ONS: 07 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The DRC’s military suspended its offensive against the opposition.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the FARC confirmed it was holding French journalist Romeo Langlois hostage.
  • ASIA: Secretary Clinton indicated Pakistan had not taken appropriate steps to capture Hafiz Saeed.
  • EUROPE: In Russia, Putin was sworn in as President.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An air strike in Yemen killed Fahd al-Quso, wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombings.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The website of radio station Echo of Moscow was taken offline by a cyberattack.

TOP STORY

  • France: Hollande defeated Sarkozy to become French President
    • The official tally confirmed Hollande received 51.62 percent of the vote to Sarkozy’s 48.38 percent.
    • In his victory speech, Hollande vowed that austerity would not be the only option for France.
    • Sarkozy will transfer power to Hollande on 15MAY.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The military said it secured control in North Kivu, and suspended military operations against the “undisciplined”. (AP, AFP)
  • Mali: The Defence Ministry said 100 North Africans from Libya, Algeria and Tunisia had joined AQIM. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Omar al-Bashir affirmed the close ties between the people of Sudan and South Sudan. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC confirmed it was holding French journalist Romeo Langlois hostage. (NYT)
  • Colombia: Presumed FARC guerrillas torched three vehicles on a highway linking three southern cities. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Washington Post reported the US had been releasing high-level detainees in Afghanistan amid negotiations with Taliban insurgents. (Washington Post)
  • Afghanistan: An ANA soldier shot and killed a US Marine and wounded two others. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Al Qaeda released a video of Warren Weinstein, an American abducted in Pakistan, appealing to President Obama to accept Al Qaeda demands. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: Secretary Clinton indicated Pakistan had not taken appropriate steps to capture Hafiz Saeed, and speculated that Zawahiri was in Pakistan. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Two Pakistani soldiers and nine other soldiers were ambushed in North Waziristan. (Washington Post)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: The ruling Republican party was projected to win parliamentary elections, with 90 percent of the vote counted. (AFP)
  • Greece: No political party was able to secure enough votes to form a government in parliamentary elections. (MSNBC)
  • Russia: Putin was sworn in as President for his third term. (Telegraph)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: President Netanyahu proposed holding elections on 04SEP. (AP)
  • Iraq: A bomb on a minibus exploded in Baghdad, killing two. (AP)
  • Syria: The opposition boycotted the multiparty parliamentary elections. (AP)
  • Yemen: An air strike killed Fahd al-Quso, wanted for his role in the USS Cole bombings. (Independent)
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda killed more than 30 Yemeni soldiers in an attack on a military outpost in the south. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Russia: The website of radio station Echo of Moscow was taken offline by a cyberattack. (Itar Tass)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAY)

  • United Kingdom: Pakistani PM Gilani visits the UK for the first Annual Review Meeting of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.

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