ONS: 21 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s President Morsi announced plans to reshuffle his cabinet.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition and election officials expressed differing expectations for an audit of disputed election results.
  • ASIA: North Korea reportedly moved two additional missile launchers to the east coast, possibly indicating further preparations for a launch.
  • EUROPE: Italy’s parliament re-elected President Napolitano to a second term in office.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US approved an additional $123 million in nonlethal aid to rebel groups in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Twitter accounts of two CBS programs, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” were compromised.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Death toll from Sichuan earthquake rose; disaster relief efforts continued
    • The death toll from Saturday’s earthquake in Sichuan province rose to 203, with over a 1,000 serious injuries reported.
    • The government dispatched more than 6,000 troops to the area for disaster relief.
    • Rescue efforts were reportedly hampered due to traffic jams and landslides in the area.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, Al Jazeera, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN called for an end to violence within the country. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Morsi announced plans to reshuffle his cabinet. (Al Jazeera)
  • Ivory Coast: Local elections began amid a boycott by the opposition. (AFP)
  • Libya: A drug raid by the country’s interior ministry killed one and wounded another in Tripoli. (APA)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Drug trafficking was reportedly triggering violence in a Paraguay-Brazil border area. (AFP)
  • United States: The FBI reported arresting an Illinois man for planning to join a terrorist group. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition and election officials expressed differing expectations for an audit of disputed election results. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An attack by Taliban militants reportedly aided by an insider killed six police in Ghazni province. (AP)
  • China: The government issued a report criticizing the US human rights record around the world. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The country reportedly moved two additional missile launchers to the east coast, possibly indicating further preparations for a launch. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bombing struck a military convoy near the Afghan border, killing four soldiers. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Officials reported that rebel ambush on the convoy of a city mayor killed at least two and wounded several. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Parliament re-elected President Napolitano to a second term in office. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Pro-Kurdish BDP party stated that PKK militants would begin withdrawing from the country in eight to ten days. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Extra security was put in place as the London Marathon began. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Two pilots were reported killed in a crash of a F5 jet aircraft in Abdanan. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Bomb and mortar attacks failed to prevent the first provincial elections since the US withdrawal. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The US approved an additional $123 million in nonlethal aid to rebel groups in the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: A suspected US drone strike killed two Al-Qaeda militants in Marib province. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The Twitter accounts of two CBS programs, “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours” were compromised. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Izu Islands, Japan Region
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 424.1km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22APR)

  • Colombia: Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and FARC will resume in Havana.
  • Russia: The Kyrgyz-Russian intergovernmental commission will convene in Moscow  (to 23APR).
  • UAE: MENA Nuclear Energy Summit 2013 will begin, bringing together 150+ delegates and speakers to discuss master planning, legal and regulatory framework, safety and security issues, R&D for nuclear reactors, technical challenges and solutions, etc. (to 24APR).

 

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