ONS: 23 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 23, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Doctors Without Borders published a report criticizing the international community’s slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador’s National Secretariat of Communications denied that President Correa had accused the US of trying to destabilize his government by infiltrating it with spies.
  • ASIA: Singapore’s Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean indefinitely banned protests and other gatherings at the country’s sole free-speech park, declaring it a zone for honoring the late former PM Lee Kuan Yew.
  • EUROPE: In France, an alliance lead by former president Nicolas Sarkozy took first place with 32.5 percent of the vote in local polls, while the National Front (FN) of Marine Le Pen came second with 25.4 percent.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US spokesman said that the US will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Marine Corps urged “vigilance” after a group claiming to be ISIS hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them.

 

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Government to hold meetings with foreign leaders as debt concerns rise.
    • German Chancellor Merkel will hold talks with Greek PM Tsipras who has blamed her insistence on tough austerity for his country’s “humanitarian crisis” of poverty and mass unemployment.
    • PM Tsipras warned German Chancellor Merkel in a letter earlier this month that Athens will not be able to service its debt without financial help from the EU.
    • Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos insisted that Greece will not receive any money until it implements all its proposed reforms.
    • The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Greek Deputy PM Ioannis Dragasakis will visit China this week at the invitation of Chinese vice premier Ma Kai.
    • PM Tsipras is scheduled to visit Moscow on April 8 after being invited to talks by Russian President Putin.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, DPA, The Guardian, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Doctors Without Borders published a report criticizing the international community’s slow response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A Tunisian defense official says one soldier has been killed and three others wounded when a mine blew up their vehicle in a mountainous area known to be a refuge for al-Qaida linked Islamic radicals. (AP)
  • Uganda: A police official said that five madrassas across the country were shut down over allegations they were training students to become extremists. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A senior government official said that PM Harper will talk about his plan to expand the country’s military mission against ISIS at a meeting with NATO SG Stoltenberg. (AP)
  • Ecuador: The National Secretariat of Communications denied that President Correa had accused the US of trying to destabilize his government by infiltrating it with spies. (AFP)
  • Peru: The government fired the executive director of the National Intelligence Directorate and accepted the resignation of the national intelligence director after the press published alleged information gathered by spying on public personalities. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Anti-terror police arrested five men who allegedly arranged for a group of mostly women and children to try and enter Syria to join ISIS. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Okinawa prefectural government ordered the suspension of underwater work for a relocation site for the US Futenma airbase. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South and North Korea blocked access to their Kaesong joint industrial zone after a fire broke out near a cross-border road and spread across the border. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country held its first national day military parade in seven years, with mobile phone networks in the capital disabled to thwart potential bomb attacks. (Reuters)
  • Singapore: Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean indefinitely banned protests and other gatherings at the country’s sole free-speech park, declaring it a zone for honoring the late former PM Lee Kuan Yew. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: British Defense Secretary Fallon said that NATO members Romania and Britain will not be intimidated by threats against members of the military alliance following comments by Russia’s ambassador to Denmark Mikhail Vanin. (AP)
  • France: An alliance lead by former president Nicolas Sarkozy took first place with 32.5 percent of the vote in local polls, while the National Front (FN) of Marine Le Pen came second with 25.4 percent. (AFP)
  • Moldova: A pro-Russian politician who favors closer ties with Moscow was elected governor of the semi-autonomous Gagauzia region. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman invited Iraqi PM Abadi to visit the kingdom. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A US spokesman said that the US will not take the floor at the main UN human rights forum during the annual debate on violations committed in the Palestinian territories. (Reuters)
  • Syria: HRW said that armed opposition groups, among them jihadists but also Western-backed rebels, have indiscriminately targeted civilians. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Soldiers loyal to President Hadi clashed with dozens of Houthi militiamen heading for Aden. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Marine Corps urged “vigilance” after a group claiming to be ISIS hackers published what they said were the names and addresses of 100 military personnel and urged supporters to kill them. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location: 210 NM ENE of Darwin, Australia
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 33km SE of Putre, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 120.9 km
    • Map
  • 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 20MAR: 1075 (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 20MAR: 404 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAR)

  • Afghanistan and United States: US President Obama to host Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah
  • United States: Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska – 1989

 

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