ONS: 15 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: The death toll in Somalia from a series of bombings and shootings in Mogadishu rose to at least 35 as security was tightened.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro won a narrow presidential election victory.
  • ASIA: Afghan opium cultivation was reported to have increased in the country for the third year in a row.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s debt inspectors reached an agreement with the country on further reforms, required for the next stage in the bailout process.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 22 Iraqis killed and 100 wounded by a series of car and roadside bombings across the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft was reported to also be working on a “Smartwatch” design, similar to the rumored Apple iWatch.

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Korean Peninsula: Continued tension as Kerry concludes trip; NATO’s Rasmussen commented on situation during visit; South Korea expressed regret over North’s dismissal
    • US Secretary of State Kerry called for dialogue at the end of his tour of Asia, amid continued uncertainty over a possible missile launch by the North.
    • NATO Secretary General Rasmussen warned that unpredictable behavior by North Korea posed the greatest security risk to the region during a visit to Japan.
    • South Korean government officials expressed “regret” over the North’s rejection of suggested negotiations.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, AFP, Kyodo

 

AFRICA

 

  • DR Congo: The Tanzanian government stated it would send troops to the country despite threats by the M23 rebel group. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The head of an extremist militia, Sufyan bin Qumu, suspected of involvement in the Benghazi attack that left a US ambassador dead was killed by gunmen. (AP)
  • Mali: Chadian President Deby stated his country’s forces were ill-suited to fighting extremists and would be withdrawing. (AP)
  • Somalia: The death toll from a series of bombings and shootings in Mogadishu rose to at least 35 as security was tightened. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Mexico: The alleged leader of the “Los Rojos” drug gang was found killed in Morelos. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro, regarded as the heir to the political legacy of Hugo Chavez, won a narrow election victory. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition candidate Capriles demanded a recount following the victory of Nicolas Maduro (AP)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in the southern part of the country killed at least seven and wounded four. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Opium cultivation was reported to have increased in the country for the third year in a row. (NYT)
  • China: Authorities reported a record seizure of heroin in the northwestern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike in the northwestern part of the country killed at least four militants. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The army reported killing eight Muslim militants during an assault in the southern part of the country. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Germany: A new anti-euro political party held its first formal party congress. (NYT)
  • Greece: International debt inspectors reached an agreement with the country on further reforms, required for the next stage in the bailout process. (AP)
  • Turkey: Jailed Kurdish rebel leader Ocalan stated he is hopeful peace walks with the government will succeed. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Iraq: A series of car and roadside bombings struck seven cities across the country, killing at least 22 and wounding 100. (Al Jazeera)
  • Kuwait: A prominent opposition leader was jailed for five years for insulting the Emir. (BBC)
  • Syria: Government airstrikes reportedly killed at least 25, including at least 12 children, in strikes across the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Secessionist gunmen attacked a government compound in the country’s south, injuring three. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Mobile Technology: Microsoft was reported to also be working on a “Smartwatch” design, similar to the rumored Apple iWatch. (SlashGear)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Imelda
    • Location: 340 NM ENE of La Reunion
    • Movement: SE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16APR)

 

  • Africa: MASK-Africa Food Security Summit will begin in Kampala, Uganda (to April 17).
  • Armenia: Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) chairman’s envoy will make working trip to Armenia (to 17APR).
  • Philippines: China-Philippine Trade and Investment Forum and Networking will be hosted in the Philippines.

 

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