ONS: 29 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 29, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Sisi said that parliamentary polls, originally set for last month, will be held before the end of the year.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, police in Baltimore hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at as many as 200 protesters night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in the city since 1968.
  • ASIA: The UN human rights office criticized the Indonesian government’s decision to execute eight people convicted of drug smuggling.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande announced that the country would increase its defense budget by close to four billion euros over four years in response to extremist threats.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi King Salman named his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as second in line to the throne and appointed envoy to the US Adel al-Jubeir as the new foreign minister.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The newly released Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media” report said that the news industry is struggling with a shift to mobile and revenue generation as more readers turn to smartphones and tablets for information.

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: First aid shipments begin to reach affected areas amid criticism of government response.
    • The death toll from the earthquake four days ago passed 5,000 as government officials conceded they had made mistakes in their initial response, leaving survivors stranded in remote villages waiting for aid and relief.
    • Riot police struggled to hold back thousands of residents trying to leave Kathmandu as anger mounted at the lack of buses.
    • Police arrested dozens of people on suspicion of looting abandoned homes as well as causing panic by spreading rumors of another big quake.
    • The first aid shipments reached Dhading district, close to the epicenter of the earthquake.
    • UN food agency emergency officer Geoff Pinnock said the distribution in remote quake-hit villages will start Wednesday, but cautioned it would take time.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, DPA, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Officials said that tensions over attacks on migrants in South Africa will be officially set aside as regional leaders meet for a one-day summit of the Southern African Development Community to plan industrial growth. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Authorities cut mobile access to several social networks and messaging applications that have been used to coordinate protests. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Sisi said that parliamentary polls, originally set for last month, will be held before the end of the year. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Top military officials warned against premature declarations on 200 girls rescued from Boko Haram after the army said they were not the same girls kidnapped by the militants in Chibok. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Peru said it had received a satisfactory explanation from Chile after accusing it of spying and would begin resuming normal relations. (AFP)
  • United States: Police in Baltimore hurled tear gas canisters and fired pepper balls at as many as 200 protesters night to enforce a citywide curfew, imposed after the worst outbreak of rioting in the city since 1968. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro said he will announce new economic reform measures this week. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said insurgents are arriving in huge numbers from Pakistan in an effort to destabilize the country’s northern provinces. (AP)
  • Indonesia: The UN human rights office criticized the government’s decision to execute eight people convicted of drug smuggling. (AP)
  • Korea, North: South Korea’s intelligence agency said Kim Jong-Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year, including several who complained about his policies. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou defended his policy of rapprochement with China ahead of a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the chairman of the island’s ruling party. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: An official said that the meeting between President Anastasiades and newly elected Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci will be postponed a week after a “misunderstanding”. (AFP)
  • France: President Hollande announced that the country would increase its defense budget by close to four billion euros over four years in response to extremist threats. (AFP)
  • Greece: Lawmakers from the country’s new left-wing government voted to reinstate the country’s public broadcaster, ERT, which was abruptly shut down two years ago as part of austerity measures. (AP)
  • Greece: Officials said the government is working on a draft bill of reforms it hopes will earn the approval of its creditors and unlock funds from its international bailout. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The operator of a US-flagged cargo vessel boarded by Iranian forces as it was traversing the Strait of Hormuz said the crew is safe but that the company is still trying to determine why the ship was seized. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Salman named his son, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as second in line to the throne and appointed envoy to the US Adel al-Jubeir as the new foreign minister. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Local sources reported that Houthi rebels’ tanks and sniper fire killed at least 12 civilians overnight in Aden as they advanced toward the center of the city. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The newly released Pew Research Center’s “State of the News Media” report said that the news industry is struggling with a shift to mobile and revenue generation as more readers turn to smartphones and tablets for information. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24S (Quang)
    • Location: 494 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 58 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 29km S of Ndoi Island, Fiji
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 579.4 km
    • Map
  • 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 (30APR)

  • Africa Region: US Troops to return from anti-Ebola efforts in West Africa
  • Latin America Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Organization of the American States – 1948
  • Guinea: Main opposition parties call for protests

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