ONS: 28 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali swore in a new high court that will be charged with hearing a case of high treason against former President Toure.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian FM Holguin confirmed that the US Government asked the country to receive some detainees from Guantanamo Bay.
  • ASIA: The Philippines said it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the UN challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkey removed the Defense Ministry undersecretary for the state-run defense industries, who had been influential in negotiations with China over the procurement of a missile defense system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UN reported that 400,000 people in Iraq have been displaced this year by ongoing violence in the west of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo saw a significant drop in the number of government requests for data about its users in the second half of 2013 while Google saw a small increase in data requests over the same period.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Former president Yanukovych calls for more referendums.
    • Deposed President Yanukovych called for referendums to be held across the country to determine the future status of every region.
    • Russia said a UN resolution declaring Crimea’s Moscow-backed referendum invalid was counterproductive and accused Western states of using blackmail and threats to drum up “yes” votes.
    • Hundreds of Ukrainian far-right nationalists rallied outside the parliament building in Kiev days after police shot dead one of their leaders.
    • Hungarian PM Orban said the country is against the EU imposing a round of economic sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine.
    • Estonia’s President Ilves called for increasing NATO’s ability to deter Russia in a WP opinion piece.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Reuters-2, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An al Qaeda-inspired group based in the Sinai threatened to attack contractors and workers involved in the construction of a security wall at a town in the peninsula. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The official death toll from the Ebola epidemic in the country rose to 66 people, with one of them in Conakry. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The country swore in a new high court that will be charged with hearing a case of high treason against former President Toure. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Senate President David Mark urged the UN to intervene and act against the ongoing insurgency in the country. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FM Holguin confirmed that the US Government asked the country to receive some detainees from Guantanamo Bay. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The Army killed one of the leaders of the FARC and captured another. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Soldiers and police killed ten Zetas drug cartel suspects in a gunfight in Veracruz. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro agreed to having an outside “witness” to ease stalled talks with his political opposition. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines said it planned to defy Chinese warnings and pursue a case in the UN challenging Beijing’s claim to most of the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Burma: Soldiers and police are patrolling streets amid renewed clashes in western Rakhine state. (AP)
  • Thailand: Grenades were thrown at the offices of the country’s anti-corruption agency. (Reuters)
  • India: Gunmen disguised as soldiers opened fire on a car in Indian-controlled Kashmir killing a passenger and triggering a firefight with army troops. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea sent back a captured North Korean fishing boat after its crew requested to return to their homeland. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UK received a boost in its bid to renegotiate its position in the EU after German Finance Minister Schaeuble said any closer European integration must “guarantee fairness” for those outside the eurozone. (AFP)
  • Spain: Officials reported that several hundred African migrants tried to enter the enclave of Melilla from Morocco. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government removed the Defense Ministry undersecretary for the state-run defense industries, who had been influential in negotiations with China over the procurement of a missile defense system. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A triple bombing struck a market area in northern Baghdad killing four and wounding 16. (AP)
  • Iraq: The UN reported that 400,000 people have been displaced this year by ongoing violence in the west of the country. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Gunmen killed a soldier in the northern city of Tripoli in the latest Syria-related violence. (AP)
  • Syria: HRW said the country has failed to comply with a UN resolution calling for unimpeded humanitarian access to civilians. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two al Qaeda militants and a soldier were killed in a raid by security forces on a residential building in the southern city of Dalea. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Yahoo saw a significant drop in the number of government requests for data about its users in the second half of 2013 while Google saw a small increase in data requests over the same period. (NYT)

 

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 27MAR: 206 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 27MAR: 86 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAR)

  • Chile: Young Combatant Day
  • Russia: Anniversary of Moscow Subway Bombings – 2010
  • Serbia and Croatia: Anniversary of cease-fire – 1994
  • Sierra Leone: Anniversary of Charles Taylor flown to become first African head of state tried for war crimes by international court – 2006
  • Slovakia: Presidential elections
  • Sri Lanka: Western and Southern Provincial Council elections
  • Taiwan: Youth Day
  • United States and India: Anniversary of US-Indian nuclear deal – 2010

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