ONS: 28 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, 200 armed men surrounded the country’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli demanding reform, specifically the hiring of former militiamen who fought in the revolution against Qaddafi.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities formally charged an American filmmaker they have accused of paying right-wing groups to foment post-election unrest in tandem with US intelligence.
  • ASIA: The Myanmar government has begun a restoration of a central city which witnessed widespread sectarian violence earlier this month that left 8,900 homeless.
  • EUROPE:  Russian law enforcement detained 17 members of the banned international Islamist group Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami and killed two other militants in Dagestan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Bahraini government arrested 22 accused of attacking security forces and blocking roads during protests including one in the lead-up to the F-1 race later this month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A cyberattack on the popular website LivingSocial resulted in hackers gaining access to the personal information of more than 50 million users.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: A bombing outside an independent politician’s office in Kohat killed at least eight, while three bombings in Karachi killed at least four.
    • The politician attacked in Kohat is a member of the country’s Shiite religious minority, who have been frequent targets for Islamic extremists.
    • The Taliban quickly took responsibility for the attacks in Kohat as part of their campaign to derail the elections slated for 11MAY.
    • In Karachi, the bombings appeared to target an office of the MQM party, the city’s dominant political force.
    • Coverage: BBC, DPA, Xinhua, al-Jazeera, AP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Chadian President Deby said Chadian mercenaries had set up a training camp in neighboring Libya from where they could seek to destabilize his country, an accusation Libyan authorities denied. (Reuters)
  • Algeria: President Bouteflika was transferred to Paris for medical tests after suffering a minor stroke although doctors said his life was not immediately in danger. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Two hundred armed men surrounded the country’s Foreign Ministry in Tripoli demanding reform, specifically the hiring of former militiamen who fought in the revolution against Gaddafi. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military announced it had killed a Boko Haram commander in the northeastern city of Maiduguri during a security operation. (Xinhua)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Five police were arrested for their suspected roles in the murders of a journalist and a photographer because of their investigations into local militias. (EFE)
  • United States: The government is concerned Iran is behind a number of attacks on financial institutions but has not pursued formal warnings for fear of further escalating hostilities. (WaPo)
  • Venezuela: After a day of meetings with high level Cuban officials, including Fidel Castro, President Maduro pledged to maintain the country’s alliance with Cuba. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela:  Authorities formally charged an American filmmaker they have accused of paying right-wing groups to foment post-election unrest in tandem with US intelligence. (AP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb exploded in the eastern province of Ghazni, killing two policemen and a provincial police official. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The government has begun a restoration of a central city which witnessed widespread sectarian violence earlier this month that left 8,900 homeless. (DPA)
  • Philippines: A senior military official claimed leftist rebels have made millions of dollars extorting political candidates in the run-up to next month’s elections. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A southern insurgent group, who has been in peace negotiations with the government, publically announced their peace demands, including recognition of the three southernmost territories as an independent state. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Iceland: A center-right coalition claimed victory in the country’s election defeating the incumbent leftist government and likely ending the country’s EU-accession talks. (AFP)
  • Italy: Incoming Finance Minister Fabrizio Saccomanni announced his intentions to form a spending pact between banks, businesses, and consumers to stimulate investment. (AFP)
  • Italy: Two policemen were injured in a shootout outside the government offices in Rome as the country’s new cabinet was being sworn in. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Law enforcement agents detained 17 members of the banned international Islamist group Hizb al-Tahrir al-Islami and killed two other militants in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government arrested 22 accused of attacking security forces and blocking roads during protests in the lead-up to the F-1 race later this month. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The government suspended the licenses of 10 satellite TV channels, including al-Jazeera, for promoting violence and sectarianism. (AFP)
  • Israel:  The air force carried out three strikes in the Gaza Strip, allegedly targeting Islamic Jihad but causing no causalities. (AFP)
  • Syria: A watchdog reported a scud missile was launched into a northern town near Aleppo, killing at least four civilians, two of whom were children. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-Security: A cyberattack on the popular website LivingSocial resulted in hackers gaining access to the personal information of more than 50 million users. (PC Magazine)

 

 

WORLD

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

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29APR)

  • Middle East: The Arab League will send a ministerial delegation to visit Washington over the Middle East peace process.
  • Bangladesh: Presidential election held.
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel declaring statehood – 1948.
  • Thailand: The next round of the continuing peace dialogue between the Thai authorities and some Muslim leaders is set to begin.
  • United States: SPIE Defense, Security, and Sensing conference on optics, imaging, and sensing for defense, security, industry, and the environment begins in Baltimore, Maryland (to 03MAY).

 

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