ONS: 26 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The U.N. Security Council will partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on the Ivory Coast and lift a ban on diamond exports.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador’s President Correa has ordered 20 Pentagon officers and staff to leave the country.
  • ASIA: US President Obama arrived in Malaysia hoping to energize ties with the country.
  • EUROPE: US troops arrived in Lithuania in a move to reassure NATO allies amid the escalating Ukraine crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: At least 31 people were killed In Iraq in a series of blasts that targeted a Shia election rally in Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China established the Nanjing Research Institute of Intelligence Industry to help the country sharpen its competitive edge in an intelligence revolution.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Tensions continue to escalate between East and West
    • The next round of sanctions on Russia could target prominent Russians in the energy and banking industries and could come early next week, a senior White House official said on Saturday.
    • Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren said Russian aircraft had entered Ukrainian airspace several times in the past 24 hours
    • US Secretary of State Kerry has accused Russia of “distraction, deception and destabilization” in eastern Ukraine.
    • Armed pro-Russia separatists seized a bus carrying international mediators Friday in the eastern city of Slavyansk.
    • The interim Ukrainian government threatened to blockade Slovyansk, defying warnings from Moscow not to confront pro-Russian militants entrenched in towns across eastern Ukraine.
    • Coverage: AFPBBCBBC-2NYTReuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: A joint operation by the British and Australian navies some 30 miles off the African coast near Kenya seized the largest ever haul of heroin at sea, weighing 1,032 kilograms. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: The U.N. Security Council is set to partially ease a decade-long arms embargo on the country and lift a ban on diamond exports. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: The country signed a letter of intent with the EU, under which the EU will grant a donation of $83 million to develop the country’s agriculture sector. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: Four senior politicians accused of the alleged coup plot that sparked the country’s civil war, have been freed after the government dropped treason charges. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: President Morales urged striking members of the armed forces to return to their barracks, calling for a return to military “discipline” by the soldiers. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa ordered 20 Pentagon officers and staff to leave the country, a US embassy official said on Friday. (AFP)
  • Panama: International conglomerate InterEnergy Holdings said it has agreed to invest $427 million in a Panamanian wind-power project that will be that country’s first and the largest in Central America. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Two Chinese Coast Guard vessels intruded into Japanese territorial waters Saturday around the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: The leading presidential candidates have started lobbying in anticipation of a run-off. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: S President Obama arrived in Malaysia hoping to energize ties with the country. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities made a rare arrest of one of the leaders of the country’s anti-government protest movement, on charges including insurrection and inciting unrest. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Finland: Police used tear gas to quell anti-austerity protests in Helsinki. (Xinhua)
  • Lithuania: US troops arrived in Lithuania in a move to reassure NATO allies amid the escalating Ukraine crisis. (AFP)
  • Slovenia: Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek lost the leadership of her party after 13 months in office Friday, plunging the country back into political turmoil. (AFP)
  • Turkey: President Gul signed legislation that granted more authority to the national spy agency. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UN Middle East envoy Serry welcomed the reconciliation process to be implemented after a deal was announced between President Abbas’ Fatah party and the Hamas movement. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: At least 31 people were killed In Iraq in a series of blasts that targeted a Shia election rally in Baghdad. (BBC)
  • Kuwait: The country is the leading source of funding for al-Qaeda-linked terrorists fighting in Syria’s civil war, according to Obama administration officials. (WP)
  • Syria: The country maintains an ability to deploy chemical weapons, diplomats say, citing intelligence from Britain, France and the US. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: China established the Nanjing Research Institute of Intelligence Industry to help the country sharpen its competitive edge in an intelligence revolution. (Xinhua)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 71km NE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • 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 (27APR)

  • Austria: Anniversary of Austrian statehood as proclaimed under Allied occupation – 1945
  • Macedonia: Presidential run-off election
  • Sierra Leone: Sierra Leone Independence – 1961
  • Togo: Anniversary of Togo Independence – 1960
  • United States: International Association of Professional Security Consultants Annual Conference 2014 (to 30 APRIL)
  • Yemen: Anniversary of Yemen’s civil war – 1994

 

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