ONS: 05 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a suicide bombing in Mogadishu killed at least 11.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Maduro referred to US President Obama as the “grand chief of devils” after the US President declined to recognize Maduro’s election.
  • ASIA: Eight NATO-led coalition soldiers were killed in separate attacks across Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: The Slovenian government worked to avert another eurozone bailout amid continued pressure on the country’s economy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian army commander General Pourdastan stated Tehran would be ready to train the Syrian military if asked to do so by Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Smaller rivals to Facebook are reportedly using privacy and other concerns as a means of appealing to users.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Large explosions struck Damascus; second Israeli air strike on Hezbollah-bound missiles reported; Syrian state media claimed rocket attack by Israel.
    • Israeli forces reportedly launched an airstrike on a shipment of Iranian-made guided missiles believed intended to go to Hezbollah; if confirmed, the second strike in three days.
    • Syrian state media reported that Israeli rockets had struck a military research facility in Damascus.
    • Iranian officials condemned the alleged strikes.
    • AP, Reuters, BBC, NYT, Al Jazeera, AFP

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: A suicide attack killed two soldiers in the country’s north. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The death toll from ethnic clashes in the eastern part of the country that began on Friday rose to 39. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A suicide bombing killed at least 11 in Mogadishu. (Al Jazeera)
  • Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for calm in the disputed Abyei region after the killing of a tribal chief and a peacekeeper. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Colombian President Uribe dismissed allegations that he was plotting to assassinate Venezuelan President Maduro. (Telegraph)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels stated they were hopeful a peace deal with the government could be reached. (Al Jazeera)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro referred to US President Obama as the “grand chief of devils” after the US President declined to recognize Maduro’s election. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Eight NATO-led coalition soldiers were killed in separate attacks across the country. (NYT)
  • Bangladesh: Violent clashes between Islamist protesters and police in Dhaka killed at least one. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: The North presented conditions for reviving operations at the Kaesong industrial complex. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Voting began in parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: 16 militants and two soldiers were killed during operations in the country’s north. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Two bombings targeting an MQM party election office in Karachi killed at least three. (Al Jazeera)

 

EUROPE

  • France: EU Internal Market Commissioner Barnier called on France to institute economic reforms despite an extension of its deadline to meet deficit targets. (Reuters)
  • Slovenia: The government worked to avert another eurozone bailout amid continued pressure on the country’s economy. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan stated that opponents of a peace plan with Kurds were using terrorism to derail the process. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Army commander General Pourdastan stated Iran would be ready to train the Syrian military if Damascus requested that aid. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Provincial election results indicated PM Maliki’s coalition won enough seats to be the strongest bloc, but not strong enough to hold provincial posts without political alliances. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The military deployed two Iron Dome rocket defense systems to the country’s north. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Smaller rivals to Facebook are reportedly using privacy and other concerns as a means of appealing to users. (Guardian)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Low-level eruption. (AP)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAY)

  • Middle East: International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13 will begin in Bahrain; representatives from more than 30 countries will practice minesweeping and escorting ships in the Persian Gulf (to 30MAY).
  • China: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu will pay an official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (to 10MAY).
  • Japan: Rose Gottemoeller, acting undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, will visit Japan to discuss nuclear deterrence, missile defense cooperation, and arms control and nonproliferation issues with officials of Japan’s foreign and defense ministries (to 08MAY).
  • Russia: French Navy Frigate FNS Vendemiaire under the flag of French Joint Pacific Commander Rear Admiral Anne Cullere will make an unofficial port call in the Russian Pacific Fleet’s main base in Vladivostok (to 10MAY).
  • South Africa: Nigerian President Jonathan Goodluck will visit South Africa (to 07MAY).
  • Venezuela: Audit of Venezuela presidential election will begin (to 04JUN).

 

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