ONS: 25 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, suspected Boko Haram militants attacked police stations in the north.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles issued an ultimatum on taking action over a disputed vote count.
  • ASIA: South Korea proposed talks with the North to reopen the Kaesong industrial facility.
  • EUROPE: Italian PM-elect Letta began talks on forming a coalition government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces reportedly engaged in heavy clashes with rebels at a military airport in Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU antitrust authorities stated Google had made several concessions to regulators.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Violence across the country; bombings and clashes in Baghdad, Kirkuk, Mosul.
    • More than 100 have been killed following two days of violence that erupted across the country following a raid on a Sunni protest camp.
    • A car bombing in Baghdad killed at least seven and wounded 20.
    • Gunmen reportedly stormed a small town north of Baghdad following clashes with security forces.
    • At least 10 policemen were killed in clashes with militants in Mosul.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, BBC, Al Jazeera

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN appointed Brazilian Santos Cruz to head its peacekeeping mission in the country. (BBC)
  • Mali: The UNSC was expected to approve a new peacekeeping mission for the country. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants attacked police stations in the northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: An attack on a passenger bus in South Darfur killed three and injured six. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Parliament approved new anti-terrorist provisions. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Striking teachers in Guerrero state attacked political party offices and the state’s education department. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles issued an ultimatum on taking action over a disputed vote count. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea proposed talks with the North to reopen the Kaesong industrial facility. (Reuters)
  • Region: South Korea summoned the Japanese envoy to protest over Japanese PM Abe’s comments on a contentious war shrine visit. (Reuters)
  • Region: Southeast Asian leaders urged talks with China over ongoing tensions in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO stated the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan was being won. (AFP)
  • China: The country’s defense ministry denied charges that its troops had trespassed into Indian territory. (Xinhua)
  • China: The police reported investigating eight suspects in relation to clashes in Xinjiang that killed 21. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: An attack by militants on a police station in Khyber province left several dead. (RFE\RL)
  • Philippines: The military denied a report from Malaysia that 35 gunmen were killed attempting to enter Sabah. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: The OECD stated the country should request the EU ease its deficit targets. (Reuters)
  • Italy: PM-elect Letta began talks on forming a coalition government. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police disrupted a clash between Nationalists and Kurds at an Ankara university. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A UN torture investigator reported the country had effectively cancelled a planned trip. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Opposition leader Ahmad Moaz al Khatib called on Hezbollah Chief Nasrallah to withdraw his fighters from Syria, and to help ensure the conflict does not spiral into a sectarian war. (AFP)
  • Syria: The air force carried out air strikes on rebel enclaves near Damascus and in Idlib province in the towns of Raqa, Hasake and Daraa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Search Engines: EU antitrust authorities stated Google had made several concessions to regulators. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26APR)

  • Middle East: Jordan’s King Abdullah II will meet with President Obama for talks on regional developments including the conflict in Syria.
  • Afghanistan: Russian FM Lavrov will visit Almaty, Kazakhstan to take part in a meeting of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan.
  • Austria: Ukrainian FM Kozhara will travel to Vienna to discuss Ukrainian aspirations for European integration.
  • China: South Korea and China will hold the fifth round of negotiations over a bilateral free trade agreement in Harbin (to 28APR).
  • Korea, South: Annual “Foal Eagle” exercise will begin.
  • Russia: Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident – 1986.

 

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