ONS: 14 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan prosecutors prepared to start the trial of deposed leader Gaddafi’s sons and former officials.
  • AMERICAS:  In Kansas, at least three people were killed during separate shootings at a Jewish community center and a retirement community.
  • ASIA: Chinese police seized a large cache of weapons including 15,000 guns and 120,000 knives from an illegal arms ring and detained 15 suspects.
  • EUROPE: The UNSC held emergency talks after Ukraine declared a “full-scale” military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its east.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel described as “unacceptable” remarks by US Secretary Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The German Aerospace Center confirmed a report by German magazine Der Spiegel that said it was the target of a suspected espionage attack for several months.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Bombings at bus station in Abuja.
    • Dozens of people were killed in two blasts that hit a crowded bus station on the outskirts of Abuja.
    • The blast ripped a hole four feet deep in the ground of Nyanya Motor Park, some 10 miles from the city center, and destroyed more than 30 vehicles.
    • A reporter with online Nigerian news site Premium Times counted at least 50 bodies, while witnesses said the final toll would likely be much higher.
    • There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Malian President Keita arrived in Senegal for a two-day “state visit” and talks with President Sall in Dakar. (AFP)
  • Algeria: The Defense Ministry reported that six armed militants were killed in weekend operations in the center and far east of the country. (AP)
  • Egypt: US Defense Secretary Hagel and his new counterpart GEN Sobhi had a phone conversation over regional security issues and bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Prosecutors prepared to start the trial of deposed leader Gaddafi’s sons and former officials. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: A fire in Valparaiso killed at least 16 people and destroyed more than 500 homes. (AP)
  • Mexico: Suspected Caballeros Templarios drug cartel gunmen engaged in a shootout with vigilantes in Michoacan. (EFE)
  • United States: At least three people were killed during separate shootings at a Jewish community center and a retirement community in Kansas. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Nine civilians were killed and three others wounded in attacks around the country. (Xinhua)
  • China: Police seized a large cache of weapons including 15,000 guns and 120,000 knives from an illegal arms ring and detained 15 suspects. (AFP)
  • India: The head the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tipped to win ongoing national elections, ruled out any change in the country’s “no-first-use” nuclear weapons policy. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The government denied any connection to three crashed drones recovered in South Korea, and accused Seoul of “fabricating” a link in order to smear Pyongyang. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least two drivers in a convoy of Afghanistan-bound NATO tankers in the country’s restive north-west were shot dead. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Macedonia: The country’s presidential election is expected to require a run-off vote later this month after preliminary results showed the incumbent falling short of outright victory. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov accused Western countries of “off the scale” hypocrisy over the crisis in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Spain: King Juan Carlos began a visit to the United Arab Emirates accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes government ministers and representatives of major Spanish companies. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The UNSC held emergency talks after the government declared a “full-scale” military operation against pro-Russia forces, amid deadly clashes in its east. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Interim President Turchynov signaled support for a national referendum on turning the ex-Soviet republic into a federation with broader rights for its heavily Russified east. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Industry Minister Nematzadeh said the country could be a “reliable, secure and long-term” supplier of gas to Europe. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government described as “unacceptable” remarks by US Secretary Kerry suggesting cautious openness to negotiating a nuclear deal that would keep Iran six to 12 months away from bomb-making capability. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Regime forces retook the Christian town of Maalula in Damascus province. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said a 13th consignment of chemicals was shipped out of Latakia port. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The German Aerospace Center confirmed a report by German magazine Der Spiegel that said it was the target of a suspected espionage attack for several months. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Ita)
    • Location: 260 NM NNE of Brisbane, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 26 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 11APR: 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 (15APR)

  • Belarus: Russian-Belarusian special operations drill to take place in Belarus
  • China: Anniversary of the beginning of protests in Tiananmen Square – 1989
  • China: 115th China Import and Export Fair (to 05MAY)
  • China: Russian FM Lavrov to visit.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US President Bush declaring end of Saddam Hussein’s regime – 2003
  • Israel: Independence Day
  • United States: Anniversary of Boston Marathon bombings – 2013
  • Judaism: First day of Passover

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