ONS: 22 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 22, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tens of thousands of people marched through Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, in a government-organized rally condemning the murder of 20 Ethiopian Christians by ISIS militants in Libya.
  • AMERICAS: US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act.
  • ASIA: Leaders of Asian and African countries called for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers at the opening of the Bandung Conference in Jakarta.
  • EUROPE: EU regulators formally charged Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran and world powers are set to begin the process of finalizing by 30JUN a deal on the country’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies while speaking at the RSA cybersecurity conference.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Saudi-led coalition launches airstrike on rebels targeting military base.
    • Saudi-led warplanes hit rebels in Taez as they seized a key army headquarters, just hours after Riyadh announced a halt to the air campaign.
    • Iranian President Rouhani said that foreign military interventions had worsened conditions in Syria and Yemen, urging the international community to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism.
    • A source close to mediators said that rebel forces released the defense minister, a brother of the exiled president and a general they had been holding since late March.
    • Army chiefs from Arab League nations met in Cairo to start work on the establishment of a region-wide military force aimed at combating jihadists.
    • US President Obama said the US government had sent “very direct messages” to Iran warning it not to send weapons to Yemen that could be used to threaten shipping traffic in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: Tens of thousands of people marched through Addis Ababa in a government-organized rally condemning the murder of 20 Ethiopian Christians by ISIS militants in Libya. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Authorities arrested 11 men in a joint police and army raid on a hostel in Johannesburg as part of a crackdown to end attacks on immigrants. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Aid workers and local radio stations reported that heavy fighting broke out in the northeastern town of Malakal between rival factions of government troops. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Activists in the country warned that a “dangerous” new bill seeking to regulate NGOs would silence critics and “negate the very essence of freedom of association and expression.” (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: UNSG Ban Ki-moon offered UN support for President Juan Santos’ efforts to accelerate the peace process with FARC rebels. (EFE)
  • United States: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a bill to extend through 2020 a controversial surveillance authority under the Patriot Act. (WP)
  • United States: Attorney General Eric Holder said DEA head Michele Leonhart will retire in mid-May. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: National Assembly Chief Diosdado Cabello said he would sue three news outlets for publishing reports linking him to the drug trade. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Leaders of Asian and African countries called for a new global order that is open to emerging economic powers at the opening of the Bandung Conference in Jakarta. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban announced it will launch its annual “spring offensive” from 24APR. (AFP)
  • China: Hong Kong’s government announced a roadmap for leadership elections that offered no concessions to the city’s democracy camp, prompting opposition lawmakers to walk out of the plan’s unveiling. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government and the US agreed a new nuclear pact allowing Seoul to expand its civil atomic energy program, wrapping up more than four years of negotiations. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Agriculture Minister Petipong Pungbun said the ministry was seeking to speed up the enforcement of the recently passed law regulating the country’s fishing following an EU threat to ban seafood import from the country. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Italy pressed the EU to devise concrete steps to stop the flow of migrants on smugglers’ boats in the Mediterranean, including setting up refugee camps in countries bordering Libya. (AP)
  • Region: Kazakhstan rejected a proposal from Russian President Putin for the Eurasian Economic Union to be a single currency trade bloc. (AFP)
  • France: Interior Minister Cazeneuve said that police in Paris arrested a man allegedly planning an attack on churches. (AFP)
  • Russia: EU regulators formally charged Gazprom with abusing its dominant market position in Europe. (AFP)
  • Spain: FM Margallo recalled the country’s ambassador to Venezuela for consultations, a day after Venezuelan President Maduro accused PM Rajoy of backing a conspiracy to overthrow his government. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government and world powers are set to begin the process of finalizing by 30JUN a deal on the country’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Officials reported that a car bomb near a car repair store in Baghdad killed at least seven people. (AP)
  • Kuwait: The government deported a prominent opposition figure to Saudi Arabia months after revoking his citizenship. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson outlined the government’s discomfort with increasing implementation of encryption by technology companies while speaking at the RSA cybersecurity conference. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (23APR)

  • Argentina and Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with his Argentine counterpart President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner
  • Eritrea: Anniversary of the Eritrean vote for independence from Ethiopia – 1993

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