ONS: 26 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 26, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Ugandan government said it was boosting security over threats by Somalia’s Shebab militants, hours after the US embassy in Kampala warned its citizens of a possible imminent terror attack.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador said that President Correa could boycott next month’s Summit of the Americas over US “lack of respect” for Latin America.
  • ASIA: North Korea criticized the proposed deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, calling it a Cold War-era move to “contain” China and Russia.
  • EUROPE: The UN reported that the he number of people seeking asylum across the world reached a 20-year high, with the bulk of asylum seekers traveling to Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN reported that the long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU regulators plan to open a year-long investigation into e-commerce as part of efforts to do away with barriers and boost cross-border trade in the bloc.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Saudi Arabia launches airstrikes on Houthi rebels, gathers military coalition.
    • Saudi warplanes bombed Houthi rebels in Yemen, launching a military intervention by a 10-nation coalition to prevent the fall of President Hadi.
    • A civil defense source said that at least 13 civilians were killed when seven homes near an air base were hit.
    • Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and the UAE along with Saudi Arabia said they “have decided to answer the call of President Hadi to protect Yemen and his people from the aggression of the (Shiite) Houthi militia”.
    • Sudan and Jordan also confirmed joining the Saudi-led Yemen operation, while Pakistan said it was “examining” a request to join the coalition.
    • Iran condemned Saudi Arabia for launching air strikes, saying it was “a dangerous step” that violated “international responsibilities and national sovereignty.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Guinea:  The government urged a dialogue after the three main opposition leaders called for renewed protests against President Conde over upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The government said that hundreds of civilians, including many children, have been abducted and are being used as human shields by Boko Haram. (AP)
  • Uganda: The government said it was boosting security over threats by Somalia’s Shebab militants, hours after the US embassy in Kampala warned its citizens of a possible imminent terror attack. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government declared a state of emergency and sent the army to the Atacama region to take control after heavy rains flooded towns. (AFP)
  • Cuba: A delegation of US telecommunication officials arrived in Havana to meet with their local counterparts as part of talks to restore full diplomatic relations between the countries. (AP)
  • Ecuador: The government said that President Correa could boycott next month’s Summit of the Americas over US “lack of respect” for Latin America. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Japan: Local media reported that FM Fumio Kishida could visit Cuba next month for talks on closer relations. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government criticized the proposed deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, calling it a Cold War-era move to “contain” China and Russia. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A spokesman for militant group Lashkar-e-Islam denied reports by intelligence officials that he was among 30 fighters killed in air strikes in the northwestern Khyber region. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government said it would resume repair and reconstruction works in the disputed South China Sea amid an ongoing territorial dispute with China. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police killed four suspected militant separatists after raiding the hideout of an insurgent group operating in the south of the country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN reported that the he number of people seeking asylum across the world reached a 20-year high, with the bulk of asylum seekers traveling to Europe. (NYT)
  • Greece: Economy Minister Stathakis said he believed the government would reach a deal with its euro zone peers on planned reforms next week. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Parliament is to consider a prosecutors’ request to proceed with legal actions against the only lawmaker who voted against the annexation of Crimea and is suspected of embezzlement. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior US State Department official said that it was possible to conclude a new accord on the country’s nuclear program by early next week. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: The UN reported that the long-running conflict with Israel claimed the lives of more Palestinian civilians in 2014 than any year since 1967. (AFP)
  • Syria: The OPCW chemical watchdog reported that the government has destroyed three of its 12 chemical weapons production sites but is unable to dismantle three other facilities because of security conditions. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: EU regulators plan to open a year-long investigation into e-commerce as part of efforts to do away with barriers and boost cross-border trade in the bloc. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (27MAR)

  • Tajikistan: National Assembly elections

 

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