ONS: 09 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan claimed that Sudan had launched air strikes against its territory.
  • AMERICAS: The US Border Patrol issued new guidelines and a new strategy to combat illegal immigration and trafficking.
  • ASIA: South Korea sent a formal protest to North Korea, calling for a halt to the DPRK’s current GPS jamming.
  • EUROPE: Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko was moved to a hospital where she will receive treatment.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, a blast hit the convoy of the head of the UN observer mission, wounding six Syrian soldiers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter blocked a subpoena from Manhattan district attorney’s office to access Malcolm Harris’ tweets.

TOP STORY

  • United States: Reports around the foiled AQAP terrorist plot continue to circulate.
    • It appears that AQAP’s designed suicide bomber was an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia.
    • Ibrahim Hassan al Asiri is believed to be the key bomb maker behind the attempted operation.
    • Al Asiri also obtained information that led to a successful airstrike Sunday against al-Qaida leader Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso in Yemen.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, VOA

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan claimed Sudan launched air strikes against its territory. (AFP)
  • Region: Terror group Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa warned that the abducted Algerian diplomats in its custody would be in “great danger” if Algeria failed to meet its demands. (Telegraph)
  • DR Congo: Army deserters and current soldiers battled with each other in Kibumba. (AFP)
  • Libya: Demonstrators attacked government headquarters in Tripoli, killing one. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The rebel Sudan Liberation Army claimed it had successfully taken control of the town of Girayda from government forces. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Three soldiers were killed by landmines near the southwestern city of Argelia. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The military captured and jailed Wilson Tapiero, a FARC leader. (LAT)  
  • United States: The Border Patrol issued new guidelines and a new strategy to combat illegal immigration and trafficking. (AP)
  • United States: Two Southwest Airlines flights were grounded after a potential bomb threat, although the flights were later cleared (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: According to a new poll commissioned by AP and GfK, support for the Afghan war among the American public is at its lowest thus far. (AP)
  • China: The United States expressed its disappointment with China’s expulsion of al Jazeera correspondent Melissa Chan. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea sent a formal protest to North Korea, calling for a halt to the DPRK’s current GPS jamming. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: A leading opposition group, Armenian National Congress, said the parliamentary election won by the president’s party was marred by fraud, and vowed to ask a top court to overturn the results. (Reuters)
  • Russia: 14,000 troops marched in the Victory Day parade in the Red Square, presided by Putin and Medvedev. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A parliamentary committee will begin to write a new constitution from 10MAY, after collecting opinions across civil society. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko was moved to a hospital where she will receive treatment for chronic back pain. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN has information that arms are being smuggled in both directions between Lebanon and Syria. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Rights activists convicted of trying to overthrow the state claimed they were forced to sign confessions and faced abuse in custody. (AP)
  • Iraq: Insurgents killed four people in Diyala province. (AFP)
  • Syria: The commander of the rebel Free Syrian Army threatened to resume fighting, as there were reports of continued violence against civilians. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A blast hit the convoy of the head of the UN observer mission to Syria, wounding six Syrian soldiers. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Twitter blocked a subpoena from Manhattan district attorney’s office to access Malcolm Harris’ tweets, who was arrested during Occupy Wall Street protests. (Huffington Post)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAY)

  • Algeria: Parliamentary elections held.

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