ONS: 02 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry flew into South Sudan to push for a halt to more than four months of fighting.
  • AMERICAS: German Chancellor Merkel arrived in Washington for a visit with President Obama.
  • ASIA: North Korean state media said the country is suffering from its worst spring drought in more than three decades.
  • EUROPE: Five NATO ships arrived in the Lithuanian port of Klaipeda to bolster defense in the region amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri ordered the affiliated Al-Nusra Front to end fighting with jihadist rivals.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The White House asked Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine; Military launches large offensive in east as Russia protests.
    • The military lost two helicopters and two servicemen in a deadly offensive launched against pro-Russian rebels holding the town of Slavyansk.
    • A spokeswoman for the rebels said “A full-scale attack” was being mounted, and journalists reported seeing eight armored vehicles and up to 100 troops advance to within five kilometers of the town.
    • Russian President Putin’s spokesman said that Ukraine’s offensive against pro-Moscow rebels dealt a final blow to a faltering peace deal.
    • German FM Steinmeier said efforts to free a group of international observers held by pro-Russian rebels had reached a critical phase.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Militants killed a Cairo traffic policeman and a soldier in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Ethiopia: The government reported that at least nine people were killed and 70 injured at student protests this week. (AFP)
  • Libya: At least five soldiers were killed in clashes with gunmen in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A car bombing at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja killed at least 18 people and injured 80. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: US Secretary Kerry flew into the country to push for a halt to more than four months of fighting. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Workers demonstrated in support of reforms being promoted by President Bachelet’s administration. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The Energy Ministry said an oil pipeline owned by state-run Ecopetrol will be repaired after the government reached a deal with the U’wa indigenous community. (Reuters)
  • United States: German Chancellor Merkel arrived in Washington for a visit with President Obama. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Coast Guard reported that three Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: 18 civilians were wounded by a bomb blast in Laghman’s provincial capital Mehterlam city. (Xinhua)
  • India: Suspected tribal rebels shot dead 11 Muslim settlers in attacks in Assam. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: State media said the country is suffering from its worst spring drought in more than three decades. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Police and Interpol arrested dozens of suspected members of an online extortion syndicate. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s chief of staff said the government has not yet decided whether it will try to question NSA leaker Edward Snowden in connection with a Parliamentary inquiry into surveillance by the US. (AP)
  • Lithuania: Five NATO ships arrived in the port of Klaipeda to bolster defense in the region amid tensions with Russia over Ukraine. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody for a third day for questioning on a 1972 IRA killing. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A Brookings Institution analyst reported that the number of foreign fighters in Syria and Iraq persists could soon significantly exceed the number of foreign fighters seen in Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Al-Qaeda leader Zawahiri ordered the affiliated Al-Nusra Front to end fighting with jihadist rivals. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media reported that suicide bombers blew up two vehicles in Hama province killing at least 18 people. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The White House asked Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 70km SSE of Namlea, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 54.2
    • 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 01MAY: 261 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 01MAY: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2 WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAY)

  • Global: World Press Day
  • Japan: Constitution Memorial Day
  • Poland: Constitution Day
  • Russia: Spring Day and Labor Day

 

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