ONS: 07 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 7, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US said it has received intelligence of a “specific terrorist threat” against churches and other places of worship in Uganda’s capital.

  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Santos’ email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the FARC.

  • ASIA: Filipino police said they seized a Chinese fishing vessel and detained its 11 crew members in South China Sea waters claimed by both countries.

  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s central bank said it had received an initial slice of aid worth USD3.19 billion from the IMF.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Hundreds of Syrian rebels began evacuating the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal struck last week with government forces.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian President Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Constitutional Court orders PM Shinawatra to step down.

    • The Constitutional Court ordered PM Yingluck Shinawatra to step down after finding her guilty in an abuse of power case.

    • The case centered on accusations of improperly transferring her national security chief appointed by the opposition-led administration in 2011.

    • The ruling also ousted nine cabinet members who the court said were complicit in the transfer.

    • Shinawatra supporters said they would hold a major rally Saturday.

    • The cabinet appointed Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan to act as caretaker Prime Minister.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The UN said that warlord Joseph Kony and some of the LRA commanders are hiding in Sudanese-controlled areas of a disputed enclave in South Sudan bordering the Central African Republic and Sudan. (Reuters)

  • Region: Regional negotiators said that South Sudan’s president and rebel chief will meet for direct talks on 09MAY in Ethiopia. (AFP)

  • Niger: Authorities arrrested fourteen suspected members of the Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram after an attack on an army patrol in the eastern region of Diffa. (Reuters)

  • South Africa: Polls opened in general elections expected to keep the ruling African National Congress in power. (WSJ)

  • Uganda: The US said it has received intelligence of a “specific terrorist threat” against churches and other places of worship in the capital. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Non-commissioned officers called off their two-week-old protests to make way for negotiations with the military leadership. (Xinhua)

  • Colombia: Authorities have arrested a purported hacker for allegedly breaking into President Santos’ email account and trying to obtain information to sabotage government peace talks with the FARC. (AP)

  • Panama: US VP Biden pledged to work with incoming President Varela to advance shared goals (Xinhua)

  • Venezuela: Authorities arrested two National Guards over the death of a student in anti-government protests. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Filipino police said they had seized a Chinese fishing vessel and detained its 11 crew members in South China Sea waters claimed by both countries. (AFP)

  • Region: Vietnamese navy and coast guard vessels are trying to prevent a Chinese oil rig from establishing a fixed position in a disputed part of the South China Sea. (AP)

  • China: President Xi Jinping met with Taiwanese politician James Soong in Beijing in the latest step in incrementally improving ties. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: The government demanded more security to its mission and diplomats in India in the wake of threat letters. (Xinhua)

  • Philippines: Twenty-three people were injured when fire and a series of explosions struck an army munitions depot near the country’s financial district. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Russia: FM Lavrov accused Europe of ignoring the rise of “fascism” in Ukraine and demanded a full investigation into the death of dozens of pro-Kremlin activists in Odessa violence last week. (AFP)

  • Turkey: The country decided to place a firm order with US aerospace company Lockheed Martin for two F-35 fighter jets. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: The central bank said it had received an initial slice of aid worth USD3.19 billion from the IMF. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani vetoed a plan to ban WhatsApp, following a row over censorship of the popular messaging application. (AFP)

  • Iraq: At least nine people were killed and 51 others wounded in overnight shelling and a suicide bomb attack in Anbar. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: Hundreds rebels began evacuating the central city of Homs under a cease-fire deal struck last week with government forces. (AP)

  • Yemen: Gunmen launched two attacks on the export pipeline linking Yemen’s eastern oil fields to the Red Sea, sparking a fire and halting oil flow. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: President Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation

    • Locaton: S of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: NE at 1 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: 96km SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

    • Magnitude: 6.1

    • Depth: 1.0 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 (08MAY)

  • Nothing to report

 

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