ONS: 08 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 8, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a mortar shell, fired into a crowd in Mogadishu, killed seven.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian drug trafficker Javier Calle Serna surrendered to US DEA agents.
  • ASIA: US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter will reportedly step down from his post in the summer.
  • EUROPE: Belarusian President Lukashenko promised to solve economic problems with a “great leap forward.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu formed a national unity government with the Kadima opposition party, cancelling early elections
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter remains a key influencer in US presidential elections.

TOP STORY

  • United States: An AQAP terrorist plot targeting an US-bound airliner was foiled.
    • Intelligence to thwart the plot was reportedly provided by Saudi authorities.
    • Secretary Clinton said the plot highlighted the need to remain “vigilant.”
    • Coverage: CNN, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Algeria: AQIM released a list of 58 attacks and ambushes it carried out over the last month, claiming it had killed at least 53 Algerian soldiers and civilians. (AP)
  • Somalia: A mortar shell, fired into a crowd in Mogadishu, killed seven. (AFP)
  • Sudan: According to the AU-UN peacekeeping mission, Sudan suspended UNAMID flights to Uganda, a charge the Sudanese government denies. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bahamas: The opposition Progressive Liberal Party won parliamentary elections. (AP)
  • Colombia: Drug trafficker Javier Calle Serna surrendered to US DEA agents. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Eighteen migrants, as well as two suspected Los Zetas members, were arrested in Coahuila. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China warned the Philippines it was prepared for “any escalation,” prompting the Philippines to undertake a “new diplomatic initiative.” (AFP)
  • China: Authorities denied the visa for an Al Jazeera reporter, leading the network to shut down its bureau in the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: US Ambassador Cameron Munter will reportedly step down from his post in the summer. (CBS)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: President Lukashenko held an annual address to the nation, and promised to solve economic problems with a “great leap forward.” (AFP)
  • Armenia: The governing Republican party officially won parliamentary elections with 44 percent of the vote. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin signed a decree to find “guarantees” the proposed missile defense shield was not targeting Russia. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: PM Netanyahu formed a national unity government with the Kadima opposition party, cancelling early elections. (Bloomberg, Haaretz)
  • Iraq: Interpol issued a “Red Notice” for Iraqi VP Tariq al-Hashemi. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Security forces shelled Hama and Homs, killing five. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Despite the fact that only 13 percent of adults have a Twitter account, the service remains a significant influencer in the presidential electoral race. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 19S
    • Location: 270 nautical miles NNW of Darwin, Australia
    • Maximum Winds: 30 knots
    • Movement: SSE at 13 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAY)

  • Global: Foreign ministers meet in Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss New Zealand’s UNSC bid.

 

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