ONS: 02 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Somali government report found the deadly famine the country experienced killed almost 260,000, half of them children, between 2010 and 2012.
  • AMERICAS: The US government is considering a resumption of the testing of Minuteman 3 ICBMs later this month which had been postponed due to tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered internal security personnel to wipe out “undesirable and hostile elements” in the country who were fighting against the ruling party and socialist system.
  • EUROPE: Greek police used tear gas to break up a “Greeks Only” charity event held by the far-right Golden Dawn party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu announced his government would hold a national referendum on any agreement reached through negotiations with Palestinians.
  • GLOBAL: The UN weather agency announced the Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record rate during 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Australian scientists at the University of New South Wales made a technological breakthrough that brings quantum computing and quantum internet closer to reality.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: An Afghan police guard and at least two Pakistani troops were wounded in border clashes in the Mohmand district near the border.
    • Neither side took responsibility for the exchange, blaming the other side for instigating the skirmish.
    • The Afghan guard was reported killed during artillery fire sent in retaliation for heavy arms fire at the Pakistani outpost.
    • Afghans have grown increasingly frustrated with the government in Islamabad over negotiations with the Taliban, saying the government is trying to destabilize the Afghan government.
    • Coverage: VoA, AFP, al-Jazeera

 

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: The trial of former dictator Gaddafi’s son for charges of undermining state security is set to resume in the western city of Zintan. (DPA)
  • Libya: A bomb destroyed the remainder of a police station that came under attack last week in the eastern city of Benghazi but caused no casualties. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Committee to Protect Journalists ranked the country as one of the worst worldwide for attacks against members of the press that go unpunished. (Guardian)
  • Somalia: An official report found the deadly famine the country experienced killed almost 260,000, half of them children, between 2010 and 2012. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: The IMF approved a loan valued at nearly USD1 billion aimed at assisting the government to cut foreign borrowing while sparking economic growth. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Students and workers took to the streets of Mexico City to demand better working and living conditions in the country with some of the lowest wages in the region. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The government is considering a resumption of the testing of Minuteman 3 ICBMs later this month which had been postponed due to tensions on the Korean Peninsula. (Kyodo)
  • Venezuela: Government supporters and opposition groups held dueling rallies amid growing tensions over the country’s contested presidential election. (Miami Herald)

 

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: A war crimes court indicted a British Muslim leader for his role in the murder of prominent intellectuals during the 1971 liberation war. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong Un ordered internal security personnel to wipe out “undesirable and hostile elements” in the country who were fighting against the ruling party and socialist system. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: The government pledged USD270 million in aid for firms hit by the withdrawal from the Kaesong industrial zone last month. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government will deploy more than 600,000 security personnel during next week’s general election to protect against Taliban attacks. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: European Commission President Barroso urged leaders to come up with a plan to address the issue of youth unemployment in many EU countries. (AFP)
  • Greece: Police used tear gas to break up a “Greeks Only” charity event held by the far-right Golden Dawn party. (DPA)
  • Italy: The OECD warned the country’s new government to focus on further economic reform and cut its heavy debt to avoid shocks from changes in the financial market. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Japanese and French firms were awarded a multi-billion dollar contract to build a nuclear power plant on the Black Sea. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The UN mission claimed April was the deadliest month since June 2008, recording 712 killed, including 117 members of the security forces. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu announced his government would hold a national referendum on any agreement reached through negotiations with Palestinians. (AP)
  • Syria: Government soldiers gained control of a key neighborhood of the city of Homs and are pushing to dislodge opposition fighters from areas they have controlled for over a year. (AP)
  • Syria: Diplomatic officials claimed discussions in the Obama administration in favor of providing arms to rebel forces are gaining ground after increased evidence Assad’s regime used chemical weapons. (AP)

 

GLOBAL ISSUES

  • Global Warming: The UN weather agency announced the Arctic’s sea ice melted at a record rate during 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Australia: Scientists at the University of New South Wales made a technological breakthrough that brings quantum computing and quantum internet closer to reality. (Xinhua)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 23P (Zane)
    • Location: 310.7 mi NW of Cairns, Australia
    • Movement: NW at 11.5 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03MAY)

  • Global: UN World Press Freedom Day.
  • Europe: European Commission will release the European economic forecast for spring 2013.
  • Japan: Constitution Memorial Day, celebrates the establishment of the Japanese constitution – 1948.
  • Poland: Constitution Day, anniversary of the adoption of what is generally regarded as Europe’s first national constitution – 1791.
  • Slovenia: Russian FM Lavrov will visit Slovenia to meet with President Borut Pahor, PM Alenka Bratusek and others.
  • United States: US-India joint military exercise at Fort Bragg will begin (to 17MAY).

 

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