ONS: 01 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 1, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The head of the Libya’s rival government PM Hassi rejected his removal by the Tripoli-based parliament, suggesting he retains the support of powerful militia allies.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro decreed a new annual “anti-imperialist” day and said a signature drive demanding the repeal of US measures against the country had passed 6 million.
  • ASIA: India’s top court suspended a summons requiring former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appear as one of the accused in a corruption trial.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities detained 22 suspected radical leftists in Antalya, a day after a hostage siege in an Istanbul courthouse.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni officials said that Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions and a factory in Hodeida city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US President Obama is to sign an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace.

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Opposition candidate Buhari wins presidential election.
    • New president-elect Muhammadu Buhari hailed polls that will lead to the first democratic change of power in the country as “historic”.
    • The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said Buhari won with 15,424,921 votes (53.95%) of the 28,587,564 total valid ballots cast while Jonathan won 12,853,162 votes (44.96%).
    • British Foreign Secretary Hammond hailed the successful presidential election and voiced hope that the transition of power to vote winner Muhammadu Buhari would be “peaceful”.
    • African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised outgoing leader Goodluck Jonathan for “graciously accepting the results.”
    • Jonathan conceded defeat and said that “nobody’s ambition is worth the blood of any Nigerian.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, CNN, LAT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: US President Obama urged President Kabila to respect the country’s constitution amid speculation that he would seek a third term. (AFP)
  • Liberia: The UNSC is expected to vote this week on a draft resolution that would cut peacekeeping force levels in the country to 5,105 by September. (AP)
  • Libya: The head of the country’s rival government PM Hassi rejected his removal by the Tripoli-based parliament, suggesting he retains the support of powerful militia allies. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Cuba concluded a preliminary meeting to determine the guidelines for their future dialogue on human rights. (EFE)
  • Jamaica:  The government announced that it will receive USD39 million from the IMF to cover the costs of budget and structural reforms. (EFE)
  • Mexico:  A clash between two vigilante “self-defense” groups in the state of Guerrero killed at least four people and dozens more were taken prisoner by each side. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro decreed a new annual “anti-imperialist” day and said a signature drive demanding the repeal of US measures against the country had passed 6 million. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Unknown armed men intercepted several passenger vehicles in Saripul province and abducted 13 travelers. (Xinhua)
  • India: The country’s top court suspended a summons requiring former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to appear as one of the accused in a corruption trial. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Rights groups criticized a military court for jailing a businessman for 25 years for making allegedly defamatory Facebook posts about the monarchy. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission VP Sefcovic said the EC is aiming to broker more talks between Russia and Ukraine this month to try to extend a discount on gas prices. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The country’s Supreme Court dismissed a case against former PM Berlusconi, ruling that the statute of limitations had expired on the charges of his involvement in the publication of an illegally obtained wiretap. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained 22 suspected radical leftists in Antalya, a day after a hostage siege in an Istanbul courthouse. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Six world powers and the country’s negotiators met for an unscheduled seventh day in a bid to reach a preliminary accord on reining in the country’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Interior Minister Ghabban said security forces are battling the last remaining pockets of ISIS militants in Tikrit. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian Authority officially became the 123rd member of the International Criminal Court. (AP)
  • Yemen: Officials said that Saudi-led warplanes bombed Shiite rebel positions and a factory in Hodeida city. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US President Obama is to sign an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace. (WP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 139 NM NW of Yap
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 150 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 24,701 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10,194 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • 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)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 27MAR: 1090 (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 27MAR: 412 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02APR)

  • Central Asia Region: CSTO Council of Foreign Ministers will converge in Dushanbe to discuss the prevention of regional security threats and challenges
  • Bosnia: Anniversary of the start of the Bosnian War – 1992
  • Argentina and Great Britain: Anniversary of the Falklands War/Malvinas Day – 1982
  • Japan: Dalai Lama to visit (to 14APR)
  • Lebanon: Presidential election session to be conducted for 21st time
  • Sudan: Presidential and National Assembly elections
  • Hinduism: Mahavir Jayanti – 599 BCE
  • Christianity: Maundy Thursday

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