ONS: 28 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 28, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  In Burundi, authorities arrested a leading dissident and shut down the main independent radio station as they battled a second day of demonstrations against a bid by the president to run for a third term.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian Health Ministry recommended the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide that is the cornerstone of US-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, hundreds of militants closed in on Kunduz city after attacking outlying police and army checkposts.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian military officials said separatist rebels in the east resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A security official in Saudi Arabia said a soldier was killed and another wounded in a gunfight with Shiite Houthi rebels along the kingdom’s southern border with Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google is to launch a 150 million euro program to support innovative online journalism in partnership with eight European publications.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: International community increases efforts to deliver aid as death toll expected to rise.
    • The UN said that eight million people have been affected by the earthquake in that has killed at least 4,310.
    • PM Koirala said the death toll could reach 10,000 amid criticism of the speed of the government’s response to the crisis.
    • The US Geological Survey estimated that losses could exceed the country’s USD20 billion annual GDP.
    • Congestion at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport forced several international rescue teams to either fly home or land at regional hubs such as Bangkok.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, DPA, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The Nigerien government said its military has retaken control of the island of Karamga in Lake Chad after an attack by Boko Haram. (AP)
  • Burundi: Authorities arrested a leading dissident and shut down the main independent radio station as they battled a second day of demonstrations against a bid by the president to run for a third term. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The government denied a UN request for the emergency evacuation of a wounded Ethiopian peacekeeper who later died of his injuries in Darfur. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Prosecutors charged the former treasurer of President Rousseff’s party with 24 new counts of money laundering. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos said that a bi-lateral ceasefire with the FARC will come into effect only at the end of peace negotiations. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The Health Ministry recommended the immediate suspension of aerial spraying of a herbicide that is the cornerstone of US-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. (AP)
  • United States: Maryland called up thousands of police officers and National Guard troops to quell riots that erupted in Baltimore after a protest against alleged police brutality. (LAT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: South Korea responded cautiously to a new set of US-Japan defense guidelines, demanding close consultations on issues concerning security on the Korean peninsula. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Hundreds of militants closed in on Kunduz city after attacking outlying police and army checkposts. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The government rejected international pleas for clemency and ordered the mass execution of nine drug traffickers to proceed, possibly within hours. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Police said they are investigating a possible attack on a US Army base near Tokyo after finding a pair of launchers and a projectile following reports of explosions. (AP)
  • Thailand: The leader of the country’s ‘Red Shirt’ movement hit out at plans to take his pro-democracy television network off the air. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: The country remained on high alert after a deadly suspected Islamist attack on a police station, as the Bosnian Serb leader who is pushing for independence said Bosnian Serbs should form their own intelligence service. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Military officials said separatist rebels in the east resumed the use of rocket launchers that should have been withdrawn under a February peace deal. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Official data showed that the country’s economy grew far slower than expected in the first quarter of 2015. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A security official in Saudi Arabia said a soldier was killed and another wounded in a gunfight with Shiite Houthi rebels along the kingdom’s southern border with Yemen. (AP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen abducted a local staffer working for the UN as police found eight bodies in different parts of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Two projectiles struck the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights near the frontier with Syria. (Reuters)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry said police arrested a suspected ISIS operative wanted for the killing of two policemen in Riyadh earlier this month. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google is to launch a 150 million euro program to support innovative online journalism in partnership with eight European publications. (AFP)

 

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 (29APR)

  • United States: Virtual Currency Today Summit in Boston
  • Iran: Iran and the P5+1 will hold expert-level talks
  • Ireland: Anniversary of the Easter Rising in Dublin collapsing as Irish nationalists surrender to British authorities – 1916

 

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