ONS: 19 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan sent troops to secure a UN base after armed civilians fired on and killed at least 48 displaced tribespeople sheltered there.
  • AMERICAS: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil from 19APR-26APR.
  • ASIA: Japan and the United States will jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost marine surveillance capabilities as regional tensions over territorial disputes grow.
  • EUROPE: The United States will use small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen’s Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russia’s education ministry has proposed a new anti-terrorism law calling for continuous monitoring of Internet use in schools and universities.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Four-way deal to be honored or more sanctions
    • The United States urged “full and immediate compliance” on a four-way agreement on Ukraine, warning Russia of new sanctions if it failed to do so.
    • Pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk dug in Friday, despite an international deal reached in Geneva.
    • Russia declared that its military was massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions.
    • Ukrainian acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya acknowledged progress achieved during the talks in Geneva, but said some differences remain.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Arabiya, CNN, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A police officer was killed in a bomb attack on a traffic police kiosk in Cairo’s busy Lebanon Square. (Al Jazeera)
  • Nigeria: Islamist militant group Boko Haram is still holding 85 girls it abducted from a secondary school this week, although the other 44 were freed. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: The government sent troops to secure a UN base after armed civilians fired on and killed at least 48 displaced tribespeople sheltered there. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Cuba, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil from 19APR-26APR. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The country’s National Human Rights Commission is launching an investigation into the deaths of four migrants attacked by an armed gang aboard a freight train in Oaxaca state. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and the United States will jointly help Southeast Asian nations boost marine surveillance capabilities as regional tensions over territorial disputes grow. (AFP)
  • India: Millions voted in the biggest day of the general election, which pits the ruling Congress party against the main opposition BJP. (BBC)
  • Japan: Tokyo and Washington moved closer to bridging remaining gaps concerning the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The United States will use small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about Russia. (NYT)
  • France: Four French journalists held captive in Syria for almost a year were free and “in good health” on Saturday, said President Francois Hollande. (AFP)
  • Ireland: A prominent dissident Irish republican was shot dead on Friday, the latest incident in the highest levels of violence since a 1998 peace deal. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The opposition Labor Party announced it had hired President Obama’s chief campaign advisor David Axelrod to help it return to power next year. (LAT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: To block Hamid Aboutalebi, Iran’s newly appointed UN ambassador, from entering the United States, President Obama signed into law an act that bars entry of certain representatives to the UN. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Divisions remain with the Shi’ite community ahead of nationwide elections on 30APR, after Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ismail Al-Sadr criticized a controversial fatwa banning the election of secular candidates. (Al-Awsat)
  • Syria: Activists say a suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a checkpoint near the government-controlled town of Salamiya, killing at least six people. (AP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike Saturday killed 15 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in the central Baida province, a stronghold of the extremist group. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Russia’s education ministry has proposed a new anti-terrorism law calling for continuous monitoring of Internet use in schools and universities. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 59km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 24.4 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 36km NNW of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 24.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 135 (Guinea, Liberia)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 17APR: 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-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20APR)

  • United States: Anniversary of Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion – 2010
  • United States: Anniversary of shooting at Columbine High School in Denver, Colorado – 1999
  • Christianity: Easter Sunday

 

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