ONS: 12 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Further international assistance is needed to put the Egyptian economy back on track despite receiving huge loans from Gulf Arab states, the IMF said Friday.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Friday ended the 23rd round of peace talks in Havana, with progress in issues relating to illicit drugs.
  • ASIA: Australian PM Tony Abbott warned Saturday that locating Flight MH370 would still likely take a long time, despite ongoing search efforts and promising black box results.
  • EUROPE: The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) warns the EU to help Italy to deal with a dramatic upsurge in migrants and refugees, as many as 6,000 in the past four days.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, 25 years after their initial bid.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The “Heartbleed” security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment connecting homes and businesses to the Internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Action in pro-Russian eastern regions provide extra complications
    • A small group of gunmen seized a Donetsk police station in Ukraine’s restive eastern industrial heartland amid escalating protests in favor of the heavily Russified region joining Kremlin rule.
    • Ukraine’s acting PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Friday pledged rights to pro-Russian demonstrators, assuring political and business leaders in the country’s rebellious east that they would get more power to run their own affairs.
    • The Obama administration sought a response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea which aides Ukraine, supports  the country’s new leaders and reassure allies without riling Russia.
    • The Russian government ends broadcasts of Voice of America after a leading state media figure denounced the US government-funded radio as “spam on our frequencies.”
    • Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Romania called for more NATO reinforcements as the United States accused Russia of wanting to “create chaos” to have a pretext for more military intervention.
  • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, LAT, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Further international assistance is needed to put the economy back on track despite receiving huge loans from Gulf Arab states, the IMF said Friday. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: Kolo Christophe Laurent Roger named as new PM on Friday, as part of a process aimed at ending prolonged internal political turmoil. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Africa’s biggest oil company, National Petroleum Corp. promised an audit of funds amid controversy over tens of billions of dollars that it should have paid into Nigeria’s budget. (WSJ)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A private jet that took off from Brazil and entered Venezuelan airspace with its transponder deactivated was intercepted Friday by the Andean nation’s air force. (EFE)
  • Argentina: The country accused Britain of provocation with plans to hold military exercises next week in the Falkland Islands. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The government and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Friday ended the 23rd round of peace talks in Havana, with progress in issues relating to illicit drugs. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: US contractor Alan Gross who has been in jail in Cuba for more than four years has ended his week-long hunger strike with promise of more protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Three Chinese coastguard ships sailed through disputed waters off Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea Saturday, the latest such incident in a bitter territorial row between the countries. (AFP)
  • Region: Australian PM Tony Abbott warned Saturday that locating Flight MH370 would still likely take a long time, despite ongoing search efforts and promising black box results. (AFP)
  • India: The military successfully testfired an Agni-I ballistic, surface-to-surface missile from a military base in the eastern state of Odisha late Friday night, sources said Saturday. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The banned “Lashkar-e-Islam” group announced Saturday it wants to join the fragile peace process with the government. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR) warns the EU to help Italy to deal with a dramatic upsurge in migrants and refugees, as many as 6,000 in the past four days. (BBC)
  • Italy: An ex-senator friend of ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi is on the run after police issued an arrest warrant for him, ahead of a ruling next week in which he faces a seven-year sentence for ties to the Sicilian Mafia. (AFP)
  • Scotland: First Minister Alex Salmond will reach out to voters on Saturday in a key speech on the independence referendum in September, saying the ballot is about the country’s future not his party’s. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The country’s highest court on Friday overturned the provision of a new law that gave the government of PM Erdogan greater control over the judiciary. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Palestinians can join the Geneva Conventions governing the rules of war and military occupations, 25 years after their initial bid. (AP)
  • Bahrain: A homemade bomb exploded Friday just outside the capital, Manama, wounding a policeman. (AP)
  • Iran: The IMF stated the country’s economy is stabilizing and will post substantially stronger growth if a comprehensive deal with world powers on its nuclear program can be reached. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Anti-government fighters seized control of a dam in the west of the country, enabling them to flood certain areas and prevent government security forces from advancing against them. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: At least one soldier and a suspected al-Qaida militant were killed in clashes in the southern province of al-Bayda on Friday. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The “Heartbleed” security problem affects not just websites, but also the networking equipment connecting homes and businesses to the Internet. (WP)
  • Technology: Nine people charged in an alleged international conspiracy that used malicious software to gather bank account details and steal millions of dollars. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 92km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 35.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 78km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 39.4 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 11km ESE of Nandaime, Nicaragua
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 138.6 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 92km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 56.5 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 12APR: 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 (13APR)

  • China: Brazilian top legislator, Eduardo Alves, visits to meet with chairman of the NPC, Zhang Dejiang
  • Guinea Bissau: Presidential and national assembly elections
  • Kazakhstan: Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa visits to discuss wide range of issues (to 15APR)
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of start of Lebanese Civil War – 1975
  • Macedonia: Presidential elections
  • Pakistan: South Korean PM Chung Hongwon visits to discuss bilateral ties (to 16APR)
  • Christianity: Palm Sunday
  • Jainism: Mahavir Jayanti

 

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