ONS: 12 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan militiamen besieging the foreign and justice ministries in Tripoli withdrew and handed control of the compounds back to authorities.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan leader Maduro said that Washington was making a “grave mistake” in not acknowledging his victory in the controversial April 14 presidential election.
  • ASIA: The DPRK criticized the arrival of the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South for a joint drill as an “extremely reckless” provocation.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Deputy PM Atalay said initial investigations show that the deadly blasts, which killed at least 45 people and injured over 100 in a Turkish town, are linked to Syria’s intelligence agency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian FM condemned the use of chemical weapons and appeared to offer to mediate in the Syria crisis.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CNET reported that Apple receives so many police demands to decrypt seized iPhones that it has created a “waiting list”.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Former PM Sharif claims victory in election
    • Former Pakistani leader Nawaz Sharif appealed for cross-party support to help rebuild the nation after winning historic elections that defied Taliban violence.
    • Sharif’s centre-right Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) was well ahead with at least 115 of the chamber’s 272 directly elected seats, according to various projections by private channels.
    • Sharif may not win enough seats to rule on his own but has built up enough momentum to avoid having to form a coalition with the PTI and PPP.
    • Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was projected to win more than 30 seats.
    • Sharif said he foresaw no new problems with the country’s military establishment, saying that the 1999 coup against him was the personal initiative of then-army chief Gen. Musharraf.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Telegraph, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Former leader Mubarak said in comments billed as his first interview since his removal from power in 2011 that it was too early to judge President Mursi. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Militiamen besieging the foreign and justice ministries in Tripoli withdrew and handed control of the compounds back to authorities. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UN in Mali said the No. 2 general in command of the current international support mission there was found dead in his hotel room. (AP)
  • Sudan: Sudan accused South Sudan of supporting rebels who launched a major assault two weeks ago. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Police fired tear gas to disperse Salafist Muslims in a residential area in the southwest of the country. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Nicaragua: The government deported a Chilean Agence France-Presse photojournalist after detaining him without charges for four days. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Maduro said that Washington was making a “grave mistake” in not acknowledging his victory in the controversial April 14 presidential election. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: A Venezuelan civil rights group asked the ICC to investigate alleged physical and psychological abuse of detained young protesters at military bases following last month’s disputed presidential election. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Maduro accused Polar, the country’s largest food corporation, of economic “sabotage” against his presidency. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A district prosecutor was killed in bomb attack in Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan official said the government is investigating reports that Iran is holding as many as 21 Afghan migrant workers who tried to cross illegally into the country. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK criticized the arrival of the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the South for a joint drill as an “extremely reckless” provocation. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Five people were killed and a radio reporter was kidnapped in the south of the country on the eve of mid-term elections. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: Taiwan dispatched four coastguard and naval vessels to shore up patrols in waters near the Philippines following public outrage over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coastguards. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Voting began in a tight snap election marked by accusations of cheating and expected to result in political stalemate and fresh protests. (AFP)
  • France: Anti-terrorism judges indicted six suspected ETA members described as the logistical core of the Basque separatist group. (AFP)
  • Georgia: PM Ivanishvili named a pro-Western ally as the ruling party candidate for October’s presidential election. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Deputy PM Atalay said initial investigations show that the deadly blasts, which killed at least 45 people and injured over 100 in a Turkish town, are linked to Syria’s intelligence agency. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Scotland’s First Minister Salmond said that the economy can prosper outside the UK, despite warnings from London about the risks of independence. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The FM condemned the use of chemical weapons and appeared to offer to mediate in the Syria crisis. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government said PM Netanyahu is “fully determined” to try to halt sales by Russia of advanced missiles to Syria when he visits Moscow for talks with President Putin. (AFP)
  • Syria: The government information minister rejected Turkey’s allegations that his country was behind two car bombs that killed 43 people in Turkey and wounded dozens more. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian rebels freed four Filipino UN peacekeepers five days after they were seized at an observation post in the Golan Heights. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Police raided a house in Aden, killing one suspected Al-Qaeda militant and arresting three. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: CNET reported that Apple receives so many police demands to decrypt seized iPhones that it has created a “waiting list”.  (CNET)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01B (Mahasen)
    • Location: 760 NM S of Calcutta, India
    • Movement: NW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 139 km NW of Neiafu, Tonga
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 205.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13MAY)

  • Global: United Nations Conference on Disarmament will begin in Geneva (to 28JUN).
  • Europe: EU finance ministers will meet in Brussels (to 14MAY).
  • Middle East: Gulf Cooperation Council Summit will begin in Riyadh (to 15MAY).
  • Cyprus: Scheduled receipt of first international bailout tranche of USD3.9 billion.
  • India: Pakistani pilgrims scheduled to travel to Ajmer Sharif for the annual gathering of Sufi saint Khawaja Moinuddin Chishti (to 23May).
  • Nigeria: Negotiation Skills for the Oil & Gas Industry 2013 conference will begin in Lagos (to 15MAY).
  • Nigeria: Nigerian Judge Okechukwu Okeke promises a verdict against an alleged member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards who is charged with an illegal arms shipment.
  • Philippines: Mid-term legislative elections.

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