ONS: 25 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Approximately 700 supporters of ousted Egyptian President Morsi, including the supreme guide of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, are to appear in court.
  • AMERICAS: The Brazilian government said that the military will help occupy several shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security in an area currently controlled by violent drug trafficking outfits.
  • ASIA: Afghan militants launched a suicide attack near an election commission office close to the Kabul home of a leading candidate for the presidential poll.
  • EUROPE:  Eurostat reported that 435,000 asylum applicants were registered in the EU in 2013,100,000 more than the previous year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab leaders meeting in Kuwait are expected to back a Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal to drastically overhaul the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: G7 threatens intensified sanctions as support for Ukraine increases.
    • Japan is to give up to USD1.5 billion in financial aid to Ukraine.
    • World leaders cancelled an upcoming G8 meeting in Sochi and said it would be replaced by a G7 event that did not involve Moscow.
    • Russian President Putin’s spokesman said Russia is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels.
    • NATO Secretary-General Rasmussen said NATO is very concerned about a Russian military build-up on Ukraine’s borders.
    • US President Obama met with Kazakhstan’s President Nazarbayev on regional issues.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Approximately 700 supporters of ousted President Morsi, including the supreme guide of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, are to appear in court. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Food experts reported that the country is facing a possible food supply crisis this farming season with a predicted shorter rainy season, sectarian violence and greater demand from Niger. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Peace talks between the government and rebels resumed in Ethiopia. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The IMF approved a USD225 million loan to the country to assist in its political transition. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government said that the military will help occupy several shantytowns in Rio de Janeiro to guarantee security in an area currently controlled by violent drug trafficking outfits. (EFE)
  • Canada: A person returning to the country from western Africa was hospitalized after displaying symptoms consistent with those of the Ebola virus that has killed 59 people in Guinea. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: The Supreme Electoral Tribunal dismissed opposition claims of irregularities and confirmed the leftist ruling party candidate Salvador Ceren as president-elect. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The top United Nations envoy to the country Sandra Honore said that the country’s cholera outbreak is still the worst in the world. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Australian PM Abbott said substantial progress had been made in securing free trade agreements with its three largest export markets and a pact with Japan should be finalized within weeks. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Militants launched a suicide attack near an election commission office close to the Kabul home of a leading candidate for the presidential poll. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament gave approval to Mohammad Younus Qanooni as first Vice President to replace Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Anticipated direct peace dialogue between the government and the Taliban was postponed due to inclement weather. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou invited the leaders of a student protest movement to talks in a bid to resolve an impasse about a trade pact with China. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurostat reported that 435,000 asylum applicants were registered in the EU in 2013,100,000 more than the previous year. (Xinhua)
  • Estonia: Taavi Roivas from the Reform Party became the country’s new Prime Minister after parliament approval. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Inspectors from the European Commission and the European Central Bank arrived in the country to assess the current situation of the financial sector. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The Interior Ministry reported that a prominent member of a radical nationalist movement that played a key role in recent anti-government demonstrations was killed during a police operation to detain him. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Arab leaders meeting in Kuwait are expected to back a Palestinian refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. (AFP)
  • Iraq: At least 12 people were killed and 10 in attacks around the country. (EFE)
  • Syria: UNSG Ban Ki-moon blamed the government and opposition for escalating violence and blocking aid. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal to drastically overhaul the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gillian)
    • Location: 594 NM WNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 7 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • 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 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 (26MAR)

  • Global: Securities and Exchange Commission roundtable on cybersecurity
  • Brussels: European Union – United States Summit
  • Iran: UN report on the country to be presented to UN Human Rights Council.
  • Lithuania: Anniversary of Lithuania’s ascension to NATO – 2004

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