ONS: 20 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 20, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a bomb claimed by al Shabab exploded on a bus carrying UN employees in the north of the country, killing at least 10 people.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro announced that the country had received USD5 billion in financing from China for development.
  • ASIA: China’s President Xi Jinping has arrived in Pakistan, where he is expected to announce an investment of USD46 billion.
  • EUROPE: The trial of 69 members of the Greek party Golden Dawn, who are charged with running a criminal organization, was adjourned until 07MAY.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Powerful explosions hit Yemen’s capital Sanaa as Saudi led-airstrikes target suspected weapon caches and missiles held by Shiite rebels.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with US Department of Justice officials to discuss potential solutions in hopes of keeping a USD45.2 billion merger on track.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Foreign Ministers of EU member states to meet on migration following deaths in Mediterranean.
    • EU Foreign Ministers will be joined by their Interior Minister colleagues to discuss the latest migrant disaster in the Mediterranean which may have cost 700 lives.
    • EU president Latvia called on the EU’s executive arm to urgently propose new measures to strengthen Europe’s border agency to respond to the migrant emergency.
    • EU foreign affairs head Mogherini said the bloc had “no more excuses” not to act to halt the flood of migrants.
    • At least three people died when a boat carrying more than 80 migrants sank off the Greek island of Rhodes on Monday.
    • German Chancellor Merkel called on Europe to find “answers” to the ongoing migrant crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: US CIA Director John Brennan held talks with President Sisi during an unannounced visit to Cairo. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A roadside bomb claimed by ISIS killed three soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula. (AP)
  • Guinea: A government delegation met opposition leader Cellou Dalein Diallo ahead of fresh protests calling for a disputed electoral timetable to be scrapped. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A bomb claimed by al Shabab exploded on a bus carrying UN employees in the north of the country, killing at least 10 people. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: A report by monitoring group Global Witness said that Latin America was the most dangerous place for environmental and land activists, accounting for three quarters of all killings last year. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Two opposition candidates failed to become the country’s first non-Communist elected officials in decades. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro announced that the country had received USD5 billion in financing from China for development. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines voiced alarm about Chinese “aggressiveness” in disputed regional waters as it launched military exercises with the US. (AFP)
  • Australia: FM Bishop said the country and Iran will share intelligence to track foreign fighters working with ISIS in Iraq. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Armed forces chief GEN Moeldoko said the military had launched an anti-terrorism operation on Sulawesi to crack down on militants with suspected links to ISIS. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: China’s President Xi Jinping has arrived in the country, where he is expected to announce an investment of USD46 billion. (BBC)
  • Thailand: Deliberations began on a new constitution, which includes clauses to stop parties winning a majority and allows unelected officials to govern. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The euro dipped on fears about a Greek default amid ongoing talks between Greece and its international creditors. (AFP)
  • Greece: The trial of 69 members of the Golden Dawn party, who are charged with running a criminal organization, was adjourned until 07MAY. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Police arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with an alleged ISIS-inspired attack plan in Australia. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: President Rivlin granted PM Netanyahu an extension of 14 days to form a new government. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The country received the first French weapons in a USD3 billion Saudi-funded program intended to bolster its army to take on jihadist threats. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Powerful explosions hit Sanaa as Saudi led-airstrikes target suspected weapon caches and missiles held by Shiite rebels. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. are slated to sit down for the first time on Wednesday with US DOJ officials to discuss potential solutions in hopes of keeping a USD45.2 billion merger on track. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 71km E of Hualian, Taiwan
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 29.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 160km WSW of Kuripan, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 25,550 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10,587 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10APR: 1,338,026 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 30,309
      • Deaths as of 10APR: 184 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16APR: 1106 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 16APR: 421 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21APR)

  • Egypt: Egyptian court to pass judgment on ousted President Mohammad Morsi
  • Iran: Nuclear talks between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries to resume

 

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