ONS: 06 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 6, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: British FM Hague offered to help Nigeria secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.
  • AMERICAS: Uruguay’s drug enforcement agency said that state-controlled cultivation of marijuana is now legal.
  • ASIA: Thailand’s Constitutional Court said it will rule on 07MAY on whether to dismiss PM Shinawatra from office in an abuse of power case.
  • EUROPE: Russian Deputy FM Ryabkov said the country will abide by the 2010 strategic arms reduction treaty (START) with the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 30 soldiers were killed in an explosion caused by a bomb that rebels planted in a tunnel they dug under a checkpoint.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon is introducing a service that lets Twitter users add Amazon.com products to their carts without leaving the social media site.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Europe accuses Russia of planning to disrupt elections.
    • Ukrainian authorities blocked all international flights into the eastern region of the country.
    • Acting President Turchynov formally appointed LT GEN Anatoliy Pushnyakov to the head of the army.
    • Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said the country will beef up its Black Sea fleet this year with new submarines and warships.
    • British FM Hague accused Russia of trying to disrupt Ukraine’s planned presidential election.
    • French President Hollande warned that Ukraine risked descending into chaos and civil war if the presidential election planned for 25MAY is not held.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic:  French peacekeepers killed several militants during a three-hour battle in the northwest of the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: British FM Hague offered to help the country secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon flew into the country to demand an end to the four-month civil war. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Diplomatic sources reported that the US is planning to impose sanctions on individuals on both sides of the civil war in the coming days. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The UN said that Latin America and the Caribbean have the widest wealth gap of any region. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The head of President Santos’ re-election campaign resigned amid allegations that he received USD12 million from drug traffickers. (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities arrested a group of eight people who specialized in smuggling migrants from the Middle East. (EFE)
  • United States: Federal prosecutors said that a Navy systems administrator assigned to the nuclear reactor department of an aircraft carrier was also the leader of an antigovernment hacking group.(WSJ)
  • Uruguay: The country’s drug enforcement agency said that state-controlled cultivation of marijuana is now legal. (DPA)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing killed three policemen and wounded two in Herat province. (AP)
  • China: Six people were wounded in a knife attack by suspected militants at a train station in Guangzhou. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Health Ministry said the country will set up mandatory polio immunization points at its international airports in response to recommendations by the WHO. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front announced the creation of different bodies that will oversee the peace process. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The Constitutional Court said it will rule on 07MAY on whether to dismiss PM Shinawatra from office in an abuse of power case. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Officials from the EU and the IMF met with the government to measure its progress in implementing the terms of its financial bailout. (AP)
  • France: President Hollande defended his first two years in office on the anniversary of his election, rejecting accusations of “amateurism”. (AFP)
  • Greece: Coast officials rescued 24 migrants after their vessel sank off the coast of the eastern Aegean island of Samos. (AP)
  • Russia: Deputy FM Ryabkov said the country will abide by the 2010 strategic arms reduction treaty (START) with the US. (Reuters)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy declared that an unemployment trend had been ended with the release of new figures. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Assailants hurled Molotov cocktails at a police post in a Shiite village near Manama. (AFP)
  • Iran: Revolutionary Guard navy chief ADM Fadavi said that if war with the US breaks out the military will target American aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf. (AP)
  • Israel: A State Department official said senior US officials are planning to travel to the country “soon” following the collapse of the Middle East peace talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that at least 30 soldiers were killed in an explosion caused by a bomb that rebels planted in a tunnel they dug under a checkpoint. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Amazon is introducing a service that lets Twitter users add Amazon.com products to their carts without leaving the social media site. (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 9km S of Mae Lao, Thailand
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 7.4 km
    • Map
  • 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 05MAY: 261 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 05MAY: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07MAY)

  • Europe Region: Anniversary of a German torpedo sinking the British liner Lusitania off the Irish coast, killing nearly 1,200 people – 1915
  • Georgia: Anniversary of Soviet Union recognizing independence of Georgia – 1920
  • Malawi: General elections
  • Nigeria: World Economic Forum on Africa (to 09 May)
  • South Africa: Anniversary of legislators in Johannesburg taking oaths of office and blacks and whites sit down together for the first time to govern South Africa – 1994
  • South Africa: General elections
  • Thailand: Constitutional Court to rule on whether to dismiss PM Shinawatra from office due to abuse of power

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