ONS: 24 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, tribal clashes in Kufra resulted in five deaths.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez dispelled rumors surrounding his death.
  • ASIA: A source indicated the DPRK would conduct a third nuclear test “soon.”
  • EUROPE: The Russian Ambassador to the US warned that legislation penalizing Russian officials involved in human rights abuses would negatively affect bilateral relations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel legalized three settlements in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama issued sanctions on telecommunications firms in Syria and Iran.

TOP STORY

  • South Sudanese President Salva Kiir charged that Sudan had “declared war” on the South.
    • Kiir spoke from China, where he had flown to request economic and diplomatic assistance.
    • Sudan continued aerial raids over South Sudan.
    • Coverage: BBC, AP

AFRICA

  • Libya: Tribal clashes in Kufra continued, resulting in five deaths. (AP)
  • Mali: The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa indicated its willingness to release abducted Algerian diplomats. (AFP)
  • Uganda: President Obama extended the US mission assisting in the hunt for LRA leader Joseph Kony. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US Defense Secretary Panetta visited a Colombian military training facility. (AP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa announced six new ministers to his Cabinet as part of a government reshuffle. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez dispelled rumors surrounding his death, and said he would return to Venezuela on 26APR12. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Korea, North: A source indicated the DPRK would conduct a third nuclear test “soon”. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un reaffirmed his friendship with China, and pledged to further develop bilateral relations. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The office of the Presidency alleged its websites were disrupted by Chinese hackers. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: According to the National Anti-Terrorism Committee, 11 militants were killed in Dagestan and Chechnya. (Interfax)
  • Russia: The Russian Ambassador to the US warned that legislation penalizing Russian officials involved in human rights abuses would negatively affect bilateral relations. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The PKK wounded one person in an attack on a southeastern village. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel legalized three settlements in the West Bank. (Telegraph)
  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry warned that the US imposition of further sanctions would “affect the spirit” of upcoming nuclear talks. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The Oil Ministry said it successfully repelled a recent cyberattack with no damage to its infrastructure. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Despite the presence of UN monitors, sixty people were reported killed in Hama, and the Tunisian President urged Assad to “leave, dead or alive.” (AFP)
  • Syria: A car bomb exploded in Damascus, injuring three. (Herald Sun)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: President Obama ordered sanctions on telecommunications firms in Syria and Iran. (LAT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcano: Mount Lokon, Indonesia
    • Eruption height unknown. No injuries.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Europe: NATO-Russia Council meets in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Australia: ANZAC Day celebrated.
  • Egypt: Sinai Liberation Day observed.
  • Italy: Italian Liberation Day observed.
  • North Korea: Eightieth Anniversary of foundation of Korean People’s Army – 1932.

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