ONS: 23 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: At least 17 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram members threw a grenade into a fish marked in the northern state of Borno in Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Four people were killed and 16 wounded in a bomb attack on a newly-opened drug-rehab center in Colombia.
  • ASIA: Students occupying the Taiwan’s legislative building vowed to prolong the protest, demanding a constitutional congress solve the political crisis over foreign trade.
  • EUROPE: At least 100 people were injured in clashes between police and rioters after a protests against the austerity plans of the Spanish government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria-related clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Assad prompted Lebanese troops to deploy to a Beirut neighborhood.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NSA infiltrated servers of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communication of top executives.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Violence spreads in Crimea ahead of further discussions between the West and Moscow.
    • Armed forces backed by armored vehicles stormed a Ukrainian air base in Crimea, firing automatic weapons into the air.
    • A group of armed pro-Russian men seized control of the Slavutich navy ship in Crimea.
    • A Ukrainian far-right paramilitary group, which played a key role in protests against ousted President Yanukovych, said it formed a political party.
    • Russian FM Lavrov and US Secretary of State Kerry will discuss the Ukraine crisis on the sidelines of the upcoming nuclear summit in the Hague.
    • Sources: AFPAFP-2AFP-3AFP-4

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Prominent leftwing activist Alaa Abdel Fattah will stand trial amid a crackdown on protests by the country’s new military-installed regime. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Attackers shot dead three people and injured at least 10 when they burst into a church service near the port city of Mombasa. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 17 people were killed when suspected Boko Haram members threw a grenade into a fish marked in the northern state of Borno. (DPA)
  • Somalia: Government forces and AU troops took control of a key southern town as they closed in on a major bastion of al Shebab rebels. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Santiago to urge President Bachelet to carry out her left-leaning reform program. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Four people were killed and 16 wounded in a bomb attack on a newly-opened drug-rehab center in Medellin. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opponents of the government marched in Caracas and other cities to demand the release of two arrested leaders. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: PM Abe indicated that he wanted Tokyo and Seoul to put wartime enmities behind them ahead of his first meeting with South Korean President Park. (AFP)
  • India: Police said they had arrested a key terror suspect of the home-grown Islamist militant group Indian Mujahideen. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country says it will not release two top leaders of a violent communist rebel group. (AP)
  • Taiwan: Students occupying the country’s legislative building vowed to prolong the protest, demanding a constitutional congress solve the political crisis over foreign trade. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: German customs officials intercepted a cocaine delivery from South America on its way to the Vatican. (UPI)
  • France: Voters began casting ballots in the first round of municipal elections set to test the resiliency of the country’s governing Socialists. (AP)
  • Spain: At least 100 people were injured in clashes between police and rioters after a protest against the austerity plans of the government. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Dozens of newspapers suspended printing to protest a presidential guard’s killing of a prominent radio journalist. (DPA)
  • Lebanon: Clashes between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Assad prompted Lebanese troops to deploy to a Beirut neighborhood. (AP)
  • Syria: Army units ambushed and killed a group of opposition fighters near Damascus, saying that the group had crossed into the country from neighboring Jordan. (LAT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: The NSA infiltrated servers of Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies, obtaining sensitive information and monitoring the communication of top executives. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Four)
    • Location: 225 NM NE of Zamboanga, Philippines
    • Movement: WSW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gilian)
    • Location: 420 NM NE of Cocos Island, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 96 km WNW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 15.2 km
    • Map
  • 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 (24MAR)

  • Global: IAEA Convention on Nuclear Safety in Vienna, Austria
  • Libya: Anniversary of the first enforcement of the no-fly zone imposed by the UN – 2011
  • Serbia: NATO intervenes in Serbia with airstrikes – 1999
  • United States: 9th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security ICIW-2014 (to 25MAR)
  • Venezuela: Indigenous Peoples National Peace Conference

 

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