ONS: 29 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Mauritanian Army seized nearly one ton of cocaine and hashish in a counter-trafficking operation near the Algerian border.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian FARC leaders asked for patience in peace talks with the government after government statements suggested the talks cannot continue indefinitely.
  • ASIA: In India, suspected militants shot and killed a village head and attacked the local police force in Kashmir after a campaign to force the resignation of a number of rural leaders.
  • EUROPE: In the Czech Republic, an explosion in Prague, believed to be caused by a gas pipe leak, caused widespread damage and injured more than a dozen people.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Former Iranian president Rafsanjani softened his stance towards Israel saying the country is not at war with Israel, coming in stark contrast to statements made by President Ahmadinejad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A US court ruling blunted the value of “standard-essential patents,” mandating the price of licensing fees remain “low” as patents have become a battleground for tech corporations.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed eight and injured over 40 others in the city of Peshawar while targeting a senior official in the municipal government.
    • Although the bomber targeted a local politician, he missed in his attempt to ram his motorcycle into the politician’s convoy and instead hit a bus carrying civilians.
    • While the Taliban have yet to take responsibility for the act, this is the latest in a recent string of attacks against politicians from secular political parties in the area.
    • More than 60 people have been killed in political violence since 11APR, nearly half of which have come in attacks on the secular Awami National Party.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, NYT, al-Jazeera, AP, AFP-2

 

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration Authority announced the reintegration of over 700 ex-combatants into various socio-economic sectors. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Diplomats warned of increasing anti-Western Islamist violence in the country as fighters are expelled from Mali by international forces and move north. (UPI)
  • Mauritania: The army seized nearly one ton of cocaine and hashish in a counter-trafficking operation near the Algerian border. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A rebel alliance declared the state of North Kordofan a target in its widening anti-government offensive after striking a major town in the region. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC leaders asked for patience in peace talks with the government after government statements suggested the talks cannot continue indefinitely. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: At least seven were killed in clashes between criminals, government security forces, and civilian security groups in the western state of Michoacán. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro and Cuban President Castro signed accords for 51 joint projects worth a total of USD2 billion. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • India: Suspected militants shot and killed a village head and attacked the local police force in Kashmir after a campaign to force the resignation of a number of rural leaders. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: With less than a week until the general election, the opposition coalition is banking on a new economic policy, stripping away the established race-based policies to garner votes. (AP)
  • Myanmar: A special government-appointed commission charged with investigating last year’s sectarian violence issued a report that suggested doubling the regions security forces and introducing family planning programs for Muslims. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government announced it has given up on pursuing formal peace negotiations with the leftist-NPA and will be bolstering its Internal Peace and Security Plan. (Xinhua)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Czech Republic: An explosion in downtown Prague, believed to be caused by a gas pipe leak, caused widespread damage and injured more than a dozen people. (WSJ)
  • France: In a move to curb the government deficit, the military announced plans to cut 22,000 military jobs by 2019 in addition to the 55,000 cut in the last defense review. (AP)
  • Germany: A spokesman for Chancellor Merkel said the criticism of the chancellor’s government by the governing French socialist party would not affect the cooperation between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Italy: The country’s stock market outperformed expectations as the new government was sworn in, ending two months of political uncertainty. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Former president Rafsanjani softened his stance towards Israel saying the country is not at war with Israel, coming in stark contrast to statements made by President Ahmadinejad. (AP)
  • Iraq: Three car bombs exploded in two cities in the country’s predominately Shiite south, killing 19 civilians and wounding dozens more. (AP)
  • Syria: PM al Halqi survived an assassination attempt in which a large blast targeted his convoy as it passed through the Mazzeh district of Damascus. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The government criticized a US report on the country’s human rights situation, saying it ignored recent improvements. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Intellectual Property: A US court ruling blunted the value of “standard-essential patents,” mandating the price of licensing fees remain “low” as patents have become a battleground for tech corporations. (NYT)

 

 

WORLD

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

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30APR)

  • Europe: Foreign ministers of Poland, Lithuania, Denmark and the Netherlands will come to Ukraine to meet with top officials and discuss European integration policy.
  • Europe: Anniversary of EU’s biggest expansion in its 47-year history adds Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia in a historic enlargement – 2004.
  • Netherlands: Queen Beatrix’s last day as head of state; she will abdicate on this Queen’s Day in favor of her son Prince Willem-Alexander.
  • Nigeria: Litigation between the contending factional leaders of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) Victor Umeh and Maxi Okwu will recommence.
  • Pakistan: Printing of ballot papers for upcoming election will be completed.
  • Ukraine: The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) will give its decision on the lawsuit filed by Ukraine’s former PM Tymoshenko.
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of government in Saigon surrendering to North Vietnam, marking the end of the Vietnam War – 1975.

 

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