ONS: 25 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  The South Sudanese government released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges for attempting to overthrow the government.
  • AMERICAS: Indigenous protesters occupied Peru’s biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from spilled crude.
  • ASIA:  President Park Geun-hye and visiting US President Obama urged the DPRK to stop further threatening actions.
  • EUROPE: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries from 29APR to 08MAY as part of efforts to strengthen Japan’s ties with global partners.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Obama said that a decision by Palestinian President Abbas to seek unity with Hamas was “unhelpful”.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Turkey’s government will hold a second round of talks with Twitter executives next month in Dublin.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia accuses West of trying to seize Ukraine.
    • Russian FM Lavrov accused Washington of seeking to smear Moscow and charged that the US wanted to “seize” Ukraine.
    • PM Yatsenyuk accused Russia of wanting to start “a third world war” and called for for international help against “Russian aggression”.
    • US President Obama is expected to speak to several European leaders to try to nudge the EU toward fresh sanctions against Russia.
    • US Secretary Kerry warned Russia that the “window to change course is closing” on its actions in Ukraine.
    • The interim government threatened to maintain efforts to regain control by force.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, NYT, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

 

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The UNSC condemned “in the strongest terms” a terrorist attack that killed 14 soldiers last week. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: Ex-president Abdoulaye Wade accused President Sall of manoeuvring against him. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The government released four top leaders accused of rebellion and treason, dropping charges for attempting to overthrow the government. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UN mission in the country said a convoy of barges it hired to deliver food aid and fuel came under attack by gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades, wounding four people. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Military leaders ordered the dismissal for sedition of 702 low-ranking soldiers who had been protesting for equal treatment in the armed forces. (AP)
  • Brazil: Police fired tear gas to disperse angry mourners at the funeral of a dancer suspected to be the victim of police brutality. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Government officials are to meet with some 300 U’wa Indians in the hopes of ending a standoff over oil pipeline repair. (WSJ)
  • Peru: Indigenous protesters occupied the country’s biggest oilfield in the Amazon jungle near Ecuador to demand the cleanup of decades of contamination from spilled crude. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said that talks with the opposition were heading in a “good” direction and hailed them “historic.” (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: A South Korean naval vessel fired warning shots after two North Korean patrol boats crossed the disputed maritime border. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police said a bomb has exploded in Karachi killing at least four people and wounding 25. (AP)
  • Philippines: Officials reported that militants have brought a Chinese tourist and a Filipino hotel receptionist to their jungle stronghold in the southern Philippines. (AP)
  • South Korea: President Park Geun-hye and visiting US President Obama urged the DPRK to stop further threatening actions. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: Police reported that two grenades hit a newspaper headquarters and a court in northern Bangkok. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit six European countries from 29APR to 08MAY as part of efforts to strengthen Japan’s ties with global partners. (Kyodo)
  • Germany: Police reported that they seized 265 pounds of cocaine hidden among crates of bananas in a container shipped from Ecuador on 14APR. (AP)
  • Norway: The country’s biggest bank DNB announced the sale of its Russian assets as part of a strategic repositioning. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government cut a portion of its gasoline subsidies, nearly doubling some prices, as part of a second round of cuts delayed since 2012. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: US President Obama said that a decision by President Abbas to seek unity with Hamas was “unhelpful”. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Joint Mission of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that more than 90 percent of the country’s chemical weapons material has been removed and destroyed. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: UN envoy Jamal Benomar said the country’s president and a rebel group have agreed to discuss disarming. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Turkey’s government will hold a second round of talks with Twitter executives next month in Dublin. (AFP)

 

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: 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 (26APR)

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Syria ending 29-year military presence in Lebanon – 2005
  • Russia: Anniversary of The Chernobyl nuclear accident – 1986

 

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