ONS: 05 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 5, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Contact Group discussed financing the Libyan opposition
  • ASIA: Cambodia and Thailand agreed to Indonesian border monitoring
  • EUROPE: Portugal agreed to a bailout plan
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombia killed nine FARC guerrillas
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bombing in Iraq killed at least 21
  • TECHNOLOGY: Intel announced development of new transistor tech

TOP STORY

  • Continued unrest in Syria
    • Syrian forces began to withdraw from Daraa after crushing an uprising there over the preceding two weeks.
    • Syrian troops arrested hundreds in a raid on a suburb outside Damascus.
    • The US and Italy issued a warning to the Syrian government that it would be isolated if it continued.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AFP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Libya: The Contact Group met in Rome to discuss methods of financing the opposition forces. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Authorities filed additional charges against ousted leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali for killing protesters. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia and Thailand reached an agreement to allow the deployment of Indonesian observers along the disputed border area. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Work crews entered the stricken reactor at the Fukushima power plant for the first time since its initial meltdown in March. (LAT)
  • South Korea: Lawmakers ratified a trade pact with the EU. (WSJ)
  • Vietnam: Security forces broke up a protest by Hmongs demanding independence. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Prominent opposition leader Vladimir Nekliayev went on trial for “mass rioting.” (AFP)
  • Portugal: The dominant political parties approved the austerity measures adopted to receive a $115 billion bailout. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: Military forces killed nine FARC guerrillas in Cauca. (EFE)
  • Mexico: In the face of protests, President Calderon called for Mexicans to continue supporting the war against drug cartels. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide bombing in Baghdad killed 21 policemen and injured another 75. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two mid-level Al-Qaeda leaders were killed.  Residents’ accounts indicate it may have been a drone strike. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Computers: Intel announced it developed a new chip technology that could increase processing speed at smaller size. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
    • High-altitude ash cloud. (Xinhua)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAY)

  • Asia: ASEAN Summit.
  • Lebanon & Syria: Martyrs’ Day.
  • UK: Verdict on inquest into 7/7/2005 bombings released.

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