ONS: 25 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school overnight killing 29 pupils.

  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government announced it will nominate an ambassador to Washington on 25FEB.

  • ASIA: Pakistani fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in the northwest killing at least 30.

  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan’s office said voice recordings on YouTube purportedly of Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money were fake and “completely untrue”.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The leader of Nusra Front gave rival al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a five-day ultimatum to seek arbitration by leading clerics or be expelled from the region.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Authorities push back formation of new government to Thursday.

    • Parliamentary speaker and interim president Oleksandr Turchynov said that a new government should be in place by Thursday.

    • Russia questioned the legitimacy of the interim leadership, charging that it used a peace deal brokered by Europe to make a power grab and to suppress dissent through “terrorist methods.”

    • EU foreign policy chief Ashton called on Russia to allow Ukraine to move forward in the way it chooses.

    • The Obama administration said that President Yanukovych is not actively leading the country as US officials began preparing for a potential aid package.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Ghana: President Mahama is set to unveil economic reforms in a state of the union speech. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Gunmen from Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school overnight killing 29 pupils. (Reuters)

  • Nigeria: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) cautioned politicians against early campaigning for the 2015 elections. (Xinhua)

  • Sudan: Two policemen were killed and three injured when an armed group attacked a police station inside Al-Salam IDP camp in Darfur. (Xinhua)

  • Uganda: US Secretary Kerry said the US is beginning a review of its relationship with the country after it enacted a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Defense Minister Pinzon said the National Liberation Army (ELN) was behind the attack on a leftist presidential candidate. (Reuters)

  • Venezuela: The government announced it will nominate an ambassador to Washington on 25FEB. (AFP)

  • Venezuela: The government launched a new foreign currency exchange system that allows two different exchange rates to be applied to the public and private sectors. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three students were killed by a bomb hidden in a motorcycle in front of their school in Helmand province. (DPA)

  • Burma: A report released by Southeast Asia-based human rights organization Fortify Rights alleged that the government has official policies that deny Rohingya Muslims the same rights as others in the country. (WSJ)

  • Korea, South: President Park Geun Hye vowed to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Fighter jets targeted Taliban hideouts in the northwest killing at least 30. (AFP)

  • Thailand: Top security and army officials warned the country risks sliding into civil war after a wave of political violence. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Households and businesses across the country suffered power cuts on as workers at the state electricity utility continued to strike over government privatisation plans. (DPA)

  • Russia: More than 400 protesters are due in court a day after police detained them at a central Moscow rally. (AFP)

  • Turkey: PM Erdogan’s office said voice recordings on YouTube purportedly of Erdogan telling his son to dispose of large sums of money were fake and “completely untrue”. (Reuters)

  • United Kingdom: British police said they arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offenses. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior military official said the country has analyzed Israeli strikes during the 2006 war in Lebanon to boost its own defense capabilities against the US and Israel. (AP)

  • Israel: Police entered the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City to disperse stone-throwing Palestinian protesters. (AFP)

  • Jordan: Opposition Islamists called on the government to freeze a 1994 peace treaty with Israel. (AFP)

  • Syria: The leader of Nusra Front gave rival al-Qaeda breakaway Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant a five-day ultimatum to seek arbitration by leading clerics or be expelled from the region. (AP)

  • Yemen: The UNSC is set to adopt a resolution ordering sanctions against figures seeking to undermine the country’s state-building drive. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website. (Reuters)

 

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 (26FEB)

  • Kuwait: Anniversary of end of Iraqi occupation – 1991

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of US troop withdrawal – 1984

  • Sri Lanka: Asia Energy Security Summit (to 28FEB)

  • Sudan: Turkish Deputy PM Isler opens foreign aid project in Darfur

  • United States: Anniversary of NY World Trade Center bombings – 1993

 

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