ONS: 03 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US diplomats warned that “groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack a hotel in the Nigerian city of Lagos.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities arrested 58 foreigners suspected of inciting unrest and violence during recent anti-government protests.
  • ASIA: Indian authorities arrested 22 people and called on the army to restore order in the northeast as the number of Muslims killed by rebels rose to 31.
  • EUROPE: Slovenian PM Bratusek said she has agreed with coalition partners to resign Monday to create conditions for early elections in June.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Talks for Syrian rebels to withdraw from a handful of besieged neighborhood in the city of Homs have entered their final phase.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US Jury ordered Samsung to pay $19 million to Apple in a dispute over the company’s infringement of two software patents.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: OSCE members released as death toll from Odessa violence rises.
    • The OSCE confirmed the release of its team that had been captured by pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine.
    • Russian President Putin’s spokesman said the Kremlin no longer had any influence over the rebels in eastern Ukraine.
    • Russia said it would be “ludicrous” to hold presidential elections in Ukraine amid rising tension and growing violence in the country.
    • Violence between government supporters and opponents left 42 dead in the port city of Odessa.
    • Ukraine’s army expanded a military offensive to retake control of rebel-held towns and cities in the eastern part of the country, Interior Minister Avakov said.
    • Sources: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, AP, AFP-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court sentenced 102 supporters of ousted Islamist president Morsi to 10 years in prison over protest violence, state television reported. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Campaigns officially started in the country’s presidential elections, with ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expected to win. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: US diplomats warned that “groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack a hotel in Lagos. (AFP)
  • Somalia: At least 7 people were killed in a huge explosion near the center of the capital Mogadishu, police said. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: US Secretary of State Kerry put fresh pressure on the country’s president and rebel leader to hold face-to-face peace talks. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country’s ruling party backed President Rousseff’s bid for re-election amid disagreement in the coalition over her performance. (DPA)
  • Colombia: The constitutional court ruled a decision by the ICJ that granted Nicaragua a disputed area of Caribbean waters would not take effect without a treaty between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • United States: An al-Qaida spokesman accused the US of colluding with military leaders in Egypt to topple former president Morsi last summer, saying it supports the Egyptian army because it “protects the borders of the Jewish state.” (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities arrested 58 foreigners suspected of inciting unrest and violence during recent anti-government protests. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • India: Authorities arrested 22 people and called on the army to restore order in the northeast as the number of Muslims killed by rebels rose to 31. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A high-ranking communist rebel officer has been arrested in the Philippines amid a surge of deadly clashes between soldiers and insurgents. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Opposition leader and former PM Vejjajiva called for delayed elections and suggested PM Shinawatra step down along with her Cabinet. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: A ship with 190 passengers on board ran aground off Santorini Island in the Aegean Sea, the Coast Guard said. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: Senate President Pietro Grasso will arrive in Albania on Monday for a two-day official visit to promote bilateral relations between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Portugal: Japanese PM Abe and his Portuguese counterpart Coelho agreed to promote cooperation on maritime security including measures to combat pirates. (Kyodo)
  • Slovenia: PM Bratusek said she has agreed with coalition partners to resign Monday to create conditions for early elections in June. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The ruling AK Party decided to maintain a three-term limit for its deputies, the clearest signal that PM Erdogan will run in the nation’s first direct election for president. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iraqi al-Qaeda’s entry into Syria’s civil war caused “a political disaster” for Islamist militants there, the movement’s global leader al-Zawahri said in a video message. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The US accused the country of purposely sabotaging recent efforts at peace talks with the Palestinians, according to a report citing US diplomats. (DPA)
  • Syria: Talks for rebels to withdraw from a handful of besieged neighborhood in the city of Homs have entered their final phase. (AFP)
  • Syria: US FBI Director James Comey said the flow of foreign fighters into the country has grown in the last few months, with dozens of Americans joining the country’s conflict. (AP)
  • Yemen: Unknown assailants killed an officer of the Republican Guard forces in the southern port of Aden, security sources said. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A US Jury ordered Samsung to pay $19 million to Apple in a dispute over the company’s infringement of two software patents. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Noting to report.
  • Hurricanes: Noting to report.
  • Earthquakes: Noting to report.
  • Volcanoes: Noting 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 (04MAY)

  • China: Youth Day
  • Latvia: Independence Restoration Day
  • Netherlands: Remembrance Day
  • Panama: Presidential and National Assembly elections

 

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