ONS: 17 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 17, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Sicilian fishing cooperative said a boat with seven crew members was taken by armed men 40 miles off Libya’s coast and was being brought to the port of Misurata.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico’s Congress approved freedom of information legislation that will allow public access to data from almost any entity that receives government funding in a 264-68 vote.
  • ASIA: Newly released satellite images show that China is building a concrete runway on an island in a contested area of the South China Sea that will be capable of handling military aircraft.
  • EUROPE: The US Army said that about 300 US paratroopers arrived in Ukraine to train the country’s National Guard.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President Assad accused Turkey of undermining a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Bloomberg terminals used by subscribers to make trades using real-time developments in business and finance were struck by a “global network problem”.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: UN calls for ceasefire as airstrikes continue.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for “an immediate ceasefire in Yemen by all parties” as he prepared to begin searching for a new peace envoy to the country.
    • At least 20 rebels were killed, and two tanks and four armored vehicles destroyed, in the overnight air strikes on a convoy headed out of Al-Anad air base.
    • Tribal sources said that two suspected al-Qaeda militants were killed in a drone strike believed to have been carried out by the US.
    • Al Qaeda militants took control of a major airport and an oil export terminal in the southern part of the country.
    • Iraqi PM Abadi sought to distance himself from earlier criticism of the Saudi air campaign, and welcomed news that the Saudi embassy in Baghdad will reopen.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: US President Obama nominated career foreign service officer Jeffrey Hawkins Jr. to become the US ambassador to the country. (AP)
  • Libya: A Sicilian fishing cooperative said a boat with seven crew members was taken by armed men 40 miles off the country’s coast and was being brought to the port of Misurata. (AP)
  • South Africa: Police fired rubber bullets to disperse immigrants who had armed themselves with machetes in Johannesburg amid a wave of anti-immigrant attacks. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Vatican said that Pope Francis is planning to visit Cuba in September as part of a trip that will also take him to the US. (AFP)
  • Chile: Masked demonstrators clashed with police as tens of thousands of students gathered to protest corruption and education conditions. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Congress approved freedom of information legislation that will allow public access to data from almost any entity that receives government funding in a 264-68 vote. (AP)
  • United States: The emerging economies of the G-24 group criticized the country for holding up reforms of the IMF. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • China: Newly released satellite images show that the country is building a concrete runway on an island in a contested area of the South China Sea that will be capable of handling military aircraft. (NYT)
  • India: Police arrested prominent separatist leader Masarat Alam Bhat in Kashmir after he headlined at a pro-Pakistan rally. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: President Joko Widodo swore in Badrodin Haiti as the new national police chief. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe met the governor of Okinawa on an ongoing dispute over the relocation of a US military base. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Junta-appointed PM Prayuth Chan-ocha hailed the performance of his government and said criticized changes to the constitution were needed to end the country’s political crisis. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU said it will host fresh talks next week between prime ministers Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Isa Mustafa of Kosovo as part of efforts to normalize their ties. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Renzi is to meet with US President Obama for talks on a range of issues, including Ukraine, Libya and, ISIS. (AP)
  • Spain: Former IMF chief Rodrigo Rato said he plans to cooperate with justice officials after investigative tax agents searched his apartment and office in Madrid. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The US Army said that about 300 US paratroopers arrived in the country to train the country’s National Guard. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government criticized an Amnesty International report claiming that government reforms failed to end serious violations of human rights in the country. (AP)
  • Iraq: PM Abadi said he had asked for more protection for the Reuters office in Baghdad after the news agency’s bureau chief left the country due to threats. (Reuters)
  • Syria: President Assad accused Turkey of undermining a UN plan for a ceasefire with rebels in Aleppo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Bloomberg terminals used by subscribers to make trades using real-time developments in business and finance were struck by a “global network problem”. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 52km E of Palaikastron, Greece
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 20.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Colima Volcano, Mexico
    • Ash plume. (AFP)
  • 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 16APR: 1106 (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 16APR: 421 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18APR)

  • Iran: Iran’s National Army Day
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of US Embassy Bombing – 1983
  • Zimbabwe: Independence Day – 1980

 

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