ONS: 06 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 6, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan fighter jets bombed two camps in Somalia’s Gedo region used by al-Shabab to cross into Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian officials said they will send more officers back into a Rio de Janeiro slum amid public outcry over a 10-year-old boy killed during a police shootout.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police reported that 17 people, including two who recently returned from Syria, had been arrested on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in Kuala Lumpur.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Poroshenko said that he does not object to a referendum that could give more powers to the eastern regions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian local media reported that the country’s Revolutionary Guard broke up a militant group linked to a “foreign intelligence” agency and killed its members.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Physics research center CERN reactivated the Large Hadron Collider after a two-year revamp.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Clashes in Aden escalate amid ongoing Saudi-led campaign.
    • Medical and army sources reported that at least 53 people were killed in 24 hours of clashes between rebels and loyalist fighters in Aden.
    • Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif said Saudi Arabia asked Pakistan to contribute aircraft, ships and ground troops to its coalition fighting rebels.
    • The Red Cross said that an aid plane is ready to leave for Yemen but its departure has been held back by logistics problems inside the country.
    • Houthi rebels said they were willing to resume talks if a Saudi-led coalition backing President Hadi stopped its bombing campaign.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenyan fighter jets bombed two camps in Somalia’s Gedo region used by al-Shabab to cross into Kenya. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Two Al-Jazeera television journalists detained by the military since 24MAR were freed. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Rebels in South Kordofan said they had captured a truck carrying ballot boxes to polling stations for nationwide elections due next week, vowing to disrupt voting. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Officials said they will send more officers back into a Rio de Janeiro slum amid public outcry over a 10-year-old boy killed during a police shootout. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Three police officers were killed and a fourth was wounded in an attack in a rural area in Norte de Santander. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Drug enforcement agents seized 1.5 tons of cocaine bound for the US, Panama, Mexico and Europe, and arrested eight suspects during an operation targeting the Clan Usuga gang. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Several roadside bombs targeting police vehicles killed at least 10 people. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court turned down a petition by an Islamic party official and upheld his death sentence for war crimes. (AP)
  • Indonesia: A court rejected appeals by two Australian drug traffickers trying to avoid execution. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country declared a no-sail zone for its ships off its east coast, suggesting missile tests are possible this week. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Police reported that 17 people, including two who recently returned from Syria, had been arrested on suspicion of plotting terror attacks in Kuala Lumpur. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: President Zeman “closed the door” of Prague Castle to the US ambassador following comments perceived as critical of his decision to attend a WWII commemoration in Moscow. (Reuters)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Varoufakis told IMF chief Lagarde that his country will repay a loan from the organization that is due this week. (AP)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev said Vietnam is close to agreeing a free trade deal with the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Poroshenko said that he does not object to a referendum that could give more powers to the eastern regions. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the country’s Revolutionary Guard broke up a militant group linked to a “foreign intelligence” agency and killed its members. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A lawyer for a female Palestinian lawmaker said the Israeli military has placed the legislator under detention for six months without trial. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A policeman was shot dead and three were wounded during a raid in the eastern city of Awamiya. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Monitoring groups reported that militants in the north of the country released two dozen women and children in exchange for a rebel commander held by pro-regime forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Physics research center CERN reactivated the Large Hadron Collider after a two-year revamp. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Haishen)
    • Location: 110 NM NW of Chuuk
    • Movement: SW at 1 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 04W (Maysak)
    • Location: 365 NM SE of Hong Kong, China
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22s (Twentytwo)
    • Location: 460 NM NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 21S (Ikola)
    • Location: 1497 NM WNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (07APR)

  • Global: World Health Day
  • China and Belarus: Belarus’ Security Council Secretary Alexander Mezhuev will visit China (to 10APR)
  • Egypt: Sham el Nessim
  • Kyrgyzstan: Anniversary of Kyrgyzstan protests that overthrew government – 2010
  • Rwanda: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide – 2004

 

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