ONS: 21 March 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on March 21, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: in Libya, two rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Tripoli, forcing the suspension of flights.
  • AMERICAS: Demonstrators in Venezuela clashed with riot police in Caracas after a march against the arrest of two opposition mayors.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court ruled that a general election held last month was invalid.
  • EUROPE: Turkish President Gul sent a tweet denouncing the government’s ban on Twitter.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Militants in Iraq took control of a village in the north of the country, after staging a coordinated pre-dawn assault and setting off a massive suicide truck bomb.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft acknowledged it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government signs part of EU association agreement as Russia annexes Crimea.
    • Interim PM Yatsenyuk signed the political provisions of a landmark association accord with EU leaders.
    • EU President Rompuy praised the signing of the part of the agreement and marked it as an opportunity for further expansion.
    • Russia’s upper house of parliament unanimously voted to ratify the treaty incorporating Crimea into Russian territory.
    • Russian President Putin said Moscow would for now hold off on more reciprocal sanctions against the US.
    • The EU added 12 Russians and Ukrainians to a list of people hit with travel bans and asset freezes over developments in Crimea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, DPA, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The ex-rebel movement M23 said it wants to participate in a government of national unity to consolidate peace in the region. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Two rockets struck a runway at the international airport in Tripoli, forcing the suspension of flights. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The European Investment Bank (EIB) granted the country a loan of USD205 million to finance its road network modernization program. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: The UN called a political agreement over legislative elections, brokered without foreign intervention, a significant milestone for the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities reported that seven men were shot to death in an apparent ambush by rival drug traffickers near the Mexico-Arizona border. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Demonstrators clashed with riot police in Caracas after a march against the arrest of two opposition mayors. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and North Korea will resume government-to-government negotiations for the first time since November 2012 on 30MAR to 31MAR. (AP)
  • Region: South Korea, the US, and Japan agreed to hold a three-way meeting of their leaders when they gather in The Hague for the Nuclear Security Summit. (Yonhap)
  • Taiwan: Student protesters, occupying the parliament to stop the government from ratifying a trade pact with China, vowed to take further action after Taipei failed to respond to their ultimatum. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court ruled that a general election held last month was invalid. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Italian authorities reported they have rescued more than 4,000 would-be migrants at sea over the past four days. (AP)
  • Malta: 90 African refugees were rescued at sea off the country’s coast by an Armed Forces patrol vessel. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: President Gul sent a tweet denouncing the government’s ban on Twitter. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The UN reported that the country is curbing its atomic activities in line with a preliminary deal made in January. (AP)
  • Iraq: Militants took control of a village in the north of the country after staging a coordinated pre-dawn assault and setting off a massive suicide truck bomb. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military said it had uncovered a new Gaza “terrorist” tunnel. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Two people were killed in renewed clashes in Tripoli. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft acknowledged it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17P (Gilian)
    • Location: 843 NM NNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: W at 18 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 18MAR: 198 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 18MAR: 84 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAR)

  • Global: International Water Day
  • Europe: Chinese President Xi travels to Europe (to 01APR)
  • Jordan: Transjordanian Independence – 1946
  • Maldives: Parliamentary elections

 

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