ONS: 17 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 17, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, the principal of a northeastern school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian police named 46 people, including an ex-executive at oil giant Petrobras, as suspects in an alleged USD4.5 billion money laundering and drug operation.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe criticized Beijing for trying to “change the status quo” with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian government disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to hold a meeting with US envoy Martin Indyk.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Putin gives address on crisis ahead of Geneva meeting.
    • Security forces killed three pro-Russian protesters, wounded 13 and took 63 captive as they tried to storm a military base in Mariupol.
    • Russian President Putin said he hopes that he will not have to use his “right” to send Russian military forces into Ukraine.
    • Russian President Putin admitted for the first time that Russian soldiers were present on the Crimean peninsula before and during the referendum that backed rule from Moscow.
    • Russian President Putin said that dialogue was the only way out of the intensifying crisis.
    • Russian FM Lavrov, Ukrainian FM Deshchytsya, US Secretary Kerry and EU foreign policy chief Ashton opened discussions on the crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, NYT, NYT-2, Reuters, WP, WP-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The polls opened in the country’s presidential election with the incumbent President Bouteflika seeking a fourth term despite chronic health problems. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: Former Finance Minister Vaz will face Nuno Gomes Nabiam, a candidate seen closest to the army, in an 18MAY run-off election. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The principal of a northeastern school said she cannot confirm a military report that more than 100 female students kidnapped by Islamic militants are free. (AP)
  • Uganda: President Museveni thanked North Korea for providing military training. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police named 46 people, including an ex-executive at oil giant Petrobras, as suspects in an alleged USD4.5 billion money laundering and drug operation. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Six police officers were among nine suspected members of a kidnapping ring arrested in five different provinces. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police say they have captured a man identified as the second highest-ranking figure in the Beltran Leyva drug cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: US security officials said Ismael “El Mayo” Zambada has taken over the Sinaloa drug cartel. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Defense Ministry said 18 Taliban insurgents were killed and seven wounded in army operations around the country. (Xinhua)
  • China: The Commerce Ministry said the country’s economy is doing better than official data suggests a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low. (Reuters)
  • India: The country hosted its biggest day of voting in its election, with voting in 121 constituencies across a dozen states. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe criticized Beijing for trying to “change the status quo” with force in maritime disputes but said China was a vital economic partner. (Reuters)
  • Nepal: International rights groups said that parts of a bill proposed by the government should be rejected because it could provide amnesty to people who committed serious human rights violations during the country’s Maoist insurgency. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: Two of Amazon’s key sites in the country were the target of fresh walkouts by staff in a long-running wage dispute. (AFP)
  • Russia: Gunmen in Khasavyurt killed a member of Dagestan’s legislative assembly. (Itar-Tass)
  • Slovakia: Interior Minister Kalinak said the country has adopted special measures to strengthen the protection of the border with Ukraine. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The government disbanded an army unit that lost six armored vehicles to pro-Russian militants. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to hold a meeting with US envoy Martin Indyk. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA said the country has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium. (AP)
  • Iraq: Militants attacked a military base near Mosul killing at least 10 soldiers. (AP)
  • Jordan: A military official said one of its fighter jets crashed during a training flight, killing the pilot. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter rejected demands from the Turkish government to open an office there, following accusations of tax evasion and a two-week ban on the service. (AFP)

 

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 (18APR)

  • Iran: Iran’s National Army Day
  • Israel: Israel’s Memorial Day
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of US Embassy Bombing – 1983
  • Zimbabwe: Independence Day – 1980
  • Christianity: Good Friday

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