ONS: 10 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali PM Shirdon began a regional diplomatic tour to bolster bilateral ties between the country and its neighbors by visiting Uganda, a country that has contributed a number of troops to AMISOM.
  • AMERICAS: Acting Venezuelan President Maduro pledged to raise the minimum wage by 45 per cent if he should win the elections slated for 14APR.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani military successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload over 900 kilometers.
  • EUROPE: A northern Greek police station was attacked during a protest against the development of a gold mine in the area by a Canadian company.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  AQAP posted online an audio message from second-in-command al Shehri, who was declared dead by Yemeni authorities in January, alongside a reportedly new photo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A South Korean government official said North Korea was behind a series of attacks that crippled the networks of a number of banks and TV broadcasters.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The military may fire missiles from a number of different sites, again threatening US bases on Okinawa.
    • South Korea’s FM told lawmakers that the North is prepared to mark the 15APR birthday of its founder by firing medium-range missiles.
    • The South Korean government raised its military watch alert to “vital threat,” in preparation for another test launch.
    • ADM Locklear said the US military would only shoot down a missile launched by North Korea if its flight path appeared to threaten a US ally.
    • Despite the rhetoric, a former spy said the North’s young leader was having difficulty maintaining control of the military.
    • Coverage: Kyodo-1, Kyodo-2, AP, CNN, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Qatari PM Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani announced Qatar will give the country another USD3 billion in aid to bolster its economy and rebuild key industries. (AP)
  • Sierra Leone: A major iron ore mining company expects its output to triple in the country, which sits atop some of the continent’s largest iron ore deposits. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: PM Shirdon began a regional diplomatic tour to bolster bilateral ties between the country and its neighbors by visiting Uganda, a country that has contributed a number of troops to AMISOM. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: An appeals court upheld a decision that absolved former President Portillo of charges that he stole $15 million from the country’s Defense Department. (AP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto said he supported Japan’s entry into the TPP negotiations but added Japan should respect the principle of eliminating tariffs. (Kyodo)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro pledged to raise the minimum wage by 45 per cent if he should win the elections slated for 14APR. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four policemen were killed and two others injured when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in the south-western province of Nimroz. (DPA)
  • Bangladesh: At least 20 people were injured in clashes between police and activists near the capital on the second day of a national strike called by opposition parties. (AP)
  • Malaysia: An official said the government will hold general elections on 05MAY, in what will likely be the most contentious election in the country’s history. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The military successfully tested an intermediate-range ballistic missile which is capable of carrying a nuclear payload over 900 kilometers. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • France: The head of the central bank suggested the government freeze pensions, civil servant salaries, and social benefits in order to combat the public deficit and jumpstart growth. (AFP)
  • Greece: A police station in a village in the north of the country was attacked during a protest against the development of a gold mine in the area by a Canadian company. (AP)
  • Russia: An anti-terrorism operation began in the forest areas near the administrative border of North Ossetia targeting militant groups in the region. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Scottish first minister Alex Salmond said he believed an independent Scotland would be able to remain in NATO despite opposition to nuclear weapons. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen attacked a security checkpoint near Mosul, killing three policemen. (AP)
  • Israel: Police arrested an Israeli Arab for traveling to Syria to fight with the rebels, returning to the country after refusing to carry out a suicide attack. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The country’s information minister defended a proposed media law that would bring fines of up to USD1 million for insulting the emir or the royal family. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A bomb was defused in a southern suburb of Beirut which was allegedly planted by Syria’s al Nusra Front. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: AQAP posted online an audio message from second-in-command al Shehri, who was declared dead by authorities in January, alongside a reportedly new photo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-security: A South Korean government official said North Korea was behind a series of attacks that crippled the networks of a number of banks and TV broadcasters. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 21S (Imelda)
      • Location: 713.5 mi NE of La Reunion
      • Movement: W at 8 mph
      • Winds: 69 mph
      • Map
      • Tropical Cyclone 22S (Victoria)
        • Location: 846 mi NW of Learmonth, Australia
        • Movement: SE at 9 mph
        • Winds: 69 mph
        • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 117 mi SE of Bandar Bushehr, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 6.2 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of the International Labor Organization – 1919.
  • Azerbaijan: The first international forum of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) alumni will begin (to 13APR).
  • Korea, South, Japan: NATO SG Rasmussen will visit South Korea to meet with President Park Geun-hye, FM Yun Byung-se and DM Kim Kwan Jin; later he will visit Japan (to 16APR).
  • Switzerland: Russian FM Lavrov will visit Switzerland to meet with Swiss Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter and UN heads (to 12APR).
  • Ukraine: Estonian PM Andrus Ansip will pay an official visit to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Yanukovych (to 12APR).
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of attempted coup on Hugo Chavez – 2002.
  • Hinduism: Ugadi, the New Year festival for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in southern India.

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