ONS: 26 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 26, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Niger, Boko Haram militants attacked troops from Niger on an island base in Lake Chad in a raid believed to have taken a heavy toll on the army.
  • AMERICAS: Ash from Chile’s spewing Calbuco volcano threatened to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities.
  • ASIA: Malaysian police said they arrested 12 people plotting to sow civil unrest and seized explosives, just one day before the country hosts the ASEAN summit.
  • EUROPE: Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, killing at least four soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama’s email correspondence was read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive than has been publicly acknowledged.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Death toll of earthquake near Kathmandu rises to over 2,200
    • Earthquake related deaths occurred predominantly in Nepal, but also in Tibet and India.
    • Victims continue to be found throughout Nepal and surrounding countries.
    • Relief from around the world has begun to flow in, including significant contributions from China and India.
    • Nations have pledged millions of dollars in aid including substantial pledges from the United States and Norway.
    • Condolences were offered from heads of state and UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon.
    • The United Nations estimates 6.6 million people have been affected by this earthquake.
    • The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mt. Everest, killing 17.
    • A 6.7 magnitude aftershock occurred at 3:30EST, causing further damage.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-1, AFP, AFP-1, AFP-2, CNN, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza was declared as candidate for a controversial third term in office, despite mounting protests over a move that the opposition says is unconstitutional. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Boko Haram militants attacked troops on an island base in Lake Chad in a raid believed to have taken a heavy toll on the army. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Xenophobic attacks could provoke reprisals from neighboring countries, raising concerns that the violence could further damage the weak economy. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Ash from Chile’s spewing Calbuco volcano threatened to spell travel misery in the region and beyond after it triggered the cancellation of domestic and international flights in several cities. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The Communications and Transport Secretariat, or SCT, has postponed the launch of the Centenario satellite, the second orbiter of the state Mexsat communications system and previously scheduled for April 29, due to a detected a flaw in a similar system. (EFE)
  • United States:  Protesters smashed police cars and shop windows in downtown Baltimore when the biggest demonstration over the death of a young African-American man in police custody turned violent. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region:  Beijing is poised to take “de facto control” of the South China Sea, the Philippines warned as it called on fellow Southeast Asian countries to “stand up” to their massive neighbor. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The acting police chief of a southern province was shot and killed by a fellow officer, about a month after his predecessor was also assassinated. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia:  The attorney general’s office has notified nine foreigners and an Indonesian convicted of drug trafficking that their executions will be carried out within days despite international protest. (AP)
  • Malaysia: Police said they arrested 12 people plotting to sow civil unrest and seized explosives, just one day before the country hosts the ASEAN summit. (AFP)
  • North Korea: The country has requested a formal partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, a top Malaysian Foreign Ministry official said. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Voters in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus went to the polls to choose a new leader in an election runoff that could speed UN-brokered reunification talks. (AFP)
  • Italy: Authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a migrant vessel in the Mediterranean. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: Voters turned out in abundance at polling stations for a presidential election guaranteed to overwhelmingly reconfirm the incumbent, who has ruled for more than 25 years. (AP)
  • Turkey: President Erdogan lashed out at country leaders who have recognized the killings of Armenians as genocide on the centenary of the massacres. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Three suicide car bombs driven by foreigners targeted the remote desert border crossing between Iraq and Jordan, killing at least four soldiers. (AP)
  • Syria: A loose alliance of Islamist rebel groups seized control of Jisr al-Shughur, officials said, opening a pathway into government strongholds on the Mediterranean Sea. (LAT)
  • Syria: A high-ranking Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation is going on Monday to resolve the crisis in Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: At least 92 people have been killed in Saudi-led coalition air strikes and fighting between supporters of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his opponents, sources said. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: President Obama’s email correspondence was read by Russian hackers last year in a breach of the White House’s unclassified computer system that was far more intrusive than has been publicly acknowledged.(NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • Kodari, Nepal
      • Magnitude: 6.7
      • Depth: 10 km
      • Map
    • Su-ao, Taiwan:
      • Magnitude: 6.4
      • Depth: 29 km
      • Map
  • Volcanoes:
    • Chile: Calbuco is still active, but fears of eruption have passed (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 26 044 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom, United States)
      • Deaths: 10 808 (Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, BBC
    • Chikungunya Virus Disease (CHIK) – Americas
      • Suspected Cases as of 10APR: 1,338,026 (Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States, US Virgin Islands, and Venezuela.) Confirmed Cases: 30,309
      • Deaths as of 10APR: 184 (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Grenada, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Dominican Republic)
      • Sourcing: WHO, CDC, CDC-2
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases as of 16APR: 1106 (Saudi Arabia (KSA), Jordan, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Tunisia, Italy, Oman, Kuwait, Yemen, Malaysia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Iran, Algeria, Austria, Turkey, The Philippines, Germany, and the US)
      • Deaths as of 16APR: 421 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27APR)

  • Europe Region:  A summit between top European Union officials and Ukraine’s leaders will take place in Kiev
  • Global: United Nations Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York City
  • Sierra Leone: Independence Day – 1961
  • South Africa: Freedom Day – 1994
  • Togo: Independence Day – 1960

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