ONS: 09 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 9, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, mortar fire killed 11 civilians in El-Arish in the North Sinai area.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan FM Rodriguez said she pressed a visiting US diplomat to have Washington revoke an order calling the country a national security threat.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Carter said that the latest test-firing of short-range missiles by North Korea was fresh evidence that the Korean Peninsula is a potential flashpoint for conflict.
  • EUROPE: Amnesty International said that it has evidence that Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east executed several captured government soldiers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said in a televised speech that the country will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions are lifted simultaneously.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Four technical centers in China associated with the supercomputer known as Tianhe-2 were placed on a US government list of entities determined to be acting contrary to US national security or foreign-policy interests.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran increase over conflict.
    • At least 20 Shiite Houthi rebels were killed by Saudi-led coalition air strikes and an ambush by pro-government militia.
    • Turkish President Erdogan said that the Islamic world is at risk of “disintegration” due to the current conflicts in the region between the Sunnis and Shiites.
    • Iranian President Rouhani warned Saudi Arabia and its allies that their airstrikes’ campaign in Yemen is a “mistake” and called for a halt.
    • US Secretary Kerry said that the US will not stand by while Iran provides support to Shiite rebels in Yemen.
    • Russia and Venezuela objected to a draft UN resolution that would ban arms shipments to the leaders of Yemen’s Houthi Shiite rebels and the country’s former president.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Mortar fire killed 11 civilians in El-Arish in the North Sinai area. (AFP)
  • Somalia: US President Obama extended for one year the existing sanctions against the country. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: Diplomats said that international powers will pressure the country’s leaders to end its civil war, with the AU, UN, US and China to kickstart stalled peace talks. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Cuban VP Miguel Diaz-Canel criticized the US government’s decision to declare Venezuela a national security threat. (Reuters)
  • Panama: The Electoral Tribunal lifted former President Martinelli’s immunity from prosecution, clearing the way for authorities to investigate him for alleged corruption. (AP)
  • Venezuela: FM Rodriguez said she pressed a visiting US diplomat to have Washington revoke an order calling the country a national security threat. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Gunmen dressed in military uniforms stormed a court complex in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, causing an unknown number of casualties. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: Lawmakers approved a vote to remake the country’s electoral body ahead of the next national vote in 2018 (AP)
  • Korea, North: US Defense Secretary Carter said that the latest test-firing of short-range missiles by the country was fresh evidence that the Korean Peninsula is a potential flashpoint for conflict. (AP)
  • Philippines: The military reported that soldiers, backed by attack helicopters and artillery fire, clashed with at least 250 Abu Sayyaf militants in the country’s south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Television network TV5Monde was forced to broadcast only pre-recorded programs after it was hacked by individuals claiming to belong to ISIS. (AFP)
  • Greece: A Finance Ministry official said the government has given the order to repay a USD485-million loan installment to the IMF. (AP)
  • Moldova: Russian troops conducted military exercises in the country’s pro-Russian separatist region. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Amnesty International said that it has evidence that Russian-backed separatists in the country’s east executed several captured government soldiers. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said in a televised speech that the country will only agree to a final nuclear accord with six major powers if all sanctions are lifted simultaneously. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The Swedish government said that it will send armed forces to the country to support the operations against ISIS after a request from the government. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The ICRC called for immediate access for humanitarian aid to the Yarmouk Palestinian camp in Damascus. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Four technical centers in China associated with the supercomputer known as Tianhe-2 were placed on a US government list of entities determined to be acting contrary to US national security or foreign-policy interests. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Joalane)
    • Location: 513 NM ENE of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: SSE at 6 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 (10APR)

  • Global: Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama (to 11APR)

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