ONS: 10 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, suicide bomb attacks on Nigerien and Malian troops killed three bombers and two Malian soldiers.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos demanded the release of hostages by the ELN before peace negotiations could begin.
  • ASIA: The Philippines admitted its coast guard fired on a Taiwanese fishing vessel, which provoked protest by Taipei.
  • EUROPE: French health authorities reported two additional possible cases of a SARS-like virus within the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hezbollah claimed Syria will provide it with advanced weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US government ordered designs for a 3d-printed gun be taken offline.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Violence continued ahead of elections
    • Campaigning ended for Saturday’s general elections; election-related violence has reportedly killed over 125 so far.
    • A bombing near a political party office in Miranshah killed four and injured 15.
    • Three security personnel and nine militants were killed in Kurram Agency.
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP, Reuters, AP, Al Jazeera, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU called for a summit between Sudan and South Sudan on the disputed Abyei region. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The government asked the UNSC to halt the ICC trial of President Kenyatta. (BBC)
  • Mali: Suicide bomb attacks on Nigerien and Malian troops killed three bombers and two Malian soldiers. (AP)
  • Somalia: A UN official reported up to 3,000 African peacekeepers have been killed in the country since 2007. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos demanded the release of hostages by the ELN before peace negotiations could begin. (Reuters)
  • United States: The government warned critical infrastructure industries of a heightened cyberattack risk. (WaPo)
  • Venezuela: Officials allowed US diplomats to meet with an American citizen detained on charges of espionage. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines admitted its coast guard fired on a Taiwanese fishing vessel, which provoked protest by Taipei.
  • Region: North Korea denounced a US-South Korean summit as a preparatory step for war. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The White House stated US troops would only remain in the country after 2014 at the invitation of the government. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Police say they have arrested four suspected militants on Sumatra Island who are accused of robbing a bank to fund terrorist activities. (AP)
  • Malaysia: A planned series of protests by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim reportedly heightened political tension over disputed elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: UK PM Cameron will meet with Russian President Putin in Sochi for talks. (BBC)
  • France: Health authorities reported two additional possible cases of a SARS-like virus within the country that previously killed 18 mostly in Saudi Arabia. (AP)
  • Greece: The government claimed to be making progress in making its deficit reduction targets. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s defense ministry claimed it had developed a new drone with stealth capabilities. (AP)
  • Iraq: Attacks in the northern part of the country killed five, including two soldiers. (DPA)
  • Israel: The Philippines’ FM stated the country may withdraw its peacekeepers from the Golan Heights due to security concerns. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Syria claimed it will provide Hezbollah with advanced weapons. (AP)
  • Syria: The US reportedly pressured Russia not to go forward with suspected arms sales to the government. (WSJ)
  • Syria: US Secretary of State Kerry stated President Assad could not be part of any solution to the country’s crisis. (Al Jazeera)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • 3D Printing: The US government ordered designs for a 3d-printed gun be taken offline, following over 100,000 downloads of the plans. (BBC)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 24
    • Location: 805 NM of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 55 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11MAY)

  • Egypt: Retrial of former Egyptian President Mubarak will open.
  • India: The military will commission Russian-made MIG-29K fighter jets for the first time into its Navy at INS Hansa naval base in Goa.
  • Nigeria: Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), one of the merging parties in the evolving APC will hold its convention.
  • Pakistan: General elections.
  • Russia: Third Sherpas’ Meeting within the framework of Russia’s G20 Presidency will begin in St. Petersburg (to 12MAY).

 

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