ONS: 06 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, gunmen continued to besiege key government ministries demanding the resignation of the government, despite passing a law barring officials from the previous regime from holding government posts.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military seized a number of firearms and explosives after clashes with FARC guerrillas in the rural southwest in which seven militants were killed.
  • ASIA: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim announced his coalition will contest the results of the general election, alleging the governing coalition rigged the vote.
  • EUROPE: Former German Finance Minister and leftist opposition lawmaker Oskar Lafontaine, who was instrumental in the adoption of the euro, announced it may be time to rethink the common currency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte claimed Syrian rebel forces have been responsible for the use of sarin gas against government forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon updated its mobile apps to support Chinese customers, indicating it may soon expand its cadre of e-readers and tablets into the Chinese market.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Violence once again broke out on the border with Pakistan after Pakistani soldiers attempted to rebuild a fence destroyed in last week’s clash.
    • The clashes mark a precipitous deterioration in the relationship between the two countries despite coalition attempts to promote cooperation.
    • On the outskirts of Kabul more than 2,000, mostly villagers, gathered to protest the fighting while shouting, “Death to Pakistan.”
    • The dispute centers on the delineation of the border between the two countries, as the government in Kabul does not accept the “Durand Line.”
    • An ISAF spokesman suggested the border issue could be solved through regular trilateral summits brokered by ISAF.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Xinhua, AFP, RFP/RL, al-Jazeera

 

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: A court sentenced two Iranians to life-in-prison on terrorism related charges, including possession of explosives allegedly to be used in future attacks. (AFP)
  • Libya: Gunmen continued to besiege key government ministries demanding the resignation of the government, despite passing a law barring officials from the previous regime from holding government posts. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen raided the northeastern village of Jiang killing ten in attacks on a market and church and injuring nine before fleeing across the border into Cameroon. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: Official statistics showed 25.2 percent of the eligible population was unemployed with 2.3 million having given up looking for employment. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military seized a number of firearms and explosives after clashes with FARC guerrillas in the rural southwest in which seven militants were killed. (AFP)
  • Mexico: At least 11 people were killed in a shootout between government troops and armed civilians in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Justice Minister Rodriguez announced President Maduro will enlist the military to assist the National Guard in an upcoming anti-crime initiative. (AP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: At least 22 were killed in clashes between police and hard-line Islamist protesters, who were demonstrating in a push for a new, stricter blasphemy law. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The Navy and the US Navy launched a five-day joint naval drill in the Yellow Sea after North Korea demanded a cessation of all joint drills. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim announced his coalition will contest the results of the general election, alleging the governing coalition rigged the vote. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: A senior official announced the country had delayed its goal of complete drug elimination by five years amid a rebound in poppy cultivation. (AFP)
  • Vietnam: Customs officials seized more than 7 kgs of rhino horn believed to have come from Africa, putting pressure on the government to stem surging demand. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The country fulfilled all the preconditions and will begin receiving the first installment of the long-delayed and much needed EU bailout package. (DPA)
  • Germany: Former Finance Minister and leftist opposition lawmaker Oskar Lafontaine, who was instrumental in the adoption of the euro, announced it may be time to rethink the common currency. (AP)
  • Kosovo: Authorities arrested Naser Kelmendi, a drug kingpin suspected of trafficking heroin and cocaine into Europe through the Balkans. (Reuters)
  • Russia: DM Shoigu announced the Defense Ministry will tightly control the creation of the country’s next generation space rocket, Angara. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Authorities began carrying out blood tests on civilians fleeing into the country to determine if they have been the victims of chemical weapons. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Military officials announced the country’s northern airspace would be reopened after being closed following airstrikes against targets in Syria. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli officials began allowing Palestinian children to visit jailed fathers for the first time since Hamas’ abduction of an IDF soldier in 2006. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: UN human rights investigator Carla del Ponte claimed rebel forces have been responsible for the use of sarin gas against government forces. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel fighters shot down a government helicopter in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, killing eight soldiers on board. (AP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Amazon: The company updated its mobile apps to support Chinese customers, indicating it may soon expand its cadre of e-readers and tablets into the Chinese market. (PCWorld)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes:
    • Shiveluch, Kamchatka, Russia
      • Discharges of ash up to a height of  3.75 mi (Itar-Tass)
      • Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia
        • Eruptions spewing lava to a height of over 300 ft. (Itar-Tass)

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAY)

  • Europe: Anniversary of a German torpedo sinking the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people – 1915.
  • Brazil: Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi will visit Brazil for a two-day visit focused on the economy (to 08MAY).
  • Georgia: Anniversary of the Soviet Union recognizing the independence of Georgia – 1920.
  • Iran: Presidential candidate registration begins.
  • Nigeria: An ECOWAS court will begin hearings in the case of two Nigerians sentenced to death by a Gambian court, Michael Ifunanya and Stanley Agbaeze.
  • Russia: Secretary Kerry will visit Moscow (08MAY).
  • Russia: US Navy destroyer USS Lassen will enter the Russian Pacific Fleet’s main base in Vladivostok.
  • Somalia: An international conference on the future of war-torn Somalia will begin in London.
  • South Africa: Anniversary of legislators in Johannesburg taking oaths of office, blacks and whites sit down together for the first time to govern South Africa – 1994.
  • Turkey: International defense industry fair (IDEF) will begin in Istanbul (to 10MAY).
  • United States: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye will visit Washington for talks with President Obama.
  • Vietnam: Anniversary of Vietnamese forces overrunning Dien Bien Phu, held by the French; a resulting cease-fire divides the country into North and South – 1954.
  • Yugoslavia: Anniversary of five US bombs hitting the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, killing three Chinese reporters and enraging the Chinese public – 1999.

 

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