ONS: 31 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Amnesty International said Boko Haram and the Nigerian military may have both committed war crimes in the insurgency in the country’s north
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government’s top negotiator in FARC talks said a truth commission to probe abuses in the conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached.
  • ASIA: North and South Korea fired artillery shells into each other’s waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the Koreas’ disputed western sea boundary.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan claimed victory for his Islamic-rooted party in key local elections and warned his foes they will “pay the price”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi called on Iran to stop supporting separatists in the south and religious groups in the north.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s Foreign Ministry said it welcomed comments by US Defense Secretary Hagel saying the US would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US and Russia hold talks on ongoing tensions.
    • The US and Russia failed to reach a deal on Ukraine, but Russian FM Lavrov said talks with US Secretary Kerry had been “constructive” and would continue.
    • FM Lavrov said the two parties had presented their plans for a de-escalation of the crisis but did not agree on what had caused it.
    • Russian PM Medvedev visited Crimea, the first Russian leader to travel to the Black Sea region after Moscow seized it from Ukraine.
    • A Ukrainian Defense Ministry official said Russian forces have begun a gradual withdrawal from the Ukrainian border.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, CNN, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Liberia: Health Minister Gwenigale said two patients tested positive for the Ebola virus, which is believed to have killed at least 70 people in neighboring Guinea. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Amnesty International said Boko Haram and the military may have both committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in the insurgency in the country’s north. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The UN warned that the country is in a “spiraling humanitarian crisis” as top aid chiefs visited. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Opposition leader and mayor of the capital Erias Lukwago resumed office five months after being ousted in a power struggle with the ruling party. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: At least 98 people were arrested and three policemen injured as protesters gathered in major cities to commemorate two young Left activists who died in 1985. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government’s top negotiator in talks with the FARC said a truth commission to probe abuses in the conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Heavy fighting between the military and the FARC in Cauca Department has driven nearly 400 people from their village. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen abducted a candidate running for a seat in the provincial council in Sar-i-Pul province and seven members of his entourage. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing one and wounding four others in Logar province. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: North and South Korea fired artillery shells into each other’s waters after shells from a North Korean live-fire drill fell south of the Koreas’ disputed western sea boundary. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A special court indicted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on five counts of high treason. (AP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra is set to defend herself against negligence charges linked to a controversial rice subsidy scheme. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Chinese leader Xi Jinping began an EU visit, arriving for talks with the bloc’s top officials in the first visit to EU headquarters by a Chinese president. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan and the EU opened their fifth round of free trade agreement talks. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The coast guard rushed to rescue more than 400 migrants that issued a distress call in the Mediterranean. (DPA)
  • Switzerland: The government said it was investigating a range of banks over suspicions they manipulated currency markets. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan claimed victory for his Islamic-rooted party in key local elections and warned his foes they will “pay the price”. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A Tel Aviv district court convicted former PM Ehud Olmert in a trial for corruption linked to a major property development in Jerusalem. (NYT)
  • Syria: The country accused Turkey of sending foreign fighters across the border to fight government troops in Latakia province. (AP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi called on Iran to stop supporting separatists in the south and religious groups in the north. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China’s Foreign Ministry said it welcomed comments by US Defense Secretary Hagel saying the US would exercise restraint in using the military in cyberspace. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 21S (Hellen)
    • Location: 240 NM NNW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: SE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 144 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 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 (01APR)

  • Global: Global Summit on Internet Governance in Brazil
  • Asian Region: Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will host a ministerial meeting with his counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Hawaii (03APR)
  • Europe and Africa Regions: EU-Africa summit in Brussels (to 03APR)
  • Bosnia: Anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War – 1992
  • Cyprus: National Holiday
  • Great Britain: Anti-slavery teams are to be deployed at British airports in a bid to identify potential victims of human trafficking
  • Iran: Iran Islamic Republic Day – 1979
  • Japan: Japan will lift an exclusion order on an area around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant
  • Netherlands: ASIS 13th European Security Conference & Exhibition (to 03APR)
  • Panama: World Economic Forum on Latin America in Panama City (to 03APR)

 

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