ONS: 24 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian PM Essid dismissed six police commanders, including the capital’s police chief, for security failures brought to light after gunmen killed 20 tourists last week.
  • AMERICAS: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived in Cuba for an official two-day visit aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation.
  • ASIA:  Russia warned the US against sending ballistic missile defense system THAAD to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian Finance Minister Jaresko said that the country needs greater financial aid from the world’s biggest economies to prevent the country from becoming a failed state.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, at least 30 people were killed in clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Baida province.
  • TECHNOLOGY: India’s top court struck down a law that made posting “offensive” comments online a crime punishable by imprisonment.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Israel denies reports that it spied on nuclear talks.
    • The Wall Street Journal reported that Israel began eavesdropping on the talks last year and also acquired information from confidential briefings with US officials and diplomatic contacts in Europe.
    • Current and former US officials said the spying operation was part of a broader campaign by Israeli PM Netanyahu’s government to use specific information to build a case against the emerging terms of the deal.
    • A senior Israeli official said that the claims were “utterly false”.
    • Senior Israeli officials held talks on the Iran deal in Paris with senior members of the French government and are scheduled to go to London for talks with the British government.
    • Iran and the Group 5+1 are scheduled to resume nuclear talks on Wednesday.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A security official said that a roadside bomb struck an armored vehicle in the northeastern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least two soldiers. (AP)
  • Senegal: The son of former president Abdoulaye Wade was sentenced to six years in prison on corruption charges. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: The country’s Army chief ordered soldiers to remain in their barracks and to avoid involvement in a developing political crisis following the dismissal of the vice-president. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: PM Essid dismissed six police commanders, including the capital’s police chief, for security failures brought to light after gunmen killed 20 tourists last week. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Guatemala and Honduras set up a joint border task force to combat criminal gangs and address other causes of migration. (AP)
  • Colombia: The Army said on that an attack carried out by FARC rebels killed a solider and injured three others in Calamar municipality. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrived in the country for an official two-day visit aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Marines arrested a senior member of the Zetas drug cartel, Ramiro Perez Moreno, who sought to take over the gang after its leader was captured earlier this month. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A suspected US drone strike killed at least nine Pakistani militants in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen killed 13 passengers travelling on a bus in Wardak province. (AFP)
  • Burma: A senior member of the government said members of the US-based Carter Center and the EU will be invited to monitor a general election later this year. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Two intelligence officers were found shot dead, a day after being kidnapped by gunmen in Aceh. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Russia warned the US against sending ballistic missile defense system THAAD to the country, saying it could threaten regional security. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The government said it will present its proposed package of reforms to its euro zone partners by next Monday. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The US House of Representatives voted 348-48 to urge US President Obama to provide the country with lethal weapons to defend itself against Russian “aggression.” (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Finance Minister Jaresko said that the country needs greater financial aid from the world’s biggest economies to prevent the country from becoming a failed state. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A committee of lawmakers said that the country’s defense plans are inadequate to address the rise in global security threats. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Arab political leaders said that PM Netanyahu’s apology, for comments he made in last week’s national elections that offended members of the Arab community, was not enough. (AP)
  • Syria: An official said that PM Harper will announce a one-year extension of Canada’s military mission against ISIS and expand it to include air strikes on targets in the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: At least 30 people were killed in clashes between pro- and anti-government forces in Baida province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: India’s top court struck down a law that made posting “offensive” comments online a crime punishable by imprisonment. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 18P (Nathan)
    • Location: 88 NM E of Darwin, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at  8 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (25MAR)

  • Global: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • Bangladesh: Bangladesh Independence Day / Bangladesh Liberation War begins – 1971
  • Greece: Greek Independence Day – 1821
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of Saudi King Faisal assassinated – 1975
  • Christianity: Annunciation

 

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