ONS: 11 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The retrial of Egypt’s ousted President Mubarak began in Cairo.
  • AMERICAS: Former Guatemalan leader Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity.
  • ASIA: Myanmar officials stated security concerns would likely delay the first shipment of energy supplies through a new pipeline to China.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary of State Kerry called for greater efforts to resolve the dispute over Cyprus between Greece and Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  A suicide bombing in the northern Iraq targeting a security official’s home killed at least six.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple was reportedly forced to place law enforcement agencies requesting its assistance in decrypting seized iPhones on a waiting list due to high demand.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Violence strikes general elections
    • Voting for the country’s general election, a milestone because they mark the first transition between civilian governments, began Saturday.
    • Militant attacks and bombings killed at least 17 across the country.
    • The worst attack was a bombing at an ANP office in Karachi that killed at least 12; the Taliban claimed responsibility.
    • Despite attacks, election officials expressed optimism for a high turnout of 60-80%.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, NYT, WSJ, BBC, Al Jazeera, AFP, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The HRW alleged that former rebels went on a “rampage” following their overthrow of President Bozize. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The retrial of ousted President Mubarak began in Cairo. (BBC)
  • Libya: Armed militiamen attacked anti-Islamist protesters in Tripoli. (AP)
  • Mali: The country will reportedly request $2.6 billion in financial aid from the EU. (Al Jazeera)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Former leader Efrain Rios Montt was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mexico: The navy arrested a suspected Cartel financial manager. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: A civil rights group country in the country asked the ICC to investigate possible abuse of protesters detained after last month’s disputed presidential election. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Authorities accused Iranian border forces of wounding nine Afghans attempting to cross the border. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: A bombing killed an intelligence officer in the northern part of the country. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Officials stated security concerns would likely delay the first shipment of energy supplies through a new pipeline to China. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Key reforms were said to be at stake in Monday’s mid-term elections across the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia-Norway naval exercises began in the Barents sea. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Kerry called for greater efforts to resolve the dispute over Cyprus between Greece and Turkey. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: A two-day meeting of the G7 focused on balancing economic renewal with debt reduction concluded in Aylesbury. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Several politicians registered their candidacy for presidential elections on 14JUN. (AP)
  • Iraq: Kurds living near the Turkish border were reportedly concerned about the movement of PKK militants into the country. (AFP)
  • Iraq:  A suicide bombing in the northern Iraq targeting a security official’s home killed at least six. (AFP)
  • Syria: A Russian official stated it would not be possible to hold an international conference aimed at starting negotiations between the government and opposition forces by the end of May. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Activists reported rebel forces cut a road connecting Damascus to Aleppo. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Apple was reportedly forced to place law enforcement agencies requesting its assistance in decrypting seized iPhones on a waiting list due to high demand. (CNet)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones:Tropical Cyclone Jamala
    • Location: 854 NM E of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01B
    • Location: 919 NM S of Chittagong, Bangladesh
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 89km ESE of Minab, Iran
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 14.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12MAY)

  • Global: Mother’s Day.
  • Bulgaria: Prime ministerial and parliamentary elections, brought forward when PM Borisov resigned after nationwide protests.
  • China: Disaster Prevention and Reduction Day, set in 2009 after a devastating earthquake hit Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces – 2008.
  • Russia: Vietnamese PM Nguyen Tan Dung visits Russia. (to 15MAY).
  • Christianity: Ascension Day, marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection, normally celebrated 40 days after Easter, Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates it the following Sunday.

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