ONS: 22 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 22, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somali insurgents assassinated a lawmaker in Mogadishu, the second in 24 hours.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said the war against drugs has failed, and the world must come up with new approaches.
  • ASIA: Naval officials from the US and nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement aimed at heading off accidents and miscommunication at sea.
  • EUROPE: Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report indicated that hacking for espionage purposes is sharply increasing, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi militants disguised in military uniforms attacked a balloting center near Kirkuk killing 10 guards.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US voices support for government as tensions with Russia increase.
    • US VP Biden met with acting President Turchynov in a high-level show of US support for the embattled government.
    • US VP Biden told legislators in Kiev that the US is standing by Ukraine in the face of “humiliating threats” ahead of a crucial presidential election next month.
    • The US State Department released images — provided by Ukraine — which it says proves armed separatists in eastern Ukraine are actually Russian military or intelligence officers.
    • Russian PM Medvedev said Russia is ready to face a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine.
    • Russia banned the leader of Crimea’s pro-Kiev Tatar community from entering the Black Sea peninsula for five years.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, CNN, WP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: New clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in the mainly Berber Kabylie region east of Algiers. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Insurgents assassinated a lawmaker in Mogadishu, the second in 24 hours. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebels rejected UN accusations they massacred “hundreds” of civilians in ethnic killings when they captured a key oil town last week. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Associated Press reported that leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans in the US quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program. (AP)
  • Argentina: Police said that a series of raids west of Buenos Aires yielded 250 arrests as well as firearms and drugs seizures. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said the war against drugs has failed, and the world must come up with new approaches. (WSJ)
  • Uruguay: President Mujica dismissed the possibility of negotiating a free trade agreement with the US. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Naval officials from the US and nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations adopted an agreement aimed at heading off accidents and miscommunication at sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A prominent campaign worker in the country’s presidential election was shot dead outside his home in Logar province. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Anti-corruption officials named the outgoing audit agency chief a suspect in a USD32 million graft case. (AFP)
  • Japan: Economy minister Akira Amari said government and US negotiators have not managed to reach a basic agreement on a free trade pact. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead. (AP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report indicated that hacking for espionage purposes is sharply increasing, with groups or national governments from Eastern Europe playing a growing role. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu voiced optimism about ironing out a settlement in UN-sponsored talks. (AFP)
  • France: PM Valls will discuss tweaking a major deficit-reduction program with Socialist lawmakers a day before it is due be presented to parliament. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said the number of Syrians who have taken refuge in the country has reached “almost one million”. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants disguised in military uniforms attacked a balloting center near Kirkuk killing 10 guards. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The MERS death toll climbed to 81 a day after the government dismissed its health minister. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A military police colonel was shot dead, the fourth officer to be killed in suspected militant attacks in the capital Sanaa in two days. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The US agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names. (WSJ)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24S (Jack)
    • Location: 360 NM SSW of Cocos Island
    • Movement: ESE at 14 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 20APR: 250 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 20APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23APR)

  • Belarus and Cambodia: Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will pay an official visit to Belarus (to 25APR)
  • Eritrea: Anniversary of the Eritrean vote for independence from Ethiopia – 1993
  • Somalia: Anniversary of Somalia military – 1960
  • Turkey: Anniversary of pro-Chechen 200 hostage situation in hotel in Istanbul – 2001
  • Christianity: St. George’s Day

 

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