ONS: 22 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Algerian opposition parties rallied several thousand supporters to call for a boycott of next month’s election.
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels urged Colombia to start agrarian reform, a key issue for ongoing peace talks.
  • ASIA: Australia’s deputy PM said the search for Malaysian Flight MH370 would continue “indefinitely.”
  • EUROPE: The US government slammed Turkey’s attempt to ban Twitter.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian security forces thwarted an infiltration attempt by armed militant groups sneaking from Turkey into border towns
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google declined the Turkish government’s request to remove YouTube videos alleging government corruption.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: OSCE observers prepare to deploy as sanctions continue.
    • The OSCE said civilian observers were prepared to start working in Ukraine within 24 hours.
    • Russia maintained its position that the OSCE monitoring mission was excluded from Crimea following its takeover by Moscow.
    • The Norwegian FM said it decided to follow the EU in imposing sanctions on Russia.
    • French FM Le Drian said the country will suspend its military cooperation with Russia.
    • Russia’s FM said it had the right to respond to the second wave of sanctions imposed by the EU over its annexation of Crimea.
    • DPAAFPXinhuaXinhua-2Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Opposition parties rallied several thousand supporters to call for a boycott of next month’s election and to reject President Bouteflika’s run for another term. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Former army general Armel Sayo launched an armed political movement focused on bringing peace to the country. (DPA)
  • Libya: Troops fought with rebels occupying oil ports, after fighters attacked an army base where military reinforcements were preparing for an offensive to break the blockade. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Belgium extended its participation in the EUTM in the country for an additional year, its defense ministry announced. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Four FARC members were killed in an air force raid in the north-western province of Antioquia. (DPA)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels urged the government to start agrarian reform, a key issue for their ongoing peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The country denounced Panama’s initiative to let a prominent opposition lawmaker address the OAS. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australia’s deputy PM said the search for Malaysian Flight MH370 would continue “indefinitely.” (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: The US expressed concern over last week’s arrest of two prominent human rights defenders. (AP)
  • Thailand: A string of explosions shook the northern city of Chiang Mai after the Constitutional Court nullified the February general election. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: President Margvelashvili said he welcomed the decision by the EU to speed up the signing of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: The US slammed an attempt by the country to ban the online social network Twitter, which government opponents have used to publish corruption allegations. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Interior Minister Ala said two Albanians and a man from Kosovo had been arrested for a suspected “terror” attack near the southern town of Ulukisla. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Officials said a double bombing killed seven people in the northern city of Tikrit, outside of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Palestinian security officials said four Palestinians died in the West Bank in a raid by Israeli soldiers. (AP)
  • Syria: State security forces thwarted an infiltration attempt by armed militant groups sneaking from Turkey into border towns. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The UN said eight trucks have crossed the border from Turkey and are being off-loaded at humanitarian agencies’ warehouses in the northeast. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Three Shiite rebels and a soldier were killed in a gunfight on the outskirts of the northern city of Amran. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google declined the Turkish government’s request to remove YouTube videos alleging government corruption. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Four)
    • Location: 428 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 23 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gilian)
    • Location: 890 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 58 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: 198 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18MAR: 84 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAR)

  • Global: Nuclear Security Summit – Netherlands (to 25MAR)
  • Global: World Meteorological Day
  • Afghanistan: End of UNSC Mission in Afghanistan – 2013
  • Algeria: Presidential campaigning begins
  • Pakistan: Pakistan Republic Day
  • United States: Anniversary of President Reagan unveiling the Strategic Defense Initiative – 1983

 

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