ONS: 05 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 5, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  A non-violent reform group known as Lucha, or “Struggle for Change,” drew members from across DR Congo to campaign for an end to violence and corruption.
  • AMERICAS: Former Cuban President Fidel Castro made his first appearance in 14 months, greeting a group of Venezuelan visitors as they toured a Havana school.
  • ASIA: Bangladesh position leader Khaleda Zia left her office for the first time in three months, after deadly protests plunged the country into a political crisis
  • EUROPE: A year of armed conflict crippled monetary, budgetary, industrial, banking and energy crises that could cause Ukraine to depend on outside help for decades.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front said it will not engage in ongoing fighting between IS militants and Palestinian rivals in a Damascus refugee camp.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Saudi Arabia’s Yemen military operations information support campaign was reported by diplomats to be supported by a Dubai-based Public Relations firm

 

TOP STORY

  • Kenya: Griving Christians fearfully mourned the deaths of the 148 killed in the Garrissa U. attack during Easter celebrations.
    • Grieving Christians prayed, sang and clapped hands at an Easter Sunday service at a Catholic church in Garissa, a Kenyan town where Islamic extremists killed 148 people in an attack on a school.
    • Easter ceremonies were held to remember those who died in Thursday’s attack on Garissa University, and flags are expected to fly at half-mast.
    • Sunday’s ceremony was laden with emotion for the several hundred members of Garissa’s Christian minority, which is fearful following the attack by al-Shabab.
    • The massacre was Kenya’s deadliest attack since the 1998 bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi.
    • President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed to respond to the attack “in the severest ways possible.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, Guadian

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country evacuated 160 of its citizens from war-torn Yemen as a Saudi-led coalition continued a bombing campaign against rebel targets in the Arabian Peninsula. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: A non-violent reform group known as Lucha, or “Struggle for Change,” drew members from across the country to campaign for an end to violence and corruption. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least four people were killed when suspected Boko Haram fighters raided a local market in a village near the northeast Nigerian city of Maiduguri. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Bachelet visited the flood-hit north, vowing to “rebuild” the stricken region where at least 25 people died and 125 others are still missing. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Fidel Castro made his first appearance in 14 months, greeting a group of Venezuelan visitors as they toured a Havana school. (NYT)
  • Cuba: Foreign experts and entrepreneurs noted increasing interested in business relations, while expressing concern that the country wasn’t ready. (Telegragh)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and South Korea broadly agreed to resume a long-suspended security dialogue later this month on the current status of the Korean Peninsula and wider East Asian region. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: A prosecutor sustained injuries as a sticky bomb targeted his car in Kunduz city. (XIN)
  • Bangladesh: Opposition leader Khaleda Zia left her office for the first time in three months, after deadly protests plunged the country into a political crisis. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun Sen pledged to pass a law governing the 2,672 NGO’s operating in the country, forcing them to disclose the sources of their funding. (XIN)
  • Malaysia: PM Razak’s chief of staff and a former ambassador to the US, who was also a senior member of Najib’s party, were among six people killed in a helicopter crash near the capital. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Addressing the faithful in a rain-drenched St Peter’s Square, the Pope said: “We ask Jesus, the victor over death, to lighten the sufferings of our many brothers and sisters who are persecuted for his name, and of all those who suffer injustice as a result of ongoing conflicts and violence. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: A year of armed conflict crippled monetary, budgetary, industrial, banking and energy crises that could make it dependent on outside help for decades. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Wounded warriors of the year-long conflict have been declining treatment and therapy in favor of returning to the frontlines to fight the Russian “Nazi’s.” (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Turkish President Erdogan announced a Tuesday to the country despite a war of words over conflicts from Syria to Yemen, Tehran confirmed. (AFP)
  • Syria: The al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front said it will not engage in ongoing fighting between IS militants and Palestinian rivals in a Damascus refugee camp. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Shiite rebels captured the provincial government headquarters in Aden, pushing into new areas of the battleground southern city despite a Saudi-led air campaign. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Strategic Communications: Saudi Arabia’s Yemen military operations information support campaign was reported by diplomats to be supported by a Dubai-based Public Relations firm. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Haishen)
    • Location: 99 NM NNW of Chuuk
    • Movement: W at 3 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 339 NM NE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 35 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 (06APR)

  • Syria: Moscow to host negotiations between Syria’s government and opposition (to 09APR)
  • Christianity: Easter Monday

 

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