ONS: 08 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Mozambican government pledged to maintain law and order after rebels connected with the Renamo opposition party allegedly perpetrated several attacks last week
  • AMERICAS: FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo joined a team of negotiators in Havana trying to hammer out a deal with the Colombian government.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a court summoned former dictator Musharraf to appear in connection with allegations of treason stemming from actions taken while in power.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, clashes broke out between protestors and police outside a prison complex where nearly 10,000 people turned out to protest the mass trial of 275 accused of plotting a coup.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The IDF closed the border with Gaza after rockets were fired from the territory into the south of the country on Yom Hashoah, the Jewish day of commemoration for Holocaust victims.
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence records from the 1970s many of which were originally marked secret.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: Tensions grew with the South after a South Korean official suggested that the country was planning another nuclear test.
    • The South Korean official quickly recanted his statement, saying that he “misspoke,” but that Pyongyang is prepared for another test at any time.
    • The top US military commander in South Korea canceled a trip to Washington to testify before Congress due to “heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula.”
    • The country pulled its 53,000 workers out of the joint Kaesong industrial zone as tensions escalated and after days of barring South Korean workers from entering.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, CNN, Xinhua

 AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: A court once again delayed the appeal of an imprisoned blogger and opposition leader jailed last year on terrorism charges. (AFP)
  • Mozambique: The government pledged to maintain law and order after rebels connected with the Renamo opposition party allegedly perpetrated several attacks last week. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Qatar pledged USD500 million in aid to rebuild the western region of Darfur, plagued by a decade-long civil war. (AFP)

 AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC leader Pablo Catatumbo joined a team of negotiators in Havana trying to hammer out a deal with the government. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Security forces killed four FARC rebels and captured two others near the border with Panama. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Supporters of opposition leader Henrique Capriles flooded the streets of the capital to show their support ahead of next weekend’s presidential election. (AP)

 ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb exploded under a bus in the central province of Wardak killing nine and wounding at least 22. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: PM Hasina ruled out a new blasphemy law despite a massive campaign by Islamists to introduce the death penalty for such an offense. (AFP)
  • China: President Xi said that the days of “ultra-high speed” economic growth were over for the country but underscoring that the economy remains solid. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Strategy and Finance Minister Hyun Oh Seok expressed concern about Japan’s expansionary economic policy after the central bank decided to devalue the Yen. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: A court summoned former dictator Musharraf to appear in connection with allegations of treason stemming from actions taken while in power. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Cameron launched an EU tour to promote the need to reform the EU, which many in Britain believe has overreached itself. (DPA)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho announced severe public spending cuts after a court rejected a number of austerity measures and the EU warned the nation to respect the terms of the international bailout. (AFP)
  • Russia: Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he was prepared to go to jail on embezzlement charges he says are being directed by Russian President Putin himself. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Clashes broke out between protestors and police outside a prison complex where nearly 10,000 people turned out to protest the mass trial of 275 accused of plotting a coup. (AFP)

 MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government executed seven men convicted of terrorism-related offenses despite widespread calls for the country to put a moratorium on its use of the death penalty. (AFP)
  • Israel: Ibrahim Baroud, a Palestinian prisoner and member of Islamic Jihad, was released from prison after 27 years in jail, seven of which were spent in solitary confinement. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The military closed the border with Gaza after rockets were fired from the territory into the south of the country on Yom Hashoah, the Jewish day of commemoration for Holocaust victims. (AP)
  • Syria: A newspaper reported that the exile SNC has lost clout inside the country to extremist Islamist factions within the Free Syrian Army. (Xinhua)
  • United Arab Emirates: The US Navy cleared sailors aboard a support vessel of violating the rules of engagement when it fired on a small fishing boat off of Dubai, killing one and wounding three. (AP)

 TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • WikiLeaks: The whistle-blowing website published more than 1.7 million US diplomatic and intelligence records from the 1970s many of which were originally marked secret. (AFP)

 WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 21S (Twentyone)
    • Location: 385 mi SW of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 12.6 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Maps
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09APR)

  • Brazil: LAAD Defense and Security International Exhibition will begin in Rio de Jeneiro; this event brings together Brazilian and international companies specialized in supplying equipment, services and technology to the Armed Forces, Police and Special Forces, Security Services, consultants and government agencies (to 12APR).
  • Georgia: Anniversary of Georgian independence from the USSR – 1991.
  • Japan: US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment Robert Hormats will visit Tokyo to engage Japanese government officials and private sector representatives on a wide range of economic, energy and environment issues (to 11APR).
  • Iraq: Tenth anniversary of US-led forces taking control of Baghdad, which sealed the ouster of Saddam Hussein’s regime – 2003.
  • Kenya: President-Elect Uhuru Kenyatta will be sworn in.
  • Nigeria: ESQ Oil & Gas Conference 2013 will be held in Lagos (to 10APR).

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