ONS: 02 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Opposition fighters imposed a curfew in Misrata
  • ASIA: China will strengthen enforcement of maritime claims
  • EUROPE: Spain’s Supreme Court banned a Basque group from elections
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombian authorities arrested three ELN guerillas
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran announced upgrades to military hardware
  • TECHNOLOGY: North Korea confiscated cell phones

TOP STORY

  • Global: Osama Bin Laden killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan
    • Three others, including one of Bin Laden’s sons, were also killed.
    • The Pakistani government was involved in the operation.
    • The State Department issued a global travel alert to all US citizens.
    • Top trends on Twitter included hashtags such as #obl#osama and #Abbottabad.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al JazeeraBBCCNNNYTRIA NovostiWSJXinhua

AFRICA

  • Libya: A senior Catholic bishop in Tripoli confirmed the death of Gaddafi’s son. (AFP)
  • Libya: Opposition leaders imposed a curfew in Misrata on reports that Gaddafi ammassed forces nearby. (DPA)
  • Somalia: Government forces and Al Shabaab fighters clashed on a southern road. (UPI)

ASIA

  • China: Beijing said it is adding ships and personnel to strengthen enforcement of its maritime claims. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean prosecutors are investigating whether a software company employee gave military secrets to Pyongyang. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Police arrested Bui Chat, an underground publisher, after he received an award for his contributions to free speech. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police took in four suspects for questioning over the 2010 firebombing of an Athens bank. (UPI)
  • Spain: The Supreme Court banned a Basque coalition from local elections. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed that some of his political allies have collaborated with FARC guerrillas in the past. (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities arrested three suspected ELN guerrillas in the eastern province of Araucaor for the 22MAR killing of a judge. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A military commander announced upgrades to drones and F-14 fighters. (UPI)
  • Saudi Arabia: Over 60 activists called for a boycott of September municipal elections. (AFP)
  • Syria: Authorities arrested hundreds of protesters after taking control of Daraa. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Korea, North: Defectors said that the government started confiscating cell phones to suppress news from the outside world. (AFP)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAY)

  • Asia: Trilateral talks between US, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Global: World Press Freedom Day.
  • USA: UK Prince Charles visiting until 05MAY.

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