ONS: 04 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 4, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists threatened Kenyan citizens with “another bloodbath”, two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148 people at a university.
  • AMERICAS: US officials said President Obama and Cuban counterpart Castro will have an “interaction” when they attend next week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama
  • ASIA: An Associated Press investigation of slavery in Benjina, Indonesia prompted the emergency rescue of over 300 slaves.
  • EUROPE:  A government source said Greece will meet its financial obligations to the IMF and pay workers’ salaries and pensions next week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials said a program set to train new a new Syrian military force was delayed by logistical and diplomatic issues.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Vladimir Putin reportedly has an army of internet trolls who use fake accounts to flood social media with pro-Russian propaganda. (Yahoo News)

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Clashes between security forces and the Taliban spiked in the past 24 hours.
    • The Ministry of Interior reported 13 armed Taliban members killed, and eight others wounded in joint operations.
    • A key Taliban commander was killed along with three other militants when security forces raided terrorist hideouts in eastern Wardak province.
    • Ten persons including a police officer were injured after a bicycle bomb was detonated by remote control against a police car.
    • Officials said a roadside bomb killed seven people, including four children.
    • Coverage: XIN, XIN-2, XIN-3, RFE/RL

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: State media reported two explosions near a police station in Cairo’s residential Imbaba district. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Armed men on motorcycles attacked a village, killing two civilians. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The former rebel movement Renamo raided an army unit in the southern province of Gaza. (XIN)
  • Somalia: Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab Islamists threatened Kenyan citizens with “another bloodbath”, two days after their gunmen slaughtered 148 people at a university. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US officials said President Obama and Cuban counterpart Castro will have an “interaction” when they attend next week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Dissident groups came together to take a “message of unity” to the Summit of the Americas in Panama with two specific proposals – a new electoral law and a law of association and political parties. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Coast Guard said three Chinese Coast Guard ships briefly intruded into disputed Senkaku / Diaoyu waters in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Australia: Protesters waving Australian flags and carrying signs such as “Yes Australia. No Sharia” staged national rallies protesting Islamic extremism. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: An Associated Press investigation of slavery in Benjina prompted the emergency rescue of over 300 slaves. (AP)
  • Japan: Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga said he wants to honestly communicate with the Okinawa governor, ahead of their meeting amid growing tensions over the planned relocation of a US military base within the prefecture. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: A fight against Taliban militants focused on their last, fearsome redoubt — the notorious Tirah Valley, home to renegades and rebels for centuries. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: A government source said the country will meet its financial obligations to the IMF and pay workers’ salaries and pensions next week. (AFP)
  • Romania: Seven foreign nationals accused of recruiting members and spreading propaganda for IS and al Qaeda were scheduled for deportation. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan signed into law a security bill which grants extensive powers to the police and was opposed strongly by Turkey‘s opposition parties and human rights watchdogs. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The main border crossing between Syria and Jordan remained closed and chaotic, with insurgents wrangling for control after seizing and looting the crucial gateway. (NYT)
  • Iraq: In Tikrit, liberation from the IS came at a heavy price, both in loss of life and in the sheer devastation the militants left in their wake. (AP)
  • Israel: The visceral election campaign exposed a rift that many thought had long subsided — the deep-seated schism between Jews of European and Middle Eastern descent. (AP)
  • Syria: US officials said a program set to train new a new force was delayed by logistical and diplomatic issues. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: An air strike on a village near Sanaa killed a family of nine, in what appeared to be a hit by the Saudi-led military campaign against Houthi militia. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Information Warfare: Vladimir Putin reportedly has an army of internet trolls who use fake accounts to flood social media with pro-Russian propaganda. (Yahoo News)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Five)
    • Location: 89 NM NE of Chuuk
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 319 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 25,213 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10,460 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 03APR: 1,322,693 (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: 30,309
      • Deaths as of 03APR: 184 (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 (05APR)

  • Chile: Anniversary of the Battle of Maipú, solidifying Chilean independence- 1818
  • Vietnam: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev to visit (to 7APR)
  • Christianity: Easter Sunday

 

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