ONS: 20 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, popular left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi has officially submitted his candidacy for the upcoming presidential elections.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police confirmed the release of two hostages held by the National Liberation Army insurgent group (ELN) in the eastern Saravena municipality.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, at least five people were wounded Sunday by a bomb blast in Kabul.
  • EUROPE: EU energy commissioner Oettinger said there is no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: France has “information” but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is still using chemical weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Early Sunday morning attack breaches Easter truce
    • Reports from eastern Ukraine say gunmen have attacked a checkpoint manned by pro-Russian separatists near the town of Slavyansk, killing at least four people.
    • Russia’s foreign ministry said it was outraged by the attack and urged Kiev to abide by the terms of an international accord.
    • A senior mediator from Europe’s OSCE security body is due to start negotiating the surrender of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk voiced outrage at reports of masked men in Donetsk handing out papers demanding Jews to register or be expelled.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: British Foreign Secretary Hague welcomed “peaceful” presidential elections and congratulated President Bouteflika on re-election. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A police officer and a conscript were killed after armed attackers opened fire on their patrol car along the road between Cairo and Suez. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Popular left-wing politician Hamdeen Sabahi has officially submitted his candidacy for the forthcoming presidential elections. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Islamic extremist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a bus station in Abuja earlier this week. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Residents of the Caramujo shanty town near Rio de Janeiro have set fire to vehicles in protest at the deaths of two people in incidents involving the police. (BBC)
  • Colombia: National Police confirmed Saturday the release of two hostages held by the National Liberation Army insurgent group (ELN) in the eastern Saravena municipality. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s Defense Minister Onodera expressed concerns over Russian bombers flying close to its territory. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: At least five Afghans were wounded Sunday morning in a blast in eastern Kabul, though no group has yet claimed responsibility. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: State media confirmed that the military has launched an operation against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in three main areas in northernmost Kachin state early this month. (Xinhua)
  • Phillippines: Chief negotiator Miriam Coronel Ferrer, alarmed by growing number of kidnappings in the country, called on all parties including the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to assist in releasing kidnap victims. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: EU energy commissioner Oettinger said there is no danger of Europe’s access to Russian gas falling victim to possible economic sanctions in the standoff over Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Italy: The Italian mafia is killing far fewer people than it used to, according to a UN report which revealed mafia murders in the country fell by 80 percent between 1992-2012. (Telegraph)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians Sunday as they clashed with demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government said it had completed watering down and converting more than 200 kilograms of enriched uranium under a deal reached in Geneva last November. (Reuters)
  • Syria: France has “information” but no firm proof that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is still using chemical weapons. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Health authorities announced 12 new MERS coronavirus cases but insisted the patients would be cured within two weeks. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Five al-Qaeda militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike against a terrorist training center in the southern province of Abyan. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquake: 96km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 18.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 75km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 7.5
    • Depth: 30.9 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 17APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21APR)

  • Asia: 20th China-ASEAN Senior Officials’ Consultation held in Thailand to discuss regional topics like conduct in the South China Sea
  • Colombia: Anniversary of Shared Responsibility drug campaign launched – 2006
  • Syria: Candidates for the presidential election can begin to register
  • Ukraine: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden will visit Kiev to demonstrate high-level American support for Ukraine.
  • United States: 2014 Boston Marathon

 

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