ONS: 27 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt reported that more than 25,000 Egyptians have left Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of beheadings.

  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, officers taking part in a navy-army-police joint operation seized 431 kg of cocaine in the southern province of Putumayo.

  • ASIA: In Bangladesh, hundreds of protesters gathered in Dhaka to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin.

  • EUROPE: The German parliament overwhelmingly backed a four-month extension of Greece’s bailout program by international creditors with a 542 to 32 vote.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced it has test fired a “new strategic weapon” in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FCC voted to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility.


TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Gas dispute with Russia continues ahead of UN meeting on crisis.

    • The UNSC is to hold an emergency session on the truce in Ukraine, a year to the day since Russian troops and pro-Moscow forces began seizing ports and cities in Crimea.

    • Reports indicated that separatist fighters moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers back from the front line with government troops in the first confirmed compliance with the cease-fire.

    • Monitors from the OSCE said that while they have seen weapon movements on both sides, it was too early to confirm that a full withdrawal was taking place.

    • Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz announced that it had paid USD15 million for another month of Russian gas, but Moscow said that the sum will only be enough for an additional day of deliveries.

    • Russia confirmed that it will attend talks with the EU and Ukraine on Monday aimed at resolving the gas supply dispute.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters


AFRICA

  • Region: Egypt reported that more than 25,000 Egyptians have left Libya since the Islamic State group posted a video earlier this month of beheadings. (AFP)

  • DR Congo: The ICC upheld the acquittal of ex-militia leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui, freed more than two years ago on war crimes charges. (AFP)

  • Lesotho: Authorities said the army will be confined to barracks when the country votes in a snap election to break a political deadlock after an attempted coup last August. (AFP)

  • Somalia: Four Thai fishermen held hostage by pirates for nearly four years were released. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Region: The US Justice Department reported that three alleged arms traffickers accused of conspiring to provide weapons to Colombian rebels for the purpose of killing Americans have been extradited to the US. (AFP)

  • Colombia: Officers taking part in a navy-army-police joint operation seized 431 kg of cocaine in the southern province of Putumayo. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: Some 2,500 people marched in Mexico City marking the fifth month since the disappearance of 43 students the government said were killed by a police-linked drug gang. (AFP)


ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Hundreds of protesters gathered in Dhaka to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin. (AFP)

  • China: The Foreign Ministry defended its activities in the South China Sea as restrained and responsible after the US called its expansion of outposts in the region an “aggressive” effort to assert sovereignty. (AP)

  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea promised to wage a “merciless, sacred war” against the US, days before the launch of annual joint South Korea-US military exercises. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Two militant suspects facing trial for the killing of 10 foreign climbers two years ago escaped from jail. (Reuters)

  • Philippines: Five soldiers were killed and six others were injured in an ambush staged by suspected New People’s Army rebels in Ilocos Sur. (Xinhua)


EUROPE

  • Denmark: Police said they have arrested a third man suspected of assisting a gunman who killed two people in attacks in Copenhagen this month. (AP)

  • Germany: Parliament overwhelmingly backed a four-month extension of Greece’s bailout program by international creditors with a 542 to 32 vote. (AP)

  • Spain: Police arrested eight citizens who they said had returned from fighting alongside pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine. (AFP)

  • Turkey: Local media reported that police detained man who claimed to have explosives attached on his body outside the US Consulate in Istanbul. (AP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: International investigators said that in order for the Islamic State to remain financially viable it would have to further expand territory it controls in Iraq and Syria and take over more resources. (Reuters)

  • Iran: The Revolutionary Guard announced it has test fired a “new strategic weapon” in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill. (AP)

  • Iraq: Rights groups reported that Islamic State militants abducted, injured and killed thousands of civilians across the country in a bid to eradicate the country’s ethnic and religious minorities. (Reuters)

  • Yemen: Security officials said that gunmen attacked a military vehicle in Lahj province, killing all four soldiers inside it. (AP)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US FCC voted to regulate broadband Internet service as a public utility. (NYT)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14s (Glenda)

    • Location: 573 NM ESE of Port Louis Mauritius

    • Movement: S at 8 mph

    • Winds: 52 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico

    • Ash cloud prompting flight delays. (Euronews)

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 22,894 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)

      • Deaths: 9,177 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC

    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas

      • Suspected Cases as of 06FEB: 1,172,787 (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: 25,255

      • Deaths as of 06FEB: 181 (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 26FEB: 1030 (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 and the US)

      • Deaths as of 26FEB: 381 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2


TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28FEB)

  • Kuwait: Gulf War ends – 1991

  • Lesotho: Lesotho national elections

  • Sweden: Anniversary of Swedish PM’s assassination – 1986

  • United Kingdom: “Anti-Islamisation” PEGIDA group has said it’s planning to hold a march in Newcastle


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