ONS: 01 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria assumed the rotating presidency of the UNSC for April.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico announced a security strategy to counter a surge in violence just outside the capital.
  • ASIA: Japan eased weapons export restrictions in the first major overhaul of its arms transfer policy in nearly half a century.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it plans to build an undersea gas pipeline to Crimea and could construct three power stations on the Black Sea peninsula.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry held a second round of talks with Israeli PM Netanyahu.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Former NSA deputy director John Inglis said the NSA is able to sweep up all emails, text messages and phone location signals in Iraq in real time.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Parliament agrees to host NATO exercises.
    • The parliament approved holding a series of joint military exercises with NATO countries in a 235-0 vote.
    • The parliament voted unanimously to disarm all self-defense groups in a 256-0 vote.
    • Russian energy giant Gazprom announced it was hiking the price of gas exports to Ukraine by more than a third.
    • Interior Minister Avakov said that members of a radical nationalist group Right Sector had surrendered their weapons and left a seized downtown hotel.
    • The Foreign Ministers of Germany, Poland and France are consulting on the crisis in Ukraine ahead of a meeting with their NATO counterparts.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: The delegations of the government and main opposition party Renamo expressed optimism about reaching a ceasefire agreement by Wednesday. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The country assumed the rotating presidency of the UNSC for April. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan, South: Britain said it will provide seeds and fishing kits to families in the country to help ease a possible hunger crisis. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: One person died and 40 were injured in clashes between miners and police. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Security forces killed a leader of the Knights Templar drug cartel, Enrique “Kike” Plancarte, in the state of Queretaro. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government announced a strategy to counter a surge in violence just outside the capital by increasing the presence of federal forces and firing thousands of corrupt local police. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government is rolling out a new ID system that tracks families’ food purchases in order to counter food hoarding. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US DEA regional director for the Far East Joseph Reagan said the use of synthetic drugs is on the rise in the region. (AP)
  • Burma: The UN and aid groups reported that thousands of vulnerable people in the west of the country are close to running out of food and clean water. (AFP)
  • China: Inspectors uncovered widespread irregularities and suspected corruption among military units based around Beijing. (AP)
  • Japan: The country eased weapons export restrictions in its first major overhaul of arms transfer policy in nearly half a century. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: An unmanned drone crashed on an island near a disputed maritime border with North Korea. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said France’s incoming cabinet and Italy’s recently installed new team should stick to reforms. (AFP)
  • Region: Russia said it plans to build an undersea gas pipeline to Crimea and could construct three power stations on the Black Sea peninsula. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Medecins Sans Frontieres said thousands of migrants detained in the country are held in appalling conditions. (AP)
  • Kosovo: Three ethnic Serb border officers were wounded by gunmen in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron ordered an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood over concerns that the group is planning radical activities in Britain. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Campaigning for 30APR general election opened, with PM Maliki bidding for a third term. (AFP)
  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry held a second round of talks with PM Netanyahu. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The country’s Justice and Islamic affairs minister Nayef al-Ajmi rejected remarks from a senior US official that he called for jihad in Syria and promoted the funding of terrorism. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Troops backed by helicopters deployed in Tripoli in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling Syria-linked violence in the northern city. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Attackers on a motorbike killed two policemen in the southern separatist bastion of Daleh, just weeks after a truce was agreed. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Former NSA deputy director John Inglis said the NSA is able to sweep up all emails, text messages and phone location signals in Iraq in real time. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (02APR)

  • Argentina and Great Britain: Anniversary of the Falklands War – 1982

 

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