AFRICA: Shabaab militants killed at least four people during a raid on the Kenyan border town of Wajir.
AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Supreme Court ordered the release of a prominent student protester whose arrest has drawn strong international criticism.
ASIA: The Pakistani military said it killed 34 militants in air strikes in the Tirah Valley as part of a major offensive against insurgents that began last year.
EUROPE: Protesters set cars on fire and clashed with police in Germany near the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt in a demonstration against austerity programs.
MIDDLE EAST: HRW said that Iraqi security forces and militias looted and burned homes and destroyed villages after breaking the ISIS siege of a Turkmen town last August.
TECHNOLOGY: The US Defense Department set up a new panel to study electronic warfare needs across the US military and make recommendations.
Israel: Netanyahu’s Likud party wins election after tight race.
With nearly all votes counted Likud appeared to have earned 30 and the Zionist Union 24 out of the parliament’s 120 seats.
The Likud party said that Netanyahu “intends to begin forming the government immediately in order to finish the task within two to three weeks”.
Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog conceded defeat and signaled that he would join the opposition.
Senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Yasser Abed Rabbo said that “Israel chose the path of racism, occupation and settlement building, and did not choose the path of negotiations and partnership between us”.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said US President Obama was confident strong US-Israeli ties would endure far beyond the election, regardless of the victor.
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)
Cases as of 11MAR: 1060 (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 11MAR: 394 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)