ONS: 12 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 12, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Boko Haram released a new video claiming to show the missing schoolgirls and said they would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican security official said that one of the military deserters who helped found the gang that grew into the Zetas cartel was among six people killed during a gun battle in Reynosa.
  • ASIA: A South Korean official said that North Korea “must disappear soon” amid heightened tensions between the North and South.
  • EUROPE: The Lithuanian Central Electoral Commission said President Grybauskaite and social democratic candidate Zigmantas Balcytis will compete in a presidential runoff on 25MAY.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A drone strike in Yemen’s Marib province killed six al-Qaeda suspects.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wireless products maker Parrot unveiled a drone aimed at the consumer market that can be controlled with smartphones or tablets.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Separatists claim east voted in favor of independence.
    • The organizers of the referendums said 89 percent of those who cast ballots in the Donetsk region and between 94 and 98 percent of those in the Luhansk region voted for sovereignty.
    • President Turchynov said the rebel-held “referendum” in two eastern regions was a “propaganda farce without any legal basis” that sought to cover up serious crimes.
    • Russia ruled out holding new international talks on Ukraine, saying that a solution could only be found through direct dialogue between Kiev and the separatists.
    • IMF chief Lagarde warned that the crisis could have “severe” economic consequences for other countries.
    • Several explosions and gunfire could be heard near the town of Slavyansk.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Congo Republic: Ten people and a former rebel leader were killed in a clash between police and a group of immigrants from the neighboring DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram released a new video claiming to show the missing schoolgirls and said they would not be released until all militant prisoners were freed. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Three workers were hacked to death in the country’s restive platinum belt where a strike action is in its fourth month. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: Rebels and government troops battled in the oil-producing state of Upper Nile in a disruption of a new ceasefire deal. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The office of the country’s top prosecutor summoned Alvaro Uribe to substantiate suggestions that drug money went into the campaign of current President Santos. (AP)
  • Honduras: Three people were killed during a clash in La Jigua town. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A security official said that one of the military deserters who helped found the gang that grew into the Zetas cartel was among six people killed during a gun battle in Reynosa. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban fighters opened fire and stormed a government building in the east of the country and launched rockets at Kabul’s airport. (AP)
  • China: Beijing launched armed police patrols to handle violent incidents in the capital. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: A South Korean official said that North Korea “must disappear soon” amid heightened tensions between the North and South.  (AP)
  • Philippines: Prosecutors said they would charge nine Chinese fishermen arrested in disputed South China Sea waters with environmental crimes. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The leader of anti-government protests said he plans to set up his office at the vacated Government House while the country’s new caretaker leader worked from a makeshift, suburban outpost. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: The Supreme Court allowed neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn to participate in upcoming European parliament elections. (AFP)
  • Lithuania: The Central Electoral Commission said President Grybauskaite and social democratic candidate Zigmantas Balcytis will compete in a presidential runoff on 25MAY. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: A court will hear key testimonies in the trial of eight men, including four policemen, accused of beating a teenage student to death during anti-regime protests last year. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped five lawyers from their office in Baghdad. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: A man has died in the country after being infected with the MERS virus. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant rejected the leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, to leave Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A drone strike in Marib province killed six al-Qaeda suspects. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Wireless products maker Parrot unveiled a drone aimed at the consumer market that can be controlled with smartphones or tablets. (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 (13MAY)

  • Ecuador: Independence Day – 1830
  • Ukraine: German FM Steinmeier holds talks with government representatives in Kiev
  • United States: GovSec Expo (14MAY)
  • Uzbekistan: Anniversary of Andijan massacre – 2005

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