ONS: 09 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Eritrea, Amnesty International issued a report claiming the government has imprisoned at least 10,000 political prisoners, many in “atrocious conditions.”
  • AMERICAS: US REP Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will introduce a bill that will require the military to inform Congress of all drone strikes outside of declared war zones.
  • ASIA:  A Bangladeshi special court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death by hanging for crimes of genocide and torture during the 1971 war for independence.
  • EUROPE: Despite gains by anti-EU parties, PM Cameron reaffirmed his support for the country’s membership in the organization while highlighting the need for reform.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian FM Judeh claimed the influx of Syrian refugees could make up 40 percent of the country’s population by mid 2014, up from 10 percent now.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japan and the US began the first comprehensive dialogue on cybersecurity and aim to discuss countermeasures as well as developing an international legal framework.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Gunmen kidnapped the son of a former PM Gilani at a rally in Punjab as the Taliban threatened to undermine Saturday’s election with bombings.
    • Ali Haider Gilani was seized after unknown gunmen opened fire at a political rally in the city of Multan, injuring at least five others.
    • While the Taliban has not officially taken responsibility, they have repeatedly targeted secular-leaning politicians, killing over 100 in the past month.
    • TTP leader Hakimullah Mehsud stated the group’s intention to carry out suicide bombings on Saturday in an attempt to undermine the electoral process, which it sees as illegitimate and un-Islamic.
    • Coverage: WSJ, BBC, Telegraph, Reuters,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The World Economic Forum warned that while economies across the continent are on the rise, gaps in key areas bring long-term viability into question. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Hard-line Islamists have increasingly relied on TV broadcasting to rally support for Salafi candidates and policies. (WSJ)
  • Eritrea: Amnesty International issued a report claiming the government has imprisoned at least 10,000 political prisoners, many in “atrocious conditions.” (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The governments of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador agreed to create a joint development zone in the shared Gulf of Fonseca which had been a source of friction in the past. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: Students in the capital resumed protests calling for free education, with riot police using water cannons and tear gas to break up the marches after isolated clashes. (BBC)
  • Colombia: The Anti-narcotics Bureau hosted an international meeting on issues pertaining to anti-drug initiatives and investigations, highlighting a 17% decrease in illicit crops and drugs. (Xinhua)
  • United States: REP Mac Thornberry (R-TX), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, will introduce a bill that will require the military to inform Congress of all drone strikes outside of declared war zones. (WaPo)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai announced a number of conditions to be met in negotiations of a bilateral security agreement including intensified efforts in the peace process and security force enhancement. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A special court sentenced a senior Islamist opposition leader to death by hanging for crimes of genocide and torture during the 1971 war for independence. (AFP)
  • India: Sanaullah, a Pakistani prisoner in a Kashmir prison, died of wounds sustained after a fellow inmate attacked him in retribution for the attack on an Indian in a Pakistani prison. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Communist guerrillas killed three members of the security forces and wounded eight others ahead of next week’s general elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The socialist party has closed the gap in popular support with the center-right party of former PM Borisov, raising doubt about the country’s ability to form a stable government. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: The country’s Central Bank announced it will keep capital controls in place until the country’s banking system is restored. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Despite gains by anti-EU parties, PM Cameron reaffirmed his support for the country’s membership in the organization while highlighting the need for reform. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The government approved the construction of nearly 300 homes near Ramallah the day after PM Netanyahu announced a temporary moratorium on permits. (AFP)
  • Jordan: FM Judeh claimed the influx of Syrian refugees could make up 40 percent of the country’s population by mid 2014, rising from 10 percent now. (AFP)
  • Syria: President al-Assad was quoted as saying that the government saw Hezbollah as a model of “resistance” and that the regime would “give them everything.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unknown gunmen shot and killed a military intelligence officer in the southern province of Lahij a day after three pilots were shot at a nearby airbase. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Japan and the US began the first comprehensive dialogue on cybersecurity and aim to discuss countermeasures as well as developing an international legal framework. (Kyodo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 24S (Twentyfour)
    • Location: 887 mi E of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SE at 4.6 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcano: Popocatepetl Volcano, Puebla, Mexico
    • Erupted, spewing ash across the central state of Puebla. (AP)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAY)

  • Global: G7 finance ministers and central bank governors will meet in London.
  • Europe: Polish FM Sikorski hosts German FM Westerwelle and Russian FM Lavrov to discuss Russian relations with the EU and NATO in Warsaw.
  • Iran: End of registration period for Iranian presidential candidates.
  • Kazakhstan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow will visit Kazakhstan to promote the development of interstate relations (to 11MAY).
  • Russia: President Putin hosts British PM Cameron in Sochi for talks on Syria.
  • Vatican City: The Coptic Patriarch of Alexandria Tawadros II is expected to meet Pope Francis in the Vatican either 10MAY or 11MAY.

 

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