ONS: 27 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants armed with grenade launchers and explosives razed a town in Adamawa state and killed two people.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, at least 2,000 people demonstrated in support of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in his northwestern home state of Sinaloa.
  • ASIA: The Japanese Red Cross Society said government officials from Japan and North Korea will hold talks in China on 03MAR.
  • EUROPE: The junior party in Cyprus’ governing coalition pulled out over disagreement with President Anastasiades on his handling of new peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US reported that the Syrian regime has arrested relatives of the opposition’s delegation to the Geneva peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bitcoin values rebounded despite investigations into the collapse of a major exchange and a call by a US senator to ban the “highly unstable” virtual currency.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Crimea parliament seized by pro-Russia gunmen.
    • Crimean premier Mohilyov said that up to 50 armed pro-Russian gunmen took control of the parliament and government headquarters in the region and raised the Russian flags over them.
    • Deposed President Yanukovych said he still considers himself to be the country’s head of state but asked Russia to ensure his personal security.
    • A high-ranking source told Russian news agencies that Russia has ensured the personal security of Yanukovych on its territory.
    • Ukraine’s acting President Turchynov warned that any troop movements by Russia in Crimea “will be considered as military aggression”.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen warned Russia not take any action over Crimea that could stoke tensions in the Ukraine crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants armed with grenade launchers and explosives razed a town in Adamawa state and killed two people. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A car bomb exploded near the national intelligence headquarters in Mogadishu killing at least nine people. (CNN)
  • Sudan, South: HRW reported that war crimes have been committed by all sides in the ongoing conflict between rebels and the government. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bahamas: Authorities rescued a group of 170 Haitian and two Dominican migrants after their boat capsized in territorial waters. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The cabinet resigned en masse in response to a request by President Correa ahead of an anticipated reshuffle. (DPA)
  • Mexico: At least 2,000 people demonstrated in support of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in his northwestern home state of Sinaloa. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The opposition rejected crisis talks the government called to try to halt three weeks of protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Red Cross Society said government officials from Japan and North Korea will hold talks in China on 03MAR. (AFP)
  • Region: Outgoing US Ambassador to China Gary Locke said China and Japan must ease tensions in the disputed East China Sea to avoid severe “unintended consequences”. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Hundreds of protesters rallied to call on President Karzai to wage an all-out war against the Taliban. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The country’s top security advisor Sartaj Aziz said that the ongoing targeted air strikes against militants in the Waziristan tribal region are effective. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Supporters of embattled PM Shinawatra chained shut the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission a day before it plans to charge her. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The junior party in the governing coalition pulled out over disagreement with President Anastasiades over his handling of new peace talks with the Turkish Cypriots. (AFP)
  • Germany: A court cleared former President Wulff of influence-peddling. (AP)
  • Portugal: Representatives of the country’s international lenders met with lawmakers, members of employer organizations and trade unions as part of their 11th assessment of the country’s implementation of its bailout program. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that three policemen were killed in operations against drug smugglers in the south and east of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians as they closed in on a home in the occupied West Bank in an arrest attempt. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A senior official rejected US moves to extend an April deadline for talks with Israel to culminate in a framework peace deal. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US reported that the regime has arrested relatives of the opposition’s delegation to the Geneva peace talks. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bitcoin values rebounded despite investigations into the collapse of a major exchange and a call by a US senator to ban the “highly unstable” virtual currency. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 138km NNW of Amukta Island, Alaska
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 264.7 km
    • Map
  • 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 (28FEB)

  • Global: Anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation – 2013
  • Global: Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain
  • Colombia: Colombian government and guerrilla representatives peace talks in Havana
  • Kuwait: Anniversary of end of Gulf War – 1991
  • Taiwan: Anniversary of 1947 massacre – 1947
  • Hinduism: Shrivatari

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