ONS: 05 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped in northern region  of Cameroon near the Nigerian border.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan attorney general formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez over anti-government protests, triggering fresh demonstrations in Caracas.
  • ASIA: Thousands of Thai pro-government “Red Shirts” massed in a show of support for PM Shinawatra warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts.
  • EUROPE: Russian giant Gazprom said that Ukraine must pay back the full discount it had been granted on Russian gas over the past four years, worth $11.4 billion.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet jointly with US envoy Martin Indyk on 06APR as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Youtube remains banned in Turkey after a court backtracked on an earlier ruling to grant access to the video-sharing site.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Voting begins in the country’s presidential elections amidst violence.
    • Polls opened as voters began casting their ballots for a successor to President Karzai.
    • The Telecommunications Ministry banned SMS service at the request of the Electoral Complaints Commission.
    • A blast wounded at least three workers at a polling center in the eastern province of Logar.
    • The Taliban attacked three polling centers in the Parwan province.
    • As many as 959 polling centers remained closed during the presidential election due to insecurity.
    • EU foreign ministers meeting in Athens expressed hope that Afghans will go to the poll despite a spike in violence.
    • Sources: AFP, Xinhua, AP, DPA, DPA-2

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Two Italian priests and a Canadian nun were kidnapped in northern region near the Nigerian border. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Deposed president Morsi is due back in court over his alleged involvement in the killing of protesters in clashes during his rule. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The US warned Americans of the risk of travelling to the country after heightened terror threats and recent violence. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Police raided a US-funded HIV project for “training youths in homosexuality,” the government said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: French Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister Laurent Fabius will visit the country on 12APR. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Federal prosecutors said the No. 2 official in the state of Michoacan is being questioned on suspicion of alleged links to the Knights Templar drug cartel. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The country’s counter narcotics agency seized 3,175 kilos of cocaine last week in the western state of Zulia. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The attorney general formally charged jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez over anti-government protests, triggering fresh demonstrations in Caracas. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Japan: US Defense Secretary Hagel vowed America would stand by its security commitments to Tokyo, after Russia’s intervention in Ukraine raised concerns of similar territorial disputes. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government and ethnic armed groups resumed part of their ceasefire talks to coordinate drafting a single document for a nationwide ceasefire proposal. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A court sentenced a Christian couple to death for sending a blasphemous text message insulting the Prophet Mohammed, their lawyer said. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Thousands of pro-government “Red Shirts” massed in a show of support for PM Shinawatra warning that they would resist attempts to oust her through the courts. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian giant Gazprom said Ukraine must pay back the full discount it had been granted on Russian gas over the past four years, worth $11.4 billion. (AFP)
  • Albania: The country’s parliament approved a loan deal of USD 452 million from the IMF. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: EU foreign ministers gathered in Athens for the second day of an informal meeting focusing on Ukraine and Syria. (AP)
  • UK: The country is holding a Chinese national wanted in the US on suspicion of conspiracy to export devices to Iran that could be used in uranium enrichment. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities formed a high level investigation committee to find out how classified information of Jordanian security officials was leaked by local media. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: A US official said the country and major world powers will begin drafting a comprehensive nuclear agreement next month. (RFE/RL)
  • Israel: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet jointly with US envoy Martin Indyk on 06APR as attempts continue to prevent the collapse of peace negotiations. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Youtube remains banned in Turkey after a court backtracked on an earlier ruling to grant access to the video-sharing site. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P
    • Location: 687 NM E-NE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: W-SW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S
    • Location: 806 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W (Peipah)
    • Location: 428 NM E-SE of Koror
    • Movement: W-NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 28 km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 63.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua, Ecuador
    • Eruptions of ash followed an eruption earlier in the day. (AP)
  • 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 (06APR)

  • Costa Rica: Presidential run-off election
  • Mali: Anniversary of Tuareg rebels proclaim independence of north Mali – 2012
  • Hungary: Parliamentary elections

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