ONS: 03 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo said the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) will attain full deployment status by the end of 2014.
  • AMERICAS: The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration secretly financed a social network in Cuba to stir political unrest and undermine the country’s communist government.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani government freed at least 16 Taliban prisoners with the approval of PM Sharif in a move designed to reinforce peace talks with the TTP.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine accused both ousted President Yanukovych and Russian security agents of being responsible for February unrest in Kiev that killed nearly 90.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry appealed directly to Israeli and Palestinian leaders not to miss a fleeting “moment” to make peace.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Brazil’s Ministry of Defense began installing a secure digital communication network for federal government offices named Expresso V3.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Investigators indicate possible PTSD link in shooting at Fort Hood.
    • An Iraq War veteran being treated for mental illness opened fire at Fort Hood, killing three people and wounding 16 others before committing suicide.
    • Those injured were taken to the base hospital and other local hospitals, with at least three of the nine patients at Scott and White Hospital in Temple listed in critical condition.
    • Fort Hood’s senior officer LT GEN Milley said the gunman had sought help for depression, anxiety and other problems.
    • President Obama said the government would thoroughly investigate all facets of the incident.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Pentagon said it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based African crisis response force to 675 Marines. (Reuters)
  • Region: Kenyan Defense Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo said the East Africa Standby Force (EASF) will attain full deployment status by the end of 2014. (Xinhua)
  • Algeria: The government and the US pledged to work together to battle terrorism as US Secretary Kerry paid his first visit to the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-moon warned that security is deteriorating in the north of the country amid increasing terrorist activity. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government lifted a tsunami alert issued after a strong aftershock that followed an 8.2-magnitude earthquake the day before. (AFP)
  • Cuba: The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration secretly financed a social network in the country to stir political unrest and undermine the country’s communist government. (AP)
  • Haiti: PM Lamothe replaced several Cabinet members in the latest shake-up in the government. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The US called on the country to lift travel restrictions on humanitarian workers trying to get to Rakhine state. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The Military said it is concerned that a rebalancing of power in the Asia-Pacific is driving an arms race in the region and that territorial disputes could trigger conflict. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: China pressed the country to rescue a Chinese tourist who was abducted along with a Filipina from a diving resort by gunmen. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government freed at least 16 Taliban prisoners with the approval of PM Sharif in a move designed to reinforce peace talks with the TTP. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf narrowly dodged an assassination attempt when a bomb exploded minutes before his convoy was due to pass by in Islamabad. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades named university lecturer Christoforos Fokaides as Defense Minister following the sudden death of his predecessor last month. (AFP)
  • France: New Finance Minister Sapin said that the “pace” of the country’s deficit reduction would be discussed with the EU. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said Russia wanted answers from NATO regarding the alliance’s activities in Eastern Europe. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The government faced growing pressure to quickly implement a top court order to unblock Twitter. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The government accused both ousted President Yanukovych and Russian security agents of being responsible for February unrest in Kiev that killed nearly 90. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry appealed directly to Israeli and Palestinian leaders not to miss a fleeting “moment” to make peace. (WP)
  • Iraq: The country’s electoral commission approved applications from 667 foreign observers to monitor the country’s parliamentary elections on 30APR. (DPA)
  • Israel: Suspected Jewish extremists slashed the tires of around 40 cars in an Arab village in the north of the country. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The UN said the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded one million. (AP)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda claimed an attack on an army headquarters in a tightly secured district of Aden in which 20 people died. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Brazil’s Ministry of Defense began installing a secure digital communication network for federal government offices named Expresso V3. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Five)
    • Location: 784 NM ESE of Koror, Palau
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 19km S of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 7.6
    • Depth: 40.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 43km W of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 22.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (04APR)

  • Global: International Day for Land Mine Awareness
  • Europe: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1948
  • Iraq: Anniversary of bombing at Iranian embassy in Baghdad – 2010
  • Russia: The Armed Forces General Staff will hold a special session of the Defense Ministry Board
  • Senegal: Independence Day – 1960
  • Ukraine: Officials to attend CIS conference in Moscow
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – 1968

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