ONS: 03 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Leaders of Central African nations met in Chad to discuss the recent coup in the CAR and ways for the impoverished country to move forward.
  • AMERICAS: The UN said a growing number of Haitians face a serious food deficit as a result of a heavy storm season that damaged food crops.
  • ASIA: Malaysian PM Razak dissolved parliament in preparation for general elections that are seen as the greatest challenge to the ruling coalition in their 56 year tenure.
  • EUROPE: EU-brokered talks between Kosovo and Serbia broke up without a deal over the issue of autonomy for ethnic Serbs living in the north.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the southern community of Sderot after an overnight raid carried out by the Israeli Air Force in Gaza.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Regulators in Google’s largest European markets are taking joint action to try and force the company to overhaul its privacy policy.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: Authorities blocked access to and from its joint industrial zone with South Korea which lies 10 mi within its territory.
    • The Kaesong industrial complex is a crucial source of hard currency for the regime in Pyongyang and employs around 53,000 North Koreans.
    • While the plants continued to operate normally, the complex is used as a bellwether for inter-Korean relations.
    • South Korean DM warned of military action to ensure the safety of its citizens already in the industrial complex.
    • Coverage:  AFP-1, NYT, AFP-2, CNN

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Leaders of Central African nations met in Chad to discuss the recent coup in the CAR and ways for the impoverished country to move forward. (BBC)
  • Eritrea: Amnesty International claimed the country’s refugees that are kidnapped in the Sudan are beaten and sexually abused before being taken to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula for ransom. (AFP)
  • Morocco: French President Hollande is set to begin a two day visit that will focus on increasing the industrial and economic relationship between the two countries. (DPA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez demanded the British government meet to discuss the question of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Three activists were killed in the last month, highlighting the issue of security of opposition and human rights leaders as the negotiations between the government and FARC took an unscheduled recess. (CSM)
  • Haiti: The UN said a growing number of people in the country face a serious food deficit as a result of a heavy storm season that damaged food crops. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro urged voters to stop mourning the death of Chavez and to focus on the looming presidential election to honor his legacy. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Head of the country’s intelligence service, Asadullah Khalid, returned home after lengthy medical treatment in the US after being badly wounded by a suicide bomber. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: PM Razak dissolved parliament in preparation for general elections that are seen as the greatest challenge to the ruling coalition in their 56 year tenure. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Members of the opposition Maoist party seized land owned by the head of the interim government, calling for the dissolution of the interim government. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A recent survey showed more than half of the country’s youth believe democracy has not been good for the country while 40 per cent favor instituting rule based on Islamic shariah. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A marine was abducted and executed deep in the country’s Muslim south in a possible revenge attack after a militant raid on a military base failed. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU-brokered talks between Kosovo and Serbia broke up without a deal over the issue of autonomy for ethnic Serbs living in the north. (AP)
  • Cyprus: Haris Georgiades, an economist and former labor minister, was sworn in as the government’s new finance minister. (AFP)
  • Greece: A renewed strike by seamen and train conductors to protest the country’s austerity measures left tens of thousands of travelers stranded. (DPA)
  • Italy: Parliament will begin voting to select a new president to replace Napolitano, whose seven-year term ends in May, on 18APR. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward the southern community of Sderot after an overnight raid carried out by the Air Force in Gaza. (AP)
  • Jordan: The military and US military have accelerated training of Syrian rebel forces hoping to create a buffer zone along Syria’s southern border. (UPI)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials said President Abbas will travel to Amman on Sunday to meet with US Secretary Kerry about a renewal of peace talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: French FM Fabius said France has not decided its stance on lifting the EU arms embargo to the country, turning away from its past statements on the subject. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Regulators in Google’s largest European markets are taking joint action to try and force the company to overhaul its privacy policy. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Mount Lokon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Erupting ash and volcanic material
    • Xinhua

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04APR)

  • Asia: Mexican President Pena Nieto will visit China and Japan in a bid to deepen the Latin American nation’s foothold in the Asia-Pacific region (to 10APR).
  • Europe: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1948.
  • Iran: Nuclear talks will resume in Almaty, Kazakhstan (to 06APR).
  • Moldova: Peacekeepers from Russia, Moldova and Transdniestria will begin joint exercises in the Security Zone of the Transdniestrian conflict.
  • Senegal: Independence Day – 1960.
  • Spain: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will visit Madrid to meet with PM Rajoy and Crown Prince Felipe; he will also launch an event for the 1,000 days of action of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Sri Lanka: Pakistani Foreign Secretary Jilani will be visiting Sri Lanka to take part in the 3rd Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between the two countries (to 05APR).
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – 1968.

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