ONS: 10 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 10, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Somalian government issued bounties for 11 top leaders of al Shebab, with USD250,000 offered for the extremists’ chief, Ahmad Umar.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary Kerry and Cuban FM Rodriguez met in Panama City ahead of the Summit of the Americas, the first meeting of this level since 1958.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Carter promised that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea.
  • EUROPE: The Defense Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland and Iceland’s Foreign Minister pledged to step up military cooperation in a declaration which referred to Russia as the “biggest challenge to European security”.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS fighters are holding hostage at least 50 civilians seized in a raid on a village in Hama province on 31MAR.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US military announced new steps to speed up weapons development, cut red tape, and tap innovation in the commercial sector.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Pakistani Parliament votes to remain neutral in conflict as strikes intensify.
    • Warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition launched airstrikes on Aden overnight in the most intense strikes since the launch of the campaign.
    • The Red Cross said it flew an aircraft into Sanaa, delivering its first medical aid to the capital since the Saudi-led coalition launched the operation.
    • Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced the Saudi airstrikes as “a crime” and “a genocide”.
    • Pakistan’s parliament voted unanimously to remain neutral in the conflict after five days of debate in which lawmakers expressed concern that Pakistan’s army could become entangled in an unwinnable conflict.
    • While the resolution is non-binding, PM Sharif said this week he planned to act in accordance with parliament’s decision.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The militant group that was behind a Cairo bridge bombing this week, Ajnad Misr, appointed a new leader after his predecessor was killed in a shootout with police. (AP)
  • Kenya: Aid agencies warned that shutting down money transfer services to Somalia over suspected links to al Shebab will hit the poorest hardest and jeopardize their operations. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The government issued bounties for 11 top leaders of al Shebab, with USD250,000 offered for the extremists’ chief, Ahmad Umar. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Secretary Kerry and Cuban FM Rodriguez met in Panama City ahead of the Summit of the Americas, the first meeting of this level since 1958. (AFP)
  • Region: The US State Department recommended that Cuba be removed from the US blacklist of alleged state sponsors of terrorism. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Foreign Ministry said that it is only holding a North Korean ship that ran aground in its waters last year in order to comply with UN rules. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Defense Department is to tighten rules governing how defense companies spend its research budget after a report said too much was used to bolster firms’ bids for contracts or create their own proprietary technology. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Carter promised that the US would deploy state of the art weaponry in Asia to counter threats posed by the likes of North Korea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban suicide car bomb targeted a NATO convoy in Jalalabad killing at least three civilians while 12 civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Ghazni. (AFP)
  • China: The Foreign Ministry said the country only seeks peace in the South China Sea, rejecting comments by US President Obama that Beijing is using its muscle to intimidate neighbors in territorial disputes. (AP)
  • Malaysia: The government-controlled parliament approved tougher penalties under a sedition law that the UN called a threat to human rights. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The Defense Ministers of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland and Iceland’s Foreign Minister pledged to step up military cooperation in a declaration which referred to Russia as the “biggest challenge to European security”. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel’s security ministers approved the export of the fifth of six submarines that Israel is purchasing. (DPA)
  • Russia: Greek PM Tsipras met with the head of the country’s Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, as he wrapped up a trip aimed at closer relations with Moscow. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A court placed under arrest pending trial 17 soldiers charged in a controversial case over the interception of a consignment that allegedly contained arms bound for Syria. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: Security forces killed an Islamist militant with ties to the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in a shootout in Tripoli. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Representatives of the government and opposition wrapped up four days of talks in Moscow, with an opposition leader calling for a third UN-sponsored international conference. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that ISIS fighters are holding hostage at least 50 civilians seized in a raid on a village in Hama province on 31MAR. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Palestinian leadership rejected the idea of joining the conflict in Yarmuk camp. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US military announced new steps to speed up weapons development, cut red tape, and tap innovation in the commercial sector. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Twentythree)
    • Location: 581 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: S at 12 mph
    • Winds: 52 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Joalane)
    • Location: 517 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: ESE at 3 mph
    • Winds: 86 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 09APR: 11020 (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 09APR: 416 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11APR)

  • Judaism: Last Day of Pesach (Passover)

 

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