ONS: 22 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN said violence in the CAR has sent thousands of people fleeing into neighboring countries.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan prosecutors charge opposition leader Lopez with counts of murder, terrorism.
  • ASIA: The US is optimistic about military exchanges with China and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top US military officer said.
  • EUROPE: New Italian PM Renzi unveiled his new cabinet and is set to be sworn in.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Nuclear talks with world powers going in desired direction, an AEOI spokesman reported.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook looks to WhatsApp as a cheaper texting option for teens, adults.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Opposition protesters claim control over capital city of Kiev.
    • EU leaders help broker a compromise as demonstrations continue.
    • President Yanukovych leaves Kiev amid calls for his resignation.
    • Pro-government parliament speaker Rybak submitted his resignation.
    • Concerns growing over power vacuum in the country.
    • US President Obama and Russian President Putin speak after Ukraine deal signed.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN said violence in the CAR has sent thousands of people fleeing into neighboring countries. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: Lawmakers voted to reform the body that will oversee upcoming presidential elections, in a bid to end violence with a revived rebel movement. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN Mission in the country said it had evidence that rebel forces had murdered civilians in the key oil hub of Malakal. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The government said rebel fighters were in control of the capital of the oil-rich state after several days of heavy fighting. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Latin American leaders muted on Venezuelan unrest, hold back on criticism. (NYT)
  • Trinidad: Trinidad and Tobago seek further cooperation with China. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Prosecutors charge opposition leader Lopez with counts of murder, terrorism. (UPI)
  • Venezuela: The government threatened to cut off fuel to areas hit by opposition protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan, South Korea stage rallies over disputed Takeshima, Dokdo islands. (AFP, UPI)
  • China: The US is optimistic about military exchanges and wants deeper ties to help reduce the risk of miscalculation, a top US military officer said. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The country rejected a UN report on its human rights record, accusing it of being a “sheer fabrication” invented by the United States and its allies. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: QWP political leader Adalat Khan and two others killed in an explosion in the country’s Buner district. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Bulgarian and Spanish law enforcement busted an international crime ring, stealing card numbers from ATMs worldwide. (AFP)
  • Italy: New PM Renzi unveiled his new cabinet and is set to be sworn in. (AP)
  • The Netherlands: At least 10 Dutch would-be jihadists were refused passports in recent months. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Nuclear talks with world powers going in desired direction, an AEOI spokesman reported. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Hundreds protested the government’s plan to build two nuclear reactors for power generation. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US officials said al-Qaeda is increasingly targeting Americans and other western fighters in the country to undertake training to carry out attacks in their home countries. (CNN)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook looks to WhatsApp as a cheaper texting option for teens, adults. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Guito)
    • Location: 1055 NM SW of St. Denis, La Reunion
    • Movement: SE at 11.5 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 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 (23FEB)

  • Guyana: Republic Day – 1970
  • Tajikistan: National Army Day – 1993

 

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