ONS: 28 March 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 28, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian forces recaptured Boko Haram’s headquarters in Gwoza, on the eve of Nigeria’s presidential election.
  • AMERICAS:  US-Cuban talks devoted to human rights will be “preliminary” in nature and used to set a format for future discussions on the issue, says the US State Dept.
  • ASIA: Pakistani troops killed 15 militants in a clash in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border as part of a major anti-insurgent offensive.
  • EUROPE: The credit rating agency Fitch downgraded Greece’s long-term credit rating from B to CCC due to liquidity problems which offer the possibility of default on held debt.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egypt will host an Arab League summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a pan-Arab military force to combat regional unrest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tatars in Russian-annexed Crimea warned they will be forced to shut down their independent TV and radio stations due to pressure from Moscow.

TOP STORY

  • China: President Xi Jinping called on the world to support Beijing’s Silk Route economic belt at this year’s Boao Forum.
    • The speech was made at China’s Boao Forum, which was widely attended by foreign diplomats.
    • The speech emphasized cooperation to build a new “regional order” in Asia, focused on interconnected development between nations to create economic growth.
    • XI highlighted China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) as a means of economic cooperation.
    • While the US has not joined the AIIB, many traditional US allies have signed on to it, which many perceive as a threat to the US-led World Bank.
    • Coverage: AP, DPA, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Anti-terrorism police arrested 56 suspected Al-Shabab affiliated radical youth over the murder of senior detective and terror threats in Mombasa. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria:  Forces recaptured Boko Haram’s headquarters in Gwoza, on the eve of the country’s presidential election. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least 21 people, including a Somali diplomat, were killed when al-Shabab attacked a hotel in Mogadishu. (EFE)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A round of US-Cuban talks devoted to human rights will be “preliminary” in nature and used to set a format for future discussions on the issue, says the US State Dept. (AFP)
  • Columbia: Government officials and FARC rebels have agreed to start removing land-mines from the Antioquia and Meta provinces. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez said the government sent a letter of protest to the United States over Washington’s new sanctions on officials accused of an opposition crackdown. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Pakistan: Troops killed 15 militants in a clash in the Khyber tribal region near the Afghan border as part of a major anti-insurgent offensive. (AFP)
  • Philippines: In response to criticism from Beijing, officials claimed the country’s activities in the South China Sea were “in no way comparable to China’s massive reclamation activities” in the waters. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Leaders met with the US CJCS to discuss defense measures including integrated air and missile defense to deter North Korea. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Authorities confiscated 100 kilograms of cocaine in the southern port city of Limassol. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The credit rating agency Fitch downgraded the country’s long-term credit rating from B to CCC due to liquidity problems which offer the possibility of default on held debt. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov announced intent to join the Chinese-led development bank AIIB. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Egypt will host an Arab summit at which regional leaders will discuss plans to form a joint military to combat jihadists. (AFP)
  • Syria: An Al-Qaeda affiliate seized control of most of Idlib after government forces pulled back to bases in the heart of the city. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi warships have evacuated dozens of foreign diplomats from Aden, as the kingdom leads an air war against advancing Shiite rebels. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Tatars in Russian-annexed Crimea warned they will be forced to shut down its independent TV and radio stations due to pressure from Moscow. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Four)
    • Location: 161 NM E of Chuuk
    • Movement: W 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: 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 (29MAR)

  • Russia: Anniversary of the Moscow Subway Bombings – 2010
  • Serbia and Croatia: Anniversary of Serbs and Croats signing a cease-fire to end the war between them in Croatia – 1994
  • Uzbekistan: Presidential Elections
  • Christianity: Palm Sunday

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