ONS: 20 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s Boko Haram freed seven members of a French family kidnapped by Boko Haram gunmen in northern Cameroon on Friday.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s President Santos hinted he may run for re-election in 2014.
  • ASIA: China’s Sichuan province was struck by a  6.6 magnitude earthquake, killing at least 100 and wounding more than 2,200
  • EUROPE: Serbia and Kosovo reached a tentative power-sharing agreement designed to reduce ethnic tensions
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq held voting for provincial council elections throughout the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Planned low-cost Intel laptop and tablet devices will reportedly use Google and Microsoft’s mobile operating systems.

 

TOP STORY

  • United States: Second suspect in Boston marathon bombing captured after massive manhunt; Moscow pledged stronger ties with US
    • The second suspect, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, younger brother to the first suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, killed in a shootout with police earlier, was captured.
    • He was reported to be in serious medical condition and his Miranda rights delayed under a public safety exemption.
    • Russia and the US agreed to increase security cooperation following revelation that the two Boston marathon bombers were ethnic Chechens.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, AFP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: Seven members of a French family kidnapped by Boko Haram gunmen in the northern part of the country on Friday were freed. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Clashes between opposition activists and islamists in Cairo injured at least 82. (AFP)
  • Guinea: Opposition activists clashed with police in Conakry. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The country’s interim president assured international partners that democratic elections will be held by July. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities charged a man with plotting the 2011 Christmas day church bombing that killed 37 in Lagos. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos hinted he may run for re-election in 2014. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Press freedom group Article 19 reported it had been threatened. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro was sworn in; the government announced a widened review of disputed election results. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The country’s military pledged its allegience to newly elected President Maduro. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 12 Taliban militants were killed in a clash with police in Ghazni province. (Xinhua)
  • China: A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province, killing at least 100 and wounding more than 2,200. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The government reiterated its stance that it would not give up its nuclear weapons. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: The official campaign period began for general elections on 05MAY. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf appeared before an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on charges of illegally ordering the imprisonment of judges during his time in power. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bombing at a hospital in the northwestern part of the country killed at least four. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Serbia and Kosovo reached a tentative power-sharing agreement designed to reduce ethnic tensions. (NYT)
  • Italy: Parliamentary voting for president entered its third day as political gridlock continued. (AFP)
  • Russia: A senior government official stated that no progress was made in talks with the US on missile defense. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied ahead of the F1 Grand Prix on Sunday. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Voting was held for provincial council elections throughout the country. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: 10 police were injured in a clash at a refugee camp near the Syrian border. (AP)
  • Syria: The US was expected to announce plans for increased non-lethal aid to rebel groups in the country. (AP)
  • Syria: UN envoy Brahimi criticized the Syrian government’s lack of cooperation in negotiations. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Suspected Al Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer in Mukalla. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Computing: Planned low-cost Intel laptop and tablet devices will reportedly use Google and Microsoft’s mobile operating systems. (CNet)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 50km WSW of Linqiong, China
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 12.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21APR)

  • Israel: Defense Secretary Hagel will visit Israel.
  • Paraguay: Presidential and parliamentary elections.                                                                                                .

 

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