ONS: 09 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian appeals court rejected a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist President Morsi.

  • AMERICAS:  The AP reported that draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the US government secretly funded were overtly political, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose.

  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a bomb blast in an Islamabad market killed at least 20 people.

  • EUROPE: Italian Interior Minister Alfano said the country has rescued 4,000 immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean by boats to reach its shores in the past two days.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered his ministers to limit contact and cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers with Google and security firm Codenomicon discovered a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” in widely used Web encryption technology that makes data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU moves to reduce cooperation with Russia over Ukraine expansion.

    • The country’s Security Service said that 56 people held inside an agency’s local headquarters in Luhansk occupied by pro-Russian separatists were allowed to leave the premises.

    • Veteran Russian rights activist Sergei Kovalyov called on Europe to prevent Moscow’s “expansion” into Ukraine.

    • German Chancellor Merkel suggested that Russia is not doing enough to defuse tensions in Ukraine, and called for an international monitoring mission to be strengthened.

    • President of the EC Herman van Rompuy said the EU must rethink the EU-Russia relationship after Crimea.

    • NATO SG Rasmussen said that NATO “must prepare a readiness action plan” in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters, UPI, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The UNSC expressed concern over ongoing tensions in the country as it prepares for 2015 elections. (AFP)

  • Egypt: An appeals court rejected a request that new judges be appointed for two trials involving ousted Islamist President Morsi. (AFP)

  • Guinea: The UN World Health Organization said the number of people believed to have been killed by the Ebola virus in the country has passed 100. (BBC)

  • Nigeria: The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) umbrella group of Muslim organisations accused the country’s military of executing Muslims in the name of counter-terrorism. (AFP)

  • Sudan: The government expelled Pamela DeLargy, the head of the UN’s Population Fund in the country, and accused her of interfering in domestic affairs. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The AP reported that draft messages produced for a Twitter-like service in Cuba that the US government secretly funded were overtly political, even though the Obama administration has said the program had a more-neutral purpose. (AP)

  • Colombia: President Santos condemned the killing of three policemen in an ambush blamed on members of the FARC. (Xinhua)

  • United States: The Navy said it continued to examine options for a system to help Northrop Grumman Corp’s new MQ-4 Triton high-altitude unmanned spy plane detect and avoid other aircraft. (Reuters)

  • United States: US banking regulators ordered the eight largest “too big to fail” banks to raise capital levels in a bid to address weaknesses seen in the 2008 financial crisis. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: The government pledged to protect international aid groups targeted by Buddhist mobs in Rakhine state after criticism from foreign governments and the UN. (AFP)

  • China: The Defense Ministry expressed anger after the US House of Representatives agreed to authorize the sale to Taiwan of four second-hand US warships. (Reuters)

  • India: Maoist rebels killed three soldiers guarding polling officials in the center of the country. (AFP)

  • Indonesia: The main opposition party took an early lead in parliamentary elections expected to bolster the presidential ambitions of Jakarta governor Joko Widodo. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: A bomb blast in an Islamabad market killed at least 20 people. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Unions launched an anti-austerity general strike that has halted train and island ferry services while disrupting state hospitals and other public services. (AP)

  • Italy: Interior Minister Alfano said the country has rescued 4,000 immigrants trying to cross the Mediterranean by boats to reach its shores in the past two days. (AFP)

  • Spain: Catalonia President Mas said he would go ahead with his region’s plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition. (Reuters)

  • United Kingdom: The British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller, resigned her cabinet post following accusations of misappropriation of funds. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered his ministers to limit contact and cooperation with their Palestinian counterparts. (AFP)

  • Iran: Negotiators from the government and six world powers struggled to narrow “significant gaps” in talks. (Reuters)

  • Iraq: A wave of car bombings in mostly Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens. (AP)

  • Syria: The Red Crescent and the UN refugee agency delivered aid to rebel-held areas of Aleppo city for the first time in 10 months. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers with Google and security firm Codenomicon discovered a vulnerability called “Heartbleed” in widely used Web encryption technology that makes data on many of the world’s major websites vulnerable to theft by hackers. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 05W (Peipah)

    • Location: 643 NM SE of Manila, Philippines

    • Movement: NW at 6 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)

    • Location: 413 NM NE of Cairns, Australia

    • Movement: W at 10 mph

    • Winds: 92 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 (10APR)

  • Global: G20 members meet in Washington, DC to discuss structural reforms to boost global growth

  • Mongolia: US Defense Secretary Hagel visits the country

  • Russia:  PACE Monitoring Committee to consider a report on the country’s powers

  • Taiwan: Protesters of the China trade pact to leave the legislative chamber

 

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