ONS: 25 April 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 25, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, violence continued in and around Jos.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan state television broadcast footage of President Chavez in Cuba.
  • ASIA: North Korean Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho warned that Pyongyang’s “powerful modern weapons” are capable of defeating the US.
  • EUROPE: Serbia stated the arrival of Kosovo Security Forces along the border was “unacceptable.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria is reportedly refusing to accept UN monitors based on their nationality.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Montenegro called for greater international cooperation on cybersecurity.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan successfully fired a intermediate-range ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
    • The precise range of the missile was not released.
    • The missile reportedly landed in the Indian Ocean.
    • The test comes less than a week after India test-fired its first ICBM, the Agni-V.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A blast at a Jos bar killed one person, while an attack in a nearby village killed five others. (AP)
  • Somalia: Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the decapitation of a local businessman in El Adde for his alleged ties to the Somali government. (UPI)
  • South Sudan: The UN stated 16 civilians were killed by Sudanese air strikes. (AP)
  • Western Sahara: The UN extended its mission mandate for another year. (UN)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Unknown assailants killed a journalist for the newspaper O Estado do Maranhao. (AP)
  • Mexico: Violence in Nuevo Laredo continued, as assailants attacked police headquarters, and clashed with army troops. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: State television broadcast footage of President Chavez in Cuba, reportedly shot on 23APR12. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: British Foreign Secretary Hague said the UK would increase its emphasis on diplomacy with Asia.
  • Korea, North: Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho warned that Pyongyang’s “powerful modern weapons” are capable of defeating the US. (AP)
  • Philippines: Communist rebels from the New People’s Army killed 11 soldiers in Tinoc. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: A source indicated a warlord of the Khasavyurt gang was killed in Dagestan. (Itar Tass)
  • Serbia: The Army Chief of Staff spoke out against the arrival of Kosovo Security Forces along the border, calling it “unacceptable.” (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The Foreign Ministry expressed its “deep regret” over President Obama’s statement to commemorate the Armenian Remembrance Day as a “distortion of historical facts.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN

  • Region: Israel’s Chief of General Staff indicated Iran had not yet decided whether to build a nuclear bomb. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: A blast in the Shiite village of Diraz wounded 4 policemen, a move which the government branded a “terrorist act.” (Reuters)
  • Syria: Troops resumed shelling a Damascus suburb as evidence surfaced that Syria defied the ceasefire by failing to withdraw heavy weaponry from populated areas. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Authorities are reportedly refusing to accept UN monitors from any country in the Friends of Democratic Syria group, which includes the US, France, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. (Al Arabiya)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Montenegro: The Prime Minister called for greater international cooperation on cybersecurity. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcano: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Middle East: Anniversary of Syria’s conclusion of its 29-year military presence in Lebanon – 2005.
  • Egypt: Court case on foreign NGOs resumes in Cairo.
  • Pakistan: Difa-e-Pakistan Council holds protest in Quetta.
  • Pakistan: US diplomats visit for the first time since the Salala incident.
  • Ukraine: Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident – 1986.

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