ONS: 28 February 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 28, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: People in Lesotho began voting in early parliamentary elections aimed at restoring stability following a coup attempt.
  • AMERICAS: Feuding US lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6th.
  • ASIA: China’s version of the Patriot Act has US government and tech officials worried about their future in the big new market.
  • EUROPE: German police warned of a potential danger from Islamic extremists and said they were stepping up security measures, after receiving tips of their potentially dangerous activities.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US set out what it called its “bottom lines” to reach a deal to rein in Iran’s nuclear program ahead of new talks next week.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Uber said that a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May.

TOP STORY

  • Russia: The White House condemned the suspected assassination of opposition leader Boris Y. Nemtsov
    • Boris Y. Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister, was shot dead in central Moscow in the highest-profile assassination in Russia during the tenure of President Vladimir V. Putin.
    • The Russian opposition politician shot dead in Moscow had spoken of his fear that Vladimir Putin would have him killed weeks before his murder.
    • The murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was carefully planned, investigators said, pointing to details of the weapon used and the killers’ knowledge of his movements.
    • President Putin has assumed “personal control” of the investigation into the killing, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
    • Western leaders condemned the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and pressed the Kremlin to ensure that the killing is investigated thoroughly.
    • US President Obama condemned what he called the “brutal” and “vicious” murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Putin.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, Independent, NYT

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The army launched a fresh offensive against Rwandan Hutu rebels in Virunga National Park, an army officer participating in the operations said. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The government announced plans to begin a voluntary program to register all firearms in the hands of civilians. (XIN)
  • Lesotho: People began voting in early parliamentary elections aimed at restoring stability following a coup attempt. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Bomb attacks are likely to increase in the run-up to forthcoming elections, despite the military claiming increasing successes against Boko Haram. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Supreme Court convicted two close aides of former President Uribe for organizing a spying ring that illegally intercepted political communications. (AP)
  • Cuba: The US said it could reopen its Havana embassy before its summit in April, although “serious disagreements” remain over restoring diplomatic ties. (AFP)
  • United States: Feuding lawmakers narrowly avoided a Department of Homeland Security shutdown at the 11th hour, but funded the agency only until March 6th. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: The “world’s poorest president,” Jose Mujica, a former guerrilla who built a reputation as an “authentic public servant” wrapped up his term. (XIN)

ASIA

  • China: The country’s version of the Patriot Act has US government and tech officials worried about their future in the big new market. (WSJ)
  • China: A former vice-governor known for his appetite for jade and the arts was sentenced to 17 years in prison on corruption charges. (Guardian)
  • India: FM Jaitley announced an unprecedented corporate tax cut, major benefits for the poor, and a growth rate of more than 8% during 2015-16. (BBC)
  • Philippines: At least 24 Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members were killed and 27 injured as military operation against the group entered its fourth. (XIN)

EUROPE

  • Region: The military reported a significant decrease in attacks by pro-Russian separatists in the east overnight, but said rebels had fired GRAD missiles at the town of Avdiivka despite a two-week-old ceasefire deal. (Reuters)
  • Germany: Bremen police warned of a potential danger from Islamic extremists and said they were stepping up security measures, after receiving tips of their potentially dangerous activities. (AP)
  • Russia: A train departed from Heilongjiang, China carrying oil exploration equipment on its maiden voyage to the country. (XIN)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US set out what it called its “bottom lines” to reach a deal to rein in the country’s nuclear program ahead of new talks next week. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Authorities say back-to-back car bombs targeting a market killed nine and wounded 30 people in Balad Ruz, 70km northeast of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Syria: Backed by US-led coalition airstrikes, Kurdish fighters fought their way into a northeastern Syrian town that was a key stronghold of Islamic State. (AP)
  • Yemen: A US drone attack killed four suspected al Qaeda militants travelling in two vehicles in the Bihan region of Shabwa. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Kuwait joined its Gulf partners Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates and decided to reopen its embassy in Aden, instead of the militia-controlled capital Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Uber said that a database containing the names and drivers’ license numbers of 50,000 of its drivers was breached in May. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14s (Glenda)
    • Location: 618 NM ESE of Port Louis Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 7 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 23,729 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 9,604 (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 (29FEB)

  • 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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