ONS: 08 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tanzanian authorities clarified an earlier statement on the bombing of a church, claiming three Emiratis and only one Saudi had been arrested.
  • AMERICAS: The US Air Force stripped 17 ICBM officers of their control of nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failures that superiors dubbed a “rot” in the ranks.
  • ASIA: Malaysian independent election watchdogs disputed the government’s claim of free and fair elections, citing “serious flaws” in the electoral system.
  • EUROPE: In Turkey, Kurdish rebels began their withdrawal from the country’s southeast into their stronghold in northern Iraq.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli authorities detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric for questioning over his involvement in a “disturbance” at the al-Aqsa mosque.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Syria’s internet and telecommunications blackout extended into a second day, with activists blaming the government.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebel fighters shot down a regime fighter jet near the Minnigh airbase while regime soldiers captured a strategic southern town.
    • Rebel and government troops have been fighting over the airbase and others in the Aleppo province for more than two months.
    • The victory in the southern town of Khirbet Ghazaleh once again gives the government access to an international transit route to Jordan.
    • The government’s success raised resentment amongst the opposition who saw a lack of support from Jordan.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, AP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: An ambush attack by unidentified gunmen in South Kivu province resulted in the death of a Pakistani peacekeeper. (AFP)
  • Egypt: UN Human Rights Commissioner Pillay warned the law drafted on civil society groups risks inviting abuse by placing them in the power of security ministries. (AP)
  • Tanzania: Authorities clarified an earlier statement on the bombing of a church, claiming three Emiratis and only one Saudi had been arrested. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The Foreign Ministry announced the country’s former Human Rights Minister would be a candidate to be among the heads of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: A senior EU official visited the country to strengthen bilateral ties through negotiations over the EU’s “Common Policy”, which the government demands changed. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Air Force stripped 17 ICBM officers of their control of nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failures that superiors dubbed a “rot” in the ranks. (AP)
  • Uruguay: President Mujica met with Venezuelan President Maduro and signed nine agreements aimed at expanding bilateral cooperation in a number of fields. (Xinhua)

 

 

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Anti-terror police raided a house containing four suspected of involvement in a plot to bomb the Myanmar embassy, resulting in a firefight. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Independent election watchdogs disputed the government’s claim of free and fair elections, citing “serious flaws” in the electoral system. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Election front-runner Nawaz Sharif said he would clamp down on anti-Indian terrorist groups operating in the country and to improve bilateral ties. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: The government renewed its call on China to withdraw the more than 1,000 missiles targeted at the island as ties between the two governments improve. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Secretary Kerry met with leading opposition activists amid a government crackdown on pro-democracy movements and global civil society organizations. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy claimed his government’s policies were beginning to work, decreasing the necessity of an international bailout. (AP)
  • Turkey: Kurdish rebels began their withdrawal from the country’s southeast into their stronghold in northern Iraq. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: FM Kozhara is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with the EU before the end of the year despite the latter’s protestations over the jailing of former PM Tymoshenko. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two suicide bombers and a car bomb struck Kurdish political targets in Kirkuk, killing at least two and wounding dozens. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: Authorities detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric for questioning over his involvement in a “disturbance” at the al-Aqsa mosque. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The IDF arrested 16 Palestinians in various West Bank villages for alleged involvement in security related offenses. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda gunmen shot and killed three air force colonels near the strategic al-Anad airbase in the southern province of Lahij. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Communications: Lawyers of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom claimed the prosecution of Dotcom threatens the basic rights and freedoms of internet users. (AFP)
  • Syria: The country’s internet and telecommunications blackout extended into a second day, with activists blaming the government. (AFP)

 

 

WORLD

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

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAY)

  • Europe: Victory Day, marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union, celebrated in many European countries – 1945.
  • China: Indian FM Salman Khurshid will meet with FM Wang Yi (to 10MAY).
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of Kosovo’s joining the International Monetary Fund – 2009.
  • Slovenia: The country is due to present an action plan to fix its economy to the European Commission.
  • South Korea: Rose Gottemoeller, acting US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, will visit Seoul to discuss nuclear deterrence and missile defense cooperation with South Korean officials (to 10MAY).
  • Christianity: Ascension Day, marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection, celebrated 40 days after Easter.

 

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