ONS: 07 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian police fired tear gas at protesters outside a Cairo court as several thousand people rallied in Egyptian cities to mark the founding of a key activist group opposed to President Morsi.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan acting president Maduro accused former US officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich of plotting to kill him to prevent his victory in next week’s presidential elections.
  • ASIA: Police in Nepal arrested protesters for attacking a media vehicle and threatening people as transportation across the country was blocked by groups opposing elections.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Kerry arrived in Turkey to discuss Syria’s civil war and the Middle East peace process.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaida’s leader urged Muslims in Arab Spring countries to unite and institute an Islamic state.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Several of Israel’s government websites were hit by cyberattacks, but most of the targeted sites appeared unaffected.

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: International pressure on DPRK rises as US works to reduce tensions
    • China said it had asked the DPRK to ensure the safety of its diplomats after a warning that missions should consider evacuating, and that it would not tolerate “troublemaking” on its doorstep.
    • Nine factories suspended production in the DPRK’s industrial park after five days of being cut off from their supply of materials and food.
    • Japan will order its armed forces to shoot down any DPRK missile headed towards its territory.
    • The ROK said its top military officer has put off a plan to visit Washington due to current tension with the DPRK.
    • A senior US defense official said the Pentagon has delayed an intercontinental ballistic missile test for next week at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California amid mounting tensions with the DPRK.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, DPA

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police fired tear gas at protesters outside a Cairo court as several thousand people rallied in Egyptian cities to mark the founding of a key activist group opposed to President Morsi. (AFP)
  • Mali: A surprise operation in Bamako to disarm police thought to be close to the authors of the 2012 coup sparked a clash that left one soldier dead. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: Armed men from the former rebel group Renamo attacked a truck and a bus carrying civilians in central Sofala province, killing two. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Representatives of donor countries and aid groups gathered to endorse a strategy to rebuild the Darfur region. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: The government turned down a senior US foreign affair official’s offer to send election observers in exchange for lobbying to have the sanctions against the country lifted. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: A federal prosecutor opened an investigation into allegations that former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was involved in a vote-buying scheme in Congress. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The army suspended operations in the country’s southwest in a move reports said was meant to allow FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo to exit the country to attend peace talks in Cuba. (AFP)
  • Dominican Republic: A former director of the country’s National Drug Control Agency was extradited to the US to face drug trafficking charges. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Acting president Maduro accused former US officials Roger Noriega and Otto Reich of plotting to kill him to prevent his victory in next week’s presidential elections. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Up to nine militants were killed and 16 others injured in an ongoing operation in Badghis. (Xinhua)
  • China: The government stepped up efforts to curb a bird flu outbreak centered in Shanghai. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Police arrested protesters for attacking a media vehicle and threatening people as transportation across the country was blocked by groups opposing elections. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Poll officials approved former military dictator Pervez Musharraf to contest the upcoming general election. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Emigration from the country rose by nearly a third last year to 79,000. (AFP)
  • Montenegro: Voting in a presidential election began amid high unemployment. (AFP)
  • Turkey: US Secretary Kerry arrived in the country to discuss Syria’s civil war and the Middle East peace process. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The president pardoned a former interior minister and a close ally of imprisoned former PM Tymoshenko. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al-Qaida’s leader urged Muslims in Arab Spring countries to unite and institute an Islamic state. (AP)
  • Iran: Iran and world powers failed to break the deadlock in the crisis over Tehran’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Twenty-six people were killed and dozens injured in separate attacks throughout the country. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Premier-designate Tammam Salam said that he supports the freedom of the Syrian people while insisting his country remain neutral in its neighbor’s civil war. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A senior Palestinian official said that the Palestinian National Authority is seeking new peace ideas from US Secretary Kerry. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Several of Israel’s government websites were hit by cyberattacks, but most of the targeted sites appeared unaffected. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical CYclone 21S
    • Location: 230 NM SSW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: W at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08APR)

  • Global: IAEA International Conference on Effective Nuclear Regulatory Systems will begin in the Hague (to 12APR).
  • Global: Third Review Conference of the States Parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention in Ottawa (to 19APR).
  • China: US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats will visit Beijing for bilateral consultations with Chinese officials and to deliver the keynote address at the US-China Internet Industry Forum (to 09APR).
  • The Netherlands: Russian President Putin visits with PM Rutte and the countries’ business captains.
  • Nigeria: At least 400 citizens of Niger Republic will stage a protest in Lagos to distance themselves from accusations of terrorism.
  • Senegal: French Economy and Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici will visit Dakar for the finance ministers meeting of the Franc zone.
  • South Africa: Clean Technology World Africa 2013, a conference dedicated to the latest clean technology market opportunities, will begin in Johannesburg (to 11APR).

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