ONS: 19 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Sudan, a peacekeeper was shot dead in an attack on an AU/UN base in Darfur two days after the government announced it had regained control over the area.
  • AMERICAS: Seven Mexican officials were dismissed after being implicated in a scheme to use anti-poverty initiatives to increase support for the governing party in upcoming elections.
  • ASIA: Former Pakistani President Musharraf was arrested after a standoff with police at his home and was placed under house arrest.
  • EUROPE: French prosecutors launched an investigation into allegations that the former Libyan regime contributed to the 2007 campaign of former president Sarkozy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Bahrain, Heavy clashes between the security forces and protestors continued ahead of the F1 Grand Prix, with protestors blocking roads with burning tires and police firing tear gas and stun grenades.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The House of Representatives passed CISPA despite a veto threat from the White House and outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: One of the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings was killed in a police shootout while a manhunt is being conducted for a second suspect.
    • After holding up a convenience store, the suspects shot and killed an MIT police officer and hijacked a vehicle to escape.
    • During the ensuing pursuit, the two suspects threw IEDs and grenades at police vehicles.
    • Authorities stopped all public transport and have closed off several western suburbs, asking residents of the city and surrounding area to stay home.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, NPR, Boston Globe

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Authorities confirmed that a French family kidnapped by Islamic extremists near the Nigerian border were released after two months in captivity. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: Central African leaders agreed to increase the international peacekeeping force in the country to 2,000 to support stabilization. (WSJ)
  • Chad: ECCAS leaders in the capital decided against sacking the CAR’s PM during the country’s 18-month transition despite the opposition overthrowing President Bozize. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A peacekeeper was shot dead in an attack on an AU/UN base in Darfur two days after the government announced it had regained control over the area. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Thousands of protestors gathered in Buenos Aires to demonstrate against the government of President Kirchner, calling for judicial reform and solutions to the countries crime and high inflation. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced that since 2010 the government has reduced the rate of poverty by nearly five per cent, lifting more than 1.7 million out of poverty. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Seven officials were dismissed after being implicated in a scheme to use anti-poverty initiatives to increase support for the governing party in upcoming elections. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The electoral council announed it will audit the voting machines that were not audited election night in an apparent rejection of the opposition’s demand for a full recount. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 13 Afghan Local Police were killed in a Taliban attack on a police checkpoint in the Ghazi province. (Xinhua)
  • Cambodia: PM Hun warned of “internal war” in the country should the opposition party win in the general elections slated for 28JUL. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf was arrested after a standoff with police at his home and was placed under house arrest. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Two police officers held captive by communist rebels in a southern province escaped after seizing weapons and shooting their guards. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: PM Tigran Sargsyan will be reappointed to the post he has held since 2008 after his government resigned on 9APR. (Interfax)
  • France: Prosecutors launched an investigation into allegations that the former Libyan regime contributed to the 2007 campaign of former president Sarkozy. (AFP)
  • Italy: The center-left party backed former PM Romano Prodi in Senate elections for president, a choice that was immediately rejected by Berlusconi’s center-right coalition. (Reuters)
  • Serbia: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen said that the organization was prepared to contribute to a political solution between the country and Kosovo. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Heavy clashes between the security forces and protestors continued ahead of the F1 Grand Prix, with protestors blocking roads with burning tires and police firing tear gas and stun grenades. (BBC)
  • Israel: Two rockets fired from the Gaza Strip fell into an uninhabited southern region while no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The government opened a luxury rehab center for al-Qaeda miliants to provide counselling, spa treatments, and exercise to combat religious extremism. (AFP)
  • Syria: A civil servant was gunned down in an upscale Damascus neighborhood which is home to a number of embassies, government buildings, and intelligence buildings. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The House of Representatives passed CISPA despite a veto threat from the White House and outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 155 mi NE of Kuril’sk, Russia
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 76 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20APR)

  • Asia-Pacific: Trans-Pacific Partnership ministers will meet in Surabaya, Indonesia.
  • Asia-Pacific: China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand will begin a two-month joint campaign against drug-related crimes on the Mekong River (to 20JUN).
  • Baha’i: Ridvan, the twelve-day commemoration of the commencement of Baha’ullah’s prophethood, begins at sundown. (to 2MAY)
  • Iraq: Provincial council elections.
  • Malaysia: Day for nominating candidates for the country’s upcoming elections.
  • Turkey: “Friends of Syria” meeting held in Istanbul; US Secretary Kerry will be in attendance.
  • United States: Anniversary of Columbine High School shooting in Denver, Colorado – 1999.
  • United States: Third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico – 2010.

 

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