ONS: 26 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN Security Council authorized a new peacekeeping mission in Mali composing of 12,600 international troops and police.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition politician Capriles will challenge the election’s results in the country’s courts.
  • ASIA: After North Korea rejected a proposal for talks on the Kaesong industrial complex by the South, dismissing them as “little short of an ‘ultimatum,” South Korea suggested its workers withdraw from the complex.
  • EUROPE: Cyprus’ Finance Ministry eased capital control restrictions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli military said it shot down a drone, five nautical miles off the coast of its northern port of Haifa, after tracking it for an hour as it flew south along the Lebanese coast.
  • TECHNOLOGY: AT&T launched home automation and security services in 15 cities; allowing control of various household functions via tablet or smartphone.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Chemical weapons use “probable; US “red line” in spotlight as calls for international response mounted
    • The White House stated it suspected the Assad government had used chemical weapons on a small scale, but required additional proof.
    • UK PM Cameron stated there was growing evidence of chemical weapon use, but that the involvement of British troops in response was unlikely.
    • Syrian opposition group National Coalition called for the UNSC to take immediate action following the statement by the US.
    • Israel’s deputy foreign minister Zeev Elkin said the international community must be ready to use military action in response to chemical weapons use.
    • Coverage: Reuters, ABC News, Al Jazeera, Guardian, BBC, NYT, AP, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Ethiopian government denied criticism it was “shirking responsibility” by withdrawing its forces from Somalia. (AFP)
  • Guinea: At least one person was killed and several wounded in clashes between protesters and security forces in Conakry. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The UN Security Council authorized a new peacekeeping mission of 12,600 international troops and police for the country. (NYT)
  • Sudan: According to a report by the Washington-based Resolve group, the government appears to be providing shelter to Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC thanked US lawmakers for supporting peace talks underway in Havana. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities seized 2.7 tons of cocaine in the northwestern Zulia state. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition politician Capriles will challenge the election’s results in the country’s courts. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: Rescue efforts at a building collapse in Dhaka had to be suspended due to clashes between relatives protesting the slow pace and police. (Guardian)
  • Korean Peninsula: After North Korea rejected a proposal for talks on the Kaesong industrial complex by the South, dismissing them as “little short of an ‘ultimatum,” South Korea suggested its workers withdraw from the complex. (Xinhua, AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb exploded outside a MQM office in Karachi, killing five. (NYT)
  • Philippines: Gunmen ambushed a campaign vehicle in the southern part of the country, wounding a mayor and killing 10. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country’s Finance Ministry eased capital control restrictions. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: Former PM Berlusconi called for authorities to “confront” the EU over austerity policies. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM designate Letta held talks on forming a coalition government. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The government prepared to unveil a new series of measures designed to revitalize the economy. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The death toll from three days of violence across the country reached over 190. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Security forces moved back into the northern town of Sulaiman Bek in Salaheddin province following an agreed withdrawal by gunmen who overran it. (AFP)
  • Israel: The military said it shot down a drone, five nautical miles off the coast of its northern port of Haifa, after tracking it for an hour as it flew south along the Lebanese coast. (NYT)
  • Syria: Activists reported heavy fighting between rebel and government forces in northern Damascus. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphone Integration: AT&T launched home automation and security services in 15 cities; allowing control of various household functions via tablet or smartphone. (AP)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27APR)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of Simon Bolivar’s abdication as president of Colombia – 1830.
  • Iceland: Parliamentary elections.
  • Palestinian Territories: Second anniversary of Fatah and Hamas’ signature of a reconciliation agreement – 2011.
  • Tunisia: Tentative date for finalization of the new constitution.

 

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