ONS: 09 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 9, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary of State John Kerry says a specialist team is set to start work in Nigeria to help find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by militants.

  • AMERICAS: Tens of thousands of students marched in Chile to renew demands for free, quality public education in their first demonstrations since Michelle Bachelet returned to the presidency in March.

  • ASIA: Pakisan has freed a US FBI agent after he was detained while trying to board a plane with ammunition in his baggage.

  • EUROPE: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed strong hope for closer ties to NATO when meeting with Secretary General Rasmussen in Tallinn.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces have retaken control of the Old City of Homs after the evacuation of rebel troops, according to State television.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A suspected drug importer who allegedly used Bitcoin to pay his Mexican suppliers has been arrested in Japan, iin reportedly the country’s first case of its kind.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia celebrates Victory Day while Ukraine fears further violence

    • Russia holds a huge parade to mark 69 years since the Soviets defeated the Nazis, stoking fears of possible violence in Ukraine.

    • Pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine ignored a public call by Russian President Putin to postpone a referendum on self-rule.

    • Ukraine’s military operation against pro-Moscow rebels “will go on regardless” of Putin’s urging them to postpone an independence vote, accoring to Andriy Parubiy, the secretary of Ukraine’s national security and defence council.

    • The Obama administration for the first time sanctioned Russian entities for their alleged support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, suggesting a stepped-up US financial campaign against the Kremlin.

    • Russia vowed to retaliate upon new sanctions from the US and Canada, but stressed it would not publicize those who were placed on the Russian blacklist.

    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, Reuters, WSJ, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Mozambique: Judge Dinis Silica, who has been investigating a string of recent kidnappings, was shot dead in the capital, police said. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: US Secretary of State Kerry says a specialist team is set to start work to help find more than 200 schoolgirls abducted by militants. (BBC)

  • South Africa: With counting virtually complete on Friday after South Africa’s fifth all-race elections, results showed the long-governing African National Congress securing another big victory. (NYT)

  • Sudan, South: President Salva Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar are to hold direct talks, after the UN said both sides in the country’s brutal civil war have likely carried out crimes against humanity. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Tens of thousands of students marched in the capital and other cities to renew demands for free, quality public education in their first demonstrations since Michelle Bachelet returned to the presidency in March. (EFE)

  • Ecuador: Authorities seized more than a ton of cocaine in an operation in which they arrested six people, the Attorney General’s Office reported Thursday. (EFE)

  • Guatemala: Security forces captured Edgar Estuardo Caceres Barreira, a suspected drug trafficker wanted by the US. (EFE)

  • Venezuela: A policeman was shot dead on Thursday as troops rounded up hundreds of youth activists and dismantled camps set up to protest against President Nicolas Maduro. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan criticized the human rights situation in China in reference to news reports that China has detained human rights activists ahead of the 25th anniversary of Beijing’s 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. (Kyodo)

  • Australia: Authorities ruled some of the hundreds of asylum seekers held for months in a detention camp on Papua New Guinea are genuine refugees, a minister said. (AP)

  • China: A nuclear deal with Iran and the West hint at lifting of oil sanctions, which means more competition for Chinese firms in Iran. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Pakisan has freed a US FBI agent after he was detained while trying to board a plane with ammunition in his baggage. (RFL/RL)

  • Thailand: Thousands of royalist protesters fanned out across Bangkok to try to bring down a caretaker government after a court threw Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra out of office. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The US has begun a new military exercise with Estonia and is to conduct two more bilateral exercises in the Baltic region over the next two months in order to reassure its allies amid the Ukraine crisis. (Xinhua)

  • Estonia: Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves expressed strong hope for closer ties to NATO when meeting with Secretary General Rasmussen in Tallinn.. (Xinhua)

  • Lithuania: The nation’s economy is well prepared for euro adoption, according to the IMF Executive Board. (Xinhua)

  • Serbia: The country and the EU are determined to fulfill their responsibilities on the country’s path to EU accession, said head of the EU delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The nation is bracing for a summer drought, after a record dry winter exacerbated by a massive influx of Syrian refugees and longstanding water management problems. (AFP)

  • Syria: With a gigantic explosion, rebels leveled a historic hotel being used as an army base in the city of Aleppo by detonating bombs in tunnels dug beneath it, activists and militants said. (AP)

  • Syria: Government forces have retaken control of the Old City of Homs after the evacuation of rebel troops, according to State television. (BBC)

  • Yemen: Security forces killed an Al-Qaeda commander suspected of masterminding a wave of kidnap attempts against Western diplomats in a nightime operation in the capital, a spokesman said. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The U.S. Federal Election Committee said the virtual currency, bitcoin, could be used for donations to political action committees under certain conditions. (Reuters)

  • Technology: A suspected drug importer who allegedly used Bitcoin to pay his Mexican suppliers has been arrested in Japan, in reportedly the country’s first case of its kind. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report

  • Earthquakes: M6.4 – 15km N of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico

    • Magnitude: 6.4

    • Depth: 23.9 km

    • Map

  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

  • Global Disease Outbreaks:

    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

      • Cases: 242 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)

      • Deaths: 157 (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 (10MAY)

  • Asia: 24th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar (to 11MAY)

 

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