ONS: 27 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Muslim Brotherhood leader said there can be no stability and security in Egypt under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police announced they had captured Hector Alonso Castro, believed to be the country’s largest distributor of synthetic drugs.
  • ASIA: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a pact with the government of the Philippines to end one of the region’s longest and deadliest conflicts.
  • EUROPE: US President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time for talks on fighting inequality.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Lebanese Army officer was shot dead in Tripoli during fighting between rival sects.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s Defense Ministry said it will increase the country’s internet security in response to recent reports that the US government spied on a major telecommunications firm.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: IMF announces loan ahead of UN vote.
    • The IMF announced a USD14-$18 billion bailout for the country aimed at keeping the country from going insolvent.
    • The Fund’s Ukrainian mission chief Nikolai Georgiyev said the rescue would be the key part of a broader package released by other governments and agencies amounting to USD27 billion over the next two years.
    • Ukraine is predicting that the UN General Assembly will adopt a resolution reaffirming the country’s territorial integrity and calling the referendum that led to Russia’s annexation of its Crimean Peninsula illegal.
    • US President Obama and NATO SG Rasmussen spoke out in favor of strengthening the alliance’s role in Eastern Europe.
    • The New York Times reported that the US has drastically cut back its European forces from a decade ago.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, NYT-2

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UNSG’s special representative in the country Babacar Gaye called for an end to the ongoing violence in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A Muslim Brotherhood leader said there can be no stability and security in the country under Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Ex-President Gbagbo’s right-hand man Charles Ble Goude faced ICC judges for the first time for his alleged role in a deadly post-election violence three years ago. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UNAMID head Chambas called attacks on villages in Darfur allegedly by a paramilitary unit an “ugly blemish” on efforts to find a peaceful solution for the region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Salvadoran President Funes sent a formal protest to Honduran President Hernandez over Honduras’ construction of a heliport on a Pacific island claimed by both nations. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Police announced they had captured Hector Alonso Castro, believed to be the country’s largest distributor of synthetic drugs. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: Police clashed with independent miners in Lima, spraying them with tear gas and arresting 23. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: Hundreds of local Buddhists attacked the offices of aid group Malteser International in Rakhine State. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UNSC will hold consultations over the country’s recent ballistic missile tests. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Nearly 15,000 ROK and US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill, the largest for two decades, that will last until 07APR. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The judge hearing the high treason case against former military president, Pervez Musharraf stepped down because of defense lawyers’ accusations of bias. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front signed a pact with the government to end one of the region’s longest and deadliest conflicts. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Hundreds of flights were canceled with the opening of a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers over pay. (AFP)
  • Greece: Pharmacists launched a five-day strike to protest measures agreed between the government and international creditors to liberalize the sector. (DPA)
  • Italy: The Navy said it had rescued 128 migrants from a boat crossing the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • Vatican: US President Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time for talks on fighting inequality. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif urged the UN help to secure the release of border soldiers abducted by Sunni extremists. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: An Army officer was shot dead in Tripoli during fighting between rival sects. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The UNSC expressed concern about ongoing military activity on the Golan Heights by the army and opposition fighters. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China’s Defense Ministry said it will increase the country’s internet security in response to recent reports that the US government spied on a major telecommunications firm. (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 26MAR: 200 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26MAR: 85 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAR)

  • Europe Region: BLACKSEAFOR drills in Black Sea (to 14APR)
  • Libya: British Evacuation Day – 1970
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of 8.6 magnitude earthquake that left at least 900 dead – 2005

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