ONS: 02 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  African and European leaders are set to hold crisis talks on the escalating violence in the Central African Republic as the EU-Africa summit opens.

  • AMERICAS: Chilean President Bachelet declared some parts of the country hit by an 8.2 magnitude offshore earthquake to be disaster zones.

  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban gunmen killed nine people, including a candidate running for a seat in the provincial council, who had been abducted in the north of the country earlier.

  • EUROPE: Russia accused NATO of succumbing to “Cold War” instincts after the alliance suspended all cooperation with Moscow.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese troops moved into a restive Sunni area in northern Tripoli, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling Syria-linked violence.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft is to open its annual developer conference where it is expected to preview upcoming Windows updates and announce new features for Windows Phone.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Setback in Mid East peace process.

    • Palestinian President Abbas signed more than a dozen international conventions in a decision that jeopardized US efforts to salvage fragile peace talks.

    • US Secretary Kerry immediately announced that he was cancelling a trip to the region.

    • Tourism Minister Uzi Landau said renewed Palestinian action to join UN agencies and international treaties could push Israel to annex territory in the occupied West Bank.

    • A settlement watchdog group says Israel is pushing forward with plans to build more than 700 homes in a Jewish enclave of east Jerusalem.

    • President Obama has so far made no decision to free US-born Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: African and European leaders are set to hold crisis talks on the escalating violence in the Central African Republic as the EU-Africa summit opens. (AFP)

  • Guinea: The government reported that it has registered 129 cases of the Ebola virus out of which 84 people have so far died. (Xinhua)

  • Kenya: Police heightened security in Mombasa after a prominent radical Muslim cleric assassinated overnight was buried as martyr. (AFP)

  • Sudan, South: President Kiir is expected in Sudan on 05APR for a one-day summit with Sudanese President al-Bashir. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Bachelet declared some parts of the country hit by an 8.2 magnitude offshore earthquake to be disaster zones. (AFP)

  • Colombia: The army said it killed six FARC rebels and captured eight in a clash in Tumaco. (AFP)

  • Colombia: Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness met with President Santos to advise him on peace negotiations.. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban gunmen killed nine people, including a candidate running for a seat in the provincial council, who had been abducted in the north of the country earlier. (AP)

  • Afghanistan: Defense Ministry spokesman GEN Azimi said that the army was entirely ready to provide security for the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections. (Xinhua)

  • Japan: The government is to cancel a planned visit by the foreign minister to Russia this month. (AFP)

  • Korea, South: The government said it had evidence suggesting an unidentified drone that crashed last month near the northern city of Paju was of North Korean origin. (AFP)

  • Thailand: A court announced it will hear a case on PM Shinawatra’s alleged misconduct for transferring a key government official. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: A new government was announced that has FM Fabius and Defence Minister Le Drian keeping their posts, but the finance minister position was split in two. (AFP)

  • Greece: The country will try to return to borrowing normally on the medium-term debt mark by June. (AFP)

  • Russia: The government accused NATO of succumbing to “Cold War” instincts after the alliance suspended all cooperation with Moscow. (AFP)

  • Russia: President Putin signed a law terminating four treaties with Ukraine over the Russian Black Sea fleet. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government rejected Yemeni President Hadi’s accusations it was stoking unrest in his country. (AFP)

  • Iraq: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an army recruitment center killing six trainees. (AFP)

  • Iraq: The UN’s envoy to Baghdad Nickolay Mladenov said campaigning for 30APR elections will be “highly divisive” as parties appeal to their sectarian bases.   (AFP)

  • Lebanon: Troops moved into a restive Sunni area in northern Tripoli, in the second stage of a plan aimed at quelling Syria-linked violence. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda militants launched a rocket and car bomb attack on an army headquarters in Aden that left six people dead. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft is to open its annual developer conference where it is expected to preview upcoming Windows updates and announce new features for Windows Phone. (USA Today)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 95km NW of Iquique, Chile

    • Magnitude: 8.2

    • Depth: 20.1 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Ubinas Volcano, Peru

    • Ash plumes, evacuations. (AFP)

  • 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 (03APR)

  • Czech Republic: UN Secretary General to visit (to 04APR)

  • Russia: CSTO Council of Ministers to meet in Moscow

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