ONS: 14 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: Michel Djotodia in the CAR, leader of the 24MAR coup, was elected president by the country’s acting parliament.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition issued an official complaint that the government broke election law
  • ASIA: A bus bombing in Pakistan’s
  • Peshawar killed at least nine.
  • EUROPE: Cyprus’ central bank governor called for the bank’s independence to be respected during efforts to handle the economic crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces damaged a mosque in Daraa that was a site where the country’s uprising began two years ago.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US and China agreed to establish a working group on cybersecurity issues

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Korean Peninsula: Pyongyang rejected Seoul’s call for talks; Secretary Kerry in Japan for last leg of diplomatic tour
    • North Korea rejected South Korea’s call for negotiations.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry concluded his visit to China, having secured a pledge from Beijing to work with the US in calming tensions.
    • He then arrived in Japan to continue discussions on the North Korea situation with Tokyo.
    • WSJ, NYT-1, AFP, BBC, NYT-2 , AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

 

  • Region: Research group Small Arms Survey reported that the Sudanese government has supplied arms to rebels in South Sudan. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: Michel Djotodia, leader of the 24MAR coup, was elected president by the country’s acting parliament. (Reuters)
  • Guinea: Government officials set a date for elections for 30JUN.(AP)
  • Somalia: Talks between the leaders of Somalia and the autonomous Somaliland region began in Turkey. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Gunmen attacked a court building in Mogadishu, leaving at least several dead. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Mexico: Authorities reported a suspected Sinaloa cartel member was deported from the US. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Voting in the country’s presidential election began, with establishment candidate Maduro leading in polls. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The opposition issued an official complaint that the government broke election law. (BBC)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan: An investigator team assigned by President Karzai found that 17 civilians were killed by a NATO airstrike in Kunar province in early April. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: President Thein Sein stated his country needs to learn from the violence afflicting the country to handle the challenges of democratization. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bus bombing in Peshawar killed at least nine. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bombing in the country’s northwest killed an anti-Taliban political party official. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Croatia: The country elected its first members of the European parliament ahead of its EU entry on 1JUL. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: The governor of the country’s central bank called for the bank’s independence to be respected during efforts to handle the economic crisis. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Former PM Berlusconi stated he would stand as candidate for PM for the fifth time if a snap vote is called to form a government. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Iran: State media reported the military test-fired three domestically produced missiles. (IANS)
  • Iraq: A roadside bombing north of Baghdad killed a provincial elections candidate and three others. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas accepted the resignation of PM Fayyad. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Government forces damaged a mosque in Daraa that was a site where the country’s uprising began two years ago. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al Qaida militants assassinated a Yemeni anti-terrorist official in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Cybersecurity: The US and China agreed to establish a working group on cybersecurity issues. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Imelda
    • Location: 315 NM NE of La Reunion
    • Movement: WSW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 101 KM W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 35.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepl Volcano, Mexico
    • Burst of ash. (AP)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15APR)

 

  • Europe: Multinational NATO Exercise Joint Warrior, the largest military tactical exercise in Europe, will begin in the United Kingdom (to 25APR).
  • Cambodia, Thailand: ICJ oral hearings over the Thai-Cambodia border issue will begin (to 19APR).
  • China: Icelandic PM Johanna Sigurdardottir will meet with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, President Xi Jinping and former premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing as the countries sign a free trade agreement (to 18APR).
  • China: Anniversary of the beginning of protests in Tiananmen Square – 1989.
  • France: French ministers obliged to declare assets by this date, according to PM Ayrault.
  • Georgia: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chairman’s envoy will make working trip to Georgia (to 16APR).
  • Israel: Independence Day, according to the Jewish calendar.
  • Korea, North: Birthday of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung – 1912.
  • Nigeria: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will begin visits to Nigeria, Ghana and Benin.
  • Pakistan: The country’s next anti-polio campaign will begin.
  • Russia: US National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon will arrive in Russia.
  • United States: Georgian ambassador to the US presents credentials to President Obama.

 

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