ONS: 13 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 13, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Polls opened in Sudan’s presidential and parliamentary elections that are expected to extend the rule of incumbent Omar al-Bashir as the opposition boycotts.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian attorney general said he is investigating 22 generals for their alleged roles in the murder of civilians in the “false positives” scandal.
  • ASIA: The Philippines said China’s reclamation work in the South China Sea had destroyed about 300 acres of coral reef, causing annual estimated losses of USD100 million to coastal nations.
  • EUROPE: Observers reported that fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine, after more than a month of relative calm.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions in southern Yemen, including the rebel-held presidential palace in Aden.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Security firm FireEye released a report claiming that the Chinese government is behind a newly discovered set of cyber attacks waged against government agencies, corporate companies and journalists across India and Southeast Asia over the past ten years.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: International community condemns growing instability.
    • A bomb exploded outside the Moroccan embassy in Tripoli, just hours after a gun attack on the building housing South Korea’s mission to the country.
    • Militants claiming loyalty to ISIS said on twitter they were responsible for both attacks.
    • European powers and the US pressed Libya’s rival factions to set an “unconditional” ceasefire at talks on forming a unity government.
    • The UNSG Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the attack on South Korea’s embassy.
    • Talks are due to resume in Algiers and focus on the formation of a unity government and security issues.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua, Yonhap

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Residents reported that Boko Haram militants driven out of cities by a regional military offensive are increasingly taking refuge on remote islands in Lake Chad. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Officials reported that the party of outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan won a landslide victory in the governorship election for the key oil-producing Rivers state. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Polls opened in presidential and parliamentary elections that are expected to extend the rule of incumbent Omar al-Bashir as the opposition boycotts. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for anti-government demonstrations across the country. (AP)
  • Colombia: The attorney general said he is investigating 22 generals for their alleged roles in the murder of civilians in the “false positives” scandal. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Marines and police arrested a man authorities describe as a leading cocaine trafficker for the Sinaloa drug cartel. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines said China’s reclamation work in the South China Sea had destroyed about 300 acres of coral reef, causing annual estimated losses of USD100 million to coastal nations. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A government official said a major Taliban attack killed 18 soldiers. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Two student activists were shot dead as the largest Islamist party tried to enforce a nationwide strike to protest at the execution of a senior leader. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: A Navy spokesman said that the country wants to hold regular military exercises with the US near the Natuna archipelago. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Police said they suspect Muslim separatists are behind six killings in the country’s far south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: The coast guard recovered the bodies of nine dead boat migrants and 144 survivors in a rescue operation off the coast of Libya. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Dozens of suspects went on trial over the country’s worst mining disaster that left 301 miners dead last year. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Observers reported that fighting has picked up in the east of the country, after more than a month of relative calm. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: State television reported that the country has suspended all minor hajj trips to Saudi Arabia amid growing diplomatic tensions between the two countries. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: HRW said in a new report that Jewish West Bank settlements are using Palestinian child labor in farming. (AP)
  • Syria: EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jouriva said that the number of Europeans fighting with jihadist groups in the country could exceed 6,000. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led warplanes hit rebel positions in the south of the country including the rebel-held presidential palace in Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security firm FireEye released a report claiming that the Chinese government is behind a newly discovered set of cyber attacks waged against government agencies, corporate companies and journalists across India and Southeast Asia over the past ten years. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (14APR)

  • Global: The anniversary of British liner Titanic colliding with an iceberg in the North Atlantic and begins sinking – 1912
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: To host a major regional trade fair, Monstar 2015
  • Europe Region: Joint European Union V4 Battle Group in Slovakia (to 16APR)
  • Iran and United States: A US Senate committee will vote April 14 on a bipartisan measure requiring President Barack Obama to submit any international nuclear deal with Iran for congressional review
  • United States and Iraq: U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi will meet in Washington
  • United States: Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s shooting – 1865

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