ONS: 06 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Officials say militiamen in Libya detained over 50 Egyptian trucks on the road to the country’s east to protest to prosecution of members of their group in Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: Nicaraguan President Ortega defended his country’s right to strengthen its ties with Russia.
  • ASIA: Thai pro-government “Red Shirt” supporters rallied for a second day, vowing to protect PM Shinawatra, who is facing a slew of legal challenges.
  • EUROPE: The body of a far-right Ukrainian activist and reporter was found dumped in the woods with signs of torture a day after his abduction, his party said.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 75 Syrian rebels were killed when the army targeted their positions in the country’s central province of Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Navy unveiled plans to develop unmanned aircraft that would assist in resupplying troops and rescuing wounded Marines.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Citizens await presidential election results as the international community voices support.
    • A roadside bomb killed one police officer and two election commission employees in the northern province of Kunduz.
    • Ballot boxes from the country’s 34 provinces were transferred to the capital Kabul after preliminary counts at the polling sites.
    • The Electoral Complaints Commission received 162 written complaints containing evidence of voter fraud and other violations.
    • The UNSC, NATO and the US all hailed the completion of the “historic” election.
    • Source: DPA, DPA-2,  Xinhua, AFP, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-moon warned that French and African soldiers in the country were “overwhelmed” by a “state of anarchy.” (Reuters)
  • Libya: Officials say militiamen detained over 50 Egyptian trucks on the road to the country’s east to protest to prosecution of members of their group in Egypt. (AP)
  • Mali: The country’s first post-war PM Oumar Tatam Ly has been replaced six months into office after announcing the resignation of his entire government. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The country declared a year-long public security emergency after a spate of violent robberies and assaults sparked a wave of vigilante action. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The number two official in the state of Michoacan was ordered held up to 40 days while authorities investigate alleged ties with organized crime. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega defended his country’s right to strengthen its ties with Russia. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The UN expressed deep concern over the “high human cost” of anti-government protests which have left 39 people dead. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Korea, South: The military said it found an unidentified “drone” suspected to have flown from North Korea. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Leftist rebels attacked a Chinese mining company in the south, burning vehicles and disarming its guards, military and police officials said. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: A senior ruling party official offered concessions to demands made by student protesters who have occupied the country’s parliament for almost three weeks. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Pro-government “Red Shirt” supporters rallied for a second day, vowing to protect PM Shinawatra, who is facing a slew of legal challenges. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Finland: PM Katainen said he is stepping down in June and resigning as leader of the conservative National Coalition Party. (WSJ)
  • Hungary: The country began voting in the national parliamentary elections. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The body of a far-right activist and reporter was found dumped in the woods with signs of torture a day after his abduction, his party said. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu commented on a crisis in US-brokered peace talks with the Palestinians, saying the country was prepared to continue negotiations but “not at any price.” (Reuters)
  • Israel: The military conducted airstrikes on five targets in the Gaza Strip in retaliation to continued rocket fire towards the south. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: At least 75 rebels were killed when the army targeted their positions in the country’s central province of Homs. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: As many as 60 physicians have been expelled from the country’s Doctors Syndicate for treating the rebels fighting to topple the country’s administration. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US Navy unveiled plans to develop unmanned aircraft that would assist in resupplying troops and rescuing wounded Marines. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W (Peipah)
    • Location: 182 NM E-SE of Koror
    • Movement: W-NW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 599 NM E-NE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: W-SW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Ivanoe)
    • Location: 995 NM SW of Cocos Island
    • Movement: S-SW at 29 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua, Ecuador
    • Eruptions of ash up to six miles high. (BBC)
  • 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 (07APR)

  • Global: World Health Day
  • India: People’s assembly elections
  • Iran and Oman: Naval forces of Iran and Oman will hold a joint rescue drill in Iran’s southern waters (to 09APR)
  • Japan and Australia: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott will join a special meeting next Monday of Japan’s National Security Council
  • Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of protests that overthrew government – 2010
  • Rwanda: Anniversary of the start of the Rwandan Genocide – 1994
  • United States and Japan: Japan and the United States will resume talks on Pacific free trade pact

 

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