ONS: 26 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of African peacekeepers in the CAR Congolese General Mokoko said that vigilante groups known as “anti-balaka” will be considered and treated as “enemies”.

  • AMERICAS: Canadian health officials said a patient who was feared to have been infected by the Ebola virus while in West Africa does not have the virus.

  • ASIA: The US said the DPRK’s test firing of two medium-range missiles into the Sea of Japan represented “a troubling and provocative escalation.”

  • EUROPE: The French government is expected to sign multiple business deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first full day of his state visit.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Arab leaders called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict while the opposition had asked for “sophisticated” arms.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook said it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about USD2 billion in cash and shares.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions escalate as Russia solidifies control of Crimea.

    • Acting President Turchynov asked parliamentary approval for a set of military exercises with NATO partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia’s forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula.

    • Russia’s military chief of staff General Gerasimov announced in Moscow that his forces were now in full control of all 193 military bases Ukraine had in the Black Sea region.

    • Russia accused Ukrainian officials of barring crews of Russian commercial airlines from going outside of their aircraft in Ukrainian airports.

    • The US aid package of USD1 billion in loan guarantees neared final passage as early as this week.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Nkurunziza plans to run for a third term next year just days after parliament voted to preserve the constitutional two-term limit. (AFP)

  • Central African Republic: The head of African peacekeepers in the country Congolese General Mokoko said that vigilante groups known as “anti-balaka” will be considered and treated as “enemies”. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Authorities issued a shoot-to-kill order for anybody found perpetrating acts of terrorism in Mombasa amid increased surveillance.  (Xinhua)

  • Nigeria: Renewed violence between herdsmen and farmers in the center of the country killed seven. (AFP)

  • Sudan: The government suspended a UN program which gives job training and other assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in the east of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Health officials said a patient who was feared to have been infected by the Ebola virus while in West Africa does not have the virus. (NYT)

  • United States: Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden hailed proposed reforms to the policy of NSA collection of telephone metadata. (DPA)

  • Venezuela: The Supreme Court sentenced opposition politician Daniel Ceballos to one year in prison on charges of treason and civil rebellion. (Xinhua)

  • Venezuela: Students protesters camped outside the UN office in Caracas complaining the international community is siding with the government by not speaking out against rights abuses. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysian PM Razak will visit the Philippines to attend the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. (Xinhua)

  • Australia: Authorities seized USD6.4 million in cash and assets in raids on criminal groups across Queensland over the past two days. (Xinhua)

  • Korea, North: The US said the country’s test firing of two medium-range missiles into the Sea of Japan represented “a troubling and provocative escalation.” (AFP)

  • Pakistan: A cleric representing the Pakistani Taliban said a government team is en route to a secret location in the country’s northwest for the first-ever direct talks. (AP)

  • Philippines: An Army officer was killed and four soldiers wounded in an ambush staged by suspected leftist rebels. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Police said they had found a suspicious package on a public bus in Brussels near NATO headquarters on the day of the visit of US President Obama. (Reuters)

  • Finland: The Left Alliance quit the government after opposing cuts to welfare spending in the budget but the ruling coalition will retain a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)

  • France: The government is expected to sign multiple business deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first full day of his state visit. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Three police officers were wounded in clashes with gunmen linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Istanbul. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The military reported that navy ships fired on two suspected Palestinian smuggling boats off the Gaza coast. (AP)

  • Saudi Arabia: The US criticised the country for refusing a visa to a journalist working for Israeli media who planned to cover US President Obama’s visit to the kingdom. (AFP)

  • Syria: Local media reported that ongoing clashes between the army and militant groups in Latakia province have claimed the lives of over 500 rebels since Friday. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Arab leaders called for a political solution to the conflict while the opposition had asked for “sophisticated” arms. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Facebook said it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about USD2 billion in cash and shares. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 429km NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand

    • Magnitude: 6.5

    • Depth: 493.1 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 25MAR: 199 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 25MAR: 84 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAR)

  • Global:  AtlSecCon13 in Halifax, Canada (to March 28)

  • Brazil: Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation Annual Meeting in Costa do Sauipe

  • Ukraine: Diplomats present resolution before the UN General Assembly on current crisis in Crimea

 

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