ONS: 10 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Algerian parliamentary elections began under strict police surveillance.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, 12 decapitated bodies were discovered near Guadalajara.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, the Red Cross announced it would no longer continue operations in two cities due to safety concerns.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin announced he would not attend the upcoming G8 summit in Camp David.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, drones killed eight militants in the southwest town of Ja’ar.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An FBI report expressed concern over the possible use of Bitcoin as a money-laundering device.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Twin explosions in Damascus killed at least 50, and wounded 170.
    • At least one blast appeared to target the regime intelligence services building.
    • The opposition blamed the attack on the regime, while state television blamed the attack on ‘terrorists’.
    • Major General Robert Mood, chief of the UN observer mission, surveyed the wreckage after the blasts.
    • Coverage: CBS, AFP, AP

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Voting for parliamentary elections began under strict police surveillance. (AP)
  • Mali: Interim president Dioncounda Traore began his first Cabinet meeting, adopting an amnesty law for those involved in the 2012 mutiny and coup d’etat. (ANI)
  • South Africa: Authorities may appeal against a ruling compelling South Africa to investigate Zimbabweans suspected of torture and human rights abuses. (VOA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: U.S. Navy ships assisted Colombia in seizing more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine in the western Caribbean Sea. (AP)
  • Mexico: Twelve decapitated bodies were discovered near Guadalajara. (Reuters)
  • Panama: Former dictator Noriega was transferred to a hospital from prison for treatment. (AFP)
  • United States: A House panel moved to reduce the foreign aid budget by 9% and cut $800 million in aid to Pakistan. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Four suspected militants were shot by the Indian Army in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Six Taliban suicide bombers died in an attempt to storm a government building in an eastern town in Paktika province that killed at least one policeman. (AFP)
  • China: A female suicide bomber detonated explosives in protest of the seizure of her home, killing two. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: No survivors were found at the Mount Salak wreckage site of a missing Russian airliner. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Red Cross announced it would no longer continue operations in two Pakistani cities due to safety concerns. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: President Putin announced he would not attend the upcoming G8 summit in Camp David. (AP)
  • Russia: Hackers, originating from Russia, forced the closure of UStream, a video-streaming site hosting live footage of protests in Moscow.  (The Lede)
  • Turkey: Parliament began its work to draft a new constitution amid speculation that PM Erdogan aimed to replace a parliamentary system with a presidential one. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli territory was hit by a Gaza rocket; however there were no casualties or injuries. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Four members of the Cabinet were expected to be replaced later in the day. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Drones killed eight militants in the southwest town of Ja’ar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: An FBI report expressed concern over the possible use of Bitcoin as a money-laundering device. (Threat Level)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • Ash forced the nearby Puebla International Airport to temporarily close.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10MAY)

  • Egypt: Overseas Egyptians begin the first round of voting.
  • Ukraine: Nine European presidents are boycotting the Yalta Conference in Kiev due to the status of former PM Tymoshenko.

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