ONS: 03 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 3, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali President Mohamud said Somalia and Kenya must boost security cooperation.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian President Ollanta Humala named Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano as the new prime minister.
  • ASIA: Thai junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash to replacing martial law with even more comprehensive powers.
  • EUROPE: Turkey said it will send an “informal mission” to Crimea to monitor what it termed the “oppression” of Crimean Tatars.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, rebel forces withdrew from President Hadi’s palace in Aden after overnight air raids by the Saudi-led coalition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IBM uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by a well- funded Eastern European gang of cyber criminals that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iran: International community reacts to progress on nuclear talks.
    • US President Obama welcomed the “historic understanding” with Iran after decades of hostility, warning other leaders that work remains to finalize an agreement by 30JUN.
    • French Foreign Minister Fabius warned that the issue of when sanctions on Iran would be lifted following a framework deal was “not yet solved.”
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu will lead talks with senior security officials, after his spokesman quoted him as saying the framework nuclear deal would jeopardize Israel’s existence if implemented.
    • Saudi King Salman told President Obama that he “hopes reaching a final and binding agreement would lead to improving security and stability in the region and the world”.
    • Russian diplomats involved in the framework accord said Moscow’s atomic energy agency, Rosatom, was ready to provide Tehran with new reactor fuel and process spent rods.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters, WP, WSJ, WSJ-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Somali President Mohamud said Somalia and Kenya must boost security cooperation. (AFP)
  • Region: Zambian President Lungu is expected to hold talks with Ugandan President Museveni to seek solutions to conflicts in South Sudan and some parts of the DR Congo. (Xinhua)
  • Rwanda: President Kagame said the Israeli government approached the country on the issue of pending deportation of Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Documents released by Edward Snowden claim that the UK spied for several years on the government over concerns that the country could launch another attempt to reclaim the Falkland/Malvinas Islands. (BBC)
  • Colombia: Anti-drug police in Cartagena seized 985 kilograms of cocaine hidden in eight containers destined for the Dominican Republic. (EFE)
  • Peru: President Ollanta Humala named Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano as the new prime minister. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: Former security chief Zhou Yongkang was charged with bribery, abuse of power and disclosing state secrets. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: Acting deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission Johan Budi said the country’s political elite have closed ranks to undermine the anti-graft commission. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: The government said it is moving foreign fishermen from an isolated island where slavery in the fishing industry was exposed last week by an Associated Press investigation. (AP)
  • Malaysia: A political cartoonist critical of the government, Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, was charged with what his lawyer called a record nine counts of sedition. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha vowed to shut down critical media outlets as he faced a growing international backlash to replacing martial law with even more comprehensive powers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey said it will send an “informal mission” to Crimea to monitor what it termed the “oppression” of Crimean Tatars. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades said that the remaining restrictions on transferring money out of the country will be eliminated next week. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan urged the government to replace private security guards with police forces in the wake of two deadly shoot-outs in a week. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Speaker Nabih Berri said that his country is ready to host the dialogue between opposing Yemeni parties as “it is the only way to end the crisis.” (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Members of the UNSC called on global chemical weapons watchdog OPCW to investigate the latest allegations of the use of chlorine as a chemical weapon. (AP)
  • Yemen: Rebel forces withdrew from President Hadi’s palace in Aden after overnight air raids by the Saudi-led coalition. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: IBM uncovered a sophisticated fraud scheme run by a well- funded Eastern European gang of cyber criminals that uses a combination of phishing, malware and phone calls. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Five)
    • Location: 227 NM E of Chuuk
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 524 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 98 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (04APR)

  • Global: UN International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of NATO – 1948
  • Angola: Angolan Peace Day, commemorates end of Angolan Civil War – 2002
  • China: Tomb Sweeping Day
  • Senegal: Independence Day – 1960
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of former PM Zulfikar Ali Bhutto hanged – 1979
  • United States: Anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. – 1968
  • Christianity: Holy Saturday

 

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