ONS: 10 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 10, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US hailed a ceasefire deal by South Sudan’s president and rebel chief, urging both sides to “swiftly” implement its promises.
  • AMERICAS: The UN human rights office voiced concern at renewed violence in Venezuela, and at the reported excessive use of force by authorities in response to protests.
  • ASIA: Pro-government supporters in Thailand were set to rally Saturday in a show of resolve following a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Shinawatra forced from power by a controversial court ruling.
  • EUROPE: Lithuanian President Grybauskaite is widely expected to win a second term amid security concerns linked to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands of Syrians have returned to the city of Homs for the first time in nearly two years, after rebels left as part of a deal allowing them to safely withdraw as government troops took the city.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Japanese Prime Minister Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu are expected to agree when they meet next week in Tokyo to bolster cooperation in countering cyber attacks.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Independence referendum in eastern Ukraine provokes further division  
    • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande said Saturday that a planned separatist referendum in eastern Ukraine is “illegal.”
    • Britain is drawing up plans with the US and other European countries to “disarm” the threat of Russia using gas and oil supplies as “a weapon” against Ukraine and its eastern European neighbours.
    • The US and EU have condemned President Putin’s first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March.
    • Tensions remain high as independence election preparations are underway in eastern Ukraine, while the Ukrainian governement continues military operations against pro-Russian separatists.
    • Several Red Cross members, detained by rebels in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, have been released.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, BBC, Independent

 

AFRICA

 

  • Central African Republic: A United Nations Security Council committee on Friday imposed sanctions on former President Bozizé and two other men linked to the country’s conflict. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned the abduction of hundreds of Nigerian schoolgirls, as Secretary General Ban dispatched an envoy to help find them. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN humanitarian coordinator for Somalia on Friday warned that without immediate action, the country’s fragile food security situation could worsen in the coming months. (Xinhua)
  • South Sudan: The US hailed a ceasefire deal by President Kiir and rebel chief Riek Machar, urging both sides to “swiftly” implement its promises to end nearly five months of civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The defense ministers of Ecuador, Colombia and Peru will meet to discuss potential areas of cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Vigilantes who have battled a drug cartel in western Mexico face a deadline Saturday to either store their guns or join a police force. (AFP)
  • Mexico: State legislator Olaguer Hernandez Flores was released by his captors after being kidnapped earlier this week in southern Mexico. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The UN human rights office voiced concern at renewed violence in the country, and at the reported excessive use of force by the authorities in response to protests. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN foreign ministers met Saturday to craft a “united” response to China’s oil drilling activities near the disputed Paracel Islands. (Kyodo)
  • India: Campaigning in India’s general election was set to end Saturday ahead of next week’s final voting. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government said Saturday it was investigating a Filipina diplomat charged in Canada for alleged human trafficking. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Pro-government supporters were set to rally Saturday in a show of resolve following a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Shinawatra and part of her Cabinet forced from power by a controversial court ruling. (AP)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Croatia: First Deputy Prime Minister Vesna Pusic on Friday called on citizens to vote in the European Parliament (EP) election, which was scheduled on May 25. (Xinhua)
  • Lithuania: Lithuanian President Grybauskaite is widely expected to win a second term amid security concerns linked to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Lebanese President Suleiman on Friday asked his foreign minister to seek clarification from Iran regarding the extent of Iranian influence in southern Lebanon. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US Secretary of State John Kerry believes sketching the borders of a future Palestinian state and agreeing to security arrangements for Israel will be “essential” if peace talks resume. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Shelling killed 11 people on Saturday in Fallujah, which has been held by anti-government fighters for more than four months. (AFP)
  • Syria: Thousands of Syrians have returned to the city of Homs for the first time in nearly two years, after rebels left as part of a deal allowing them to safely withdraw as government troops took the city. (AP)
  • Yemen: U.S. officers shot and killed two armed Yemeni civilians who tried to kidnap them while the Americans were in a barbershop in the country’s capital two weeks ago. (NYT)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to agree when they meet next week in Tokyo to bolster cooperation in countering attacks in cyberspace. (Kyodo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: 11km W of Tecpan de Galeana, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 23.0km
    • 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 08MAY: 496 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 08MAY: 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 (11MAY)

  • Global: Mother’s Day
  • Lithuania: Presidential elections
  • Luxembourg: Anniversary of independence – 1867
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of first peaceful transfer of power in democratic elections – 2013
  • Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visits Iran and meets with President Hassan Rouhani. (thru MAY12)
  • Turkmenistan: President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will visit China (to 14MAY).
  • Ukraine: Referendum on whether or not the Donetsk region should get incorporated in the Russian Federation

 

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