ONS: 28 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Eastern DRC rebels sacked their political leader, which could derail peace talks aimed at ending two decades of violence.
  • AMERICAS: Prominent Cuban political dissidents announced the creation of a new group seeking to achieve greater unity within the opposition.
  • ASIA: The Thai government and militant Muslim rebels based in Malaysia agreed to hold talks aimed after nearly a decade of unrest in the country’s south.
  • EUROPE:  The Bulgarian president announced new parliamentary elections would be held in May after the government resigned due to nationwide protests
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry met with the Syrian opposition leader in Rome to discuss non-lethal aid to rebel fighters before meeting with the Friends of Syria advocacy group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Baidu, China’s largest search engine, launched an English-language site for web developers.

TOP STORY

  • Bangladesh: Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Vice President of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, became the second prominent Islamist to be convicted by a war crimes tribunal.
    • Sayedee was sentenced to be hanged after being found guilty of charges of mass killing, rape, arson, looting, and forcibly converting Hindus.
    • A nationwide strike in the hours before the ruling left the country paralyzed.
    • Two bombs exploded in central Dhaka while six died in clashes with security forces after the sentence was announced.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, Bloomberg, BBC, AP, AFP

AFRICA

  • Guinea: Protestors calling for free and fair elections clashed with security forces in Conakry, injuring 130 civilians and security officers. (AFP)
  • Kenya: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need for peaceful and credible elections in a discussion with President Kibaki. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: President Mohamud offered amnesty to young pirates in an attempt to reduce or end attacks off of the Horn of Africa. (AFP)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Eastern rebels sacked their political leader, which could derail peace talks aimed at ending two decades of violence. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police captured the leader of Los Rastrojos drug trafficking gang as well as eight of its members. (Xinhua)
  • Cuban: Prominent political dissidents announced the creation of a new group seeking to achieve greater unity within the opposition. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen attacked a newspaper office in the northern city of Torreon for the third consecutive day, killing one civilian and wounding two federal police officers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Thousands celebrated the anniversary of a deadly 1989 popular revolt by holding rallies in Caracas, with many holding signs of ailing President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Coalition forces detained a militant member of the Haqqani network in eastern Logar province, who is believed to have been responsible for a number of high profile attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The US military announced it will conduct training flights for Osprey aircraft over Okinawa. (Kyodo)
  • Taiwan: A retired lieutenant general was charged with spying for China, the latest in a string of shocking espionage cases. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The government and militant Muslim rebels based in Malaysia agreed to hold talks aimed after nearly a decade of unrest in the country’s south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The president announced new parliamentary elections would be held in May after the government resigned due to nationwide protests. (Reuters)
  • Netherlands: The government’s deficit spending is set to break EU limits of three percent in both 2013 and 2014 after having been vocal in demanding other countries’ adherence to budget standards. (AP)
  • Russia: Moscow police reported seizing three times the amount of amphetamines as heroin, corresponding with a marked increase in its use among the youth population. (Itar-Tass)
  • Slovenia: PM designate Bratusek will start negotiations with rival parties to create a coalition government following a vote of no confidence in former PM Jansa. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The PNA rejected an offer from the government to send the two hunger-striking prisoners to the Gaza Strip after their hunger-strike officially ended yesterday. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: US Secretary Kerry met with the opposition leader in Rome to discuss non-lethal aid to rebel fighters before meeting with the Friends of Syria advocacy group. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel forces took control of the famous Umayyad mosque in Aleppo after days of violent and bloody clashes that damaged parts of the building. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Sergey Brin announced Google Glasses will be available to customers starting later this year. (AFP)
  • Internet: Baidu, China’s largest search engine, launched an English-language site for web developers. (TechCruch)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 17S (Rusty)
    • Location: 74 mi E of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 64 mi W of Port-Vila, Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 9.4 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01MAR)

  • Global: The Russian Federation will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Colombia: The fifth anniversary of the death of Raul Reyes who was killed in a targeted killing military operation by the Colombian army in Ecuador, sparking the 2008 Andean diplomatic crisis – 2008.
  • Mali: France is expected to begin withdrawing troops from Mali.

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