ONS: 18 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military has admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the northeastern state of Borno were still missing.

  • AMERICAS: Leftist FARC guerrillas released a soldier they captured earlier this week in the southwestern province of Cauca, the Colombian national ombudsman’s office said.

  • ASIA: Over 30 alleged members of the leftist Philippine rebel group of New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to government troops in the south, the military said.

  • EUROPE: Seventeen soldiers were injured during a military exercise in the western Turkish province of Canakkale.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said his country had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian militants reject calls to surrender government buildings.

    • Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine’s east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities say they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

    • Acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the parliament that the government has drafted a law that would offer amnesty to all those who will be willing to lay down their arms and leave the occupied government buildings.

    • Russia, Ukraine, the EU and US earlier agreed that illegal military groups in Ukraine must leave official buildings.

    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The country’s 2014 presidential election officially concluded late Thursday amid some reported violence across the North African nation. (Xinhua)

  • Egypt: President Mansour has rejected calls to pardon pro-democracy activists jailed for holding unauthorized protests. (DPA)

  • Nigeria: The military has admitted that most of the 129 girls abducted by Boko Haram Islamists from their school in the northeastern state of Borno were still missing. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: Gunmen killed at least 20 people and wounded 70 others when they stormed a UN base Thursday, the US envoy to the world body said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Disapproval of President Rousseff is steadily mounting less than six months away from an election in which she is still favored to win a second term, according to a poll published Thursday. (Reuters)

  • Brazil: Troops patrolled the World Cup host city of Salvador after a deadly orgy of violence triggered by a police strike. (AFP)

  • Colombia: Leftist FARC guerrillas released a soldier they captured earlier this week in the southwestern province of Cauca, the national ombudsman’s office said. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China. (Reuters)

  • Afghanistan: Four personnel of Afghan Border Police were wounded in a Taliban militant ambush in the Badakshan province, a local official said. (Xinhua)

  • Cambodia: The country will hold a joint military exercise with the US aiming to build capacity for its armed forces and bolster bilateral military ties. (Xinhua)

  • India: Suspected militants have shot dead a rural body head in the country’s controlled region of Kashmir, police said Friday. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: Over 30 alleged members of the leftist rebel group of New People’s Army (NPA) have surrendered to government troops in the south, the military said. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Croatia: Economy Minister Vrdoljak said his country is making efforts to become a regional energy hub by developing oil and gas exploration terminal projects. (Xinhua)

  • Slovenia: Defense Minister Jakic held talks with NATO military leaders and senior officials of Afghanistan while making a short visit to the country earlier this week. (Xinhua)

  • Turkey: The country will ask for a discount on the price of the gas it buy from Russia, its energy minister said. (Reuters)

  • Turkey: Seventeen soldiers were injured during a military exercise in the western province of Canakkale. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said.  (AFP)

  • Iran: President Rouhani said his country had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles at an annual parade in Tehran. (Reuters)

  • Syria: The rival organisation Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has accused Al-Qaeda leaders of betraying the jihadist cause.(AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security flaws in many satellite telecommunications systems leave them open to hackers, raising potential risks for aviation, shipping, military and other sectors, security researchers said. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 1999km SSW of Invercargill, New Zealand

    • Magnitude: 6.2

    • Depth: 17.5 km

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 122km WSW of Lata, Solomon Islands

    • Magnitude: 6.0

    • Depth: 10.0 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Ubinas Volcano, Peru

    • Ash plumes reaching 4km, evacuation of 4000 people. (AP)

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 16APR: 224 (Guinea, Liberia)

        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 16APR: 135 (Guinea, Liberia)

        • Sourcing: WHO

        • Note: WHO only provides updates for EVD statistics in West Africa at this time.

    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 16APR: 243 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 16APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19APR)

  • Sierra Leone: Anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Sierra Leone – 1971

  • United States: Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing – 1995

  • Venezuela: Anniversary of Venezuela’s independence from Spain – 1810

  • Christianity: Holy Saturday

 

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