ONS: 22 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 22, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian Defense Headquarters said that a combination of air and ground operations repelled an attack by Boko Haram militants.
  • AMERICAS:  Ecuadorian leftist President Correa accused the United States of trying to destabilize his government by infiltrating it with spies.
  • ASIA: The North Korean military threatened to blow up balloons carrying 10,000 copies of “The Interview” if South Korean activists proceeded with their planned launch.
  • EUROPE: Intense artillery fire broke out near Donetsk, Ukraine breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli President Rivlin began consultations with representatives of parties elected to parliament last week to hear who they would recommend as prime minister.
  • TECHNOLOGY: In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State called on its US members and sympathizers to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: As US Special Forces evacuated the UNSC prepared an emergency meeting over the Houthi rebels and Al-Qaeda.
    • The US pulled all personnel out of the country as Iran-backed Houthi rebels pushed the country to the brink of civil war.
    • Shiite rebels prepared to battle forces loyal to the country’s embattled president after al-Qaida militants seized a nearby city.
    • The Shiite Houthi militia and its allies seized the airport in the strategic city of Taez from forces loyal to President Hadi ahead of an emergency UNSC meeting.
    • President Hadi accused Iran of staging a coup against him, and diplomats warned the situation risked escalation by drawing in rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The battle for the country’s oil wealth took on new dimensions as rival governments laid claim to the National Oil Company. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Defense Headquarters said that a combination of air and ground operations repelled an attack by Boko Haram militants. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan pledged to connect all 36 states of the federation to railway line if re-elected in the March 28 elections. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Bogota police captured five members of a female-led drug trafficking gang that also operated in Panama and Mexico. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Leftist President Correa accused the United States of trying to destabilize his government by infiltrating it with spies. (AFP)
  • Honduras: Authorities arrested the wife of a prominent businessman who is accused of drug trafficking, and charged her with money laundering. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The key to improving relations between South Korea and Japan is for Tokyo not to backtrack on past apologies for its imperialist past and crimes committed during that period, a former senior U.S. diplomat said. (Yonhap)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban and Hazara militant groups met to form an alliance to fight against increasing IS presence in the country. (Reuters)
  • China: Police busted a methamphetamine drug ring and seized 28 suspects for drug dealing in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. (Xinhua)
  • Korean, North: The military threatened to blow up balloons carrying 10,000 copies of “The Interview” if South Korean activists proceeded with their planned launch. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Thousands took part in demonstrations and parallel events across the country to mark the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The country staked claim to become a major transit hub with two new pipelines to pump gas from Azerbaijan and Russia to Europe. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Intense artillery fire broke out near Donetsk, breaking an internationally brokered ceasefire between pro-Russian separatists and the government. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The president of Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region, Massud Barzani, vowed to avenge three peshmerga fighters beheaded by the Islamic State jihadist group. (AFP)
  • Israel: US President Obama criticized PM Netanyahu over his warning that Arab Israeli voters would vote “in droves.” (AFP)
  • Israel: President Rivlin began consultations with representatives of parties elected to parliament last week to hear who they would recommend as prime minister. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State called on its US members and sympathizers to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location:  388 NM E of Darwin, Australia
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 20P (Reuben)
    • Location: 492 NM SE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 24,701 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10,194 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 09MAR: 1,231,077 (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, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 25,353
      • Deaths as of 09MAR: 183 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 11MAR: 1060 (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, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 11MAR: 394 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAR)

  • Cuba and Europe: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is due to visit Cuba (thru 24MAR)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan Day – 1956

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