ONS: 11 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Kerry told a senior official in South Sudan that the Juba government needed to end the fighting in the country, as the State Department threatened sanctions.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro sat down for talks with Henrique Capriles in a first meeting with opposition leaders to end two months of deadly street protests.
  • ASIA: The Sri Lankan military shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island’s war nearly five years ago.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s Constitutional Court overturned sections of a controversial reform tightening the government’s control of the judiciary.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Swiss government said the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security experts warned that hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: NATO calls for Russian troops massed on border to withdraw.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said Russia must withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian border and enter into sincere dialogue with the West.
    • NATO released satellite photographs showing Russian military equipment, including fighter jets and tanks, that it described as part of a deployment of as many as 40,000 troops near the border with Ukraine.
    • US President Obama told German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the US and its allies should prepare new sanctions against Russia if it escalates the crisis.
    • Russian FM Lavrov warned that European stability was being threatened by rising anti-Russian sentiment over the crisis.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk told leaders in the country’s east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: UNSG Ban Ki-moon and the UNSC expressed concern at rising political violence in the country and restrictions on political rights, the press, and civil liberties in the run-up to 2015 elections. (AP)
  • Egypt: Two members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed in a shootout with security forces in the Nile Delta north of Cairo. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: HRW accused the government of treating Somalis like scapegoats amid swoops by security forces that have seen thousands arrested and scores deported. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Two Kenyan aid workers were found “lost and disorientated” after being kidnapped by al-Shabab in 2011. (BBC)
  • South Sudan: US Secretary Kerry told a senior official that the Juba government needed to end the fighting in the country, as the State Department threatened sanctions. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The security chief of jailed top drug cartel chief Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman was found dead with three other people in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. (AFP)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega declared a state of emergency after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the country killed one person, injured 33 and damaged more than 800 homes. (AFP)
  • United States: The Treasury Department said it is imposing sanctions on five members of a Mexican family for allegedly laundering money for fugitive drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro sat down for talks with Henrique Capriles in a first meeting with opposition leaders to end two months of deadly street protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Burma: Reporters Without Borders said it was “outraged” by the imprisonment of a journalist for trying to interview an education official, as local newspapers ran black front pages in protest. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government accused the US of hypocrisy for remaining silent over a South Korean missile test while condemning Pyongyang’s recent launches. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least 13 militants were killed in a bombing and a gunfight in North Waziristan, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions. (AFP)
  • Philippines: At least 18 soldiers were injured in the ongoing firefight between government security forces and Abu Sayyaf. (Xinhua)
  • Sri Lanka: The military shot dead three men during an operation against suspected Tamil separatist rebels, in the first major confrontation since the end of the island’s war nearly five years ago. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: German Chancellor Merkel is due to pay a brief visit to the country, a day after the country returned to international bond markets. (AP)
  • Portugal: The Social Democrats proposed shelving a recent debate on raising the country’s national minimum wage until the end of the European elections. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The Constitutional Court overturned sections of a controversial reform tightening the government’s control of the judiciary. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A key partner in PM Netanyahu’s coalition threatened to pull out of the government if a deal to salvage peace talks with the Palestinians includes the release of Israeli-Arab prisoners. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Swiss government said the Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions. (AP)
  • Syria: The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the death toll from infighting between rival Islamic rebel groups in the east of the country has jumped to 68 in a second day of fighting. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security experts warned that hackers could crack email systems, security firewalls and possibly mobile phones through the “Heartbleed” computer bug. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 146 NM N of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 144 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 52km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 50.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 10km W of Valle San Francisco, Nicaragua
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 13.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 84km SW of Iquique, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 17.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 11APR: 212 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 11APR: 88 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12APR)

  • China: German FM Steinmeier to visit (to 14APR)
  • Japan: Kosovo PM Thaci to visit (to 15APR)
  • Thailand: Anti-government protesters to suspend demonstrations (to 15APR) to celebrate the Thai New Year festival

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