ONS: 08 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan security officials reported that the leader of an al-Qaeda-inspired group believed to be behind a recent wave of assassinations of policemen and judges has been killed.
  • AMERICAS: The death toll from two days of gunfights in Mexico’s northern state of Tamaulipas rose to 24.
  • ASIA: Chinese Defense Minister Chang Wanquan began talks with visiting US Defense Secretary Hagel on bilateral ties and issues of common concern.
  • EUROPE: The EU’s highest court ruled that an EU data retention directive, requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, was invalid.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US official said Iranian government negotiators and world powers began a third round of nuclear talks aimed at reaching a final agreement by late July.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A court sided with the FTC’s attempt to punish companies for poor security standards that lead to data breaches.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: NATO hardens stance on Russian policy toward Ukraine.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen warned Russia it would be committing a “historic mistake” if it intervened further in Ukraine, urging Moscow to “step back”.
    • Russia warned Kiev that any use of force in Ukraine’s pro-Russian east could tip the country into civil war.
    • Interior Minister Avakov reported that pro-Russia demonstrators who seized the regional administration building in Kharkiv had been driven out of the building and about 70 arrested.
    • President Turchynov said he would treat Russian separatists who have seized buildings in the east of the country as “terrorists”.
    • German Finance Minister Schaeuble warned that turmoil in Ukraine could threaten Berlin’s bid to produce a balanced budget next year.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: At least seven people were killed and 21 injured after an attack carried out by armed men from Chad at Ngbengbere village. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Security officials reported that the leader of an al-Qaeda-inspired group believed to be behind a recent wave of assassinations of policemen and judges has been killed. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities ordered massive deployment of police personnel to northern Zamfara state to tackle the recurring attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A leading opposition party accused security agents of preventing it from holding a discussion forum the day after President Bashir said parties have freedom to operate. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru and Ecuador agreed to strengthen relations in defense and border security. (Xinhua)
  • Canada: Quebec voted out a separatist government, choosing the federalist Liberal party to lead. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Defense Minister Pinzon said the government plans to regulate the sale of acids following a spate of recent attacks. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The death toll from two days of gunfights in the northern state of Tamaulipas rose to 24. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Authorities received more than 3,000 reports of violations from the presidential election, exceeding the tally following a 2009 vote that was marred by widespread fraud. (Reuters)
  • China: Defense Minister Chang Wanquan began talks with visiting US Defense Secretary Hagel on bilateral ties and issues of common concern. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A bomb blast on a train travelling in Baluchistan killed at least 12 people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front said it has formed a political party as it continues its demilitarization process. (AP)
  • Thailand: PM Yingluck Shinawatra expressed concerns over recent bombings in the southernmost province of Yala. (Xinhua)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s highest court ruled that an EU data retention directive, requiring telecoms companies to store communications data of EU citizens for up to two years, was invalid. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Lawmakers are set to vote to deny Catalonia’s quest for an independence referendum. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan was quoted as saying the country’s first directly elected president will be a more powerful figure than the current largely ceremonial role. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: At least eight police officers, including intelligence officials and two deputy police chiefs, were arrested in connection with illegal wiretappings. (DPA)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: State television reported that Iran started a joint naval drill with the Pakistani navy east of the Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
  • Iran: A US official said government negotiators and world powers began a third round of nuclear talks aimed at reaching a final agreement by late July. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Attacks around the country left 12 dead while security forces said they killed 25 militants near Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: FM Lieberman said a planned Palestinian prisoner release will not happen as long as Palestinians pursue their bid to join UN agencies. (AP)
  • Syria: Information Minister Omran al-Zohbi said candidates for presidential elections will be able to submit their applications during the last 10 days of April. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A court sided with the FTC’s attempt to punish companies for poor security standards that lead to data breaches. (Hillicon Valley)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Peipah)
    • Location: 670 NM ESE of Manilla, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 507 NM NE of Cairn, Australia
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (09APR)

  • Georgia: Anniversary of Georgian independence from USSR – 1991
  • Indonesia: House of Representatives elections
  • Iraq: Iraq Liberation Day – 2003
  • North Korea: The 1st Session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly of (North Korea) will be convened in Pyongyang
  • Russia: Den Pobedi “Victory Day” – 1945
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of Tunisian ‘Martyrs Day’, commemorates a massacre of nationalists by French troops – 1938

 

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