ONS: 26 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 26 people to death for founding and leading a “terror group” that aimed to target ships in the Suez canal.
  • AMERICAS: Panama proposed that foreign ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) member countries meet to discuss the political turmoil in Venezuela.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani government unveiled its first ever counter-terrorism policy.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Gul signed into law a contested bill tightening the government’s grip on the judiciary.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy USD195 million worth of arms and ammunition from Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would give mobile phone users the right to “unlock” their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Riot police disbanded ahead of formation of new government.
    • Acting Interior Minister Avakov said he had disbanded the elite Berkut riot police that protesters blamed for most of the deaths in the Kiev protests.
    • The makeup of Ukraine’s new government will be announced Wednesday on Kiev’s Independence Square 1700 GMT.
    • The new, pro-Russian mayor of Sevastopol claimed that he had secured funding to keep paying elite Berkut riot police in his city.
    • Presidential and local elections are due to be held on May 25.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, CNN, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A criminal court sentenced 26 people to death for founding and leading a “terror group” that aimed to target ships in the Suez canal. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Prime Minister-designate Ibrahim Mahlab reappointed several ministers in his new government, including Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Security agents confiscated the weekly press run of an economic newspaper edited by a prominent government critic. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Doctors Without Borders reported that fighters in the country have looted hospitals and murdered patients in their beds. (AFP)
  • Uganda: UNSG Ban Ki- moon called on the country to repeal a new law imposing life terms on homosexuals. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama proposed that foreign ministers of the Organization of American States (OAS) member countries meet to discuss the political turmoil in Venezuela. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: A congressional committee recommended that former President Francisco Flores should undergo a criminal investigation for the alleged embezzlement of money donated by Taiwan. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Student protesters marched toward the Cuban embassy in another day of anti-government demonstrations in Caracas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US President Obama threatened to withdraw all US troops from the country by the end of this year if a security pact is not signed. (AP)
  • Japan: A report indicated that the ruling party wants to loosen self-imposed rules banning arms exports in a bid to boost the country’s defense influence. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government unveiled its first ever counter-terrorism policy. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government freed a top Muslim rebel whose recent arrest had threatened to jeopardize a peace deal. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul proposed inviting the UN to help resolve the current political conflict. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The country’s highest court scrapped the three-per-cent threshold for European elections. (DPA)
  • Russia: The Ruble fell to a new record low against the euro amid fears of a Ukrainian default and a slowdown in the economy. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Gul signed into law a contested bill tightening the government’s grip on the judiciary. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi officials gave contradictory accounts about whether or not Baghdad had agreed to buy USD195 million worth of arms and ammunition from Iran. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Hezbollah said it will respond to an Israeli air strike that hit one of its bases. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Local media reported that more than 100 rebels were killed by troops in an ambush. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US House of Representatives passed a bill that would give mobile phone users the right to “unlock” their devices and use them on competitors’ wireless networks. (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 (27FEB)

  • Dominican Republic: Independence Day – 1844
  • India: Iranian FM Zarif visits to bolster ties (to 28FEB)
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of Nigerians voting to break military rule – 1999
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra summoned by the National Anti-Corruption Commission for corruption charges
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of PM Ghannouchi resigning – 2011
  • Ukraine: Unity government due to be appointed
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of revolt lead by commander Hugo Chavez – 1989

 

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