ONS: 02 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Cairo a pre-dawn attack on anti-military protesters killed at least five and injured scores.
  • AMERICAS: None of the women in the Secret Service scandal were found to be involved with terrorism or drug cartels.
  • ASIA:  Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn into the Myanmar parliament.
  • EUROPE:  New Hungarian president Janos Ader took the oath of office immediately following his election by parliament.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNIFIL denied the possibility of moving units from Lebanon to Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Digital newspapers now make up about a seventh of papers in circulation in America.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Obama and Karzai sign accord, Taliban attack Kabul
    • US President Obama and Afghan President Karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement that foresees the possibility of American troops remaining past 2014 to train Afghan forces and target AQ.
    • Rumors of President Obama’s imminent secret trip spread on Twitter hours before he arrived, forcing the US embassy to be coy with its responses.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for an attack on a foreign guesthouse complex in Kabul that killed seven shortly after President Obama’s departure.
    • The Taliban also announced the beginning of their spring offensive.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, NYT-1, NYT-2, CBS, AFP-3
  • China: Chen Guangcheng left the American Embassy in Beijing
    • China demanded an apology from the US for Chen’s stay at the embassy.
    • The US indicated Chen is now at a medical facility with his family.
    • Chen apparently has not requested to leave China, and has been assured a safe place to stay.
    • He told US Secretary of State that he wanted to kiss her when they spoke by phone.
    • Before Chen’s departure from the embassy, official press indicated this incident should not impact Sino-American relations as both nations have worked to resolve the issue quietly.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AP-2, AFP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan/S. Sudan fighting continued as the UN is set to vote today on a resolution that could threaten both countries with sanctions. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A pre-dawn attack on anti-military protesters killed at least five and injured scores. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The military junta indicated the counter-coup was defeated. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: In a video, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for recent attacks on local media, and threatened further attacks on outlets such as the VOA. (AFP)
  • Somalia: American Marines are training Ugandan troops on urban warfare before the troops are deployed to Mogadishu as part of the AMISOM force. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: None of the women in the Secret Service scandal were found to be involved with terrorism or drug cartels. (Washington Post)
  • Guatemala: Declared a ‘state of siege’ for a province on the Mexican border after armed men overran an army outpost. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities arrested five individuals in Ohio who were attempting to blow up a bridge near Cleveland.  Information about the plot was provided by an FBI informant who helped facilitate the acquisition of inoperable explosives. (AP)
  • United States: Senior military officials are working to elevate the cyber command to full combatant command status. (Washington Post)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK jamming is allegedly impacting commercial technologies and flights in the ROK. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi was sworn in to parliament. (AP)
  • New Zealand: Agreed with the US to strengthen information sharing related to transnational crime and security threats. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Established a special airborne unit to engage in the Spratly Islands if there is unrest. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO is expected to make new decisions about the progression of missile defense at the Chicago Summit. (RIA Novosti)
  • Hungary: New president Janos Ader took the oath of office immediately following his election by parliament. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: The OSCE will facilitate Serbian parliamentary and presidential elections on 06MAY. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: The US called for the release of former PM Yulia Tymoshenko. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: UNIFIL denied the possibility of moving units from Lebanon to Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Iraq and Kuwait requested UN assistance in repairing their border demarcation. (AFP)
  • Iran: Indicated they will negotiate for the removal sanctions at the upcoming Baghdad nuclear talks. (DPA)
  • Syria: HRW accused Syrian forces of committing war crimes in Idlib. (AFP)
  • Syria: Fifteen regime troops were killed in Aleppo by an opposition ambush. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Electronic News: Digital newspapers now make up about a seventh of papers in circulation in America. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Offshore Chiapas, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 36.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAY)

  • Global: World Press Freedom Day celebrated (RSF releases annual reports).
  • Americas: Two-day meeting begins for UNASUR Defense, Interior, Justice and Foreign Ministers in Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Asia: A Japanese-Russian bilateral accord on civil nuclear cooperation takes effect.
  • China: Secretaries Clinton and Geithner attend the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
  • Japan: Celebration of Constitution Memorial Day – 1948.
  • Poland: Celebration of Constitution Day – 1791.
  • Russia: Two-day Far East Forum takes place in Vladivostok.
  • Russia: International Missile Defense conference begins with NATO, CSTO, and CIS member states.

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