ONS: 24 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebels in South Sudan said they were closing in on key oil fields and two state capitals, predicting an imminent collapse of the government and a “bloodbath”.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government’s chief negotiator Humberto de la Calle to the peace talks with the FARC denied claims that officials were negotiating a cut in military forces.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, three Americans were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in Kabul.
  • EUROPE: The French Foreign Ministry said President Hollande will soon visit Georgia amid efforts to boost ties with the pro-Western ex-Soviet country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US said it would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An informant working for the FBI coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government moves to retake areas held by pro-Russian rebels.
    • The military launched an assault on the flashpoint rebel-held town of Slavyansk, sending in armored vehicles and a helicopter.
    • Soldiers retook control of the town hall in the southeastern port city of Mariupol and repelled an attack on an army base in the eastern town of Artemivsk.
    • US President Obama said that Russia is not abiding by agreements aimed at defusing the crisis, in his first public comments since the Geneva meeting.
    • US President Obama said new sanctions targeting Russia are “teed up.”
    • Russian FM Lavrov accused the US and the EU of being behind a popular uprising that ousted the pro-Kremlin President Yanukovych.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, LAT, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: At least seven militants were killed and 20 others injured in overnight air raids on Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: The IMF reported that the country is holding back sub-Saharan Africa’s overall growth. (WSJ)
  • South Sudan: Rebels said they were closing in on key oil fields and two state capitals, predicting an imminent collapse of the government and a “bloodbath”. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The government called for an investigation into the “assassination” of its nationals in a South Sudan oil town. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim urged Latin America and the Caribbean to maintain and deepen their focus on inclusive economic growth. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: At least 500 soldiers marched in Sucre for a second consecutive day to demand greater upward mobility within the armed forces. (AP)
  • Brazil: Rio de Janeiro’s top security official promised a rigorous investigation into the death of a young man that sparked overnight clashes in a slum near a key Olympic venue. (AP)
  • Colombia: Government chief negotiator Humberto de la Calle to the peace talks with the FARC denied claims that officials were negotiating a cut in military forces. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three Americans were killed when a security guard opened fire at an international hospital in Kabul. (Reuters)
  • India: Police used tear gas and wooden batons to disperse Kashmiris protesting against voting in elections in the disputed region. (AP)
  • Japan: US President Obama urged the country to take “bold steps” to seal a Pacific-wide trade deal. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: South Korea reported that the country has sealed a tunnel at its nuclear test site. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Military jets targeted suspected militant hideouts near the Afghan border in response to a spate of attacks around the country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Central Bank head Draghi said the bank’s rate-setting council should publish a written account of its deliberations. (AP)
  • Armenia: President Sarkisian accused Turkey of an “utter denial” for failing to recognize World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire as genocide. (Reuters)
  • France: The Foreign Ministry said President Hollande will soon visit Georgia amid efforts to boost ties with the pro-Western ex-Soviet country. (AFP)
  • Spain: The central bank reported that the economy grew at the fastest pace in six years in the first quarter of 2014. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide car bombing at a police checkpoint south of Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded 18. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The US said it would have to reconsider its assistance to the Palestinians if Islamist group Hamas and the Palestinian Liberation Organization form a government together. (Reuters)
  • Syria: UN Chief Ban Ki-moon said access to foreign aid has not improved for millions of Syrians. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two policemen were killed when suspected al-Qaeda gunmen raided a security outpost in Hadramout. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An informant working for the FBI coordinated a 2012 campaign of hundreds of cyberattacks on foreign websites, including some operated by the governments of Iran, Syria, Brazil and Pakistan. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 94km S of Port Hardy, Canada
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 11.4 km
    • Map
  • 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 24APR: 254 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 24APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25APR)

  • Africa Region: Africa Malaria Control Day
  • Australia and New Zealand: ANZAC Day
  • Bulgaria and Romania: Anniversary of Bulgaria and Romania signing accession treaties for EU entry – 2005
  • Egypt: Sinai Liberation Day – 1982
  • Italy: Italian Liberation Day
  • North Korea: Anniversary of the founding of the Korean People’s Army – 1932
  • Portugal: Freedom Day – 1974
  • United States: Arbor Day

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