ONS: 06 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Dispute in Sudan over Abyei region continued
  • ASIA: Drone strike in Pakistan killed 8
  • EUROPE: Strike in Italy shut down mass transit
  • LATIN AMERICA: More bodies found in Durango mass grave
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni opposition rejected transfer-of-power deal
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sony CEO apologized for data breach

TOP STORY

  • Syria braced for ‘day of defiance’
    • Security forces prepared to clamp down on protests across the country.
      • Forces loyal to Assad that were equipped with tanks and other heavy weapons were deployed in major cities.
    • Activists planned large protests to take place after Friday prayers.
    • Coverage: Reuters, CNN, AP
  • Libya stalemate continued
    • Gaddafi regime assets frozen by the United States will be used to fund humanitarian support for the opposition.
      • Members of the Contact Group also agreed to set up a fund for the opposition.
    • France expelled 14 Libyan diplomats loyal to Gaddafi.
    • Coverage: AP, WP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Lawyers for Laurent Gbagbo were refused entry into the country after arriving at the Abijan airport. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The US and AU expressed concern over the ongoing dispute over the Abyei region. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the border-monitoring agreement between Cambodia and Thailand was a “done deal.” (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least eight militants close to the Afghan border. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Hundreds of illegal migrants from Africa arrived in Lampedusa, exacerbating the ongoing migrant crisis. (Reuters)
  • Italy: A nationwide strike shut down most public transportation throughout the country. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: The number of bodies recovered from a mass grave in Durango rose to 146. (AP)
  • Mexico: 130 police officers in Acambaro, nearly half the police force, were arrested for corruption and ties to drug cartels. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Yemen: The opposition refused to agree to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s proposal for the transfer of power because of President Saleh’s stance on the deal. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Sony: CEO Howard Stringer apologized for the breach of the Playstation Network and claimed that services would be restored soon (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude:  6.1
    • Depth: 24.2
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAY)

  • Singapore: General parliamentary elections.

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