ONS: 30 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 30, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  In the DRC, M23 rebels threatened to attack a number of eastern towns after threatening the UN combat force in the country.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, Republican and Democratic lawmakers have joined together to propose ambitious legislation to amend the UCMJ after an Air Force officer overturned a jury’s guilty verdict in a sexual assault case.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s intelligence agency was raided by prosecutors as part of a probe into allegations of interfering in last December’s election.
  • EUROPE:  In Ukraine, Europe’s human rights court issued a ruling calling the jailing former PM Tymoshenko a politically motivated violation of her human rights.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli air force conducted an air strike on Gaza killing one, who Israeli military officials claim was behind a rocket attack on the city of Eilat.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  The pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Twitter account of the UK-based Guardian newspaper, the latest in a string of attacks on western news outlets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: A car bomb exploded near the Interior Ministry in central Damascus killing 13 and wounding up to 70.
    • The blast came a day after a blast targeted the convoy of PM al-Halqi, killing 13 and injuring up to 70 people; Al-Halqi escaped unharmed.
    • The nature of the blast was not immediately clear, but rebels have increasingly targeted Damascus.
    • Residents claimed to have heard gunfire in an attack immediately after the explosion, underlying the tenuous security in the capital.
    • Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, Independent, AP, BBC

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: M23 rebels threatened to attack a number of eastern towns after threatening the UN combat force in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: UN Secretary General Ban expressed concern about the recent attacks targeting judicial officials and the system as a whole following the murder of a deputy state attorney. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Thousands are in need of food, water, and shelter after fleeing a widening rebel offensive that swept through the previously peaceful state of North Kordofan. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A military court sentenced former president Ben Ali in absentia to another life term on charges of voluntary and attempted manslaughter. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Laurence Golborne, a presidential hopeful from the ruling conservative party who rose to prominence after leading the high-profile miners’ rescue, withdrew as a presidential candidate. (AFP)
  • Mexico: HRW urged President Obama to address human rights violations in the country’s war on drugs during his visit next week. (AFP)
  • Paraguay: President-elect Cartes hopes to improve the country’s ties with its neighbors after months of political isolation following a controversial impeachment. (AFP)
  • United States: Republican and Democratic lawmakers have joined together to propose ambitious legislation to amend the UCMJ after an Air Force officer overturned a jury’s guilty verdict in a sexual assault case. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • India: The government warned Pakistan that even a small nuclear strike against the country would result in massive nuclear retaliation. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The government ignored a plea from South Korean businessmen to participate in talks at Kaesong to discuss the industrial zone’s future. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The country’s intelligence agency was raided by prosecutors as part of a probe into allegations of interfering in last December’s election. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The country’s national security chief dismissed the southern rebel’s demands for independence and claimed that negations were ongoing. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: PM-elect Letta will travel to Germany to meet with Chancellor Merkel to discuss austerity and economic reform in his first state visit abroad. (AP)
  • Netherlands: Crown Prince Willem-Alexander became Europe’s youngest monarch after ascending to the throne in the wake of his mother’s abdication. (CNN)
  • Ukraine: Europe’s human rights court issued a ruling calling the jailing former PM Tymoshenko a politically motivated violation of her human rights. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Six men plead guilty to planning to attack a rally by the far-right English Defense League, which has been accused of Islamophobia in the past. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The government closed the country’s western border crossing with Jordan due to anti-government Sunni protests and deterioration of security in the Anbar province. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: An Israeli settler was stabbed and killed by a Palestinian at a bus stop in the northern West Bank, prompting a shootout between the police and the attacker. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli air force conducted an air strike on Gaza killing one, who Israeli military officials claim was behind a rocket attack on the city of Eilat. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces foiled an attack on a gas pipeline in the southeastern province of Shabwa, blaming al-Qaeda and issuing orders to hunt them down. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The pro-Assad Syrian Electronic Army hacked into the Twitter account of the UK-based Guardian newspaper, the latest in a string of attacks on western news outlets. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Zane)
    • Location: 362 mi NE of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 13.8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Global: Togo will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Global: May Day.
  • Global: International Workers Day.
  • Cuba: Anniversary of Fidel Castro declaring Cuba a socialist state – 1961.
  • Kazakhstan: People’s Unity Day.
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Henrique Capriles calls for massive street rallies to protest the ruling government.

 

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