ONS: 28 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: An Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death and also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March.

  • AMERICAS: A recent poll indicated that Colombian President Juan Santos would win a second term in office, but he may have to compete against rival candidates in a runoff.

  • ASIA: The Philippines and the US signed an agreement to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory.

  • EUROPE: The Russian government held talks with Iran over USD10 billion worth of electricity deals.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President al-Assad registered to stand in next month’s presidential election.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A cyber attack on the Australian parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have given Chinese intelligence agencies access to lawmakers’ private emails for an entire year.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: US to apply new sanctions as violence spikes in east.

    • US President Obama said the US would unveil new sanctions on Russia today targeting individuals, companies and hi-tech defence items.

    • The pro-Russian mayor of the town of Kharkiv was seriously wounded by gunmen.

    • Heavily armed pro-Russian gunmen seized the town hall in Kostyantynivka and set up barricades.

    • The German government called the seizure of European military observers by pro-Russian militants an act of “hostage taking” and called for their release.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, LAT, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Militants killed at least 22 people, including 15 local chiefs and three local members of Medecins Sans Frontieres, in an attack on Nanga Boguila. (Reuters)

  • Egypt: A court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 682 other alleged Islamists to death and also reversed 492 of 529 death sentences it passed in March. (AFP)

  • Egypt: A court banned the April 6 youth movement that spearheaded the 2011 uprising against former President Mubarak. (AFP)

  • Ethiopia: HRW called on the government to release six bloggers and three journalists arrested last week. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A recent poll indicated that President Juan Santos would win a second term in office, but he may have to compete against rival candidates in a runoff. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: Thousands of people gathered in Mexico City to protest a telecommunications bill that critics contend could limit freedom of expression. (EFE)

  • United States: President Obama ordered Veterans Affairs Secretary Shinseki to investigate allegations that up to 40 Arizona veterans died while awaiting medical appointments. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Obama said the US goal was not to contain or counter China as he began his state visit to the Philippines. (AFP)

  • Malaysia: Police said they arrested nine people under a security law on suspicion of involvement in a terror group with overseas links. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: At least four children were killed and 16 others injured when a bomb went off inside a mosque in Karachi.  (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: The country and the US signed an agreement to allow a bigger US military presence on Filipino territory. (AFP)

  • Taiwan: Police used water cannons to dislodge hundreds of overnight sit-in demonstrators demanding the scrapping of a nearly completed nuclear power plant. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: Greece said that under its EU presidency it would move for the country to obtain candidate status for the EU by June. (Xinhua)

  • Macedonia: The ruling VMRO-DPMNE party won 42.27 percent of the votes in the parliamentary election, based on more than 50 percent of the count. (AFP)

  • Russia: The government held talks with Iran over USD10 billion worth of electricity deals. (WSJ)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Former president Mohammad Khatami called for the release of political prisoners and urged an end to house arrest for two leaders who alleged fraud after the 2009 election. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Suicide bombers attacked several polling stations and security forces killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens. (AFP)

  • Iraq: Six journalists were wounded when a roadside bomb blast hit their bus in Mosul. (AFP)

  • Israel: US Secretary Kerry told a group of senior international officials that the country risks becoming an “apartheid” state if it does not make peace soon. (AFP)

  • Syria: President al-Assad registered to stand in next month’s presidential election. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A cyber attack on the Australian parliamentary computer network in 2011 may have given Chinese intelligence agencies access to lawmakers’ private emails for an entire year. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Tapah)

    • Location: 136 NM E of Andersen AFB

    • Movement: NNE at 7 mph

    • Winds: 58 mph

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

      • 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 26APR: 261 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom)

        • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 26APR: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

        • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29APR)

  • Europe and Japan: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe to start visit to Europe (to 08MAY)

  • Europe and Cuba: The European Union and Cuba will hold the first round of negotiations to reach a political and cooperation accord (to 30APR)

  • Israel: Anniversary of Israeli independence – 1948

  • Jordan: New Syrian refugee camp to open

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