ONS: 03 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, a senior law enforcement officer claimed three to four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took part in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last year.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan opposition formally requested an investigation into a brawl in the National Assembly that injured several opposition lawmakers, one of whom required surgery.
  • ASIA: Six South Korean nuclear power engineers were jailed after being linked to a massive corruption scandal that included forging safety certificates, bringing the safety of the system into question.
  • EUROPE: The eurosceptic, anti-immigration UK Independence Party won an average 26 percent of the vote in the country’s local elections, taking many votes from the ruling Conservative Party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: British DM Hammond stated it may no longer be possible to prove that chemical weapons were used in Syria because samples have degraded, forcing authorities to wait for further attacks to occur.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The NYT has begun experimenting with providing Spanish language translation of major Latin America stories.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: The main prosecutor in the Bhutto murder case, in which former dictator Musharraf is implicated, was shot dead in Islamabad.
    • Chaudhry Zulfikar was also the prosecutor tasked with investigating the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which Lashkar-e Taiba militants were implicated.
    • While no group has taken responsibility for the act, Zulfikar had conducted investigations into a number of other groups, including the Taliban.
    • Musharraf, who is under house arrest, denied allegations that he was complicit in Bhutto’s 2007 murder, placing the blame on Taliban militants.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, AP, BBC, Telegraph, WaPo

 

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A senior law enforcement officer claimed three to four members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took part in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi last year. (CNN)
  • Somalia: A US diplomat said there had not been a case of piracy off the Somali coast, nor in the Red Sea or the Indian Ocean in nearly a year due to maritime operations. (Guardian)
  • South Africa: An independent report stated the government is not succeeding in its attempts to clamp down on corruption, costing taxpayers over USD100 million annually. (AP)
  • Sudan: A gold mine in the country’s restive Darfur region collapsed killing around 100 miners and nine members of a rescue team, with an untold number unaccounted for. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez ratified the country’s unpopular restrictive policy on foreign imports in an attempt to boost domestic capacity and sales. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: President Obama pledged to put trade back at the center of US relations with the country and to work together in the drug war as the government modifies its national security strategy. (AFP)
  • United States: A prominent Bush Administration lawyer suggested the Obama Administration has increased the use of drone strikes to avoid imprisoning them at Guantanamo Bay. (UPI)
  • Venezuela: The opposition formally requested an investigation into a brawl in the National Assembly that injured several opposition lawmakers, one of whom required surgery. (AP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF coalition and Afghan forces announced they had located and successfully defused nine IEDs across a number of eastern provinces. (Xinhua)
  • India: In retaliation for the killing of an Indian citizen in a Pakistani prison, a Pakistani prisoner was attacked in prison in Kashmir, suffering serious head injuries. (AFP)
  • Japan: Hundreds gathered in Tokyo to protest PM Abe’s plans to amend the constitution, saying it could empower the government to infringe on civil liberties. (AP)
  • Korea, South: Six nuclear power engineers were jailed after being linked to a massive corruption scandal that included forging safety certificates, bringing the safety of the system into question. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • France: EU economists predicted the country’s economy, Europe’s second largest, will enter a recession and that the deficit would increase to 3.9 percent of GDP. (BBC)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov announced negotiations with the EU to liberalize visa restrictions had entered the final phase, aiming to end visa requirements for short-term visits. (Interfax)
  • Ukraine: The heads of the country’s Christian churches formally asked President Yanukovych to pardon former PM Tymoshenko in observance of Easter Sunday. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: The eurosceptic, anti-immigration UK Independence Party won an average 26 percent of the vote in the country’s local elections, largely taking votes from the ruling Conservative Party. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Shiites clashed with police in a village near Manama as they demonstrated to demand the release of Shiite prisoners held by the Sunni monarchy. (AFP)
  • Israel: The ultra-orthodox Shas party reinstated its former leader, who stepped down in 1999 to serve two years in prison after being convicted of corruption. (AP)
  • Syria: The opposition SNC condemned the “massacre” of a northwestern Sunni village by regime soldiers and militiamen, which killed at least 50. (AFP)
  • Syria: British DM Hammond stated it may no longer be possible to prove the use of chemical weapons because samples have degraded, forcing authorities to wait for further attacks to occur. (UPI)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The NYT has begun experimenting with providing Spanish language translation of major Latin America stories. (Poynter)

 

 

WORLD

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

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04MAY)

  • Latvia: Anniversary of Latvia proclaiming its independence from the USSR – 1990.

 

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