ONS: 08 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 8, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Defense Minister Le Drian said the country will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa.
  • AMERICAS: A top official said the US will end decades of anti-drug trafficking assistance to Ecuador
  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban insurgents announced the start of their annual “spring offensive”.
  • EUROPE: Kosovo’s President Jahjaga called snap elections for 08JUN after lawmakers failed to agree on the creation of an army.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A “huge explosion” in Syria’s Aleppo leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Over 100 Internet companies sent a protest letter to the FCC as it considers a plan to allow Internet “fast lanes”, calling the plan “a grave threat to the Internet.”

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government, rebels reject de-escalation.
    • The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council said the military operation against pro-Moscow rebels “will go on regardless” of Russian President Putin urging them to postpone an independence vote.
    • Rebels in Donetsk and Slavyansk said an independence vote in east Ukraine will go ahead this weekend as planned.
    • NATO SG Rasmussen said NATO had yet to see “any indications” that Russia had withdrawn its troops from the Ukraine border.
    • German FM Steinmeier welcomed Russian President Putin’s “constructive tone” on Ukraine.
    • Russian President Putin oversaw military training exercises held across the country.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters

 

 

AFRICA

  • Region: French Defense Minister Le Drian said the country will deploy 3,000 soldiers to combat Islamist terrorism in the Sahel region of Africa. (AFP)
  • Region: Former UNSG Kofi Annan called on African governments should work harder to reduce inequality. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Gunmen shot dead a Kenyan teacher in the central Galkayo region. (AFP)
  • South Africa: With more than 20 percent of votes counted the ruling ANC is expected to win a fifth consecutive term in office, but with a significantly reduced margin. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Amnesty International said that civil war in the country is spiraling into cycles of revenge beyond the control of political leaders. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A broadcaster said it was offered information on peace talks with leftist rebels by an opposition campaign official and a hacker arrested for spying on the negotiators. (Reuters)
  • Ecuador: A top official said the US will end decades of anti-drug trafficking assistance to the country. (AFP)
  • Panama: A two-week strike by workers expanding the Panama Canal ended after they won wage increases. (AFP)
  • United States: The House Armed Services Committee approved a policy bill that authorized a USD496 billion Pentagon base budget. (Reuters)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cheng Guoping said that China and Vietnam could resolve disputes at sea peacefully and that an incident between the countries was not a “clash”. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents announced the start of their annual “spring offensive”. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said North Korea is making final preparations to conduct its fourth nuclear test. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A roadside bomb killed nine paramilitary soldiers near the town of Miran Shah in North Waziristan. (AP)
  • Thailand: The National Anti-Corruption Commission said that deposed PM Yingluck Shinawatra will face impeachment in the upper house over a costly rice subsidy scheme. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Georgia: The US promised to keep up military cooperation with the country. (AFP)
  • Italy: Anti-Mafia prosecutors said they have arrested a former Silvio Berlusconi aide for allegedly helping a southern Italian businessman convicted of Mafia association. (AP)
  • Kosovo: President Jahjaga called snap elections for 08JUN after lawmakers failed to agree on the creation of an army. (AFP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A US official said that the US is resuming training for elite Iraqi soldiers in Jordan. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The EU said that the country and six world powers held more “useful” talks on Tehran’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A “huge explosion” in Aleppo leveled a hotel that government troops used as a military base, along with several other buildings in a government-held area. (AP)
  • Syria: The provincial governor said that at least 80 percent of rebel fighters have withdrawn from Homs. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The army seized control of major al-Qaeda stronghold Azzan in the southern Shabwa province as an offensive against militants entered its tenth day. (AFP)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Over 100 Internet companies sent a protest letter to the FCC as it considers a plan to allow Internet “fast lanes”, calling the plan “a grave threat to the Internet.” (Hillicon Valley)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 180 miles S of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 1 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 07MAY: 496 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 07MAY: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
        • The WHO will update the global total number of deaths as soon as official information is provided by countries.
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09MAY)

  • Europe Region: Victory Day, marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union, celebrated in many European countries – 1945
  • Kosovo: Anniversary of Kosovo’s joining the International Monetary Fund – 2009
  • Romania: Anniversary of Romania proclaiming its independence from the Turks – 1877

 

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