ONS: 13 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 13, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: NATO airstrikes hit Tripoli, Libya
  • ASIA: Cambodia approves peace deal with Thailand
  • EUROPE: Mafia leader captured in Italy
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican police capture cartel leader
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian military prepares for protests
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook admits to smear campaign

TOP STORY

  • Suicide bombings in Pakistan
    • Two suicide bombers killed at least 80 and injured over 100 at a paramilitary training center in northwest Pakistan.
    • The victims were mostly new recruits.
    • The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and declared the bombings were “revenge” for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
    • Coverage: NYT, WP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Thousands of people rallied in Tahrir Square calling for national unity. (AFP)
  • Libya: NATO continued its airstrike campaign, hitting targets in Tripoli. (WP)
  • Somalia: The UN announced it will increase the amount of humanitarian support in the country. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Protesters marched to demand the government keep to the current election schedule. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Cambodian government approved the peace deal brokered by Indonesia to resolve the conflict with Thailand (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: General Kayani refused to cooperate with US demands that he target militant leaders. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Police arrested fugitive mafia leader Giuseppe Pacili. (AFP)
  • Russia: Amnesty International criticized the Russian government for “widespread abuse and corruption.” (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: The military claimed to have captured the man who succeeded Ignatio Coronel as a top leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government fired 7 immigration officials over suspected involvement with migrant kidnapping. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Qatar withdrew from mediating the unrest in Bahrain, citing escalating violence. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Military forces prepared to prevent planned protests, but have reportedly been ordered not to shoot. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Five soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected al-Qaeda militants. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Large crowds demanding the ouster of President Saleh gathered in Sana’a. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook admitted it had initiated an anti-Google PR campaign. (ZDNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14MAY)

  • Haiti: Newly-elected Michel Martelly is sworn in as President.
  • Israel: Anniversary of 1948 Declaration of Independence.

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