ONS: 16 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 16, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Delegates from Libya’s rival governments gathered for what UN mediators demanded be a “final” push for a unity government.
  • AMERICAS: The treasurer of Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party, Joao Vaccari, stepped down after being arrested over corruption at Petrobras.
  • ASIA: Government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China said the search zone for missing flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the undersea area now being scanned for wreckage.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin said the country’s economy had passed the worst of the effects of an economic downturn and sanctions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian Defense Minister Dehghan said that Tehran and Moscow have agreed on the delivery of S-300 missile systems to the country and are discussing the exact dates.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new study of Iran’s cyber-activities by cybersecurity firm Norse and the American Enterprise Institute concluded that Iran has greatly increased the frequency and skill of its cyberattacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: UN Envoy to Yemen resigns as instability continues.
    • The UN envoy to Yemen, Jamal Benomar, resigned after four years in the position.
    • A UN diplomatic source said UNSG Ban Ki-moon was considering appointing Mauritanian diplomat Ould Cheikh Ahmed to the post.
    • Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir said the Saudi-led air campaign against Huthi rebels has been “very successful” and gone “beyond its goals”.
    • UN aid agencies said nearly 11 million people in Yemen are facing severe food insecurity due to the current fighting.
    • Indonesian Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto said that ambassadors from the ‘Organisation of the Islamic Conference’ urged Indonesia to broker talks on Yemen at the upcoming Asia-Africa conference.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Delegates from the country’s rival governments gathered for what UN mediators demanded be a “final” push for a unity government. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police vowed to quell a wave of anti-immigrant violence after attacks spread to Johannesburg overnight. (AFP)
  • Sudan:The country extended nationwide elections by one day after a low turnout in the election that the opposition said reflected apathy towards a vote President Bashir, even though he is widely expected to win(AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The treasurer of the ruling Workers’ Party, Joao Vaccari, stepped down after being arrested over corruption at Petrobras. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Santos lifted a suspension of air strikes against the FARC after the guerrillas were suspected of killing 10 soldiers. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities issued an alert for several states after the theft of potentially deadly radioactive material used for industrial radiography. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: FM Rodriguez said the government will conduct an “exhaustive” review of its relations with Spain amid rising tensions. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Government officials from Malaysia, Australia and China said the search zone for missing flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the undersea area now being scanned for wreckage. (AFP)
  • Australia: The government said that refugees rejected by the country will soon fly from the Pacific atoll of Nauru to be resettled in Cambodia. (AP)
  • Burma: Sixteen soldiers were killed in a major offensive to dislodge rebels from a strategic hill-top in the northeastern region bordering China. (AFP)
  • China: Visiting US Commerce Secretary Pritzker opened a three-city trade mission to the country with a call for the government to consider the requirements of its domestic industries in its internet management policies. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court stayed executions handed down by the country’s new military courts. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the latest breach of a ceasefire in the conflict over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • Region: Italian FM Gentiloni called on the EU to increase its contribution to migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin said the country’s economy had passed the worst of the effects of an economic downturn and sanctions. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Former President Abdullah Gul said the country needs a better parliamentary system, not a more powerful presidency. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Defense Minister Dehghan said that Tehran and Moscow have agreed on the delivery of S-300 missile systems to the country and are discussing the exact dates. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: A special UN tribunal began proceedings in the trial of a local television network accused of obstructing justice by releasing identities of confidential witnesses in the probe into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the conflict in the country has left more than 220,000 dead since it began four years ago. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A new study of Iran’s cyber-activities by cybersecurity firm Norse and the American Enterprise Institute concluded that Iran has greatly increased the frequency and skill of its cyberattacks. (NYT)

 

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 (17APR)

  • Global: Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs – 1961
  • Global: World Bank-IMF Annual Meeting (to 18APR)
  • Global: UN-Habitat Governing Council meeting to be held in Nairobi (to 23APR)
  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of the formation of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh – 1971
  • Syria: Syrian Arab Republic National Day / Independence from France – 1946

 

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