ONS: 24 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi announced that he and his Cabinet have resigned.
  • AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Hagel plans to shrink the Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets.
  • ASIA: Unidentified gunmen killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Asmatullah Shaheen, who had a government bounty on his head.
  • EUROPE:  Police in Russia detained hundreds of protesters outside a court that sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years for demonstrations against Putin’s third presidential inauguration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition from Syria and arrested five people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The head of Toyko-based bitcoin exchange MtGox resigned from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government issues arrest warrant for Yanukovych.
    • The acting government issued a warrant for the arrest of President Yanukovych for the “mass murder” of protesters.
    • Acting Interior Minister Avakov said Yanukovych had tried to flee the country out of the eastern city of Donetsk before travelling on to Crimea.
    • Interim Finance Minister Kolobov said the country will need USD35 billion in urgent foreign assistance and asked Western donors to convene an international conference within two weeks.
    • British Finance Minister Osborne said the EU stands ready to provide vital financial aid to the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, LAT, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Interim PM Hazem el-Beblawi announced that he and his Cabinet have resigned. (AP)
  • Egypt: Fourteen militants were killed and 23 others arrested during a three-day raid by the army on militant hideouts in North Sinai. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Five bodies thought be the remains of soldiers murdered over their allegiance to overthrown President Toure were exhumed near Bamako. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal denied reports that he had planned to defect to the main opposition party All Progressives Congress (APC). (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: Former judge and government critic Evode Uwizeyimana said that several quotes he had given to international radio stations about the Kigali government were “fiction” and “not something I fully believed in.” (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US government official said that cellphone intercepts and a drone were used in the US-backed operation that led to the arrest of Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos confirmed that more than a thousand of his personal emails had been hacked. (AFP)
  • United States: Defense Secretary Hagel plans to shrink the Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro called for crisis talks in an attempt to defuse weeks of anti-government protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines accused China’s coast guard of firing water cannons at Filipino fishermen for the first time to drive them away from a disputed sea shoal. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Police killed a Taliban commander in northern Jauzjan province. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea offered North Korea help with an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in pigs in what would be the first government-level humanitarian help since 2010. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Unidentified gunmen killed a senior commander of the Pakistani Taliban, Asmatullah Shaheen, who had a government bounty on his head. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The national police chief said a commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was arrested. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Stalled negotiations between the government and its international creditors over the country’s austerity plan are set to resume. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police detained hundreds of protesters outside a court that sentenced seven activists to prison terms of up to four years for demonstrations against Putin’s third presidential inauguration. (AFP)
  • Spain: An Interior Ministry official reported that 500 sub-Saharan migrants stormed a barbed-wire border fence in a bid to enter Spain’s northwest African enclave of Melilla. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Two homemade bombs exploded overnight in a Shiite village west of Manama as police clashed with rioters. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Border guards foiled an attempt to smuggle a large amount of ammunition from Syria and arrested five people. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, left for New York to undergo medical tests. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The head of Toyko-based bitcoin exchange MtGox resigned from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation. (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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25FEB)

  • Kuwait: Independence Day – 192
  • Yemen: Anniversary of anti-government protests – 2011

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