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AFRICA: The head of African peacekeepers in the CAR Congolese General Mokoko said that vigilante groups known as “anti-balaka” will be considered and treated as “enemies”.
AMERICAS: Canadian health officials said a patient who was feared to have been infected by the Ebola virus while in West Africa does not have the virus.
ASIA: The US said the DPRK’s test firing of two medium-range missiles into the Sea of Japan represented “a troubling and provocative escalation.”
EUROPE: The French government is expected to sign multiple business deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first full day of his state visit.
MIDDLE EAST: Arab leaders called for a political solution to the Syrian conflict while the opposition had asked for “sophisticated” arms.
TECHNOLOGY: Facebook said it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about USD2 billion in cash and shares.
Ukraine: Tensions escalate as Russia solidifies control of Crimea.
Acting President Turchynov asked parliamentary approval for a set of military exercises with NATO partners that would put US troops in direct proximity with Russia’s forces in the annexed Crimea peninsula.
Russia’s military chief of staff General Gerasimov announced in Moscow that his forces were now in full control of all 193 military bases Ukraine had in the Black Sea region.
Russia accused Ukrainian officials of barring crews of Russian commercial airlines from going outside of their aircraft in Ukrainian airports.
The US aid package of USD1 billion in loan guarantees neared final passage as early as this week.
Burundi: President Nkurunziza plans to run for a third term next year just days after parliament voted to preserve the constitutional two-term limit. (AFP)
Kenya: Authorities issued a shoot-to-kill order for anybody found perpetrating acts of terrorism in Mombasa amid increased surveillance. (Xinhua)
Nigeria: Renewed violence between herdsmen and farmers in the center of the country killed seven. (AFP)
Sudan: The government suspended a UN program which gives job training and other assistance to thousands of refugees and local residents in the east of the country. (AFP)
Canada: Health officials said a patient who was feared to have been infected by the Ebola virus while in West Africa does not have the virus. (NYT)
United States: Intelligence leaker Edward Snowden hailed proposed reforms to the policy of NSA collection of telephone metadata. (DPA)
Venezuela: The Supreme Court sentenced opposition politician Daniel Ceballos to one year in prison on charges of treason and civil rebellion. (Xinhua)
Venezuela: Students protesters camped outside the UN office in Caracas complaining the international community is siding with the government by not speaking out against rights abuses. (AP)
Region: Malaysian PM Razak will visit the Philippines to attend the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. (Xinhua)
Australia: Authorities seized USD6.4 million in cash and assets in raids on criminal groups across Queensland over the past two days. (Xinhua)
Korea, North: The US said the country’s test firing of two medium-range missiles into the Sea of Japan represented “a troubling and provocative escalation.” (AFP)
Pakistan: A cleric representing the Pakistani Taliban said a government team is en route to a secret location in the country’s northwest for the first-ever direct talks. (AP)
Philippines: An Army officer was killed and four soldiers wounded in an ambush staged by suspected leftist rebels. (Xinhua)
Belgium: Police said they had found a suspicious package on a public bus in Brussels near NATO headquarters on the day of the visit of US President Obama. (Reuters)
Finland: The Left Alliance quit the government after opposing cuts to welfare spending in the budget but the ruling coalition will retain a parliamentary majority. (Reuters)
France: The government is expected to sign multiple business deals with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the first full day of his state visit. (AFP)
Turkey: Three police officers were wounded in clashes with gunmen linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in Istanbul. (Xinhua)
Israel: The military reported that navy ships fired on two suspected Palestinian smuggling boats off the Gaza coast. (AP)
Saudi Arabia: The US criticised the country for refusing a visa to a journalist working for Israeli media who planned to cover US President Obama’s visit to the kingdom. (AFP)
Syria: Local media reported that ongoing clashes between the army and militant groups in Latakia province have claimed the lives of over 500 rebels since Friday. (Xinhua)
Syria: Arab leaders called for a political solution to the conflict while the opposition had asked for “sophisticated” arms. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Technology: Facebook said it was buying Oculus, a specialist in virtual reality technology, for about USD2 billion in cash and shares. (NYT)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: 429km NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand
Depth: 493.1 km
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAR)
Global: AtlSecCon13 in Halifax, Canada (to March 28)
Brazil: Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation Annual Meeting in Costa do Sauipe
Ukraine: Diplomats present resolution before the UN General Assembly on current crisis in Crimea
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