ONS: 12 April 2015

by admin on April 12, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Islamic militants attacked South Korea’s embassy in Tripoli, killing two Libyan security guards.
  • AMERICAS: About 200 Central American migrants planning to take part in traditional “Viacrucis” protest were hemmed in by Mexican immigration checkpoints.
  • ASIA: Security was tightened nationwide after a senior Islamist was hanged for war crimes during the 1971 independence conflict.
  • EUROPE: Pope Francis used the word “genocide” to describe the 1915 mass murder of Armenians in a move likely to severely strain diplomatic ties with Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks against the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq’s largest, a senior army officer said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media giants Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram have adopted camouflaged marketing techniques from a Facebook program designed to advertise without disturbing the user.

 

TOP STORY

  • Americas: Summit of the America’s conference
    • The meeting between Presidents Obama and Castro overshadowed key Summit topics such as climate change, peace in Colombia, and Argentina’s longstanding claim of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands.
    • President Obama said he has not yet decided on whether to remove Cuba from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List, following his first in-depth talks with Cuban leader Raul Castro on the sidelines of a regional summit.
    • Both Presidents Obama and Castro said they will continue to move ahead toward the normalization of bilateral ties, though deep and significant differences remain.
    • Venezuelan President Maduro said following his “short meeting” with President Obama in Panama, an “opportunity could open up for relations of respect” between the two countries.
    • Unprecedented face-to-face talks with Cuban President Castro and a first meeting with Venezuelan President Maduro hinted at peaceful diplomatic regional shifts.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, XIN, XIN-2. XIN-3

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The White House lashed out at the country for jailing a US-Egyptian citizen for life over Islamist protest violence, calling for his “immediate release.” (AFP)
  • Libya: Islamic militants attacked South Korea’s embassy in Tripoli, killing two Libyan security guards. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Voting has been extended into Sunday in a key regional election after irregularities at some polling stations. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Agence France-Presse (AFP) published a timeline of events since the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok a year ago. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: President Obama announced that Brazilian counterpart Rousseff will visit Washington on June 30, almost two years after she cancelled a trip over a US spying scandal. (AFP)
  • Brazil: Almost two thirds favored the impeachment of President Rousseff over a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: About 200 Central American migrants planning to take part in traditional “Viacrucis” protest were hemmed in by Mexican immigration checkpoints. (AP)
  • United States: Hillary Clinton is expected to finally announce her candidacy for US President Sunday. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: PM Abbott said his nation will adopt a “no jab, no pay” policy to block parents who refuse to vaccinate their children from accessing some government benefits. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Security was tightened nationwide after a senior Islamist was hanged for war crimes during the 1971 independence conflict. (AFP)
  • India: Maoist rebels attacked a group of policemen patrolling in a central forest, killing seven and wounding another 10. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: President Park Geun-hye called for boosting cooperation with North Korea on trans-boundary rivers management. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO believes that Russia has supplied more troops and weapons to pro-Russian separatists in east Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Region: Pope Francis used the word “genocide” to describe the 1915 mass murder of Armenians in a move likely to severely strain diplomatic ties with Turkey. (AFP)
  • Estonia: President Toomas Ilves called for a permanent NATO force to be stationed in his country in response to Russian aggression. (BBC)
  • Greece: A civil war “was brewing” resulting from the presence of a Canadian gold mining project described by protest signs a “curse” to the country. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Obama expressed optimism that major world powers could finalize a deal to curb the nuclear program despite strong words this week from the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Islamic State militants launched suicide attacks against the Baiji oil refinery, Iraq’s largest, a senior army officer said. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Salman relieved Health Minister al-Khatib, the second removing of a minister handling social welfare issues in the space of a month. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led air strike hit a base killing 15 rebels, after 12 people died in overnight fighting in main southern city Aden. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Stealth PR: Social media giants Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram have adopted camouflaged marketing techniques from a Facebook program designed to advertise without disturbing the user. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Solo)
    • Location: 116 NM N of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 22S (Joalane)
    • Location: 544 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: S at 14 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 25,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10,587 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10APR: 1,338,026 (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 10APR: 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 (13APR)

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of start of Lebanese Civil War – 1975
  • Libya: Peace talks to resume in Algiers
  • Russia and the Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Abbas to meet with Russian President Putin in Russia
  • Russia and Ukraine: European Union-brokered negotiations on Russian gas supplies will continue
  • Sudan: Sudan presidential election

 

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