ONS: 24 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US is sending 150 Special Forces troops along with military aircraft to Uganda to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony.
  • AMERICAS: The US Embassy in Venezuela partially suspended the issuance of tourist visas because President Maduro’s recent expulsion of diplomats left it understaffed
  • ASIA: Japan is to announce that it will turn over to the US more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium.
  • EUROPE: US President Obama arrived in the Netherlands for two days of meetings with other world leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gunmen in Yemen killed at least 20 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Hadramawt province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cisco Systems Inc. said it plans to begin offering “cloud” computing service to corporate customers, pledging to spend USD1 billion over the next two years to enter the market currently led by Amazon.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia takes another base in Crimea.
    • Russian troops stormed the naval base in Feodosia using armored personnel carriers and stun grenades
    • The spokesman of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry for Crimea Seleznyov said that three Russian vehicles left the base carrying Ukrainian marines.
    • Acting President Turchnynov said the country’s troops stationed in Crimea will be pulled from the region.
    • Crimea’s First Deputy PM Temirgaliyev said that all troops loyal to Ukraine had left their bases on the Crimea peninsula.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-3, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Morsi to death after a mass trial. (AFP)
  • Guinea: UNICEF reported that an Ebola epidemic has spread to Conakry while the government claimed that the cases in the capital were not Ebola. (AFP)
  • Uganda: The US is sending 150 Special Forces troops along with military aircraft to the country to help in the search for warlord Joseph Kony. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: Immigration officers barred a woman of Haitian descent who is fighting for Dominican citizenship from flying to the US to meet with a human rights body. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The US Embassy partially suspended the issuance of tourist visas because President Maduro’s recent expulsion of diplomats left it understaffed. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Attorney General Ortega said some security force members have committed “excesses” in dealing with anti-government protesters, but insisted most officers are following the law. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea’s Defense Ministry said that time was not ripe yet for signing a military intelligence pact with Japan (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry said police have killed 14 Taliban militants and arrested 12 others across the country over the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The country is to announce that it will turn over to the US more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a large quantity of highly enriched uranium. (NYT)
  • Taiwan: Riot police used water cannons during an operation to disperse hundreds of demonstrators protesting against a controversial China trade pact who had stormed government headquarters. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Anti-government demonstrators resumed street protests. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: US President Obama arrived in the Netherlands for two days of meetings with other world leaders at the Nuclear Security Summit. (AP)
  • France: A regional official on Corsica was shot dead after supporting his daughter’s bid for election to a municipal post. (AFP)
  • Georgia: The US voiced concern over authorities’ decision to call former President Saakashvili for questioning in multiple criminal investigations. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Suspected Jewish extremists punctured the tires of dozens of Palestinian cars in the latest so-called “price tag” hate crime. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: A security source reported that twenty-six people have been killed in 12 days of clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus fighters in Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that opposition fighters took Kassab in Latakia province. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed at least 20 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Hadramawt province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Cisco Systems Inc. said it plans to begin offering “cloud” computing service to corporate customers, pledging to spend USD1 billion over the next two years to enter the market currently led by Amazon. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gillian)
    • Location: 672 NM WNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 11 mph
    • Winds: 138 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 87km (54mi) NW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 34.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 20MAR: 198 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 20MAR: 84 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25MAR)

  • Bangladesh: Bangladesh Independence Day – 1971
  • Greece: Greek Independence Day – 1821
  • Kuwait: Arab Summit (to 26MAR)
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Saudi King Faisal assassinated – 1975

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