ONS: 27 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  In South Sudan, a number of rebel groups operating in the country’s oil-rich north have agreed to a government sponsored amnesty plan after surrendering to government forces
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro warned of severe penalties for any caught sabotaging the nation’s energy infrastructure during a tour of an alternative energy facility.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, Taliban insurgents announced the beginning of their “spring offensive” vowing renewed suicide attacks, “insider attacks” and attacks targeting international airbases and diplomatic buildings.
  • EUROPE: In Italy, center-left PM Letta is expected to announce whether or not he has been able to successfully negotiate a coalition government after two days of consultations.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian Authority President Abbas began discussions with Hamas leaders to create a national government in accordance with past deals brokered between the two groups.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the “mobile revolution” of internet capable devices is likely to elicit a strong backlash from authoritarian states, restricting speech and assembly further.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korea, South: The government began to withdraw the remainder of its citizens from the Kaesong joint industrial zone after being closed for nearly a month.
    • The decision to pull the workforce came after the North rejected an ultimatum to renew formal negotiations on restarting the stalled operations.
    • Pyongyang blocked the entrance of South Korean workers into the zone earlier this month, demanding an end to international sanctions and US-South Korean joint military exercises.
    • A total of 126 South Koreans returned through the Paju border checkpoint while the roughly 50 others remaining are expected to return to South Korea on 29APR.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AFP, Xinhua, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: An explosion hit a police station in the eastern city of Benghazi causing extensive damage but no casualties. (AFP)
  • Libya: Gunmen attacked an army outpost near the capital leaving one soldier dead, while after the exchange soldiers located and successfully disarmed an explosive-laden vehicle. (DPA)
  • South Sudan: A number of rebel groups operating in the country’s oil-rich north have agreed to a government sponsored amnesty plan after surrendering to government forces. (Voice of America)
  • Sudan: Rebels widened their offensive in North Kordofan, moving into a major town, which had been largely free of rebel activity. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Pinera underscored the importance of expanding the country’s trade and other economic ties with Caribbean nations amid the global economic crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed six people and wounded two others in shooting near the resort city of Acapulco. (EFE)
  • United States: Federal officials arrested a suspected drug trafficker affiliated with the Sinaloa drug cartel at a dance club in Albuquerque, New Mexico. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro warned of severe penalties for any caught sabotaging the nation’s energy infrastructure during a tour of an alternative energy facility. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents announced the beginning of their “spring offensive” vowing renewed suicide attacks, “insider attacks” and attacks targeting international airbases and diplomatic buildings. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Protests spread outside of the Dhaka-suburb of Savar as police arrested the two owners of a factory that collapsed last week, killing at least 324. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The government announced it will soon indict an American citizen for allegedly attempting to overthrow the government. (AP)
  • Philippines: The military captured 11 suspected members of the leftist NPA and recovered 13 high-powered firearms and explosives. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Armenia: FM Nalbandian said the government is prepared to seek a normalization of relations with Turkey without preconditions. (Itar-Tass)
  • Georgia: PM Ivanishvili did not rule out previous administrations had allowed militants to train within the country’s territory. (Itar-Tass)
  • Iceland: Polling stations open as the country is expected to oust the ruling leftist coalition in favor of a coalition of right-wing and centrist-agrarian parties. (AFP)
  • Italy: Center-left PM Letta is expected to announce whether or not he has been able to successfully negotiate a coalition government after two days of consultations. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Gunmen killed five army intelligence soldiers in two attacks west of Baghdad while five anti-al Qaeda militiamen were shot and killed north of the capital. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas officials announced prominent Qatari cleric, Yusuf al Qadarawi will visit Gaza, underscoring his support for the militant group. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian Authority President Abbas began discussions with Hamas leaders to create a national government in accordance with past deals brokered between the two groups. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: HRW accused the government of causing high civilian casualties in opposition controlled areas of Aleppo, killing 84 in air and missile strikes alone. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt said the “mobile revolution” of internet capable devices is likely to elicit a strong backlash from authoritarian states, restricting speech and assembly further. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 71 mi NW of Raoul Island, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 216.9 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28APR)

  • Afghanistan: Victory of the Muslim Nation, commemorates the fall of the Marxist government in Kabul – 1992.
  • Russia: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will visit Russia.

 

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