ONS: 22 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, The Arab Movement of Azawad reportedly captured the northeastern town of Ber, 50 kilometers east of Timbuktu.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro shuffled the cabinet.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, eight Turkish engineers, one Russian pilot and one Afghan pilot were taken hostage by the Taliban in the eastern part of the country after their helicopter made an emergency landing due to bad weather.
  • EUROPE: The European Commission recommended opening negotiations on Serbia’s entry into the EU after Belgrade last week struck a deal to normalize ties with Kosovo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported a large death toll as high as 250 following six days of fierce clashes in the suburbs of Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Downloads of the Facebook Home app were reasonably high in the first week of its availability, despite widespread negative reviews.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nigeria: Fierce fighting with Boko Haram in the northeast killed nearly 200.
    • Officials reported at least 185 killed in fighting between the Army and Boko Haram militants in the town of Baga since Friday.
    • Authorities could not offer a breakdown between civilians and combatants killed.
    • Significant destruction of buildings and homes was also reported.
    • Coverage: AP, Al Jazeera, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: An activist’s death prompted charges of police abuse. (NYT)
  • Mali: The Arab Movement of Azawad reportedly captured the northeastern town of Ber, 50 kilometers east of Timbuktu. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A journalist was shot dead outside his home in Mogadishu. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: State media reported it will start peace talks with insurgents fighting the government in the southern states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Paraguay: Horactio Cartes, a conservative Paraguayan tobacco magnate, was elected president. (NYT)
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Security Minister Jack Warner resigned amid charges of fraud. (BBC)
  • United States: The military was reported to be expanding its cyber-warfare capabilities. (USA Today)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro shuffled the cabinet. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Eight Turkish engineers, one Russian pilot and one Afghan pilot were taken hostage by the Taliban in the eastern part of the country after their helicopter made an emergency landing due to bad weather. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The country’s FM cancelled a planned trip to Japan over a controversial gesture by Japanese PM Abe. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: A report by the HRW claimed the country’s Muslim minority is being persecuted and subjected to ethnic cleansing. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The government refused to order a treason trial for former President Musharraf. (AFP)
  • Philippines: NPA rebels warned politicians to seek their permission before campaigning in areas under their influence. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Commission recommended opening negotiations on Serbia’s entry into the EU after Belgrade last week struck a deal to normalize ties with Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov headed to Brussels to attend the Russia-NATO council meeting. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Russia: Police in Kabardino-Balkaria reported averting two attempted terror attacks in 24 hours. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Hagel visited Israel, the beginning of a weeklong tour of the region. (AP)
  • Iraq: A roadside bombing in the central part of the country killed nine and wounded twenty. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Activists reported a large death toll as high as 250 following six days of fierce clashes in the suburbs of Damascus. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Downloads of the Facebook Home app were reasonably high in the first week of its availability, despite widespread negative reviews. (SlashGear)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23APR)

  • Global: UN World Book and Copyright Day.
  • Europe: Russian and NATO foreign ministers will meet in Brussels as part of the Russia-NATO Council.

 

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