ONS: 16 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A survey released by UNICEF and the Somali government found that the practice of female genital mutilation is on the decline in Somalia while women’s literacy is rising.
  • AMERICAS:  Acting Venezuelan President Maduro encouraged supporters to demonstrate in support of his election as the opposition called protests against Maduro’s disputed victory
  • ASIA: A UN report showed organized crime groups dealing in fake goods, drugs, human trafficking and the illicit wildlife trade earn nearly USD90 billion every year in East Asia and the Pacific.
  • EUROPE: Belgian police staged dozens of early morning raids on radical Islamists suspected of recruiting volunteers to fight against Syria’s al-Assad regime.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahraini police raided a boy’s high school in Manama and fired tear gas during clashes with students who were angry over a fellow student’s arrest the day before.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House Intelligence Committee passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is headed for a full vote in the House of Representatives.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: FBI and Boston Police investigators searched the apartment of a “person of interest” in the Boston suburbs in connection with explosions at the Boston Marathon.
    • British officials increased security in London and urged a review of security measures for Sunday’s London Marathon.
    • Casualties reached three dead, including one eight-year-old boy, and over 140 wounded in the twin blasts
    • The Pakistani Taliban’s leader, Ehsanullah Ehsan, was quick to deny the group’s involvement in the attack despite previous threats against the US.
    • EU and NATO leaders condemned the bombings, calling them “appalling acts” and “reprehensible.”
    • Coverage: AP-1, Politico, NYT, AP-2, AP-3, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Burkina-Faso: The International Court of Justice set the border between the country and Niger after the two countries jointly requested arbitration on the issue. (AP)
  • Somalia: A survey released by UNICEF and the government found that the practice of female genital mutilation is on the decline in the country while women’s literacy is rising. (AP)
  • Sudan: FM Karti and Russian FM Lavrov are expected to meet in Moscow to discuss issues pertaining to Middle East and Africa, particularly the issue of normalization in Darfur. (Itar-Tass)
  • Tunisia: The Seychelles officially granted asylum to relatives of deposed dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali because the country believed they would not receive justice in their own country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government denounced Britain for holding military exercises in the disputed Falkland Islands which included missile launches from the islands. (Xinhua)
  • Dominican Republic: Authorities seized more than USD3 million in cash and arrested seven suspected drug traffickers, including one of the country’s intelligence officers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Acting President Maduro encouraged supporters to demonstrate in support of his election as the opposition called protests against Maduro’s disputed victory. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A UN report showed organized crime groups dealing in fake goods, drugs, human trafficking and the illicit wildlife trade earn nearly USD90 billion every year in East Asia and the Pacific. (AFP)
  • China: A white paper released by the State Council Information Office stated the PLA Navy will begin intensifying its blue water training aimed at “diversified employment” of the country’s armed forces. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: A US military helicopter crashed near the North Korean border during training exercises; there were no reported casualties. (AP)
  • Malaysia: The ruling coalition unveiled its list of candidates for the general election in May with a significant number of new candidates. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Lawmakers voted to replace a member of the country’s election commission ahead of June elections prompting from the EU and US. (AP)
  • Belgium: Police staged dozens of early morning raids on radical Islamists suspected of recruiting volunteers to fight against Syria’s al-Assad regime. (AFP)
  • Belgium: The top EU court ruled that a law stipulating that work contracts in part of the country must be written in Dutch is in breach of European Union law. (DPA)
  • Greece: Ferry and dock workers have started another 24-hour strike protesting austerity policies, leaving the country’s islands with no links to the mainland. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Police raided a boy’s high school in Manama and fired tear gas during clashes with students who were angry over a fellow student’s arrest the day before. (AP)
  • Kuwait: HRW urged the government to drop charges against people accused of offending the emir after a former MP was given a five-year jail term. (AFP)
  • Syria: President al-Assad issued a general pardon for crimes committed in the war-torn country, replacing the death penalty with a life sentence of hard labor. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A Saudi diplomat held hostage by al-Qaeda in the country for more than a year appeared in a new video published by the group urged Saudi Arabia to secure his release. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The House Intelligence Committee passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is headed for a full vote in the House. (Mashable)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 21S (Imelda)
    • Location: 426 mi E of La Reunion
    • Movement: E at 6 mph
    • Winds: 63.3 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 86km ESE of Khash, Iran
    • Magnitude: 7.8
    • Depth: 15.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17APR)

  • Cuba: Anniversary of Bay of Pigs Invasion – 1961.
  • United Kingdom: Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral will be held in London.
  • Ukraine: European Union delegation will visit Ukraine in order to assess readiness to sign association agreement.

 

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