ONS: 04 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Madagascar’s President Rajoelina registered to run for re-election, despite an earlier promise not to do so
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC stated it was satisfied with the progress of peace talks with the government.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai called on the Taliban to “fight Afghan enemies.”
  • EUROPE: Portuguese PM Coelho announced a series of planned budget cuts in a bid to avoid the need for another bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported hundreds fleeing Sunni district of Banias in fear of a massacre.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Glass users will reportedly be able to integrate text and navigation services with the iPhone soon.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Israeli airstrike hits target in country; President Obama rules out US ground troops; Israel fortifies border.
    • Israeli officials confirmed the country launched an airstrike into Syria and stated the target was a shipment of missiles bound for Hezbollah in Lebanon.
    • President Obama stated he did not foresee a situation where US ground troops would be deployed to Syria.
    • Israel reportedly tightened border security and deployed security forces to the Golan Heights.
    • Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera-1, Al Jazeera-2, NYT, AP, NYT-2

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Thousands reportedly fled fighting between local militias the town of Pinga in the eastern part of the country. (AP)
  • Guinea: Violent election protests killed at least three in Conakry. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: President Rajoelina registered to run for re-election, despite an earlier promise not to do so. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Police dispersed a land protest in Khartoum with tear gas. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US President Obama defended his country’s drug policies during a visit to Mexico and Costa Rica. (AP)
  • Colombia: The FARC stated it was satisfied with the progress of peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro stated he will recall the country’s ambassador to Peru in response to statements by Peruvian FM Roncagliolo. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: US President Obama named James Dobbins as special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai called on the Taliban to “fight Afghan enemies.” (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Candidates for Sunday’s general election made their last appeals to voters. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A parliamentary election candidate was wounded by a roadside bombing in the country’s northwest. (AFP)
  • Philippines: A clash between communist rebels and soldiers in the central part of the country killed five. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Pressure mounted on Germany to reinvigorate Europe’s economy. (NYT)
  • Azerbaijan: EU officials expressed concern about a possible internet crackdown by the government. (AFP)
  • Portugal: PM Coelho announced a series of planned budget cuts in a bid to avoid the need for another bailout. (Al Jazeera)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: HRW urged authorities to give greater support to an investigation of a deadly raid by security forces. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported hundreds fleeing Sunni district of Banias in fear of a massacre. (AFP)
  • Syria: President al-Assad made a public appearance at Damascus University. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Technology: Google Glass users will reportedly be able to integrate text and navigation services with the iPhone soon. (DigitalSpy)

 

WORLD

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

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05MAY)

  • Europe: Anniversary of the establishment of the Council of Europe – 1949.
  • Armenia: The capital city, Yerevan, will hold nationally-eyed city council elections.
  • Ethiopia: Liberation Day, anniversary of the day which ended five years of Italian occupation of Addis Ababa – 1941.
  • French Polynesia: Parliamentary second round elections.
  • Guinea: Legislative elections.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Constitution Day, anniversary of parliament adopting a new constitution – 1993.
  • Malaysia: General elections.
  • Mexico: Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s National Day, also celebrated in the United States.
  • Russia: Opposition expert council plan to hold a march and rally in Moscow.
  • Sudan: ICC trial of Abdallah Banda Abakaer Nourain and Saleh Mohammed Jerbo Jamus, Darfur rebels accused of leading deadly attack on AU peacekeepers, will begin.
  • Thailand: Coronation Day, celebration of King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s crowning as the 9th king of the Chakri dynasty – 1950.
  • Christianity: Easter for Orthodox Christians.

 

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