ONS: 07 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s main militia in the east agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer.
  • AMERICAS:  El Salvadorian President-elect Ceren and Honduran President Hernandez signed an agreement on a regional strategic alliance.
  • ASIA: Japan and Australia said they have reached a free-trade deal after negotiators hammered out a “substantive agreement”.
  • EUROPE: With 96 percent of ballots counted from the Hungarian parliamentary vote an official projection gave PM Orban’s Fidesz party 133 of the 199 seats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to meet again in a fresh effort to salvage the US-brokered peace process.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cuba said the US continues to use social media to “subvert” the government and that the revelation this week of a US-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples.


TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Military officer killed in Crimea amid increasing unrest.
    • A Ukrainian military officer was shot and killed in an altercation with Russian soldiers near Novofedorivka air base in Crimea.
    • Pro-Russian protesters who broke into state security headquarters in Luhansk seized weapons and highway police closed down entrances into the city.
    • PM Yatsenyuk accused Russia of being behind a series of seizures by protesters of regional government buildings and said Moscow was trying to ‘dismember’ his country.
    • The Interior Minister said pro-Russian demonstrators who had taken over a government building in Kharkiv have been cleared from the site.
    • Pro-Russian activists who seized the main administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed Monday the creation of a sovereign “people’s republic”.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, CNN, NYT, Reuters


AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court upheld three-year prison sentences for three prominent activists charged with violating a controversial law restricting protests. (AFP)
  • Libya: The country’s main militia in the east agreed to hand back control of four oil terminals it captured and shut down last summer. (AP)
  • Rwanda: The French ambassador said he has been barred from attending events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Two foreign nationals were shot dead at an airport in Galkaio. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Region: El Salvadorian President-elect Ceren and Honduran President Hernandez signed an agreement on a regional strategic alliance. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: Quebec voters head to the polls to pick a new government after a campaign that saw the separatist ruling party renew calls for independence. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A series of clashes among criminals in Tamaulipas left at least 14 dead. (AP)


ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said South Korea and Australia will sign a free trade deal this week. (AFP)
  • Region: Japan and Australia said they have reached a free-trade deal after negotiators hammered out a “substantive agreement”. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing warned the US against interfering in Hong Kong’s affairs after US VP Biden met with two of the city’s pro-democracy campaigners last week. (AFP)
  • India: Polls opened in legislative elections with the nine-phase ballot lasting until 12MAY and a vote count on 16MAY. (BBC)
  • Taiwan: Protesters said they were considering ending their three-week occupation of parliament after its Speaker intervened to try to end the standoff. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: With 96 percent of ballots counted from the parliamentary vote an official projection gave PM Orban’s Fidesz party 133 of the 199 seats. (Reuters)
  • Italy: PM Renzi is to adopt on Tuesday an economic program setting out economic growth and debt and deficit reduction targets for the next three years. (AFP)
  • Turkey: YouTube has appealed to the Constitutional Court to lift a ban. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to meet again in a fresh effort to salvage the US-brokered peace process. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government said it hopes sufficient progress will be made at talks with major powers this week to enable negotiators to start drafting an accord. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: Islamic affairs minister Nayef al-Ajmi, accused by a senior US official of promoting jihad in Syria, was reported as saying he will stay on after his resignation was rejected. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said in an interview that his Shiite group was behind a blast that targeted Israeli troops on the border between the two countries last month. (AFP)
  • Syria: State-run media reported that several rebels were killed while they were rigging a car with explosives in Homs. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cuba: The country said the US continues to use social media to “subvert” the government and that the revelation this week of a US-created, Twitter-like service for Cuba was just one of several examples. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Peipah)
    • Location: 819 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WSW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 29 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 532 NM ENE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: NNE at 2 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (08APR)

  • Armenia: The coordinating committee for air defense issues under the auspices of the CIS Defense Ministers’ Committee will hold its 40th session in the Armenian capital, Yerevan
  • Australia and China: Australia Week in China (to 11APR)
  • Brazil: LAAD Security, the International Exhibition for Public and Corporate Security (to 10APR)
  • Mexico: ISC: Expo Seguridad Mexico (to 10 APRIL)
  • Pakistan and United States: Economic talks led by Pakistan Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar (to 11APR)

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