ONS: 11 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt held the first televised presidential debate in its history.
  • AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Panetta criticized a House of Representatives panel that added billions to the defense budget, calling the additions “unnecessary.”
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials announced the cabinet will discuss ending the NATO supply blockade in a meeting next week
  • EUROPE: The Spanish government is expected to approve a financial reform package for its troubled banking sector on Friday.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian chief of the opposition national council blamed al Qaeda in Iraq for bombings that killed at least 55 in Damascus and alleged a link to the government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft unveiled a redesigned Bing intended to reduce information overload disrupting search results and better organize results from social media.

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Leadership struggling to form government
    • Talks continued between the socialist and conservative party leadership to form a coalition government and avoid another round of elections.
    • Even if an agreement is reached, a third party would have to join the coalition to form a government.
    • EU officials stated they might allow Greece additional time to form a government before demanding it comply with the agreed-upon timetable for austerity measures.
    • Germany warned the country that straying from austerity policies might endanger its bailout.
    • AP, Al Jazeera, NYT, WaPo, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Low turnout was reported in parliamentary elections touted by authorities as free and fair. (AP)
  • Egypt: The country held the first televised presidential debate in its history. (LA Times)
  • DR Congo: The army continued fighting with mutinous soldiers in Nord-Kivu province. (AFP)
  • Guinea Bissau: Security forces clashed with protesters opposed to how the government is handling upcoming elections. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Ian Martin, head of the UN mission to Libya, said there are around 4,000 people being held in militia detention centers, often in secret and many are tortured. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Explosions and gunfire were reported in Maiduguri, but casualties are unknown. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Authorities seized over a half ton of cocaine in Pergamino. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Authorities seized 80 tons of drug precursor chemicals in two operations across the country. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Drug gang violence has increasingly suppressed journalism across the country over the last five years. (AFP)
  • Peru: The defense and interior ministers resigned as Congress prepared a motion to censure the government for a military operation resulting in the deaths of 10 soldiers and police. (EFE)
  • United States: Defense Secretary Panetta criticized a House of Representatives panel that added billions to the defense budget, calling the additions “unnecessary.” (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan and India will renew talks on the border dispute over the Siachen glacier in Islamabad on June 11-12. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An attacker wearing an Afghan army uniform killed a NATO soldier in the eastern part of the country. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Officials announced the defense committee of the cabinet will discuss ending the NATO supply blockade in a meeting next week. (AFP)
  • Philippines: An anti-China protest outside the Chinese embassy in Manila was organized in response to the ongoing territorial dispute over the South China Sea. (Reuters, VoA)
  • Singapore: The first in a new class of US Navy combat ships will be sent to Singapore next year for a 10-month deployment. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded in a shootout with militants in Dagestan. (AFP)
  • Spain: The government is expected to approve a financial reform package for its troubled banking sector on Friday. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan called for a “new era” in relations with France, during a telephone conversation with President Hollande. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Officials stated a meeting on nuclear nonproliferation planned for December in Helsinki was increasingly in doubt due to regional unrest. (WSJ)
  • Bahrain: Protesters demanding the release of human rights activist Nabeel Rajab clashed with police in Shiite villages outside Manama. (AFP)
  • Iran: Oil exports fell sharply ahead of sanctions scheduled to go into effect on 01JUL. (WSJ)
  • Lebanon: The US is urging Lebanese banks to take extra caution in handling financial transactions with Syria, to prevent the Assad regime and its supporters from stashing money abroad. (AFP)
  • Syria: The chief of the opposition national council blamed al Qaeda in Iraq for the bombings that killed at least 55 in Damascus and alleged a link to the government. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Search Engines: Microsoft unveiled a redesigned Bing intended to reduce information overload disrupting search results and better organize results from social media sources. (Telegraph)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Puebla Volcano, Mexico
    • Ash cloud forced closure of airport. (Reuters)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAY)

  • Asia: Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony marks the beginning of rice-growing season.
  • Cambodia: King Sihamoni’s Birthday is celebrated – 1953.
  • China: Celebration of “Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day” – 2009.
  • South Korea: Expo 2012 (World’s Fair) begins in Yeosu.

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