ONS: 01 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian citizens gathered to pressure the government to do more to rescue scores of girls abducted by militants over two weeks ago.
  • AMERICAS: The US DEA said it is concerned about a surge in the illegal shipment of marijuana from Colorado since the state legalized the drug.
  • ASIA: China said it would conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the East China Sea off Shanghai in late May.
  • EUROPE: Ireland’s Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody as detectives question him over his alleged role in a 1972 IRA killing.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 opposition fighters were killed in the latest clashes with government forces near Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google said it will no longer try to sell ads based on personal information collected about students using a suite of products tailored for schools.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government detains Russian military attaché for spying.
    • Ukraine detained Russia’s military attaché to Kiev on suspicion of spying and ordered the diplomat to leave the country.
    • US VP Biden warned that Russia must respect international order and abide by the rules, or it will face growing costs and isolation.
    • Some 100,000 workers paraded on Red Square for the first time since the 1991 Soviet breakup amid a resurgence of nationalism.
    • The lawyer for former NSA contractor Edward Snowden said he expects his asylum status in Russia to be renewed before it expires this summer.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, Xinhua

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Ethiopia amid peace talks between South Sudan’s government and rebels. (AFP)
  • Region: The UN reported that aid operations need urgent funding in the Sahel region. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The US reiterated “deep and growing” concerns about mass trials and death sentences in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Citizens gathered to pressure the government to do more to rescue scores of girls abducted by militants over two weeks ago. (CNN)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff said that she will run for re-election in October with or without the support of allied parties now part of her ruling leftist coalition. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The government and the EU closed a first round of talks on normalizing relations with some progress. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Attorney general Claudia Paz y Paz, whose prosecution of a former dictator for genocide earned her the enmity of powerful members of the country’s political and business elite, has lost her bid for a second term. (NYT)
  • Mexico: Authorities seized a ship belonging to a drugs cartel which was carrying 68,000 tonnes of illegal iron ore. (BBC)
  • United States: The DEA said it is concerned about a surge in the illegal shipment of marijuana from Colorado since the state legalized the drug. (WP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: China said it would conduct joint naval drills with Russia in the East China Sea off Shanghai in late May. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The country’s opium production industry is increasing in volume as the US prepares to withdraw the majority of its military forces. (AP)
  • India: Parts of Kashmir remained under curfew while general strikes were being staged in other areas after government forces fatally shot a man during an anti-India protest. (AP)
  • India: Twin bombs planted on a train killed at least one person and wounded nine others in Chennai. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Defense Ministry said the country will conduct a military exercise this month to practice defending an island. (Reuters)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Workers launched a 24-hour strike to mark Labor Day, suspending ferry and train services across the country. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters who tried to defy a Labor Day ban on demonstrations in Taksim Square. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody as detectives question him over his alleged role in a 1972 IRA killing. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Ballot counting began after polls closed in elections hailed by the US and UN as a rebuke to jihadists. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The army concluded a raid and arrest operation in the eastern Bekaa border town of Arsal. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that 14 opposition fighters were killed in the latest clashes with government forces near Damascus. (AP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google said it will no longer try to sell ads based on personal information collected about students using a suite of products tailored for schools. (AP)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 206km WNW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 105.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 142 (Guinea, Liberia)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 26APR: 261 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAY)

  • Europe: Talks held between EU, Russia and Ukraine on gas supplies in Warsaw, Poland
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of end of Revolutionary Government Junta – 1982

 

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