ONS: 01 June 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 1, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in four villages in Nigeria’s restive northeast killed several people, residents said.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the suspension of gas from Colombia could affect the supplies that Venezuela sends to that country in the future.
  • ASIA: Around 6,000 police and soldiers were deployed across Bangkok on Sunday, according to a Thai official, as authorities tried to deter anti-coup protesters who have threatened a day of flashmob rallies in defiance of the army.
  • EUROPE: A new front is swiftly opening in the war over embattled Ukraine’s future: energy, with Russia threatening to cut off natural gas to the country as early as Tuesday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US President Barack Obama said Saturday the Qatari government had given the United States security guarantees over five Guantanamo Bay prisoners transferred to secure the release of a US soldier in Afghanistan.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new site Google Inc. set up to comply with a top European court’s “right to be forgotten” ruling has received more than 12,000 requests, reaching a peak of 20 requests per minute, just hours after it went live.

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey Protestors Clash With Police on Anniversary
    • Changed crowd-control tactics by Turkish police left Istanbul dazed on Saturday evening. But there were no deaths, only few injuries and fewer than 40 arrests as thousands of protesters surged against police lines in a failed bid to take central Taksim Square.
    • Police have used tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Istanbul and Ankara on the first anniversary of deadly anti-government protests.
    • Police used water cannon on Saturday to push back crowds of protesters who defied a warning by Turkey’s prime minister and gathered in Istanbul and Ankara on the anniversary of last year’s nationwide anti-government demonstrations.
    • PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday criticized demonstrations across the country to mark the first anniversary of the Gezi Park resistance movement.
    • Around 120 people have been detained in Istanbul as police intervened to disperse protester groups gathered to mark the anniversary of last year’s Gezi Park protests.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Sydney Morning Herald, World Bulletin, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his Malian counterpart Ibrahim Boubacar Keita discussed ways to fight insurgency in the two countries where Islamist militants have launched intense attacks in the past month. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Security officials say smugglers have killed six army border guards, including an officer, in a gun battle in the remote southwest of the country. (AP)
  • Kenya: A grenade attack at a garage in the eastern town of Garissa Saturday left three people wounded, a local police chief said. (AFP)
  • Malawi: The US government offered congratulations to Malawi’s new President Peter Mutharika, hailing active and peaceful elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A series of suspected Boko Haram attacks in four villages in the restive northeast killed several people, residents said. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez said the suspension of gas from Colombia could affect the supplies that Venezuela sends to that country in the future. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Police have arrested 46 members of the Rastrojos criminal gang in northern Atlantico department, accused of extortion from shop owners and selling illegal drugs. (BBC)
  • Honduras: US embassy in Honduras working to free six Americans detained by the government on gun allegations. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan will send officials to North Korea while Pyongyang reinvestigates the fate of Japanese nationals it abducted in the Cold War years, a senior politician said. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive and continues to lead the movement’s political and military operations, official Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. (Al-Awsat)
  • Australia: Flights to and from Darwin are resuming after being grounded by an ash cloud from an Indonesian volcano. (AAP)
  • Thailand: Around 6,000 police and soldiers were deployed across Bangkok, according to a Thai official, as authorities tried to deter anti-coup protesters who have threatened a day of flash mob rallies in defiance of the army. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: A new front is swiftly opening in the war over embattled Ukraine’s future: energy, with Russia threatening to cut off natural gas to the country as early as Tuesday. (WP)
  • Russia: At least 16 people were missing after a helicopter believed to be carrying top regional officials and businessmen crashed into a lake in north-western Russia, police and the emergencies ministry said on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The nation accused Russia of unleashing a massive campaign to persuade global powers not to recognize polls that gave the presidency to a pro-Western tycoon as both sides readied for a new round of talks on disputed gas prices. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US President Barack Obama said Saturday the Qatari government had given the United States security guarantees over five Guantanamo Bay prisoners transferred to secure the release of a US soldier in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Region: Israel has denied three future Palestinian ministers from the Gaza Strip entry to the West Bank ahead of the unveiling of a new unity government, public radio said on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Iran: A man was hanged Sunday said to be affiliated to an exiled opposition group, state media reported, despite international pressure on the Islamic republic to halt the execution. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: A new site Google Inc. set up to comply with a top European court’s “right to be forgotten” ruling has received more than 12,000 requests, reaching a peak of 20 requests per minute, just hours after it went live. (Market Watch)
  • Technology: One of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been arrested in southern Sweden to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations after being on the run for nearly two years. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 259km WSW of Tomatlan, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 248 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 171 (Guinea, Liberia)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 28MAY: 636 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28MAY: 193 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
    • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02JUN)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian ex-President Hosni Mubarak sentenced to life in jail – 2012
  • Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesia and Malaysia agree to end five years of hostilities – 1966
  • Italy: Anniversary of birth of the Italian Republic – 1946

 

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