ONS: 05 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 5, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A leader of a protest march in Nigeria for 276 missing schoolgirls said that First Lady Patience Jonathan ordered the arrest of protest leaders and accused them of belonging to Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: In Panama, VP Juan Carlos Varela was declared the victor of the country’s presidential election with 39 percent of the votes.
  • ASIA: The Philippines and the US started annual large-scale military exercises.
  • EUROPE: Hungarian President Ader asked PM Orban to form a new government.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestinian President Abbas was to hold talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal for the first meeting since their rival movements signed a unity deal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Congress is moving to overhaul the operations of taxpayer-funded media organizations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Europe to push for peace amid rising tensions.
    • President Turchynov told Ukrainian television that roadblocks had been set up around the capital over fears of “provocative” action by covert Russian operatives on 09MAY.
    • Interior Minister Avakov said that several people had died in intense fighting on the fringes of the rebel-held town of Slavyansk.
    • Russia warned that failure to halt the escalating unrest would threaten peace across Europe.
    • German FM Steinmeier said he would push for a meeting with Russian FM Lavrov, US Secretary Kerry, the EU, and the OSCE.
    • The EU said that Interim PM Yatsenyuk and his government will hold talks in Brussels on 13MAY with the 28-member European Commission.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US will disburse USD30 million to support the electoral process and security operations in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The speaker of the General National Congress confirmed Ahmed Miitig as the country’s Prime Minister Monday. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A leader of a protest march for 276 missing schoolgirls said that First Lady Patience Jonathan ordered the arrest of protest leaders and accused them of belonging to Boko Haram. (AP)
  • South Sudan: Government troops captured a rebel stronghold and took back control of another town. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC said it was close to an agreement with the government on drug trafficking. (AFP)
  • Panama: VP Juan Carlos Varela was declared the victor of the country’s presidential election with 39 percent of the votes. (AP)
  • Venezuela: One of the bodyguards of President Maduro was shot to death while driving in Caracas. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Militants killed six police and two local leaders in Faryab. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen attacked three container trucks carrying NATO supplies en route to Afghanistan, killing two people. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The military and the US started annual large-scale military exercises. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Leftist NPA rebels released 36 civilians whom they held hostage in the Compostela Valley province. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The coast guard reported that at least two migrants drowned and dozens more are missing after their boats capsized in the Aegean. (AFP)
  • Hungary: President Ader asked PM Orban to form a new government. (Reuters)
  • Portugal: German Finance Minister Schaeuble welcomed a decision by the country not to tap further credit from the EU. (AFP)
  • Slovenia: PM Bratusek formally resigned, calling for an early vote to be held in the country next month. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A delegation from the IAEA arrived in the country to visit two nuclear sites ahead of the next round of political talks. (AFP)
  • Iran: A senior trade official said Tehran will almost triple the number of commercial attaches in its embassies abroad to boost trade ties. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas was to hold talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal for the first meeting since their rival movements signed a unity deal. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media reported that rockets hit a government-held district in Aleppo, killing 9 people. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two gunmen shot dead a commander of the security forces in Sanaa. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US Congress is moving to overhaul the operations of taxpayer-funded media organizations. (Hillicon Valley)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 142 (Guinea, Liberia)
      • Sourcing: WHO
    • Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 01MAY: 261 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 01MAY: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2 WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06MAY)

  • Global: OECD ministerial council meeting in Paris, France
  • Angola: Anniversary of U.N. Security Council condemns South Africa for invading Angola and demands withdrawal – 1978
  • Israel: Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day)
  • Russia: Anniversary of Josef Stalin becoming Soviet premier, succeeding V.M. Molotov – 1941
  • United States: Anniversary of Hindenburg explosion – 1937

END

Comments on this entry are closed.