ONS: 17 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Amnesty International said Sudan’s indiscriminate bombing of South Sudan’s rebellious Kordofan province is exacerbating a development crisis by displacing people and disrupting agriculture.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, a letter mailed to the office of Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) tested positive for Ricin, a potentially fatal poison.
  • ASIA: In India, at least 16 people were injured in an explosion near the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the country’s main opposition party in the southern city of Bangalore.
  • EUROPE: Kosovar and Serbian PMs met in Brussels for the latest round of EU-brokered talks after Serbia rejected a compromise proposal last week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, gunmen in two SUVs opened fire on a military checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing one and wounding five, while a car bomb nearby killed two civilians and wounded six others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyber activists hacked into Kuwait’s information ministry website and posted a speech that earned an opposition leader a five-year prison term.

 

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Two rockets fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in the southern resort city of Eilat although no casualties were reported.
    • The city’s airport was closed as a precaution and a flight to Tel Aviv that had recently taken off was grounded.
    • Officials said the country’s Iron Dome missile intercept system did not engage to intercept the rockets despite being positioned near the city.
    • Islamist militants have gained strength in the Sinai since the fall of the Mubarak regime although it is not apparent who carried out the attack.
    • The Egyptian military announced it was still investigating whether the attacks originated in the Sinai Peninsula but had confirmed nothing.
    • A Salafi jihadist group, The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, claimed responsibility for the rocket attacks.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, BBC, Reuters, Haaretz, AFP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: The government will convene commissions to prepare electoral lists soon as it speeds up preparation for July’s election, which hopes to end the year-long political crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: The Security and Civil Defense Corps impounded five vessels as part of a campaign to fight crude oil theft which has compelled several oil companies to suspend operations in the oil-rich country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Amnesty International said the country’s indiscriminate bombing of South Sudan’s rebellious Kordofan province is exacerbating a development crisis by displacing people and disrupting agriculture. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: President Lobo continued to reshuffle his cabinet, naming Mireya Aguero as the new FM and Arturo Corrales as the new Security Minister. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities found at least seven bodies in clandestine graves in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, where two drug cartels have been fighting a war for years. (AP)
  • United States: A letter mailed to the office of Senator Roger Wicker tested positive for Ricin, a potentially fatal poison. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles distanced himself from post-election violence after seven fatalities were reported to avoid a further escalation of the dispute. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • China: A two-vessel fleet of the PLA Navy began patrolling the territorial waters surrounding the disputed Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (Xinhua)
  • India: At least 16 people were injured in an explosion near the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party, the country’s main opposition party in the southern city of Bangalore. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The country’s foreign ministry rejected US offers for a resumption of peace talks because of preconditions of denuclearization. (FT)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Suu Kyi sought to enlist the cooperation of the military in reforming the country’s controversial constitution. (Kyodo)
  • Philippines: The leftist rebel group NPA released four government militiamen who were seized in the south, after negotiations with the government. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The PMs of Serbia and Kosovo met in Brussels for the latest round of EU-brokered talks after Serbia rejected a compromise proposal last week. (AFP)
  • Cyprus: A prominent EU lawmaker derided the bailout deal because it failed to address the country’s reunification which he claimed is necessary for economic stability. (AP)
  • Hungary: The EU criticized the government for failing to comply with EU law after a court stipulated legislation forcing the early retirement of a number of judges and prosecutors. (AP)
  • Russia: The trial of opposition leader Alexei Navaly for embezzlement charges began in the northern city of Kirov but adjourned after merely 40 minutes to allow his lawyers more time to prepare. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A plane at the airport in Istanbul evacuated its passengers after finding a note suggesting there was a bomb on the plane, although none was found upon inspection. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen in two SUVs opened fire on a military checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing one and wounding five, while a car bomb nearby killed two civilians and wounded six others. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Outgoing PM Fayyad urged the PA to hold a new round of elections, saying it is the only way to end the rift between the West Bank and Gaza. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists claimed a rocket attack by government forces on a village near the central city of Homs killed at least 12, including children. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Kuwait: Cyber activists hacked into the country’s information ministry website and posted a speech that earned an opposition leader a five-year prison term. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • 51.6 mi E of Khash, Iran
      • Magnitude: 7.8
      • Depth: 51 mi
      • Map
      • 14.3 mi SE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea
        • Magnitude: 6.6
        • Depth: 8.1 mi
        • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18APR)

  • Global: The P5 nuclear powers will meet in Geneva to discuss a wide spectrum of issues pertaining to measures to strengthen the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (to 19APR).
  • Global: G20 finance ministers to meet in Washington DC (to 19APR).
  • Iran: National Army Day.
  • Italy: The country’s parliament will begin voting to select a new president to replace Giorgio Napolitano.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of the car bomb explosion in front of the US embassy in Beirut that killed 63 people – 1983.
  • Nigeria: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) will hold its national convention where it hopes to adopt a resolution collapsing the party into All Progressive Congress, APC.
  • Syria: UN/AL Envoy Brahimi will present a report to the UN Security Council on the violence.

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