ONS: 23 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian military closed the border with Cameroon to remove haven for Islamic extremists and launchpad for attacks.
  • AMERICAS: World’s top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Sinaloa cartel, was arrested by US and Mexican authorities.
  • ASIA: The Taliban killed 20 Afghan soldiers, kidnapped seven in pre-dawn attack, straining Afghan-Pakisani relations.
  • EUROPE: Istanbul police used tear gas and water cannon against a crowd of 3,000 gathered to protest new law tightening state control of the Internet.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Deadly car bomb killed at least 15 near hospital in Syria-Turkey bordertown, Atmeh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The personal email account of Colombian President Santos was hacked by unknown parties.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Protesters remain in Kiev as MPs continue to meet.
    • Ukraine parliament sets 25FEB as deadline for new government.
    • Parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov appointed interim president.
    • President Yanukovych arch-rival Julia Tymoshenko released from jail, encourages protestors to stay.
    • EU, NATO welcome deal, support new government.
    • Situation in the Northeast city of Kharkov worsens as protestors grow to 3,000.
    • President Yanukovych ousted, whereabouts still unknown.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, ITAR-TASS, KUNA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A RPG exploded near Tunisia consulate Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military closed the border with Cameroon to remove haven for Islamic extremists and launchpad for attacks. (AP)
  • Sudan, South: The army said three rebel attacks were repelled on city of Bor, gateway to the capital Juba. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Rival protesters clashed in Rio de Janeiro’s biggest slum over how government investment should be used. (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities captured 26 rebels and gang members, including FARC leader Betancourt. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: World’s top drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of Sinaloa cartel, was arrested by US and Mexican authorities. (WP)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of thousands took to Caracas streets in mass rallies in support of and against government. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: CNN can stay as President Maduro countermands previous order to expel news organization from country. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three Chinese ships sailed through disputed waters off the Japanese-controlled Senkaku islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban killed 20 Afghan soldiers, kidnapped seven in pre-dawn attack, straining Afghan-Pakisani relations. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Remote-control bomb hit police vehicle in Peshawar, killing minimum five and injuring several. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Warplanes strike Taliban hideouts in northwest region killing 18 militants. (AP)
  • South Korea: The country said it would conduct ‘low-key’ military drills with US amid ongoing reunion of families separated by 1950-53 conflict with the DPRK. (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: Explosion at Bangkok site between pro and anti-government protestors injured at least 24. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: FM Didier Reynders is in Tehran and has met with Iranian leaders, including President Rouhani. (AFP)
  • Spain: A woman convicted of inciting terror over Twitter. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Istanbul police used tear gas and water cannon against a crowd of 3,000 gathered to protest new law tightening state control of the Internet. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia is seeking Pakistani arms to provide Syrian rebels in hopes to topple President al-Assad. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Jihadist Al-Nusra Front claimed responsibility for 22FEB suicide bombing of army checkpoint in Hermel. (AFP)
  • Syria: Deadly car bomb killed at least 15 near hospital in Syria-Turkey border town, Atmeh. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Intelligence officer Colonel Ahmad Hashim was shot dead by unknown gunmen in city of Ataq in southern Shabwa province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The personal email account of Colombian President Santos hacked by unknown parties. (AFP)
  • Technology: WhatsApp service crashed three days after Facebook acquisition, restored hours later. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report.
  • 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)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24FEB)

  • Global: RSA Conference (Infomation/Cyber Security) USA 2014 in San Francisco, CA (to 28FEB)
  • Estonia: Independence Day
  • Greece: Stalled negotiations between Athens and international creditors over austerity plan to resume
  • Israel and Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will travel to Israel for bilateral talks
  • Palestinian Territories: Russian FM Lavrov hosts PLO Executive Committee Member Saeb Ererakat to discuss the Palestinian-Israeli settlement

 

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