ONS: 13 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: Sudanese President al-Bashir, on a visit to Juba in South Sudan stated that trade and diplomatic relations would normalized between the two countries.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan presidential candidate Maduro’s lead in opinion polls against opposition candidate Capriles narrowed substantially
  • ASIA: Pakistani militants blew up an election office of an independent candidate in Miranshah.
  • EUROPE: A bombing in Russia’s Dagestan killed one policeman and wounded three.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two bombings north of Baghdad outside a mosque killed at least 14 and wounded 40.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter was reportedly planning to introduce a music service.

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Korean Peninsula: Secretary Kerry in China for talks; ambiguity over North’s capabilities continued
    • US Secretary of State Kerry arrived in China for talks on the ongoing tensions with North Korea.
    • Kerry reportedly pressed President Xi Jingping to help defuse tensions, stating that the nuclear impasse in Korea was at a “critical time.”
    • US analysts reportedly held contrasting views on the extent and capabilities of North Korea’s nuclear program.
    • Coverage: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, NYT-1, NYT-2, NYT-3, AP

 

AFRICA

 

  • Region: Sudanese President al-Bashir, on a visit to Juba in South Sudan stated that trade and diplomatic relations would normalized between the two countries. (Al Jazeera)
  • Egypt: A retrial of former president Mubarak for complicity in the death of protesters began in Cairo. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mali: A suicide bombing in the northern part of the country killed three Chadian soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The army stated it killed six Islamist militants during a raid in Kano. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The IMF recognized the government, allowing it to offer policy advice. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Colombia: The country’s attorney general said members of the FARC rebel group could escape jail should a peace deal be struck. (BBC)
  • United States: The DEA reported seizing $2.8 billion in drug assets over the last year. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Presidential candidate Maduro’s lead in opinion polls against opposition candidate Capriles narrowed substantially. (AP)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan: A NATO-led coalition reported a senior Taliban leader was arrested in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: Police stopped an anti-North propaganda leaflet launch. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Militants blew up an election office of an independent candidate in Miranshah. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The country’s foreign secretary stated the US would have use of its military bases in the event of war with North Korea. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: Gunmen attacked a Tamil newspaper office in the northern part of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: EU finance ministers granted bailout loan extensions to Portugal and Ireland. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: A bombing in Dagestan killed one policeman and wounded three. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government issued a blacklist against 18 US officials ostensibly for implication in human rights violations. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Iraq: Two bombings outside a mosque north of Baghdad killed at least 14 and wounded 40. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: Early voting for soldiers and security personnel began ahead of upcoming provincial elections. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government forces widened an offensive on rebel positions near the Lebanese border. (AP)
  • Syria: British scientists reportedly discovered evidence chemical weapons had been employed within Syria. (Telegraph)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Social Media: Twitter was reportedly planning to introduce a music service. (NYT)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Imelda
    • Location: 405 NM NNE of La Reunion
    • Movement: SSE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Near Kobe, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 15 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14APR)

 

  • Europe: ASIS International 12th European Security Conference & Exhibition will begin in Gothenberg, Sweden; will address a full spectrum of topics in security management (to 16APR).
  • Azerbaijan: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chairman’s envoy will make working trip to Azerbaijan (to 15APR).
  • Cameroon: Legislative elections.
  • Croatia: The country’s first European Parliament deputies will be elected ahead of an expected July entry into the European Union.
  • Israel: Memorial Day.
  • Saudi Arabia: Ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will meet to discuss deadly violence against Muslims in Myanmar.
  • Venezuela: Presidential election.

 

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