ONS: 02 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 2, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, at least fifteen soldiers were killed in five simultaneous attacks targeting security checkpoints in the North Sinai area.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government criticized a UN expert who wrote a report saying that torture was a “generalized” practice among authorities in the country.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 40 others, including a prominent lawmaker, in an attack on an anti-corruption protest outside the residence of the governor of Khost province.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ‘ultra-leftist’ group in Istanbul after two deadly shoot outs in the city blamed on the militants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Zarif said that nuclear talks between the country and major powers made “significant progress” but there is no “final result yet”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Officials close to an investigation reported that the European Commission is preparing to level antitrust charges against Google in upcoming weeks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Somalia’s al Shebaab launches attack on university in border town.
    • Somalia’s al Qaeda-linked al Shebaab said their gunmen attacked a university in an ongoing assault in revenge for Kenyan troops fighting in Somalia.
    • The Kenyan National Police Service said the attack began around 0530 at a main gate at Garissa University College, about 100 miles from the border with Somalia.
    • Gunmen took students hostage and killed at least 14 people and wounded 65 others.
    • An al Shebaab spokesman said that Muslims and non-Muslim hostages were separated, and 15 of the Muslim hostages had been freed.
    • Kenyan Inspector General of Police Boinett said police and Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) are in the process of flushing out the gunmen from the campus.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, LAT, NYT, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: At least fifteen soldiers were killed in five simultaneous attacks targeting security checkpoints in the North Sinai area. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: US President Obama pledged continuing US support to the country in the fight against Boko Haram in separate telephone talks with President Jonathan and President-Elect Buhari. (Xinhua)
  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma announced new restrictions on movement for the upcoming Easter weekend to prevent a resurgence of the Ebola virus. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The Ministry of National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces said the military had started a military drill in the High Arctic. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The government criticized a UN expert who wrote a report saying that torture was a “generalized” practice among authorities in the country. (AFP)
  • United States: US Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was charged with 14 counts of corruption. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The daughter of late leader Hugo Chavez, Maria Gabriela Chavez, made her debut as her country’s deputy permanent representative to the UN.  (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that Burma has accepted responsibility and apologized for bombs dropped on Chinese territory last month that killed five people. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and wounded 40 others, including a prominent lawmaker, in an attack on an anti-corruption protest outside the residence of the governor of Khost province. (AFP)
  • Micronesia: Residents in storm damaged areas of the country appealed for aid in the wake of Super Typhoon Maysak. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The FBI confirmed that a senior Malaysian militant Zulkifli Abdhir, also known as ‘Marwan’, was killed in a January raid that also left 44 police dead. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he was alarmed by the junta’s decision to lift martial law and replace it with ‘even more draconian’ emergency measures. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • France: Finance Minister Sapin said the new Greek government has made progress defining its reform proposals but must do more. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Police launched early morning raids against suspected members of an ‘ultra-leftist’ group in Istanbul after two deadly shoot outs in the city blamed on the militants. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Energy Minister Demchyshyn said the country has signed a new agreement to buy Russian gas over the next three months at USD248 per thousand cubic meters. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Zarif said that nuclear talks between the country and major powers made “significant progress” but there is no “final result yet”. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Palestinian fighters and rebels retook control of large parts of the Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus that had been seized by ISIS militants. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government helicopters bombed areas close to the Jordanian border overnight after insurgents captured the Nasib border crossing. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Rebel forces made a continued push into Aden as al-Qaeda freed hundreds of inmates in a jailbreak in Mukalla. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Officials close to an investigation reported that the European Commission is preparing to level antitrust charges against Google in upcoming weeks. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 725 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 257km SE of Lambasa, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 560.5 km
    • Map
  • 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 (03APR)

  • Global: First call made on a mobile telephone – 1973
  • Guinea: Second Republic Day – 1984
  • Christianity: Good Friday
  • Judaism: Passover begins

 

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