ONS: 02 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Australian naval patrol off of Zanzibar seized 500kg of heroin as part of a multinational effort to stop the flow of narcotics from Afghanistan to Africa.
  • AMERICAS: With the Venezuelan presidential campaigns set to begin, acting President Maduro lead opposition leader Capriles by 20 per cent in the latest polls.
  • ASIA: In northwestern Pakistan, militants attacked an electricity plant, killing seven and destroying equipment that left a number of areas without power.
  • EUROPE: Over 5,000 Ukrainians led by opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko took to the streets of Kiev to protest against city authorities and demand mayoral elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, gunmen, some of whom wore military uniforms, broke into the offices of four independent newspapers in Baghdad, attacking employees and destroying property.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A federal judge in New York dealt a blow to the nascent business of reselling digital goods, ruling a small company’s secondary market for digital music infringes on the copyrights controlled by record companies.

 

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: The government restarted use of its nuclear facilities at the Yongbyon complex.
    • The reactor had been the country’s main source of nuclear fissile material but was closed after a short-lived 2007 international disarmament deal.
    • Restarting the reactor will take roughly six months before the facility is ready to create weapons grade plutonium.
    • The 5-megawatt reactor will produce roughly enough plutonium to create one bomb per year when fully operational.
    • Coverage: AP, Itar-Tass, NYT, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  •  Democratic Republic of the Congo: The rebel M23 movement publicly opposed plans to deploy a rapid intervention brigade to an eastern region of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The prosecutor’s office launched a new investigation into popular satirist Bassem Yousef a day after he was released on bail for charges of insulting President Morsi and Islam. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: The UN mission said human remains had been found near a western town, indicating the possibility of a mass grave. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The first political prisoners were freed as part of an amnesty program announced by President al-Bashir. (AFP)
  • Tanzania: An Australian naval patrol off of Zanzibar seized 500kg of heroin as part of a multinational effort to stop the flow of narcotics from Afghanistan to Africa. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The high command of the FARC denied any involvement in drug trafficking or production after authorities implicated the rebels in several recent seizures. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Gunmen attacked a bar in the city of Guadalajara killing four, including an American citizen, and wounding 17. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: With the presidential campaigns set to begin, acting President Maduro lead opposition leader Capriles by 20 per cent in the latest polls. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Police arrested three bloggers for allegedly posting “blasphemous” comments which were identified by the monitoring committee created last month. (DPA)
  • India: The Supreme Court cancelled its order preventing the Italian envoy from leaving the country after two Marines accused of murder returned to stand trial. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government will formally create a task force for negotiations on the TPP trade agreement by the end of the week. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Militants attacked an electricity plant in the northwest, killing seven and destroying equipment that left a number of areas without power. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The government launched an official judicial investigation into the causes of the economic downturn that left the country nearly bankrupt. (AFP)
  • Greece: The country’s four largest banks will be given until the end of May to complete a major recapitalization program. (AP)
  • Ireland: Two dissident republican groups, the Continuity IRA and the New IRA, refused an attempt by Sinn Fein to unite the republican movement and end violence. (UPI)
  • Ukraine: Over 5,000 people led by opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko took to the streets of Kiev to protest against city authorities and demand mayoral elections. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US, European, and Israeli officials said Supreme Leader Khamenei will keep the country’s nuclear program within the limits demanded by Israel to avert an international crisis during an election year. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Gunmen, some of whom wore military uniforms, broke into the offices of four independent newspapers in Baghdad, attacking employees and destroying property. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas blamed Israeli PM Netanyahu for the death of a Palestinian prisoner suffering from terminal cancer in an Israeli prison. (AFP)
  • Syria: The country’s civil war experienced its deadliest month in its two year history, leaving more than 6,000 dead in March. (UPI)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Intellectual Property: A federal judge in New York dealt a blow to the nascent business of reselling digital goods, ruling a small company’s secondary market for digital music infringes on the copyrights controlled by record companies.

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 66 mi E of Miyako, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 7.8 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03APR)

  • Angola: Russian FM Lavrov will hold talks with Angolan FM Chikoti to focus on ways to settle conflicts on the African continent.
  • China: Second anniversary of Ai Weiwei’s arrest in China, marking a general crackdown on dissent – 2011.
  • Russia: PM Medvedev will hold talks in Moscow with Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansur al-Hadi; they will discuss economic relations and sectoral cooperation.
  • Venezuela: Regular session Russian-Venezuelan high-level commission will gather in Caracas.

 

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