ONS: 11 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The EU will open an office in Libya’s Benghazi
  • ASIA: Taliban insurgents attacked an Afghan village
  • EUROPE: Riot police clashed with protesters in Greece
  • LATIN AMERICA: Seized FARC documents showed ties to Venezuela’s Chavez
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran postponed the trial of three American hikers
  • TECHNOLOGY: NYC revealed a new emergency alert system

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Tanks shelled the coastal city of Homs
    • Security forces in Banias released 300 people and restored basic services.
    • Kuwait will replace Syria as a candidate for a seat on a UN human rights body.
    • Analysts noted that Syria’s crackdown is beginning to resemble the 2009 crackdown in Iran.
    • A video of a demonstration in Homs was shared on social media.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, BBC, LAT, NYT, Reuters 1, Reuters 2, RIA Novosti

AFRICA

  • Region: Kenyan authorities barred a Ugandan opposition leader from boarding a flight back to his country. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The EU will open an office in Benghazi to assist the opposition. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Islamist insurgents seized a town in Puntland, killing 15. (AP)
  • Sudan: Four UN peacekeepers were shot and wounded while on patrol in Abyei. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: 100 Taliban fighters attacked a northern village that wanted to join the government-sponsored local police program. (AP)
  • China: Police detained 49 leaders of an underground Protestant church in Henan province. (AP)
  • Marshall Islands: The US will continue to use a key missile testing range on Kwajalein Atoll through 2066. (AFP)
  • Thailand: An opposition politician was shot and wounded in Bangkok. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Slovenia and Croatia agreed to promote bilateral cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: A 24 hour nationwide strike shut down government offices and cancelled flights. (DPA)
  • Greece: Riot police clashed with violent anti-immigration protesters in central Athens. (DPA)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Seized FARC documents showed the guerillas collaborated with Venezuela’s Chavez and Ecuadorian President Correa. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels killed five people in the southern Naya region. (AFP)
  • Dominican Republic: One person was killed in violent demonstrations in San Francisco de Macoris. (AFP)
  • Mexico: An armed gang shot up a town in Guerrero, killing five. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Gulf countries welcomed Jordan’s request to join the GCC. (AP)
  • Bahrain: The government expelled a Reuter’s journalist for alleged unbalanced reporting. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Authorities postponed the trial of three American hikers charged with spying. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces killed at least one protester in Taez. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: New York City announced a new emergency notification system for mobile phones to be released in late 2011. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 03W (Aere)
    • Location: 125 NM SW of Kadena AFB, Okinawa
    • Movement: NE at 16 kts
    • Winds: 30 kts
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAY)

  • Global: Nuclear Regulatory Commission meets to discuss Japan crisis.
  • Germany: Verdict expected in case of Nazi guard John Demjanjuk.
  • Uganda: President Museveni takes oath of office.

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