ONS: 15 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, gunmen travelling in two cars abducted the Jordanian ambassador to Tripoli, Fawaz Aitan.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities announced the capture of Antonio Reina Castillo, the leader of crime ring Los Rojos (The Reds).
  • ASIA: Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid was kidnapped in Kabul.
  • EUROPE: An OSCE official said a new round of talks over Moldova’s dispute with the pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr is expected to take place in May.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi authorities closed down Abu Ghraib prison over security concerns with its location in “a restive area.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google acquired Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, which is developing jet-sized drones that are intended to fly non-stop for years.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government moves to quell unrest amid heightened tensions with Russia.
    • Acting President Turchynov told the country’s parliament that an “anti-terrorist operation” is under way in part of the eastern Donetsk region.
    • Acting President Turchynov accused Russia of harboring “brutal plans” to destabilize the southeast.
    • Russian FM Lavrov warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the “criminal” act would undermine talks planned in Geneva.
    • Two pro-Russian politicians were attacked by pro-Ukrainian activists in Kiev.
    • The UN said in a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine that corruption, a lack of independence of the judiciary and a lack of free elections were among the root causes of popular protests that took place from November to February.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, CNN, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The WHO said the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has been linked to the deaths of more than 120 people. (AP)
  • Egypt: A bomb blast in Cairo wounded two policemen and a civilian. (AFP)
  • Libya: Gunmen travelling in two cars abducted the Jordanian ambassador to Tripoli, Fawaz Aitan. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The government said the country will go ahead with hosting the World Economic Forum on Africa in Abuja next month. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: President Bashir issued a decree banning political parties from holding meetings without permission from the authorities. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: FM Baird is to visit the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia, and Estonia from 22APR to 28APR. (Itar-Tass)
  • Mexico: Authorities announced the capture of Antonio Reina Castillo, the leader of crime ring Los Rojos (The Reds). (Xinhua)
  • United States: Authorities in California dismantled a drug trafficking organization that sent narcotics smuggled in from Mexico to communities across the country. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Deputy Minister of Public Works Ahmad Shah Wahid was kidnapped in Kabul. (BBC)
  • Korea, North: The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) reported that a growing black market economy in the country is increasingly allowing private citizens to engage in illicit activity that funnels hard currency to the regime. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: President Park Geun-hye apologized for the latest scandal to rock the intelligence service where three officials have been charged with conspiracy to fabricate evidence against a man accused of spying for North Korea. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The MILF denounced the killing of four of its members in clashes with soldiers, just two weeks after a peace deal was signed. (AFP)
  • Thailand: One person was shot dead at the site of an anti-government rally in Bangkok. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Authorities reported that a suspected migrant-smuggler was shot and killed off the Aegean Sea island of Kos after attempting to ram a pursuing coast guard vessel. (AP)
  • Moldova: An OSCE official said a new round of talks over the dispute with the pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr is expected to take place in May. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: RWE, Germany’s second-biggest power supplier, said it will restart gas deliveries to the country as Russia threatens to cut off its energy supplies. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Assailants firebombed a police car in Manama in the latest in a string of attacks on security forces. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Authorities closed down Abu Ghraib prison over security concerns with its location in “a restive area.” (AP)
  • Syria: State media reported that mortar rounds fired on Damascus killed one and wounded at least 41 people. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen shot dead the vice governor in the province of Baida. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google acquired Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, which is developing jet-sized drones that are intended to fly non-stop for years. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 2279km SSW of Hermanus, South Africa
    • Magnitude: 6.9
    • Depth: 11.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 14APR: 228 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 14APR: 92 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16APR)

  • Israel and Palestine: Negotiators from both sides will meet with US mediators to further discuss the peace process
  • United States: Anniversary of Virginia Tech Massacre – 2007

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