ONS – 28 February 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan said the country was at war with Boko Haram, despite previous claims that the rebels were on the run and desperate.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan security forces used tear gas to break up a student demonstration in Caracas.
  • ASIA: Thai protesters said they will rally at ministries and companies linked to PM Shinawatra, keeping up pressure on her to resign.
  • EUROPE: A Moscow court ordered protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has begun withdrawing from parts of the country ahead of a deadline set by a rival group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The tech industry came out against a surveillance program that allowed intelligence agencies to capture images from Yahoo users’ webcams.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Armed men in military uniforms take control of two Crimean airports.
    • Acting President Turchynov convened a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council to discuss the situation in Crimea.
    • Interior Minister Avakov accused Russian forces of staging an “armed invasion” in Crimea, claiming they had blocked one military air base and entered an airport overnight.
    • Parliament called on the US and UK to uphold a pact signed with Russia to guarantee Ukraine’s sovereignty.
    • Earlier in the day US VP Biden promised pro-Western interim leaders “full” US support.
    • The central bank limited bank withdrawals to 1,000 euros a day.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, CNN, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Patrice Ngaissona, the political leader of a militia in the country, denied a police report that he had been arrested in north Congo and transferred to Brazzaville. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: The UN reported that 3,000 people, surrounded and threatened by armed groups in the country, are to be evacuated by humanitarian actors and international forces. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Gunmen killed a policeman as he rode his motorbike across a bridge in Mansoura. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian President Jonathan said the country was at war with Boko Haram, despite previous claims that the rebels were on the run and desperate. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UNSC strongly condemned a car bomb attack in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The army freed 61 migrants discovered inside a safe house in the northern border city of Reynosa. (EFE)
  • Panama: The Panama Canal and a Spanish-led consortium expanding the waterway reached a deal to complete work on the project. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: Security forces used tear gas to break up a student demonstration in Caracas. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Authorities issued an arrest warrant for a second opposition figure. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese and Pakistani Defense Chiefs met on military cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • India: Seven policemen were killed in an ambush by suspected leftwing rebels in Chhattigarh. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Pyongyang refused to entertain an official request from Seoul to release a South Korean missionary arrested four months ago on espionage charges. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Malaysia’s prime minister said the Philippines government and Muslim rebels will sign a peace deal “by the end of March”. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Protesters said they will rally at ministries and companies linked to PM Shinawatra, keeping up pressure on her to resign. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Ministers from the EU’s Foreign Affairs Council are holding an informal meeting in Athens. (AP)
  • Russia: A Moscow court ordered protest leader Alexei Navalny to be placed under house arrest. (AFP)
  • Spain: More than 200 migrants stormed across a triple-layer border fence into Spain’s territory of Melilla. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed a prominent pro-government tribal sheik as well as six of his militiamen in Haditha. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has begun withdrawing from parts of the country ahead of a deadline set by a rival group. (AFP)
  • Syria: Regime troops killed 20 armed rebels in a new ambush in the eastern countryside of Damascus. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: At least 24 people were killed government troops and allied Islamists engaged in heavy fighting with Shiite rebels in the north. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The tech industry came out against a surveillance program that allowed intelligence agencies to capture images from Yahoo users’ webcams. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03W (Three)
    • Location: 293 NM SE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16P (Sixteen)
    • Location: 170 NM NE of Suva, Fiji
    • Movement: ESE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • 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 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 (01MAR)

  • Bosnia: Independence Day
  • Egypt: Appeal court to look into request to appoint new panel of judges for Morsi trial
  • Japan and Vietnam: Japanese government will invite Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang to Japan as a state guest for talks with PM Shinzo Abe
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of Malaysian Army
  • Sudan: Anniversary of US Deputy Secretary of State held hostage – 1974

 

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