ONS: 11 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 11, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rebels in South Sudan accused government forces of multiple ceasefire violations just hours after a truce came into effect.

  • AMERICAS: Brazilian authorities began a massive military operation to secure the country’s borders ahead of next month’s World Cup in the “single largest mobilisation ever”.

  • ASIA: Five Afghan civilians were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on an Afghan army vehicle in Kandahar province.

  • EUROPE: Moldovan authorities said they stopped Russian Deputy PM Rogozin from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to recognize a separatist region.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi militants attacked a military base in the north of the country, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later killed them.

  • TECHNOLOGY: British authorities reported that entertainment industry bodies and Internet service providers in the United Kingdom are on the verge of striking a deal to combat piracy

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Referendum on self rule begins in east.

    • Polls opened in referendums called by pro-Russian rebels to split from the rest of the country.

    • Clashes broke out around a television tower on the outskirts of Slaviansk shortly before voters made their way to polling stations through streets blocked by barricades.

    • Pro-Russian separatists said that voter turnout in their unauthorized referendum on independence is “overwhelming” while Pro-Ukraine media reported a low voter turnout.

    • The US State Department described the polls as “illegal under Ukrainian law and are an attempt to create further division and disorder”

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, CNN, DPA, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Security officials reported that suspected militants attacked an army convoy in the Sinai Peninsula killing one soldier and wounding another. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The military said that there has been no arrest or operation by any foreign military or security allies in the ongoing efforts to rescue the abducted girls in northeast. (Xinhua)

  • South Africa: The parliamentary head of the main opposition Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko, unexpectedly resigned. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: Rebels accused government forces of multiple ceasefire violations just hours after a truce came into effect. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities began a massive military operation to secure the country’s borders ahead of next month’s World Cup in the “single largest mobilisation ever”. (BBC)

  • Mexico: The government began to swear in members of self-defence groups for its newly created rural police force. (BBC)

  • Mexico: Authorities said they are investigating the possible role of vigilante leader Jose Manuel Mireles in the deaths of five people. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Five civilians were killed and 36 wounded in a suicide car bomb attack on an Afghan army vehicle in Kandahar province. (AP)

  • China: Local officials promised to suspend construction of a massive waste incinerator after a violent demonstration by residents fearful of pollution left dozens injured. (AFP)

  • India: A landmine blast blamed on Maoist rebels killed seven police officers in Maharashtra state. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: A bomb blast targeting refugees registering with the government killed four people in Peshawar. (AP)

  • Vietnam: Protesters staged one of the country’s largest ever anti-China demonstrations in response to Beijing’s deployment of a deep-water drilling rig in contested waters. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • France: President Hollande is to begin a three-day visit to the South Caucasus. (AFP)

  • Lithuania: Polls for the country’s presidential election opened at (0400 GMT) amid expectations that incumbent President Grybauskaite is likely to be re-elected. (Xinhua)

  • Moldova: Authorities said they stopped Russian Deputy PM Rogozin from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to recognize a separatist region. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said his country has nothing to offer except transparency in nuclear talks with world powers. (AP)

  • Iraq: Militants attacked a military base in the north of the country, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later killed them. (AFP)

  • Syria: Campaigning for the country’s 03JUN presidential vote opened. (AFP)

  • Yemen: Three gunmen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint in Sanaa near the presidential palace. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: British authorities reported that entertainment industry bodies and Internet service providers in the United Kingdom are on the verge of striking a deal to combat piracy. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (12MAY)

  • Europe Region: Anniversary of the Black Sea Fleet – 1783

  • Middle East Region: Arab FMs hold meeting on Syria in Saudi Arabia

  • Cambodia: Royal Ploughing Day Ceremony

  • Germany: Anniversary of Soviets lifting the blockade of West Berlin after eleven months – 1949

  • Philippines: World Economic Forum on East Asia (to 23MAY)

  • Uruguay: President Jose Mujica to visit White House

 

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