ONS: 24 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian media reported that a Cairo court acquitted deposed President Mubarak’s prime minister and interior minister in a corruption case.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Attorney General’s Office announced it is asking the Constitutional Court to declare the country’s agreement on cooperation and information security with NATO to be without merit.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, gunmen abducted 30 Shiite men who were travelling by bus through southern Zabul province.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested four people suspected of working to recruit militants and spread propaganda for the Islamic State group.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, monitoring groups reported that militants from the Islamic State group kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NSA chief ADM Rogers said intelligence services need access to encrypted devices to thwart terrorism and called for greater cooperation.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Rebels claim to pull back weapons ahead of new meeting on ceasefire status.
    • Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine said they have begun a large-scale pullback of heavy weapons in line with an international peace plan.
    • Foreign ministers from Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France are to gather to try to revive the ceasefire as Russian President Putin ruled out an “apocalyptic scenario” of all-out war.
    • Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom warned it could cut off gas deliveries to Ukraine within two days.
    • Poland’s Parliament speaker Sikorski said that Russian President Putin’s support of separatists in eastern Ukraine has backfired on him by stoking greater nationalism elsewhere in the country.
    • EU foreign policy chief Mogherini said the European-brokered ceasefire deal remains the only way to secure peace in Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Local media reported that a Cairo court acquitted deposed President Mubarak’s prime minister and interior minister in a corruption case. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the Ministry of Agriculture launched a joint project. (Xinhua)
  • Liberia: The IMF approved a new USD82.1 million financing package for the country. (Xinhua)
  • Mozambique: The government extended the mission of foreign military observers deployed across the country since October to ensure post-election peace. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Finance Minister Levy said the country’s under-performing economy is fundamentally sound and is simply undergoing “re-engineering.” (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Attorney General’s Office announced it is asking the Constitutional Court to declare the country’s agreement on cooperation and information security with NATO to be without merit. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The ruling Communist Party agreed to hold a party congress in April 2016 and approve a new electoral law. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Foreign Secretary Meade said the country will send a note to the Vatican to protest purported comments by Pope Francis worrying about a possible “Mexicanization” of Argentina. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen abducted 30 Shiite men who were travelling by bus through southern Zabul province. (AFP)
  • Burma: Dozens of prisoners were injured in a firefight between rebels and soldiers in Shan state. (AFP)
  • India: Defense Minister Parrikar will meet with French Defense Minister Le Drian on a stalled deal for 126 Rafale fighter jets. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: President Widodo said foreign nations should not interfere in his country’s right to use the death penalty amid pressure from the leaders of Australia, Brazil and France. (BBC)
  • Korea, South: The government and the US said they would hold their annual joint military exercises on 02MAR. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: A security source reported that at least five drones were spotted flying over central Paris landmarks during the night and police were unable to catch the operators. (AFP)
  • Greece: Eurogroup chief Dijsselbloem said the country’s new government is committed to reforms ahead of further negotiations. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Police arrested four people suspected of working to recruit militants and spread propaganda for the Islamic State group. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government accused the UK of being too late to inform authorities over the departure to its territory of three teenage British girls feared to be on their way to Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Bombings in and around Baghdad killed at least eight people. (AP)
  • Iraq: New Zealand’s PM Key said it will send troops to the country on a ‘behind-the-wire” non-combat mission to boost the local military’s ability to fight the Islamic State group. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops shot dead a 19-year-old Palestinian man during unrest at a refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (AFP)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that militants from the Islamic State group kidnapped at least 90 Assyrian Christians. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi retracted his resignation after escaping house arrest in the militia-controlled capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: NSA chief ADM Rogers said intelligence services need access to encrypted devices to thwart terrorism and called for greater cooperation. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Fourteen)
    • Location: 546 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 22,894 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 9,177 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (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: 25,255
      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 23FEB: 1026 (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 and the US)
      • Deaths as of 23FEB: 376 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25FEB)

  • Cyprus and Russia: Delegations of Cyprus and Russia to meet over two countries’ Intergovernmental Commission for Economic Cooperation
  • Europe Region: The Energy Union framework strategy is scheduled for adoption
  • Iraq: Anniversary of ‘Day of Rage’ protests and clashes in Iraq – 2011

 

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