ONS: 04 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Morocco to meet PM Benkirane before holding talks with FM Mezouar and other top officials.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at stone-throwing student protesters in Caracas.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban extended a ceasefire by six days to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing “non-combatant” prisoners and pulling back soldiers.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish court ruled against a government ban on YouTube that came after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Secretary Kerry said he would “evaluate” the next steps in the Middle East peace process with US President Obama, warning there are “limits” to Washington’s time.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israel will temporarily suspend some of its government websites’ international traffic to fend off a potential mass-cyber-attack by pro-Palestinian hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Foreign journalists shot ahead of upcoming elections.
    • Anja Niedringhaus, a photographer for the Associated Press, was killed and a reporter was wounded on Friday when an Afghan police officer shot each of them multiple times.
    • The journalists were traveling with election workers in eastern Khost Province in a convoy protected by Afghan soldiers and police officers.
    • The attack marks the third time in the past three weeks that foreign journalists have been targeted and is one day ahead of presidential elections.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: HRW said the government must carry out a thorough investigation of the murder of a Muslim cleric in Mombasa or risk an escalation of religious violence. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government said it had detected three suspected victims of Ebola. (AFP)
  • Morocco: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Rabat to meet PM Benkirane before holding talks with FM Mezouar and other top officials. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The National Bureau of Statistics said the country could become Africa’s biggest economy when the results of a new way of calculating national output are announced. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Some 2,700 soldiers will replace the police officers who last week occupied the complex of shantytowns that had been considered the last great bastion of drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities warned vigilantes in the west of the country to disarm or face arrest after security forces fulfilled the “self-defense” militia’s demand that they take down top drug lords. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: A member of the right-wing opposition Popular Will party was arrested for setting fire to the Ministry of Housing and Habitat Tuesday. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Riot police fired water cannons and tear gas at stone-throwing student protesters in Caracas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea summoned the Japanese ambassador over what it saw as a fresh move by Japan to stake its claim to a disputed set of disputed islets. (AFP)
  • China: The US is scrapping plans for a Navy ship to join a fleet review in the country after key ally, Japan, was not invited. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea published comments attacking South Korean President Park Geun-hye with unprecedented levels of personal insult. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The government said it had successfully test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of carrying a one-tonne payload to any part of North Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban extended a ceasefire by six days to allow the government more time to meet their demands of releasing “non-combatant” prisoners and pulling back soldiers. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: US VP Biden discussed the country’s economic future and the situation in Ukraine with PM Samaras. (AP)
  • Russia: Defense Minister Shoigu said that 8,000 soldiers in Crimea had applied for permission to serve in the Russian army. (AP)
  • Turkey: A court ruled against a government ban on YouTube that came after the video-sharing website was used to spread damaging leaked audio files from a state security meeting. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said he favored keeping a three-term limit for deputies in his ruling AK Party, suggesting he may not himself seek a fourth term. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry said he would “evaluate” the next steps in the Middle East peace process with US President Obama, warning there are “limits” to Washington’s time. (AFP)
  • Iran: A semi-official local news agency reported that an al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group operating along the Pakistan-Iran border released Iranian border guards abducted two months ago. (AP)
  • Iraq: At least five people were killed and 14 wounded in an attack on an army base in Hilla. (DPA)
  • Kuwait: Justice and Islamic Affairs Minister Nayef al-Ajmi, accused by a senior US official of promoting jihad in Syria, resigned just days after receiving the backing of fellow cabinet members. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli aircraft struck targets in the Gaza Strip overnight after Palestinian militants renewed rocket fire into southern Israel. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Israel will temporarily suspend some of its government websites’ international traffic to fend off a potential mass-cyber attack by pro-Palestinian hackers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Five)
    • Location: 629 NM ESE of Koror, Palau
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 76km SW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 20.0 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 (05APR)

  • Afghanistan: Presidential elections
  • South Sudan: President Kiir to visit Sudan for a one-day summit

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