ONS: 10 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US announced an additional USD22 million in humanitarian aid for the Central African Republic.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities seized seven tons of cocaine on a ship leaving the northern port of Cartagena.
  • ASIA: US Secretary of Defense Hagel and his Mongolian counterpart Dashdemberel Bat-Erdene signed a “joint vision” statement in Ulan Bator.
  • EUROPE: In Greece, suspected domestic terrorists detonated a car bomb outside a Bank of Greece building in Athens, causing damage but no injuries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, the al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nursa Front lost ground to ISIL around a town on the Iraqi border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Canada shut down its online tax-filing services, citing the emergence of the “Heartbleed” bug that could expose masses of critical personal information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government offers amnesty to separatists.
    • Acting President Turchynov promised not to prosecute pro-Russian militants occupying government buildings if they lay down their arms and end their siege.
    • Russia’s Foreign Ministry accused NATO of using the crisis in Ukraine to boost its appeal to members and justify its existence.
    • Finance Ministers of the Group of Seven industrial powers are to meet in Washington to discuss Ukraine amid rising worries that Russia wants to further splinter the country.
    • NATO said that up to 40,000 Russian troops are massed near Ukraine’s border.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The US announced an additional USD22 million in humanitarian aid for Bangui on the eve of a key vote at the UN to authorize the deployment of peacekeepers. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The WHO launched emergency measures in Conakry to control an outbreak of the Ebola virus that has so far killed 100 people across the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: Police are questioning three suspects in the attack on the Bamako home of former president Alpha Oumar Konare. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Islamist gunmen attacked a police station, a court and a bank in northern Jigawa state, killing seven officers and a civilian. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Instability in the Darfur region prevented top UN officials and European diplomats from visiting a camp where thousands have fled the fighting. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The UN reported that Honduras retains the world’s highest murder rate, with the Americas overtaking Africa as the region with the most peacetime murders per 100,000 people. (Reuters)
  • Argentina: The federal government is sending more than 3,000 federal agents to raid more than 80 drug “bunkers” in the city of Rosario. (AP)
  • Brazil: Six people were killed and another 26 were injured in a fire started by prison inmates. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized seven tons of cocaine on a ship leaving the northern port of Cartagena. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: French President Hollande arrived in Mexico City for a two-day state visit that will include talks with President Nieto. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five Taliban militants were killed and eight others injured in clashes in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The military said it would hold its largest-ever joint air drill with the US from 11APR to 25APR. (AFP)
  • Mongolia: US Secretary of Defense Hagel and his counterpart Dashdemberel Bat-Erdene signed a “joint vision” statement in Ulan Bator, calling for expanding military cooperation through joint training and assistance. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The interior ministry cast doubt on claims by a Baluchi separatist group that it carried out a bombing at a market in Islamabad that killed 24 people. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Student protesters have ended their 24-day occupation of Parliament. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: French President Hollande downsized his cabinet and introduced new members to the lineup following the ruling Socialists’ heavy loss in local elections. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: Suspected domestic terrorists detonated a car bomb outside a Bank of Greece building in Athens, causing damage but no injuries. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police broke up a protest by employees of a US packaging firm who had occupied their factory in Istanbul for two months to press labor demands. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwaiti officials said they soon expect to see “positive steps” taken in a dispute between Qatar and three other Gulf Arab states. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Defense Ministry said it has launched a new observation satellite into orbit. (AP)
  • Syria: The al-Qaeda affiliated Al-Nursa Front lost ground to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant around a town on the Iraqi border in heavy fighting that killed 24. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Canada shut down its online tax-filing services just weeks before millions of Canadians must file their tax returns, citing the emergence of the “Heartbleed” bug that could expose masses of critical personal information. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 275 NM NNE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 132 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 10APR: 211 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 10APR: 88 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of the International Labor Organization – 1919
  • Global: 2014 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund will begin in Washington DC (to 13APR)
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of attempted coup on Hugo Chavez – 2002

 

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