ONS: 04 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 4, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Al Shabaab fighters ambushed Somali government forces
  • ASIA: North Korea’s prison camps have expanded
  • EUROPE: The EU proposed reintroduction of border controls
  • LATIN AMERICA: Police found five headless bodies in Mexico City
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian protesters vowed to continue demonstrations
  • GLOBAL ISSUES: The EU gained super observer status at the UN
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI warned of malware in fake Bin Laden death emails

TOP STORIES

  • Libya: Opposition forces requested $3 billion in international loans
    • The funds will purchase food and medicine supplies.
    • Libya continued to deny that it held assets in Switzerland.
    • The Turkish Prime Minister called for Gaddafi to leave Libya.
    • A video of a home-made opposition tank was widely shared on Twitter.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, BBC, Reuters Telegraph, WaPo
  • Osama Bin Laden unarmed when killed: US
    • The US withdrew claims that Bin Laden died firing an automatic weapon.
    • CIA Chief Leon Panetta said that Pakistan was intentionally left out of the operation.
    • Pakistan’s army chief and US officials will visit Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad.
    • Coverage: AFP, Al Jazeera, RIA Novosti, Reuters, Telegraph, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The army battled with remaining Gbagbo loyalists in Abidjan. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A car bomb hit the opposition’s Benghazi headquarters, wounding two. (AFP)
  • Somalia: An al Shabaab ambush on government forces killed at least eight. (UPI)
  • Sudan: Northern and southern forces clashed in Abyei, killing 14. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan said China pressured South Korea to end a military student exchange program with Taipei. (AP)
  • India: Suspected Maoist guerillas ambushed and killed 11 policemen in Jharkhand. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country’s prison camps grew in size over the past decade and now hold over 200,000 people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: An army captain was killed in a clash with communist rebels in the central Philippines. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: The EU proposed allowing reintroduction of national border controls in “exceptional circumstances”. (AP)
  • Region: Germany agreed to keep its troops in Kosovo for another year. (DPA)
  • Russia: A special forces officer and two insurgents died in a clash in Chechnya. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: The mayor of Bogotá was suspended on corruption charges. (DPA)
  • Mexico: Police found five headless bodies in Mexico City, along with messages from alleged gangs. (AFP)
  • Peru: Defense Minister Jaime Thorne agreed to enhance military cooperation with China. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities referred 47 medics to a military court after accusing them of participating in protests. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A roadside bomb north of Karbala killed three civilians. (AFP)
  • Syria: Protesters vowed to continue their “revolution” by holding demonstrations across the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: China and Russia threw their support behind the GCC’s power transition plan. (Xinhua, Xinhua)

GLOBAL ISSUES

  • UN: The EU gained super observer status, which may prompt the AU, Arab League and Caribbean Community to seek similar rights. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The FBI warned emails claiming to show photos of Osama Bin Laden’s death may contain identity-stealing malware. (UPI)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05MAY)

  • Middle East: Arab League ministerial meeting.
  • Thailand: Coronation Day.
  • USA: Cinco de Mayo.
  • UK: Britain vote reform referendum.

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