ONS: 24 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 24, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ibn Libya, the militia alliance that controls Tripoli carried out air strikes against positions of ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte.
  • AMERICAS: The Honduran Supreme Court voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term.
  • ASIA: A diplomatic source said that a Southeast Asian summit will urge “self-restraint” in the South China Sea but avoid directly criticizing Chinese actions.
  • EUROPE: Italian police said they were staging a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an armed organization inspired by al Qaeda whose members were ready to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit a camp housing rebel troops in Taez after a night of clashes and raids throughout the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representatives passed an information sharing bill that raised concerns among privacy advocates, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, with a vote of 355-63.

 

TOP STORY

  • Armenia: World leaders gather in Yerevan and Gallipoli.
    • Armenians marked the centenary of the massacre of up to 1.5 million people by Ottoman forces as tensions mounted over Turkey’s refusal to recognize the killings as genocide.
    • French President Hollande on Friday urged Turkey to use “other words”, referring to Ankara’s refusal to call the Ottoman empire’s massacre of Armenians a ‘genocide’.
    • The German parliament overwhelmingly approved a resolution branding the mass killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by Ottoman forces as “genocide”, risking a diplomatic rupture with Ankara.
    • Turkish President Erdogan hosted leaders from the former Allied powers of World War I to pay tribute to the tens of thousands killed in the Battle of Gallipoli.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, NYT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Researcher said the collapse of health services in three west African countries hit by Ebola may have caused some 11,000 additional deaths from malaria. (AFP)
  • Libya: The militia alliance that controls Tripoli carried out air strikes against positions of ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The signed an agreement with the Ministry of Internal Security for a partnership on training police peacekeepers. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said that cases of organized crime in the country have been reduced by nearly 50 percent in 2015. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: The government maintained a state of emergency in the area around Calbuco volcano as the country remained on alert for another eruption. (AFP)
  • Honduras: The Supreme Court voided an article in the constitution limiting presidents to a single term. (AP)
  • Mexico: Congress approved legislation to allow foreign migration and customs agents to carry weapons inside the country in a 288-82 vote. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A diplomatic source said that a Southeast Asian summit will urge “self-restraint” in the South China Sea but avoid directly criticizing Chinese actions. (AFP)
  • Region: Officials said that the leaders of China’s Communist Party will meet the chairman of Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) party early next month. (AFP)
  • China: Officials publicly denied rumors of an “exodus” of bureaucrats from civil service following reports of widespread unhappiness over poor working conditions and an anti-corruption drive. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The government summoned officials from the embassies of nine foreigners sentenced to die for drug trafficking to receive notice that the convicts would soon be executed. (NYT)
  • Korea, South: Thousands of workers and civil servants rallied in Seoul in response to a nationwide general strike call against government labor reforms. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU’s border agency Frontex welcomed the bloc’s decision to triple funds for its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean (The Guardian)
  • Greece: One of the country’s largest banks said it would forgive the debts of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros. (AFP)
  • Italy: Police said they were staging a “vast anti-terrorism” operation against an armed organization inspired by al Qaeda whose members were ready to carry out attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A senior Obama administration official said the US is considering training Iraqi troops to call in US airstrikes in the fight against ISIS. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: The army said it arrested eight wanted militants, including a soldier who deserted to join ISIS and four Syrians. (AP)
  • Syria: The UN said it would begin hosting separate talks with different parties in the country’s conflict starting 04MAY. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Saudi-led coalition air strikes hit a camp housing rebel troops in Taez after a night of clashes and raids throughout the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US House of Representatives passed an information sharing bill that raised concerns among privacy advocates, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act, with a vote of 355-63. (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 (25APR)

  • Egypt: Sinai Liberation Day – 1956
  • Italy: Liberation Day – 1945
  • Portugal: Liberation Day – 1974
  • Togo: Presidential elections

 

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