ONS: 02 June 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Air strikes pounded the Libyan capital Tripoli
  • ASIA: Six German soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack in Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel said the euro was a “stable currency”
  • LATIN AMERICA: Honduras was readmitted to the Organization of American States
  • MIDDLE EAST: Islamists and leftists joined forces against political corruption in Jordan
  • USA/CANADA: Two tornadoes in Massachusetts killed four people
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers in China broke into Gmail accounts of senior US government officials

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Fighting intensifies between government forces and anti-Saleh protesters.
    • Thousands of armed tribesmen converged on Sanaa to back opposition tribal head Sheikh Sadiq al-Ahmar.
    • At least 15 people were killed in overnight fighting in Sanaa.
    • Protesters, armed for the first time since demonstrations began, clashed with security forces in the city of Taez.
    • A video of protests in Sanaa was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Seven people were killed in clashes after attacks targeting the capital Bangui’s Muslim population. (AFP)
  • Libya: NATO air strikes shook the Libyan capital Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The US called on Sudan’s northern and southern leaders to meet immediately to defuse the crisis over Abyei. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six German soldiers were wounded in a bomb attack in Baghlan province. (AP)
  • China: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the US is not looking to “hold China down” but wants to forge stronger dialogue with China’s military. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Naoto Kan survived a no-confidence motion in parliament but said he will resign after the post-tsunami recovery takes hold. (WaPo)
  • Myanmar: US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) will meet with democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Estonia: Defense Minister Mart Laar said online attacks must be treated like conventional military assaults. (AFP)
  • Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel said the euro was a “stable currency” but some countries in the Eurozone need to improve their fiscal responsibility. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Russia has already cut its nuclear arsenals to levels below those required by the New START. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa rejected US sanctions against Venezuelan state-run oil company Petroleos de Venezuela. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: Honduras was readmitted Wednesday to the Organization of American States. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: A police officer was killed and three others were wounded in a grenade attack on a police station in Monterrey. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid bin Abdulla Ahmad Al Khalifa met with opposition groups and urged them to engage in national dialogue that will start on 01JUL. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The Israeli army arrested Hamas lawmaker Abdul Rahman Zeidan at his West Bank home. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Islamists and leftists joined forces in a partnership against political corruption. (AFP)

USA/CANADA

  • United States: Two tornadoes in Massachusetts killed four people. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: Google said hackers in China broke into the Gmail accounts of several hundred people, including senior US government officials. (Reuters)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JUN)

  • Iran: Ayatollah Khomenei died in 1989.
  • Montenegro: Becomes independent in 2006
  • Singapore: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg attends 2011 Shangri-La Dialogue.

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