ONS: 07 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi will appoint nine new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle that still falls short of opposition demands, including the removal of PM Qandil.
  • AMERICAS:  Cuban FM Rodriguez said the government was open to negotiations with the US over the release of each country’s nationals held by the other on charges of espionage.
  • ASIA: Bangladesh’s Islamist opposition called for yet another two-day nationwide strike to protest the “mass killing” of Islamists by security forces in recent clashes.
  • EUROPE: Former UK Finance Minister Nigel Lawson claimed the country would enjoy a significant economic boost if it were to leave the EU, fueling the debate over a referendum on the country’s membership.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered a freeze on publishing new tenders for West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US-led efforts to restart peace talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  In its annual report on the Chinese military, the Pentagon officially accused the Chinese government and military of conducting cyberattacks against the US government.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: The Taliban continued its assault on political candidates running for office in the upcoming election, attacking an Islamist candidate in the northwest.
    • A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated the bomb near the candidate’s vehicle, wounding the Islamist candidate but killing 12 others.
    • While the candidate hailed from a hard-line-Islamist party, which is considered sympathetic to the Taliban, the group has come under attack for supporting operations against Taliban militants.
    • This was the second attack on the party in as many days, stemming criticism that religious parties’ immunity from attacks would give them a boost in the polls.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, AFP, VoA

 

 

AFRICA

  • Angola: The chairman of the country’s sovereign wealth fund was named finance minister in a cabinet reshuffle after last year’s elections. (AFP)
  • Egypt: President Morsi will appoint nine new ministers in a cabinet reshuffle that still falls short of opposition demands, including the removal of PM Qandil. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The Iranian government alleged the conviction of two Iranians in connection with terrorism was a political plot and that the two were framed. (DPA)
  • Somalia: President Mohamoud traveled to London for an international conference aimed at shoring up support for the government after decades of instability. (AP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: At least seven people were injured in clashes between police and demonstrators at a protest organized by a workers union. (EFE)
  • Brazil: Authorities seized one-ton of marijuana being shipped hidden inside frozen chicken crates and arrested four who denied knowledge of the drugs. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: FM Rodriguez said the government was open to negotiations with the US over the release of each country’s nationals held by the other on charges of espionage. (AFP)
  • Peru: Fourteen people were wounded when police opened fire on a van in the southeastern region of Cuxco after officers accused them of trafficking drugs. (EFE)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: DMs of ASEAN countries met in Brunei to discuss ways to increase defense and security cooperation across the 10-country bloc. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Hundreds of Afghans held a rally in the southern city of Kandahar to protest the recent border skirmishes, for which they blamed Pakistan. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: The Islamist opposition called for yet another two-day nationwide strike to protest the “mass killing” of Islamists by security forces in recent clashes. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Opposition leader Ibrahim announced a rally for electoral reform after alleging fraud in the recent electoral process. (Reuters)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The country’s recent elections are expected to result in a fragmented parliament, giving way to political deadlock and continued instability. (AFP)
  • France: Authorities arrested six suspected members of the Spanish Basque separatist group ETA. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police discovered and dismantled three powerful IEDs in private homes in the restive republic of Dagestan following an inside tipoff. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: Former Finance Minister Nigel Lawson claimed the country would enjoy a significant economic boost if it were to leave the EU, fueling the debate over a referendum on the country’s membership. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities arrested four suspected of attacking a police checkpoint with petrol bombs south of the capitol. (AFP)
  • Iran: The government warned against any “provocations” during a US-led international naval minesweeping exercises in the Gulf that will last until the end of May. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu ordered a freeze on publishing new tenders for West Bank settler homes to avoid hampering US-led efforts to restart peace talks. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government’s Minister for National Reconciliation slammed his own government’s “weak” response to recent Israeli airstrikes. (Xinhua)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: In its annual report on the Chinese military, the Pentagon officially accused the Chinese government and military of conducting cyberattacks against the US government. (AP)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mayon Volcano, Philippines
    • An eruption spewed large rocks and ash while killing at least four hikers. (AP)

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08MAY)

  • Africa: World Economic Forum on Africa will begin in Cape Town (to 10MAY).
  • Italy: Secretary Kerry will meet with Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, and Jordanian FM Hassan Judeh in Rome to discuss the revival of peace negotiations.
  • Palestinian Territories: Influential Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead a delegation of clerics on a support visit to Gaza.
  • United States: ASIS NYC Security Conference & Expo will begin in New York (to 09MAY).
  • United States: Ukrainian FM Leonid Kozhara will meet with Secretary Kerry and lawmakers, and will discuss the countries priorities as head of OSCE at hearings of the Helsinki Commission.
  • Judaism: Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day.

 

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