ONS: 01 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The military junta in Mali said it remained in control of key sites around the capital after an attempted counter-coup.
  • AMERICAS: President Chavez returned to Cuba for additional cancer treatment.
  • ASIA: Afghan protesters accused NATO soldiers of killing four children during clashes with insurgents yesterday.
  • EUROPE: The British Defense Ministry is considering placing surface to air missiles on civilian rooftops during the Olympics
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli Defense Minister Barak was skeptical that international sanctions would succeed in curbing Iran’s nuclear goals
  • TECHNOLOGY: Freedom House indicated press freedom globally held steady after eight years of decline.  

TOP STORY

  • Sino-American negotiations over the future of Chen Guangcheng
    • US President Obama prodded to improve its human-rights record.
    • Secretary Clinton left for China yesterday while US officials continue to be quiet about the case.
    • Chen may be exiled if he wants to stay in China.
    • Chinese censors are scrambling to erase the activist from social media.
    • Coverage (Reuters, AP, NYT, Reuters-2, AFP)

AFRICA

  • Region: Diplomats at the UN are working to resolve Sudan/S. Sudan tensions as air strikes continued through the weekend. (AP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: ECOWAS continued to threaten to use force to dislodge military rulers while adding new sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The military junta said it remained in control of key sites around the capital after an attempted counter-coup. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Troops raided a suspected Boko Haram bomb factory in Kano and recovered IEDs. (AFP)
  • Sudan: International diplomats were granted access to their nationals who were arrested along the contested border with South Sudan. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Thirteen were killed in a military helicopter crash near the Caribbean coast. (AP)
  • Colombia: President Santos accused the FARC of kidnapping a French journalist who went missing on Sunday in a firefight with the FARC. (AP)
  • Mexico: The lower house of congress approved a bill to require federal assistance to victims of brutal gang violence. (Reuters)
  • United States: The Department of Homeland Security is set to launch their own probe of the Secret Service’s actions in Colombia. (Washington Post)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced his intention to withdraw Venezuela from an OAS human rights panel and signed an overhaul of the country’s labor law. (Dow Jones)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez returned to Cuba for additional cancer treatment. (CNN)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The EU ambassador indicated Afghan leaders need to improve. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Protesters accused NATO soldiers of killing four children during clashes with insurgents yesterday. (AFP)
  • India: A ferry capsized with over 200 feared dead. (AP)
  • Korea, North: US President Obama, speaking with Japanese PM Noda, warned the DPRK that its “pattern of provocation” was over and the US would not buy “good behavior.” (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The government ordered 32 armored vehicles from Indonesia. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Questions remain about Pakistan’s role a year after OBL’s death. (AP)
  • Philippines: Foreign Secretary del Rosario and Defense Secretary Gazmin appealed to the US to help modernize the Philippine armed forces. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Two soldiers were killed and six other injured by a bomb in the southern province of Pattani. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Details of planned AQ attacks in Europe were released by German authorities. (CNN)
  • Region: The US plans to declare at the upcoming Chicago Summit that the first phase of European missile defense is complete. (Xinhua)
  • Britain: The Defense Ministry is considering placing surface to air missiles on civilian rooftops during the Olympics. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: A committee began drafting a new constitution that is more democratic, as the current one was written while under military rule. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Israeli Defense Minister Barak was skeptical that international sanctions would succeed in curbing Iran’s nuclear goals. (DPA)
  • Iraq:  A SIGIR report indicates American reconstruction funds may have financed insurgents according to surveys of American officers and officials. (AFP)
  • Israel: Ex-opposition leader Livni plans to quit parliament today. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated Syrian forces killed 10 in Idlib. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Twelve militants were killed in Abyan province while seven soldiers died in the clash. (Global Post)
  • Yemen: Rebels claimed they had seized 20 tanks in Lawdar. (UPI)

GLOBAL

  • UN Security Council: Azerbaijan took over the presidency (RFE/RL)
  • World Trade Organization: Montenegro became its 154th member. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Pay Phones: When paying with your phone you may be providing other information about yourself to the merchants. (NYT)
  • Press Freedom: Freedom House indicated press freedom globally held steady after eight years of decline.  The US fell due to its response to the Occupy Wall Street protests. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02MAY)

  • Asia: The Philippines hosts the annual Asian Development Bank meeting.
  • Europe: EU finance ministers decide new global capital requirements at Basel III.
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of the end of the Revolution Government Junta – 1982.
  • France: Presidential candidates Sarkozy and Hollande face off in televised debate.
  • Hungary: Presidential elections take place.
  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi to be sworn into parliament.
  • Myanmar: Anniversary of Cyclone Nargis making landfall – 2008.
  • Nigeria: Anniversary of the Yelwa massacre – 2004.

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