ONS: 15 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 15, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Sisi’s office said that Egypt and Saudi Arabia are considering holding joint military maneuvers in the kingdom.
  • AMERICAS: The Cuban government welcomed as “fair” a US decision to remove it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • ASIA: Japan’s Air Force said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War amid probing flights from Russia and China.
  • EUROPE: HRW said that migrants are experiencing widespread harassment and abuse by police as they cross Serbia while trying to reach Western European states.
  • MIDDLE EAST: ISIS militants in Iraq launched an offensive east of Ramadi, capturing three villages that had been under government control.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU formally charged Google with abusing its dominant search market position in Europe.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Government reacts to expanded role of US Congress in nuclear deal.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said that Tehran was negotiating with world powers, not the US Congress, and called a Senate committee’s vote to give Congress the power to review any potential deal a domestic US matter.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said Tehran will not accept a deal with major powers if all sanctions imposed on Tehran are not lifted.
    • US Secretary Kerry said he was confident US President Obama would be able to get Congress to approve a nuclear deal with Iran.
    • Israeli Intelligence Minister Steinitz said Israel is pleased with the compromise deal achieved between the US Congress and the administration of President Obama.
    • Iranian nuclear spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi reported that inspectors from the IAEA arrived in Tehran to discuss “unresolved issues” surrounding a military site in Marivan.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, WP

AFRICA

  • Region: US President Obama is due to meet the presidents of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to discuss progress on the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: The head of the UN mission to the country is urging donors to contribute more than USD20 million to finance elections. (AP)
  • Egypt: President Sisi’s office said the country and Saudi Arabia are considering holding joint military maneuvers in the kingdom. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Polling stations for the general election opened for the third and last day while voter turnout remained low. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Army accused FARC guerrillas of continuing to recruit minors, after the rebel group promised to stop in February. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The government welcomed as “fair” a US decision to remove it from a list of state sponsors of terrorism. (BBC)
  • United States: A senior defense official said the military is well equipped to defend the country against cyberattacks but lacks the means to lead an offensive campaign in a fast-moving digital conflict. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he had launched a probe into reports of Panama-based Venezuelans who may have illegally obtained wealth. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing dismissed as “groundless” Philippine President Aquino’s warning that China’s actions in the South China Sea should “engender fear for the rest of the world”. (AFP)
  • Japan: The Air Force said jet fighter scrambles have reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War amid probing flights from Russia and China. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: President Park Geun-Hye promised to punish “anyone” involved in corruption as she faced a growing bribery scandal. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Foreign Secretary Rosario said the US plans to deploy advanced air and naval equipment in the country to strengthen its military presence in the region. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande is set to arrive in Switzerland for a state visit aimed at improving ties clouded by disputes over tax evasion claims. (AFP)
  • Serbia: HRW said that migrants are experiencing widespread harassment and abuse by police as they cross the country while trying to reach Western European states. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan said that the country would disregard the European parliament’s views over the 1915 mass killings of Armenians, which the Pope this week described as genocide. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: Police arrested six people on suspicion of terrorism, in an investigation linked to a group that unsuccessfully tried to cross into Syria from Turkey. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: ISIS militants launched an offensive east of Ramadi, capturing three villages that had been under government control. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli security forces arrested 29 Hamas activists overnight during a sweep in the northern West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that at least 24 people were killed in a series of government air strikes around Idlib. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU formally charged Google with abusing its dominant search market position in Europe. (AFP)

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 (16APR)

  • Global: Moscow Conference on International Security (to 17APR)
  • Israel: Independence Day Holiday – 1948
  • Libya: The country’s rival parliaments are to resume UN-brokered talks in Morocco

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