ONS: 14 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 14, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, suspected Islamist attackers set off bombs at the Higher Education Ministry building in Mogadishu and gunmen stormed inside.
  • AMERICAS: The UNSC condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on a vehicle of the UN mission in Haiti, which resulted in the death of a Chilean peacekeeper.
  • ASIA: South Korea and Japan held their first high-level security talks in more than five years.
  • EUROPE: German FM Steinmeier said that warring parties in Ukraine should withdraw heavy weapons to bolster a shaky cease-fire.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW said that eyewitness accounts and evidence collected from Syria’s northwest “strongly” suggest regime forces dropped toxic chemicals on civilians several times last month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A report by Verizon Communications found that more than two-thirds of the 290 electronic espionage cases it learned about in 2014 involved phishing.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: PM Abadi to meet with US President Obama in Washington.
    • PM Abadi and US President Obama will discuss the fight against ISIS at a White House meeting.
    • PM Abadi is expected to seek billions of dollars in drones and other US weapons.
    • Car bombs went off Tuesday morning in and around Baghdad, killing at least 11 civilians.
    • Australian PM Abbott said 330 Australian troops were heading to Iraq for two years to train local soldiers fighting jihadists, joining an aerial and special forces contingent in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The US and the AU signed an agreement to establish a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Africa. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President-elect Muhammadu Buhari cautioned that he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Amnesty International said that Boko Haram has kidnapped at least 2,000 women and girls since the beginning of last year. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Suspected Islamist attackers set off bombs at the Higher Education Ministry building in Mogadishu and gunmen stormed inside. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said that he hopes the FARC heard the call for peace expressed by the leaders participating in the 7th Summit of the Americas. (EFE)
  • Haiti: The UNSC condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on a vehicle of the UN mission in the country, which resulted in the death of a Chilean peacekeeper. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: Authorities quarantined a US embassy staffer who came into contact with Ebola patients in Liberia, urging Washington to send a plane to evacuate him. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea and Japan held their first high-level security talks in more than five years. (AFP)
  • Burma: The government said its troops have occupied more than 20 strategic positions held by ethnic Kokang rebels, but a spokesman for the insurgents denied the claim. (AP)
  • India: A nationwide terror alert was issued, particularly in Mumbai, following intelligence inputs of a possible attack by Pakistan-based banned militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Local media reported that the country and the US will likely include an explicit reference to defense of far-flung islands in an update of security cooperation guidelines. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: At least six militants were killed in an airstrike launched by the army in Orakzai agency. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Turkey: Turkey deported nine Britons two weeks after arresting them for attempting to cross into Syria to join jihadists. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: German FM Steinmeier said that warring parties in the country should withdraw heavy weapons to bolster a shaky cease-fire. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: The military said that six servicemen were killed and 12 wounded in separatist eastern territories in the past 24 hours. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior official said that Russia could deliver sophisticated missile systems to Tehran this year after Moscow lifted a ban on supplying the weapons. (AP)
  • Syria: HRW said that eyewitness accounts and evidence collected from the country’s northwest “strongly” suggest regime forces dropped toxic chemicals on civilians several times last month. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The UNSC is to vote on a draft resolution that demands that Huthi rebels pull back and punishes them with an arms embargo and sanctions. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Armed tribesmen seized control of the country’s only gas export terminal after an army unit assigned to protect it surrendered. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A report by Verizon Communications found that more than two-thirds of the 290 electronic espionage cases it learned about in 2014 involved phishing. (WSJ)

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 (15APR)

  • China: Anniversary of the beginning of protests in Tianmen Square – 1989
  • North Korea: Day of the Sun – 1912
  • Togo: Togo elections
  • United States: Anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings – 2013

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