ONS: 27 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 27, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s election committee announced that President Bashir won 94.5 percent of the vote in the country’s election, which was held earlier this month.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, a group of students in Chilpancingo city in Guerrero set fire to vehicles outside the regional Congress building after a march in solidarity with 43 students missing for seven months.
  • ASIA: Australian FM Bishop urged Indonesia to ensure all legal processes were cleared of corruption before executing two Australian nationals, as bribery allegations surfaced regarding their drug smuggling trial.
  • EUROPE: OSCE observers in Ukraine said they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A coalition of Islamist rebels in Syria said they seized an army base in northwestern Idlib province after a suicide bomber from Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives inside and set it off.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A South Korean government source said the country is expected to work with China and the EU to respond to Turkey’s mobile phone safeguard measure.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Earthquake death toll increases as rains hinder recovery efforts.
    • Landslides hindered rescue teams that tried to use mountain trails to reach those in the Gorkha region where the quake was centered, with many communities only accessible by helicopter.
    • The Asian Development Bank announced more than USD200 million in aid for the country as the Nepalese Home Affairs Ministry put the death toll at 3,351 with 6,833 injured.
    • Local medical professionals warned that there is a high possibility of outbreak of communicable diseases in the wake of the earthquake.
    • Economists said that the total long-term cost of reconstruction in Nepal using appropriate building standards for regions vulnerable to severe earthquakes could exceed USD5 billion.
    • UNICEF said that nearly one million children urgently require aid in the wake of the earthquake.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, EFE, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Police dispersed new protests in Bujumbura against a bid by President Nkurunziza to seek a controversial third term in office. (AFP)
  • Mali: Rebels from the north of the country told mediators they will initial a long-delayed UN-brokered peace proposal next month. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The election committee announced that President Bashir won 94.5 percent of the vote in the country’s election, which was held earlier this month. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chief negotiators from 12 countries aiming to sign a Pacific free trade initiative ended four-days of talks. (Kyodo)
  • Colombia: A soldier was killed in combat with FARC guerrillas in a rural area in Cauca province. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A group of students in Chilpancingo city in Guerrero set fire to vehicles outside the regional Congress building after a march in solidarity with 43 students missing for seven months. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Xi Jinping met with the chairman of Burma’s ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party U Shwe Mann, vowing to facilitate stronger cooperation between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Officials said that five civilians were killed when a bomb detonated inside a house in the southern Zabul province, while in the north Taliban insurgents continued clashes with police. (AP)
  • Australia: FM Bishop urged Indonesia to ensure all legal processes were cleared of corruption before executing two Australian nationals, as bribery allegations surfaced regarding their drug smuggling trial. (AFP)
  • Japan: A key lawmaker in the party of PM Shinzo Abe said it wants to revise the country’s constitution by late 2018 to remove constraints on his defense strategy. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Parliament is debating constitutional amendments to limit the extensive powers given to the country’s president. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Spanish PM Rajoy said Spain’s economic recovery is threatened by political instability and the situation in Greece. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The newly-elected president of the constitutional court, Zuhtu Arslan, said the country needs a new constitution and all parties involved in drawing it up need to reconsider their demands and reach consensus. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: OSCE observers said they have witnessed the most intense shelling in the flashpoint eastern village of Shyrokyne since fighting began there in mid-February. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Anbar police chief Staff Major General Fahdawi said a week of heavy fighting between security forces and ISIS in the Ramadi area killed 30 police and left 100 wounded. (AFP)
  • Israel: Authorities invited tenders for the construction of 77 homes in settlement neighborhoods of annexed east Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Syria: A coalition of Islamist rebels said they seized an army base in northwestern Idlib province after a suicide bomber from Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives inside and set it off. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The first troops from Saudi Arabia’s National Guard were deployed on the border with the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A South Korean government source said the country is expected to work with China and the EU to respond to Turkey’s mobile phone safeguard measure. (Yonhap)

 

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: 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)

  • Algeria and China:  Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will become the first Algerian head of government to visit China since the north African country won independence in 1962
  • Bangladesh: Bangladesh municipal elections
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal – 2004
  • Japan and United States: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to hold a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington

 

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