ONS: 03 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Nigeria, an attack on a cattle market left at least 34 dead
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez activated the Council of State, which is led by the vice president
  • ASIA: Australia announced the delay of the purchase of F-35s due to budget issues
  • EUROPE: The Russian Army Chief of Staff said Russia does not have plans to deploy its missile defense facilities outside Russian territory
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists claimed Syrian forces raided a university in Aleppo and killed four students, injured 28, and arrested 200
  • TECHNOLOGY: Inspire, AQ’s English-language magazine, reappeared months after its founders were killed in a drone strike

TOP STORY

  • China: Chen Guangcheng indicates he now wants to go to the US.
    • American officials acknowledged the US is in talks with him about his options.
    • Chen said he wants to depart with his family on Secretary Clinton’s plane at the end of the week.
    • The US indicated it is ready to help Chen if he changed his mind seeks US protection.
    • China’s Foreign Ministry noted the US embassy’s handling of the case is “irregular” and “unacceptable.”
    • Coverage: Guardian, Time, Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Guinea Bissau: The ousted PAIGC party indicated it would not negotiate with the ruling junta. (DPA)
  • Mali: The interim PM criticized “attempts to destabilize the country,” in response to recent unrest. (AFP)
  • Mali: The self-declared ethnic state of Azawad is a month old with minimal international support. (LA Times)
  • Nigeria: An attack on a cattle market in northeastern Nigeria left at least 34 dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A top Christian leader indicated restraint may decline if attacks by Boko Haram continue. (AP)
  • Sudan: Khartoum said it seeks peace with S. Sudan and hopes for a favorable response to AU and UN resolutions. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The UNSC approved a resolution calling for sanctions if the unrest continues. (NYT)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The EU and journalist organizations called on FARC to release a captured French journalist. (AFP, AP)
  • Colombia: The army stopped operations in the area where the reporter was taken. (AFP)
  • El Salvador: Mara-18 and Mara Salvatrucha declared schools “zones of peace” and off limits for recruiting/gang activities. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez activated the Council of State, which is led by the Vice President.  Some analysts see this body as a potential transition group. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai stated the US-Afghanistan pact does not pose a threat to Afghanistan’s neighbors and Afghanistan wants to enhance relations with both Iran and Pakistan. (Xinhua)
  • Australia: Announced the delay of the purchase of F-35s due to budget issues. (Reuters)
  • China: Activist Zeng Jinyan indicated she was placed under house arrest.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Use of the Manas Transit Center may continue past 2014 as the government assesses factors beyond money, such as regional stability. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Kachin rebels said the government is poised to launch a military assault on them near Laiza. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Two bomb attacks targeted at security forces and tribal elders in Bajaur killed five individuals. (AP)
  • Philippines: A truckload of rebel IEDs were intercepted in the south. (Xinhua)
  • Tajikistan: The government designated Jamaat Ansarullah as a terrorist group. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Former Secretary of State Albright said the upcoming NATO summit is an opportunity for member states to discuss their common purpose and the future of the alliance. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Russia’s DM Serdyukov said talks about a “mutually acceptable” solution to missile defense deployment are “close to a dead end.” (AP)
  • Bulgaria: Police arrested 30 custom agents who were taking bribes at its main border crossing with Turkey. (AFP)
  • England: Fighter jets flew to a base in London in preparation for the Olympics. This is the first time fighters have been stationed there since WWII. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Army Chief of Staff, General Makarov, said Russia does not have plans to deploy its missile defense facilities outside Russian territory. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: Germany’s FM said Ukraine’s treatment of jailed ex-PM Tymoshenko is hindering the country’s association agreement with the EU. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A US F-15 crashed during a training mission without the specific location identified. (AP)
  • Iraq: Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi is to go on trial in absentia today.  He is accused of running a death squad, charges he has dismissed as politically-motivated. (Al-Arabiya)
  • Syria: Activists claimed Syrian forces raided a university in Aleppo and killed four students, injured 28, and arrested 200. (CNN)
  • Syria: The head of the UN observer mission expects an additional 100 international observers to arrive in the coming days. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Soldiers killed eight militants as they tried to attack an army outpost in Abyan province. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An airstrike killed 15 militants in a training camp in the south.  Reports indicate it resembled a drone strike, but the US did not comment. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Al-Qaeda: Inspire, AQ’s English-language magazine, reappeared months after its founders were killed in a drone strike. (AFP)
  • Citizen Journalism: Signal is an app for photojournalism that allows for a short description of a geo-tagged photo.  The app runs an algorithm to look for multiple images from the same location to merge them into a single story for citizen journalism. (Mashable)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Iran: Parliamentary runoff elections held.
  • Latvia: Celebration of Declaration of Independence – 1990.
  • Palestinian Territories: General elections held.

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