ONS: 29 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, a car bomb targeting a special forces barracks in Benghazi killed two soldiers and wounded another two.
  • AMERICAS: Approximately 1,500 Peruvian police and troops dynamited USD20 million worth of heavy machinery as the government cracked down on illegal gold mining.
  • ASIA: Up to 49 Afghan Taliban insurgents and five soldiers were killed following a large scale Taliban attack in Paktiya.
  • EUROPE: Turkey began extradition proceedings of having US-based cleric Gulen sent back to Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian state media reported that mortar shells hit an educational institute in Damascus in a barrage that killed at least 14 people and wounded 86.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The White House published a series of questions it asks in deciding when to make public the discovery of major flaws in computer security or whether to keep them secret.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU joins US in expanding sanctions to new targets.
    • The EU released the names of 15 new targets of sanctions because of their roles in the Ukraine crisis.
    • The list released includes Chief of the Russian General Staff GEN Valery Gerasimov and GRU head LT GEN Igor Sergun.
    • Russian Deputy FM Ryabkov accused the US of seeking to revive Iron Curtain policies, saying Washington’s latest sanctions would damage Russia’s high-tech sector.
    • Russia suggested the EU should be ashamed of itself for “doing Washington’s bidding” by punishing Moscow with sanctions.
    • Japan said it would deny visas to 23 Russian nationals as part of its additional sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Christian militia attacked a convoy evacuating hundreds of Muslims from the capital of Bangui. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The US urged the government to stop mass trials and sentencing of its nationals, as a court handed down death sentence to another 683 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A car bomb targeting a special forces barracks in Benghazi killed two soldiers and wounded another two. (AFP)
  • Libya: The National Oil Corporation is to resume exports from Zueitina port after declaring an end to a block imposed on the terminal blocked by rebels for nine months. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Residents of a Rio suburb torched five buses after a youth died in a shootout between criminals and police. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The ELN stopped and set fire to 12 vehicles transporting contractors and equipment to repair a pipeline on behalf of state-owned oil company Ecopetrol. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The army began registering the weapons carried by vigilantes in the western state of Michoacan. (BBC)
  • Peru: Approximately 1,500 police and troops dynamited USD20 million worth of heavy machinery as the government cracked down on illegal gold mining. (AP)
  • United States: The Supreme Court is to take up two cases about whether police need warrants to search detainees’ mobile phones. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Obama delivered a fresh warning to China against using force to resolve territorial disputes. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Up to 49 Taliban insurgents and five soldiers were killed following a large scale Taliban attack in Paktiya. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: The government reported that the illicit drugs trade, led by cannabis and crystal meth, is at an all-time high with nearly 20 tonnes of narcotics seized last year. (AFP)
  • India: Police arrested more than 600 Kashmiri residents in a crackdown against suspected separatists ahead of voting in a general election this week. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea held a live-fire drill near its maritime border with South Korea. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Pakistani PM Sharif left for London on a three-day official visit to the UK at the invitation of British PM Cameron. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe left for a six-nation European diplomatic tour. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Authorities arrested a prominent rights activist in the latest detention of a government critic. (AFP)
  • Greece: Amnesty International urged the EU to sanction Greece for failing to stop the country from pushing back refugees and migrants at its border. (DPA)
  • Turkey: The government began extradition proceedings of having US-based cleric Gulen sent back to Turkey. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Twin bombings at a market northeast of Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded 20 others. (AFP)
  • Israel: Activists reported that the government approved plans for nearly 14,000 new settler homes during the nine-months of peace talks with the Palestinians. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media reported that mortar shells hit an educational institute in Damascus in a barrage that killed at least 14 people and wounded 86. (AFP)
  • Syria: HRW called for the UNSC to block the flow of weapons to Syria’s regime, which it said was launching indiscriminate attacks with “barrel bombs”. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The military launched an operation to drive al-Qaeda fighters out of southern towns. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The White House published a series of questions it asks in deciding when to make public the discovery of major flaws in computer security or whether to keep them secret. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 06W (Tapah)
    • Location: 109 NM NE of Saipan
    • Movement: N at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 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 (30APR)

  • Iran and United States: Anniversary of President Clinton ending US trade with Iran – 1995
  • Iraq: Council of Representatives elections
  • Netherlands: Queen’s Day
  • South America: Anniversary of Organization of American States – 1948
  • Vietnam: Liberation Day

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