ONS: 08 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 8, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rwandan Minster of Justice Johnston Busingye welcomed France’s declassification of documents relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Navy seized 5.2 tons of cocaine being transported in the Pacific in a St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged boat toward Central America.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Carter said new guidelines governing the Japan-US defense alliance will allow the two militaries to “cooperate seamlessly” following a meeting with Minister of Defense Nakatani.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police arrested ten people for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and ISIS.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian Reconciliation minister Ali Haidar said a military operation is necessary to expel ISIS militants from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in south Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US officials said that a cyber-attack last year did not compromise White House classified systems, but refused to confirm reports that Russia was behind the breach.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: International community increases involvement, warns of al Qaeda gains.
    • US Defense Secretary Carter acknowledged that al Qaeda was seizing terrain amid chaos in Yemen, but said that the US would continue to combat the extremist group despite ongoing fighting there.
    • Afghanistan-based jihadist group Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin, known for its past ties to Pakistani intelligence, vowed to send “thousands” of fighters to Yemen in support of Saudi Arabia.
    • Airstrikes from the Saudi-led coalition struck al-Anad airbase in south Yemen overnight and targets in areas around Aden, amid ongoing clashes between rebels and forces loyal to fugitive President Hadi.
    • US Deputy Secretary of State Blinken said the US was stepping up weapons deliveries and intelligence sharing in support of the Saudi-led coalition.
    • Iranian FM Zarf left Tehran for Pakistan for talks on the ongoing crisis in Yemen.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The US and French militaries are assisting in the search for a Romanian mineworker kidnapped in the country and believed to have been taken into Mali. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Minster of Justice Johnston Busingye welcomed France’s declassification of documents relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide, in which Kigali accuses Paris of having an indirect role. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Authorities arrested a man who once was detained at Guantanamo Bay on suspicion of playing a role in the killing last month of a local prosecutor who handled terror cases. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Colombian Navy seized 5.2 tons of cocaine being transported in the Pacific in a St. Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged boat toward Central America. (AP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers foiled the construction of a suspected drug tunnel underneath a house near the US border, arresting nine people. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced he would replace Tourism Minister Andres Izarra just as his father-in-law, the mayor of Caracas, is being charged with conspiring against the government. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An official reported that two people were killed and three wounded in an ambush aimed at police in eastern Kunar province. (AP)
  • Burma: President Thein Sein is to host talks with influential allies and rivals including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AFP)
  • Japan: US Defense Secretary Carter said new guidelines governing the Japan-US defense alliance will allow the two militaries to “cooperate seamlessly” following a meeting with Minister of Defense Nakatani. (AFP)
  • Nepal: An opposition alliance cut short a nationwide general strike over an impasse about how to approve the country’s constitution. (AP)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou said ties with China are “back to normal” after major protests against a trade pact with Beijing last year. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Air traffic controllers went on strike, prompting the cancellation of 40 percent of flights across the country. (AP)
  • Greece: A government official said the country has not asked Russia for money to help cope with its debt and wants to resolve its financial issues within the EU. (Reuters)
  • Spain: Police arrested ten people for suspected links to jihadi terror activity and ISIS. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli Army reported that two Israelis were hurt in a Palestinian stabbing attack near a settlement in the northern West Bank, with the attacker killed shortly afterwards. (AFP)
  • Syria: Reconciliation minister Ali Haidar said a military operation is necessary to expel ISIS militants from the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in south Damascus. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least ten soldiers were killed and many others wounded by a car bomb at a military checkpoint in Hama. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US officials said that a cyber-attack last year did not compromise White House classified systems, but refused to confirm reports that Russia was behind the breach. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Joalane)
    • Location: 468 NM NE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 104 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 (09APR)

  • Georgia: Anniversary Georgia Independence from USSR – 1991
  • India and France: Indian PM Modi to visit France (to 12APR)
  • Iraq: Baghdad Liberation Day
  • Jamaica and United States: President Obama to visit Jamaica
  • North Korea: The third session of the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s parliament, will convene
  • Tunisia: Tunisian ‘Martyrs Day’, commemorates a 1938 massacre of nationalists by French troops – 1938

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