists, a verdict certain to inflame already dire relations between Moscow and Kiev.
- MIDDLE EAST: Russia warned the US it will start responding to cease-fire violations in Syria unilaterally starting Tuesday if the US refuses to coordinate rules of engagement.
- TECHNOLOGY: The FBI has agreed to help Bangladesh investigate a USD 81M theft from the nation’s foreign reserves, days after the finance minister accused central bank officials of complicity in the heist.
- North Korea: More projectiles fired during annual military drills.
- North Korea fired five short-range projectiles into the sea off its east coast, South Korea’s military said.
- North Korea is currently holding annual military drills, when its missile and rocket firings are more common.
- It is the second time in less than a week that the North has launched projectiles, following the launch of two ballistic missiles on the country’s west coast Friday.
- The firings appear to be North Korea’s response to the annual joint US-Korea springtime military exercises, which began earlier this month.
- Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, USA Today, WSJ
- Benin: Incumbent PM Lionel Zinsou acknowledged obvious victory of businessman Patrice Talon who is way ahead in early trends of their presidential runoff. (Xinhua)
- Congo: Police fired tear gas at opposition supporters, after voting ended in a poll expected to see long-time leader Denis Sassou Nguesso extend his three-decade rule. (Reuters)
- Somalia: The Islamist group al Shabaab attacked the Laanta Buuro military base, killing at least one person and seizing vehicles and other equipment. (Reuters)
- Zanzibar: A low turn-out characterized a re-run of elections in the semi-autonomous archipelago, as the main opposition party boycotted the poll. (AP)
- Brazil: The country’s leftist government is fighting on two fronts as impeachment proceedings threaten President Dilma Rousseff and legal battles harry her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. (AFP)
- Colombia: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Havana with Colombian government and FARC rebel negotiators trying to strike a peace deal. (AFP)
- Haiti: A majority of lower house lawmakers rejected the interim president’s pick for prime minister, leaving the provisional government in limbo. (AFP)
- Region: China called on Indonesia to release crew members of a Chinese fishing boat detained during a maritime confrontation. (AFP)
- Japan: Two British ships arrived in the country’s east to transport a shipment of plutonium to the US for storage under a bilateral agreement. (AP)
- Kazakhstan: An international election observation group says there were irregularities in the country’s parliamentary elections, which affirmed the ruling party’s grip on power. (AP)
- Myanmar: The country’s parliament approved President-elect U Htin Kyaw’s plan of forming a new government with reduced ministries. (Xinhua)
- Region: A Russian court found Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko guilty of complicity in the killing of two Russian journalists, a verdict certain to inflame already dire relations between Moscow and Kiev. (Reuters)
- Finland: An Iraqi migrant has been found guilty of a war crime after he posted images of himself on Facebook with the head of an Islamic State group fighter. (AFP)
- Germany: The country registered 2 million migrants in 2015 and 860,000 of them have since moved on to other countries. (DPA)
- Greece: Greek authorities said migrants and refugees continue to arrive through its Aegean islands despite an agreement between the EU and Turkey to stem the flow. (DPA)
- Region: Israel has brought 19 Jews from Yemen to the Jewish state in a “complex, covert operation.” (AFP)
- Iran: US VP Joe Biden warned that the US is watching the country “like a hawk” to ensure compliance with the controversial landmark nuclear deal. (AFP)
- Kuwait: The country has expelled 11 Lebanese and three Iraqis suspected of belonging to Hezbollah. (Reuters)
- Syria: Russia warned the US it will start responding to cease-fire violations in the country unilaterally starting Tuesday if the US refuses to coordinate rules of engagement. (AP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Technology: The FBI has agreed to help Bangladesh investigate a USD 81M theft from the nation’s foreign reserves, days after the finance minister accused central bank officials of complicity in the heist. (AFP)
- Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Emeraude)
- Location: 897 NM ESE of Diego Garcia
- Winds: 69 mph
- Movement: WSW at 2 mph
- Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
- Earthquakes: 211km S of Ust’-Kamchatsk Staryy, Russia
- Magnitude: 6.4
- Depth: 31.3 km
- Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
- Global Disease Outbreaks:
- Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
- Suspected Cases as of 21MAR: 21,285 (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, Spain, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.)
- Confirmed Cases: 451
- Deaths as of 21MAR: 0 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
- Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
- Cases as of 21MAR: 1690 (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, China, South Korea, and the US)
- Deaths as of 21MAR: 603 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman, South Korea)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2
- Zika Virus
- Reported autochthonous Transmission as of 21MAR: Brazil, Colombia, Suriname, El Salvador, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Panama, Cape Verde, Honduras, French Guiana, Martinique, Puerto Rico, Guyana, Barbados, Ecuador, Bolivia, Haiti, Saint Martin, Guadeloupe, Dominican Republic, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Guatemala, Curacao, Costa Rica, Maldives
- Indication of Viral Circulation as of 21MAR: South Africa, China, Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Gabon, Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia
- Deaths as of 21MAR: 3 (Colombia) (AFP)
- Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, CDC, CDC-2
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAR)
- Global: World Water Day