ONS: 21 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 21, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court sentenced ousted president Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters.
  • AMERICAS: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged Venezuela to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping applauded Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to Pakistan’s parliament.
  • EUROPE: US Ambassador for War Crimes Stephen Rapp said Kosovo must set up a court to try former ethnic Albanian guerrillas if it wants to avoid Russia and Serbia dealing with the issue at the UN.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said that the country has a “strong will” to continue nuclear talks with the world powers and hopes “to reach an agreement on generalities and on the details in the next two months”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: International rights organizations urged Pakistan’s parliament to reject a proposed cybercrime bill which they said threatened freedom of expression and privacy.

 

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Iran, UN call for ceasefire as airstrikes continue.
    • Iran’s Deputy FM Abdollahian said that Iran was “optimistic that in the coming hours, after many efforts, we will see a halt to military attacks in Yemen”.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said the Saudi-led offensive in Yemen was prompted by the Sunni kingdom’s failures elsewhere, causing what he called a “mental imbalance.”
    • Gulf envoys told UNSG Ban Ki-moon that there would be no immediate ceasefire unless Houthi rebels withdraw from seized territory.
    • Medics in Sanaa said that the number of civilians killed in Saudi-led air strikes on a missile depot has risen to 38, with a further 532 wounded.
    • The US sent the aircraft carrier the USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Yemeni coast to monitor an Iranian flotilla that defense officials suspect may be carrying arms for Houthi fighters.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A court sentenced ousted president Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in prison for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters. (BBC)
  • Ethiopia: The country began three days of national mourning, with joint Christian and Muslim prayers for more than 20 Ethiopian Christians killed by ISIS militants in Libya. (AFP)
  • Libya: A medium-intensity bomb exploded next to the Spanish embassy in Tripoli, causing no casualties. (EFE)
  • Sudan: President Bashir canceled a trip to Indonesia for a summit this week, in what would have been his first trip outside of Africa or the Middle East in nearly four years. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A prosecutor dismissed accusations against President Fernandez that she helped shield Iranian officials allegedly behind the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center. (AP)
  • Colombia: Government and FARC negotiators expressed the intention to continue the peace process amid heightened tensions following a clash last week that left 11 soldiers dead. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The Obama administration expressed concern over the speed of a court ruling that dropped charges against a man accused in a kidnapping ring who had close ties to the family of President Martelly. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights urged the government to implement cautionary measures for jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez and another detainee, saying their lives are at risk. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping applauded Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts in a speech to Pakistan’s parliament. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: An explosion near a police station in Kandahar killed three people and wounded 17. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe sent religious offerings to a Tokyo shrine that honors convicted World War II leaders among its war dead. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government said it would soon ask the US for more military equipment and training to build its defenses. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka; The country’s main opposition party demanded that the country’s anti-graft chief be removed for summoning former president Rajapakse to answer bribery allegations. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: European Central Bank staff prepared a proposal to increase the haircut on the security that the country’s banks offer in return for emergency liquidity. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: US Ambassador for War Crimes Stephen Rapp said the country must set up a court to try former ethnic Albanian guerrillas if it wants to avoid Russia and Serbia dealing with the issue at the UN. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police arrested a British family Ankara after being alerted by British authorities that they would try to cross the Syrian border to join ISIS. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said that the country has a “strong will” to continue nuclear talks with the world powers and hopes “to reach an agreement on generalities and on the details in the next two months”. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: ISIS militants claimed to have executed 11 pro-government fighters in a series of photographs shared online. (AFP)
  • Iraq: President Masum began a visit to Turkey to meet with Turkish President Erdogan and PM Davutoglu. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: International rights organizations urged Pakistan’s parliament to reject a proposed cybercrime bill which they said threatened freedom of expression and privacy. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 70km SW of Yonakuni, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 29.0 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 (22APR)

  • Global: Earth Day
  • Armenia: 100th anniversary of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire will be held in Yerevan

 

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