ONS: 06 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Britain said it believed terror attacks were in the final stages of planning in Mogadishu, Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: The US said it is ending its logistical and financial support of Bolivia’s fight against drugs with a donation of equipment.
  • ASIA: In Bangladesh hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied in Dhaka after an overnight “long march” to the capital, demanding the execution of atheist bloggers.
  • EUROPE: France is considering buying US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drones to boost its military capabilities.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran and the P5+1 group began the second day of nuclear talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Israeli computer system administrators and security experts are preparing for an assault by pro-Palestinian hackers, who have vowed to disable Israeli websites this weekend.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK works to heighten tensions with US and ROK
    • The DPRK warned foreign embassies in Pyongyang it was unable to guarantee their safety in the event of conflict and that they should consider evacuating missions by April 10.
    • The DPRK refused to lift a ban on South Koreans accessing their companies in a joint industrial zone on the North side of the border.
    • The Obama administration is pressuring China’s new president, Xi Jinping, to crack down on the regime in Pyongyang or face a heightened American military presence in its region.
    • The UN said its staff is continuing to work in the DPRK while Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon studies the evacuation warning.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: AQIM said French statements that its forces had killed the group’s leader in the Sahara were a “blatant fallacy.” (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: The interim government said it had held its first cabinet meeting, after seizing power in a coup last month. (AFP)
  • Mali: French FM Fabius said France would stick to plans to reduce its military presence in Mali ahead of elections in July and called on Tuareg rebels to lay down their arms. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Britain said it believed terror attacks were in the final stages of planning in Mogadishu. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The powerful UGTT trade union accused the National Constituent Assembly of seeking to limit the right to strike in the new constitution that is being drafted. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The US said it is ending its logistical and financial support of Bolivia’s fight against drugs with a donation of equipment. (AFP)
  • Colombia: FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo will join rebel negotiators in Havana for peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Haiti: A new report on American aid to Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake found that most of the money went to US-based operations. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber targeted a provincial governor’s convoy near a hospital in Zabul province. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Hundreds of thousands of Islamists rallied in Dhaka after an overnight “long march” to the capital, demanding the execution of atheist bloggers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: CENTCOM Commander General Austin met Pakistan’s chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Wynne and Army Chief General Kayani. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Three police officers were killed and three others wounded in an ambush by suspected leftist NPA rebels in Ifugao. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra ordered security agencies to provide better protection for officials and public in the restive southernmost region. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: The US and its allies secured 68 kilograms of highly enriched uranium from the Czech Republic. (AP)
  • France: France is considering buying US-made unarmed Reaper surveillance drones to boost its military capabilities. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych submitted a request to his pardons commission to consider an appeal to free Valeria Lutkovskaya, a close ally of jailed former premier Yulia Tymoshenko. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin insisted the Kremlin is committed to democracy, but said Russia needs time to overcome 70 years of Soviet rule. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry is headed to the Middle East on his third trip there in just two weeks in a fresh effort to unlock long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. (AP)
  • Iran: Iran and the P5+1 group began the second day of nuclear talks. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Gunmen suspected of being Shiite militiamen attacked the offices of four independent newspapers in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators injured 35 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: Syrian government troops clashed with rebels in a town outside Damascus. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Israeli computer system administrators and security experts are preparing for an assault by pro-Palestinian hackers, who have vowed to disable Israeli websites this weekend. (DPA)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 21S
    • Location: 220 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WNW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: 9km N of Zarubino, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 561.9 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 246km WSW of Abepura, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 68.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the establishment of the World Health Organization (WHO) – 1948.
  • Global: WHO World Health Day.
  • Jordan: US Secretary Kerry and Palestinian Authority President Abbas meet in Amman.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Third anniversary of protests that overthrew government – 2010.
  • Malaysia: Parliamentary elections will be held.
  • Montenegro: Presidential elections will be held.
  • Judaism: Yom Hashoah, the day of commemoration for the Jews who perished in the Holocaust, begins at sundown (to 08APR).

 

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