ONS: 27 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sierra Leone began a three-day countrywide lockdown after the country reported 55 new Ebola cases.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian navy seized 650 kilos of cocaine inside a speedboat in route to North America near the town of Tumaco.
  • ASIA: South Korea urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish parliament passed a stripped down version of a controversial homeland security bill.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Assad said he is open to having a dialogue with the US, but there can be no “pressuring of the sovereignty” of his country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australia’s upper house passed a controversial law requiring telecom firms to retain customers’ digital data for two years as part of a range of counter-terrorism measures, despite fears by privacy advocates of abuse.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Saudi led coalition continues airstrikes on rebel held positions.
    • Coalition warplanes struck Sanaa as well as targets in the northern Houthi home provinces.
    • Airstrikes targeted Republican Guard bases and the presidential compound, which is currently under the control of Houthi militias.
    • Iran has denounced the Arab coalition’s intervention and demanded Saudi Arabia cease its military intervention.
    • At least 39 civilians have been killed in Saudi-led airstrikes since the operation began more than 24 hours ago.
    • Gulf states have petitioned members of the UNSC to embargo the Houthi rebels enforceable under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UNSC extended the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in the country for another year and endorsed the suggested cut of 2,000 troops. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Chadian and Nigerien troops recaptured the town of Gachagar from Boko Haram as part of a regional offensive. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: The government began a three-day countrywide lockdown after the country reported 55 new Ebola cases. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: An appeals court upheld a decision to dismiss the case against President Kirchner on accusations that she shielded Iranian officials from prosecution. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The navy seized 650 kilos of cocaine inside a speedboat in route to North America near the town of Tumaco. (Xinhua)
  • United States: John Boehner said that Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will address a joint meeting of Congress on April 29. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea urged North Korea to immediately release two of its citizens detained in the country over alleged espionage. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb blast hit a police van in Karachi killing at least two policemen and wounding 14 other people. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou said the country “should actively take part” in discussions around a new China-based development bank. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: The US is increasingly asking Europe to increase its efforts to contribute to peacekeeping around the world. (AP)
  • Turkey: Parliament passed a stripped down version of a controversial homeland security bill. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The IMF said that a default by the country on USD3 billion in debt owed to Russia this year could threaten the country’s IMF lifeline. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The departing UN envoy for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry said that Israel’s policy of building settlements in the Palestinian territories “may kill” any chance of peace. (NYT)
  • Iran: The British Foreign Ministry said that Foreign Secretary Hammond will join talks on the country’s nuclear program this weekend. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad said he is open to having a dialogue with the US, but there can be no “pressuring of the sovereignty” of his country. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Australia’s upper house passed a controversial law requiring telecomm firms to retain customers’ digital data for two years as part of a range of counter-terrorism measures, despite fears by privacy advocates of abuse. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Four)
    • Location: 48 NM W of Pohnpei
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • 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 27MAR: 1090 (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 27MAR: 412 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAR)

  • Middle East Region: The Arab League will hold its annual summit in Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt
  • Nigeria: Presidential Elections
  • Indonesia: Anniversary of a 8.6-magnitude quake on Indonesia’s Nias island off Sumatra leaves at least 900 dead – 2005

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