ONS: 01 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, senior members of MNLA ended a week-old pact with Ansar Dine.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan military says it bombed 36 clandestine airstrips during May to counter drug smuggling.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, two American military officers returned as liaisons to a major army headquarters in Peshawar.
  • EUROPE: In northern Kosovo, clashes over Serbian barricades left a NATO soldier and three Kosovo Serbs wounded.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, Zaidi Shiite rebels agreed to join a national dialogue aimed at easing the country out of political crisis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The White House increased emphasis on combating Botnets by endorsing a voluntary plan built around principles developed by the Industry Botnet Group.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence ahead of UN Human Rights Council meeting.
    • UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay warned the entire region is in danger if a full-fledged conflict erupts in the country.
    • A Syrian government investigation into the killings at Houla blamed armed rebel groups seeking to trigger foreign military intervention.
    • Activists reported Syrian government forces executed 12 civilians in Qusayr.
    • Germany urged Russia to curb its support for Damascus ahead of President Putin’s visit to Berlin and Paris
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, BBC,

AFRICA

  • Benin: Police and FBI agents arrested two Nigerian kidnappers and freed a held US citizen.  (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: The EU did not recognize the recently-formed caretaker government, citing ties to the military junta. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Senior members of MNLA ended a week-old pact with Ansar Dine. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The armed forces said a police contingent is still inside the contested Abyei area. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: French journalist Romeo Langlois said Colombia’s FARC rebel leaders may be prepared for peace talks, but younger fighters are ready for 50 more years of war. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The drug gang the Knights Templar claimed responsibility for fire bombing attacks on a PepsiCo subsidiary. (AP)
  • Peru: Police arrested a mayor in Espinar province accused of promoting anti-mining protests. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The military said it bombed 36 clandestine airstrips during May to counter drug smuggling. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack on a checkpoint at a NATO base left up to seven Afghans dead. (AFP)
  • Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi urged the government to carry out urgent judicial reform to cement recent political progress and foster clean investment. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Two American military officers returned as liaisons to a major army headquarters in Peshawar. (NYT)
  • Thailand: Protesters blocked roads leading to Parliament to deny entry to lawmakers scheduled to discuss a â..reconciliation billâ… (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian President Putin and the leader of Belarus, Lukashenko, met and praised close ties. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: Clashes in northern Kosovo over Serbian barricades left a NATO soldier and three Kosovo Serbs wounded. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Moscow police arrested demonstrators gathered to demand protection for the freedom of assembly. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Dubai: The US expressed concern about the health of an American businessman who has been on hunger strike in prison for more than two weeks. (Reuters)
  • Israel: An attack by the armed wing of Islamic Jihad left one Israeli soldier and a militant dead. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A group calling itself the “Syrian Revolutionaries – Aleppo Province” claims to have kidnapped a group of Lebanese Shia pilgrims. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Zaidi Shiite rebels agreed to join a national dialogue aimed at easing the country out of political crisis. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The White House increased emphasis on combating Botnets by endorsing a voluntary plan built around principles developed by the Industry Botnet Group. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 04W (Mawar)
    • Location: 270 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico
    • Eruptions of ash. (BBC)
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
    • Ejections of volcanic ash to an elevation of 7,000 meters to 9,000 meters above sea level. (Itar-Tass)

TOMORROWâ..S OUTLOOK (02JUN)

  • Bhutan: Anniversary of the Bhutan Broadcasting Service beginning â.. 1999.
  • Egypt: Verdict is due in the murder and corruption case against Hosni Mubarak.
  • Italy: Anniversary of the birth of the Italian Republic â.. 1946.

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