ONS: 11 April 2015

by admin on April 11, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Jihadists who pledged allegiance to the IS posted a video appearing to show them fatally shooting an Egyptian soldier and beheading another captive.
  • AMERICAS: A top US diplomat met Venezuelan President Maduro earlier this week in Caracas, after tensions flared between the two governments in recent weeks.
  • ASIA: At least 20 Pakistani laborers were killed and three others injured when gunmen opened fire at a camp in the southwestern Turbat district.
  • EUROPE:  The head of the Ukraine’s Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said President Poroshenko’s statements about Donbass’ reintegration were mere “wish-wash.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Defying a government ban, hundreds of Iranians protested against Saudi Arabia over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the Sunni kingdom.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine began manipulating residents by sending out mass text messages to discredit Ukrainian authorities, a military spokesman said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Americas: Presidents Obama and Castro broke historic ground at the Summit of the Americas – a major milestone for regional diplomatic rapprochement.
    • American and Cuban leaders held their first meeting in more than 50 years, a milestone signifying the two nations’ intensifying efforts to restore full diplomatic relations.
    • US President Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro stood near each other at a historic Summit of the Americas, marking a major milestone in their efforts to end decades of animosity.
    • After his ice-breaking handshake with Cuba’s leader, President Obama looked to the Summit of the Americas to chart a less conflictive future with Latin America, a region that has long chafed at Washington’s dominance.
    • President Obama has told Latin American leaders that the days when his country could freely interfere in regional affairs are past.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Jihadists who pledged allegiance to the IS posted a video appearing to show them fatally shooting an Egyptian soldier and beheading another captive. (AFP)
  • Libya: A delegation of lawmakers head to Washington next week, as part of UN efforts to create a stable unity government, the US State Department said. (AFP)
  • Mali: The rebel coalition said it was not ready to give preliminary approval to a UN-backed peace proposal a day after the government announced it would. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Votes were cast in gubernatorial and state assembly polls, bringing an end a remarkable election cycle that saw the first win for an opposition presidential candidate in the country’s history. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Incoming President Buhari’s pledge to defeat Boko Haram faced an unexpected adversary: deadly violence between Christians and Muslims that has spread along with the Islamist onslaught. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC rebel negotiator said during Havana Peace Talks, “You cannot give a treatment that was designed for criminal groups to rebels.” (Reuters)
  • Haiti: A joint US-Haiti Coast Guard rescue effort recovered 21 dead bodies from a migrant boat capsize site between Cap Haitien and Port de Paix. (Independent)
  • Venezuela: A top US diplomat met Venezuelan President Maduro earlier this week in Caracas, after tensions flared between the two governments in recent weeks. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Armed men fatally shot the chief financial official of Wardak province near the Governor’s House. (Xinhua)
  • China: A Tibetan nun set herself on fire to protest China’s rule over the Himalayan region and to voice support for the Dalai Lama. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The country was accepted as a founding member of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). (Yonhap)
  • Thailand: A car bomb that exploded on Samui Island injuring seven people may be linked to the country’s political turmoil. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least 20 laborers were killed and three others injured when gunmen opened fire at a camp in the southwestern Turbat district. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO exercises began off Scotland involving at least 55 warships, 70 aircraft and 13,000 sailors, and will include submarine hunts, amphibious landings and ship against ship attacks. (Independent)
  • Finland: Foreign Minister Tuomioja said that an announcement signed by five Nordic defense ministers did not bring forth any new policies. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: The Army will bring around 100 tanks sold to industry back into service, the Ministry of Defense said. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said President Poroshenko’s statements about Donbass’ reintegration were mere “wish-wash.” (TASS)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: IS recruiters posted jobs online for supporters who do not want to join the fight, such as “fitness instructors, press officers, and bomb makers.” (Independent)
  • Iran: The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Powers, criticized Iran’s record of women’s rights, such as stoning, lack of protection from domestic abuse, and few political rights. (RFE/RL)
  • Iran: Defying a government ban, hundreds protested against Saudi Arabia over the alleged abuse of two Iranian pilgrims visiting the Sunni kingdom. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Islamic State executed over 40 people, mostly security force members, in Anbar Province. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Pro-government forces repelled an attack on a key airport during a fierce battle in which they lost 20 fighters but killed almost as many militants. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Psychological Warfare: Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine began manipulating residents by sending out mass text messages to discredit Ukrainian authorities, a military spokesman said. (Kyiv Post)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Solo)
    • Location: 374 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SE at 11 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Joalane)
    • Location: 544 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: ESE at 6 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 (12APR)

  • Philippines: Philippines Independence Day

 

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