ONS: 30 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UN reported that over 9,000 children in South Sudan have been recruited as soldiers by both government and rebel forces.
  • AMERICAS: A newly published Gallup poll indicated that Colombian President Santos has maintained a clear lead in voting intentions ahead of 25MAY elections.
  • ASIA:  China began pressing for a Asia-Pacific free trade agreement as a rival to the US-led TPP.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Turchynov said the military is “on full combat alert” against a possible invasion by Russian troops massed on the border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon’s parliament failed to elect a president and postponed the election until 07MAY.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US FCC Chairman Wheeler said he would use “every available power” to prevent Internet providers from restricting users’ access to any web content.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Parliamentary polls open amid violence.
    • Election centers opened at 0400 GMT with polling due to end at 1500 GMT as more than 9,000 candidates compete for 328 seats in parliament.
    • PM Nuri al-Malik told reporters his bloc’s “victory is certain” after casting his ballot in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone.
    • Ten people were killed and 22 others wounded in separate attacks targeting polling centers.
    • Militants launched a mortar attack on polling centers near Baghdad.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: US Secretary of State Kerry opened his first major tour of Africa with stops in Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. (AFP)
  • Egypt: US Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) moved to block the release of USD 650 million worth of military aid in light of a recent wave of death sentences. (WP)
  • South Sudan: The UN reported that over 9,000 children have been recruited as soldiers by both government and rebel forces. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The UN warned the country’s leaders they would be responsible should the “real danger” of famine become reality. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov ended his visit to Nicaragua and departed for an official visit to Chile. (Itar-Tass)
  • Brazil: Police cracked down with tear gas on 1,000 homeless demonstrators in Sao Paulo. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A newly published Gallup poll indicated that President Santos has maintained a clear lead in voting intentions ahead of 25MAY elections. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: President Correa said it was wrong to paint him as anti-American despite his order to reduce the presence of US military personnel in his country. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China began pressing for a Asia-Pacific free trade agreement as a rival to the US-led TPP. (AFP)
  • Brunei: The Sultan announced that a controversial new penal code featuring tough Islamic criminal punishments would be phased in beginning on 01MAY. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: New satellite imagery confirms continued activity at the country’s main nuclear test site that is consistent with preparations for an atomic detonation. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: At least five militants were killed when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb suspect to have been planted by a rival group. (AFP)
  • Philippines: FM Rosario said the US has a treaty obligation to come to the assistance of the country in case of an attack on its territory or its armed forces in the South China Sea. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Putin is scheduled to make an official visit to the Crimean Peninsula on 09MAY. (AFP)
  • Russia: Ten soldiers and civilian staff at a military munitions depot were killed as a result of a series of explosions. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: President Turchynov said the military is “on full combat alert” against a possible invasion by Russian troops massed on the border. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian separatists seized control of state buildings in the town of Horlivka. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A UN official reported that Jordan is opening a new refugee camp that will be able to accommodate 130,000 Syrian refugees. (AP)
  • Iran: The US announced a new indictment and a $5 million reward on a Chinese national it called a “principal supplier” to the country’s ballistic missile program. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The parliament failed to elect a president and postponed the election until 07MAY. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US FCC Chairman Wheeler said he would use “every available power” to prevent Internet providers from restricting users’ access to any web content. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 06W (Tapah)
    • Location: 457 NM SE of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 63 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 (01MAY)

  • Global: May Day/Labor Day (to 02MAY)
  • Cuba: Anniversary of Fidel Castro declaring Cuba a Communist state – 1961
  • Denmark: Denmark is to send six F16 fighter jets to the Baltic countries Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia to help patrol their airspace.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of President Bush calling end of war – 2003
  • Kazakhstan: People’s Unity Day

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