ONS: 16 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN and aid groups are seeking USD272 million to help people fleeing the conflict in the Central African Republic.

  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Nieto opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

  • ASIA: The US State Department said China and the US have held “productive” talks on North Korea.

  • EUROPE: EU sources said the EU and Switzerland are close to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration curbs.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition fighters have been supplied with US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Major US wireless carriers and smartphone makers agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions in pro-Russian east rise ahead of talks.

    • A Ukrainian army formation in the eastern city of Kramatorsk reportedly defected to join pro-Russian separatists.

    • Russian President Putin warned German Chancellor Merkel that Ukraine was on the verge of civil war.

    • 20 pro-Russian protesters armed with Kalashnikov rifles entered the mayor’s office in Donetsk.

    • The security service said it had intercepted communications showing that Russian commanders in the east had issued pro-Kremlin militants “shoot-to-kill” orders.

    • Ukraine’s said that pro-Russian militants had taken two of its soldiers “hostage” in the eastern region of Lugansk.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5, DPA, NYT, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Djibouti transferred 267 Eritrean military deserters to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). (Xinhua)

  • Burundi: The government demanded that the UN provide evidence or apologize after an alleged UN report claimed it was arming young supporters. (AFP)

  • Central African Republic: The UN and aid groups are seeking USD272 million to aid people fleeing the conflict in the country. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized 2,877 kilos of liquid cocaine discovered in the Caribbean port of Cartagena. (EFE)

  • Mexico: The mayor of Apatzingan was arrested on suspicion of pressuring town councilors to pay off drug lords. (AFP)

  • Mexico: President Nieto opened the first High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. (Xinhua)

  • United States: New York police said that they had disbanded a controversial unit that sent undercover officers to spy on local Muslims. (CNN)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A prominent Taliban figure who recently launched a peace overture with the government has disappeared in the United Arab Emirates. (WSJ)

  • China: The US State Department said the government and the US have held “productive” talks on North Korea. (Reuters)

  • Korea, South: At least two people were dead and 300 missing after a ferry carrying 459 people sank off the coast. (Reuters)

  • Philippines: The government said it was confident a peace deal with the MILF rebel group would hold despite fresh clashes. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU sources said the EU and Switzerland are close to resolving a dispute over Swiss immigration curbs. (AFP)

  • Croatia: The Supreme Court approved the extradition to Germany of a former Yugoslav spy chief wanted for the 1983 murder of a dissident on German soil. (AFP)

  • Cyprus: Foreign Minister Kasoulides said economic sanctions by Europe against Russia “would destroy Cyprus’s economy”. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Defense Minister Dehghan said Tehran will not discuss its ballistic missiles as part of ongoing nuclear talks with world powers. (AP)

  • Iraq: Two suicide bombers blew up vehicles outside a government compound in Ramadi killing at least five. (AFP)

  • Palestinian Territories: An explosion in the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and wounded five. (AFP)

  • Syria: Activists reported that airstrikes killed at least four people in the town of Zabadani. (AP)

  • Syria: Opposition fighters have been supplied with US-made TOW anti-tank missiles in the first time a major American weapons system has appeared in rebel hands. (WP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Major US wireless carriers and smartphone makers agreed to introduce tools to enable users to lock their devices and wipe them clean of data if stolen. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)

      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 16APR: 238 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 16APR: 92 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17APR)

  • Algeria: Presidential elections

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh – 1971

  • Cuba: Anniversary of Bay of Pigs failed invasion – 1961

  • Switzerland: Russia, US, EU and Ukraine to meet in Geneva for four-way talks on the Ukraine crisis

  • Syria: Syrian Arab Republic National Day / Independence from France – 1946

 

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