ONS: 24 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopia stated it was preparing to withdraw its troops from Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, several high-profile corruption cases fell apart casting doubt on the Attorney General’s office.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a series of bomb attacks, some targeting an election candidate, killed at least six and wounded 17 in Quetta and Karachi.
  • EUROPE: The trial of Russian activist Alexei Navalny resumed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported heavy clashes at the Minnigh military airport in the country’s north.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian police arrested the alleged leader of the Lulzsec hacker group.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Allegations of chemical weapons use prompts responses by US authorities.
    • Israel levied fresh allegations of chemical weapons use by the Syrian government, saying the weapon was “probably Sarin.”
    • US authorities stated they were still evaluating claims that chemical weapons had been used by the government against rebel forces.
    • US Secretary of State Kerry urged NATO to consider its role in the Syrian crisis.
    • Coverage: WaPo, NYT, LA Times, Reuters, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan agreed to open 10 border crossings. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ethiopia stated it was preparing to withdraw its troops from Somalia. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: Militants reportedly killed 20 and razed 480 houses in the north-central part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: France’s FM vowed to punish those responsible for the bombing of the French embassy in Tripoli. (Voice of America)
  • Nigeria: A militant group that split off from Boko Haram, Ansaru, has reportedly emerged as a new threat. (NYT)

 

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Several high-profile corruption cases fell apart, reportedly casting doubt on the Attorney General’s office. (AP)
  • Mexico: Six bodies were discovered in Zacatecas state. (EFE)
  • United States: The US Navy reported cyberwarfare vulnerabilities in the Littoral Combat Ship, but that they were not severe enough to delay deployment. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF reported 13 insurgents killed during an operation in the eastern part of the country. (AP)
  • Cambodia: Opposition groups rallied in support of electoral reform. (AP)
  • China: Clashes in Xinjiang between police and “armed gangs” killed at least 21. (BBC)
  • China: A naval official stated the country intended to operate additional aircraft carriers. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: A spike in election violence was reported following the beginning of the official campaign season. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A series of bomb attacks, some targeting an election candidate, killed at least six and wounded 17 in Quetta and Karachi. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Hundreds of additional troops were deployed to protect candidates running for next month’s elections following attacks by rebels. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Germany: The country’s top court upheld the legality of an anti-terrorism database. (AP)
  • Italy: President Napolitano is reportedly due to nominate Enrico Letta as the country’s new PM today. (AP)
  • Russia: The trial of Alexei Navalny, a leading opposition activist, resumed. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government confirmed a new round of talks with the IAEA would resume in May. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A day after 57 people were killed in clashes at protests and revenge attacks, another 15 people were killed, including 12 security force personnel and gunmen, north of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported heavy clashes at the Minnigh military airport in the country’s north. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Australian police arrested the alleged leader of the Lulzsec hacker group. (CNN)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 32km N of Rabual, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 16.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia
    • Shiveluch spewed ash 7 km above sea level though did not threaten nearby populations.
    • Itar-Tass

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25APR)

  • Global: WHO World Malaria Day.
  • Europe: NATO Joint Warrior exercise, the largest military tactical exercise in Europe, will end.
  • China: French President Holland will visit China to meet with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Zhang Dejiang, chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (to 26APR).
  • French Polynesia: Parliamentary first round elections.
  • Korea, North: Anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army – 1932.
  • Russia: Armenian FM Edward Nalbandyan will pay an official visit to Russia.
  • Russia: President Putin will address the public in a live televised program.
  • Turkey: PKK will begin to withdraw militants from Turkish soil.
  • Buddhism: Theravada New Year, the New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists (to 27APR).

 

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