ONS: 23 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US condemned what it called the “abomination” of spiraling violence in South Sudan’s civil war.
  • AMERICAS: A Colombian court ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro.
  • ASIA: US President Obama said that islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the US-Japan security treaty.
  • EUROPE: Official figures indicated that governments across the EU recorded lower budget deficits in 2013 amid an economic recovery.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Abbas on just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or Hamas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico City to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia threatens action if ‘interests’ threatened.
    • Russian FM Lavrov said Russia will respond if its interests are attacked in Ukraine, as they were in South Ossetia in 2008.
    • Pro-Russian gunmen in eastern Ukraine said they are holding American journalist for Vice News Simon Ostrovsky captive.
    • The government announced that it would press ahead with a security operation to crack down on pro-Russian armed groups.
    • The US said it plans to deploy 600 troops to Poland and the Baltic states to “reassure our allies and partners” after threatening Russia with more sanctions.
    • Russia’s navy launched snap military exercises involving its fleet in the Caspian Sea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Police Brigadier General Ahmed Zaki was killed by a bomb placed under a police car in Cairo. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A police officer and a militant were killed during an operation by security forces to capture wanted militants near Alexandria. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Two rights groups issued a report claiming that President Kenyatta’s first year in office was marked by a string of “worrisome cases” of rights infringements. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A UN vehicle from northern Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex was hijacked by suspected al-Shabaab militants and taken to Somalia. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The US condemned what it called the “abomination” of spiraling violence in the country’s civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country will host a meeting on how the Internet should be governed in the future. (AFP)
  • Brazil: The Senate unanimously approved legislation that guarantees equal access to the internet and protects the privacy of Brazilian users. (Reuters)
  • Chile: The country reformed its constitution to give voting rights to citizens living outside the country. (AP)
  • Colombia: A court ordered the reinstatement within 48 hours of ousted Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained more than 110 people posing as vigilantes battling a drug cartel in Michoacan in the last two weeks. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Obama said that islands at the center of a territorial dispute between Japan and China fall within the scope of the US-Japan security treaty. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye urged Chinese leader Xi Jinping to make “further efforts” to dissuade North Korea from conducting a fresh nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Election officials said that the presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations and will now be released on 26APR. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Armed pirates boarded a Japanese oil tanker in the Strait of Malacca, kidnapping three Indonesian crew and stealing some of the vessel’s shipment of diesel fuel. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The military demanded that the government close down the country’s top-rated TV channel after it aired accusations that the ISI was behind the shooting of its leading talk-show host. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Official figures indicated that governments across the EU recorded lower budget deficits in 2013 amid an economic recovery. (AP)
  • Region: Cuba and the EU initiated a forum in a bid to exchange economic and trade experience. (Xinhua)
  • France: Authorities are taking steps to crack down on the flow of would-be jihadis embarking to fight in Syria’s civil war. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu cautioned Palestinian President Abbas on just-revived unity talks with Hamas, saying he had to choose between peace with Israel or Hamas. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Relatives of citizens jailed on various security charges held a protest outside the offices of President Rouhani, alleging that the prisoners are being detained unfairly. (LaT)
  • Lebanon: Parliamentarians failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting, with leading candidate Samir Geagea falling short of the required two-thirds majority. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Member of Parliament Maher Abdel Hafiz Hajjar registered as the first-ever challenger for the presidency in the upcoming election. (AFP)
  • Syria: The directors of five UN agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Syria say their appeal for USD6.5 billion in emergency funding for 2014 has been mostly ignored. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Hundreds of students and activists marched in Mexico City to protest a telecommunications law being debated by the Senate that they say will allow the government to arbitrarily censor Internet content. (AP)

 

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: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 142 (Guinea, Liberia)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 23APR: 253 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 23APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24APR)

  • Japan and United States: Summit between Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • Turkey: Anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide – 1915

 

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