ONS: 30 April 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 30, 2015

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military said it rescued 160 more hostages from Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold.
  • AMERICAS: Thousands of people demonstrated in major cities along the US East Coast demanding an end to what they say is police brutality.
  • ASIA: The Russian government said that North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to attend Russia’s World War II anniversary celebrations on 09MAY due to “internal North Korean issues.”
  • EUROPE: The commissioner in charge of EU enlargement said Turkey’s backlash against European countries that call Ottoman Turks’ 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide will complicate Ankara’s ambitions to join the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi PM Abadi offered an amnesty covering security forces members who fled ISIS, provided they return to their units within 30 days.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Legislators introduced a bill to Congress that would prohibit operators of websites, apps and other online services for kindergartners through 12th graders from knowingly selling students’ personal information to third parties.

 

TOP STORY

  • Nepal: Relief efforts continue amid distribution difficulties.
    • Relief aid group Oxfam reported that congestion at Kathmandu airport, blocked roads, fuel shortages, and difficult terrain are slowing down the pace of aid delivery.
    • The UN said that the earthquake has displaced about 2.8 million Nepalese, with over 70,000 homes believed to be destroyed and another 530,000 damaged.
    • The UN launched a USD415 million appeal for survivors as coordinators warned that it might take a five-day trek to deliver relief supplies to some of the worst-hit rural areas.
    • Official estimates put the death toll at 5,500 with more than 10,000 injured.
    • Hundreds of people in Kathmandu lined up to board free buses to return to rural hometowns amid fears over continued aftershocks.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, CNN, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Burundi: Authorities closed university accommodation facilities and forced thousands of students to leave the campus in an operation the opposition said was designed to halt a wave of protests. (AFP)
  • Libya: The internationally recognized government said five detainees admitted to killing five reporters from a local television station as well as two Tunisian journalists, in murders previously claimed by ISIS. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military said it rescued 160 more hostages from Boko Haram’s Sambisa Forest stronghold. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Riot police fired smoke bombs and rubber bullets at striking teachers protesting a new law that will withhold more money from their salaries towards retirement, leaving a total of 213 people injured. (AFP)
  • United States: Thousands of people demonstrated in major cities along the US East Coast demanding an end to what they say is police brutality. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government said its foreign exchange reserves have fallen 14 percent since the beginning of the year, to USD18.99 billion, the lowest level in almost 12 years. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Officials reported that a car bombing hit a security checkpoint in the Daman district of Kandahar, causing an unknown number of causalities. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: FM Bishop called for a regional approach to tackle drug trafficking, saying the death penalty would not halt the illegal trade. (AFP)
  • Japan: Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said he will soon meet with Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga over the government’s planned US base transfer within Okinawa prefecture. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The Russian government said that Kim Jong-Un cancelled his planned visit to Moscow to attend Russia’s World War II anniversary celebrations on 09MAY due to “internal North Korean issues.” (AFP)
  • Vietnam: PM Nguyen Tan Dung hit out at the “barbarous crimes” of the US as the nation marked four decades since the fall of Saigon. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the country’s sovereign debt to from Caa1 to Caa2, maintaining its negative outlook due to uncertainty about the country’s ability to meet its future payments. (EFE)
  • Turkey: The commissioner in charge of EU enlargement said the country’s backlash against European countries that call Ottoman Turks’ 1915 massacre of Armenians genocide will complicate Ankara’s ambitions to join the EU. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Some 40 US soldiers have arrived in the country to start training Syrian rebels to fight ISIS militants in Syria. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The UK informed a UN sanctions panel of an active Iranian nuclear procurement network linked to two blacklisted firms. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: PM Abadi offered an amnesty covering security forces members who fled ISIS, provided they return to their units within 30 days. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government returned 15 fishing boats it seized in recent years off the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A Saudi-led coalition pressed on with air strikes against Shiite rebels in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: US Legislators introduced a bill to Congress that would prohibit operators of websites, apps and other online services for kindergartners through 12th graders from knowingly selling students’ personal information to third parties. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24S (Quang)
    • Location: 358 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 68km NW of Kaikoura, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 55.0 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 29APR: 1110 (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 29APR: 422 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01MAY)

  • Global: May Day/Global Labor Day
  • Global: The Milan Expo will start (through 31OCT15)
  • Algeria: Labour Day
  • Iraq: Anniversary of US President George W. Bush announcing the end of major combat operations in Iraq – 2003
  • United States and Georgia: Georgia and US military to hold joint military drill (to 25MAY)

 

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