ONS: 04 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 4, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the safe release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago by suspected Islamists.
  • AMERICAS: At least one person was killed and 11 injured in clashes between a holdover group of the Zapatista rebel movement and rivals with ties to the local Mexican government.
  • ASIA: Thousands of Taiwanese calling for peace and the rule of law rallied in Taipei to counter a recent series of demonstrations that turned violent and led to clashes with police.
  • EUROPE: Iran is ready to supply natural gas to European countries, the country’s Oil Minister Bjan Namda Zanganeh said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi militants attacked a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 11 people, while a family of 8 was shot dead south of the capital.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft plans to open an innovation center this spring in Miami, its first in the United States.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Ukrainian authorities expand anti-terrorist operations.
    • Authorities say Ukrainian government forces have reclaimed a television tower during a security operation to quell pro-Russian rebel activity in Kramatorsk.
    • Ukraine vowed to broaden its “anti-terrorist” operation against pro-Russian rebels.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk visited the Black Sea port of Odessa, two days after 42 died in clashes between pro-Russian militants and supporters of Kiev.
    • The head of Germany’s domestic intelligence service BfV said the Ukraine crisis will make Germany and other EU countries greater targets of Russian spying.
    • Sources: AP, AFP, AFP-2, DPA

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Chinese Premier Keqiang called on China and Africa to properly deal with problems in bilateral cooperation in a joint interview with African media. (Xinhua)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The US is ready to help fund the demobilisation of the country’s rebels, a senior US official said. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Al-Qaida inspired militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that killed three people and wounded eight on 02MAY in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan ordered top security chiefs and officials to secure the safe release of 223 schoolgirls abducted three weeks ago by suspected Islamists. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The military command moved to try to defuse unrest in the ranks by announcing it would not go ahead with the planned firing of over 400 non-commissioned officers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Rescue workers recovered the body of a fourth miner killed in a landslide at an illegal gold mine in the western part of the country. (AFP)
  • Mexico: At least one person was killed and 11 injured in clashes between a holdover group of the Zapatista rebel movement and rivals with ties to the local government. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Pakistani security official was killed from firing from Afghanistan in the mountainous border tribal region of Bajaur. (AFP)
  • India: Soldiers began patrolling streets in the northeast area of Assam after 33 Muslims were killed in carnage blamed on tribal separatists. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Leftist rebels are holding close to 40 civilians in the south and negotiations were conducted to free the hostages, authorities said. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Thousands calling for peace and the rule of law rallied in Taipei to counter a recent series of demonstrations that turned violent and led to clashes with police. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Iran is ready to supply natural gas to European countries, the country’s Oil Minister Bjan Namda Zanganeh said. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Singapore’s President Tony Tan Keng Yam will make his first state visit to Portugal and Switzerland this week. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Police said a veteran left-wing extremist may be active again after authorities found his DNA on a parcel bomb sent to a police station. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants attacked a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims north of Baghdad, killing 11 people, while a family of 8 was shot dead south of the capital. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Talks on forming a transitional unity government for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will start this week, a senior Hamas movement official said. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Al-Nusra Front has seized a moderate rebel commander in the southern province of Daraa, a monitoring group said. (AFP)
  • Syria: The army made major advances on Mleiha, a town strategically located southeast of Damascus near the airport road. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The country’s al-Qaeda branch says one of its local commanders has died from wounds suffered during an attack by the army and US drones. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Microsoft plans to open an innovation center this spring in Miami, its first in the United States. (EFE)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Noting to report.
  • Hurricanes: Noting to report.
  • Earthquakes: South of the Fiji Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 578 km
    • Map
  • 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 (05MAY)

  • Djibouti and United States: President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti will be at the White House
  • Europe Region: Eurogroup meeting to take place in Brussels
  • Europe Region: Anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe – 1949
  • Israel: Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day)
  • Mexico: Cinco de Mayo -1862
  • Paraguay: Anniversary of Gen. Alfredo Stroessner heading coup against civilian President Federico Chavez, beginning 34-year dictatorship in Paraguay – 1954
  • Tanzania: The country will host the 12th biennial conference of the International Women Judges Association in the city of Arusha.
  • Thailand: Coronation Day – 1950

 

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