SITREP: A quick glance at the news for March 14, 2015

Welcome to the SITREP.

Welcome to the SITREP.

A SITREP is a situation report covering stories of global importance. These reports will provide you with crucial details of world events at a glance. The Fifth Column will be testing out the format over the next few days. Be sure to tell us what you think.

Ferguson Mayor won’t resign: Ferguson Mayor James Knowles is refusing to step down amid controversy surrounding the city’s police department and court system. He says he had limited power to stop the rampant abuse. Apparently, he didn’t have the power to pick up the phone and call the press or the Department of Justice.

Egypt to build new capital: The Egyptian government has announced that it will build a new megacity 40 miles away from the current capital of Cairo to house new palaces and administrative offices. The first phase of the city will be completed within seven years.

Boko Haram loses Baga: The Boko Haram lost control of the city of Baga to the multinational force that has sent the militant group running. In a related victory, Nigerian troops have discovered the Boko Haram’s bomb making factory in Yobe.The IEDs produced in the factory have created havoc across the African country. Read more about the Boko Haram’s recent troubles here.

Islamic State poised to lose Tikrit: Iraqi forces have entered Tikrit, an Islamic State stronghold. They expect to have complete control of the city within 72 hours. The defeat of the Islamic State at the hands of any group except for the Iraqi military will likely lead to the breakup of Iraq.

Hong Kong protest of Ivory trade: The illegal ivory trade leads to the poaching of elephants all over the world. The demand for the product is primarily driven by wealthy Chinese citizens. China recently announced a one-year ban on all ivory imports. Celebrity crusaders have attempted for years to stem the tide of elephant poaching in Africa.