ONS: 13 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 13, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian troops headed for the northeastern town of Kidal ahead of a mid-May deadline set by the government to regain control of the city from Tuareg separatist rebels.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama welcomed British PM Cameron to the White House for talks on Syria and other issues.
  • ASIA: Pakistan election winner Nawaz Sharif was in talks Sunday to form a new government
  • EUROPE: Ousted Bulgarian premier Borisov’s party came first in tense elections but fell short of a majority.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Yemeni military jet crashed into a residential district of Sanaa, killing the pilot.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new wave of cyberattacks is striking American corporations, prompting warnings from federal officials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community pushes for transition government as humanitarian crisis intensifies
    • The key National Coalition opposition group will meet May 23 to discuss a US-Russian proposal for an international conference on a political solution.
    • Arab states voiced support for forming a transitional government with full powers.
    • Iran’s foreign minister said his country would be prepared to attend a planned international conference on Syria, and suggested Tehran could play a part in helping broker peace.
    • The European Commission announced an additional 65 million euros in aid for Syrian refugees and internally displaced, warning the crisis is “already at breaking point”.
    • Jordanian FM Judeh urged more international aid for his country to deal with the increasing influx of Syrian refugees.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Officials at government ministries returned to work after nearly two weeks of protests by militia fighters. (AP)
  • Mali: Malian troops headed for the northeastern town of Kidal ahead of a mid-May deadline set by the government to regain control of the city from Tuareg separatist rebels. (Reuters)
  • Niger: The UN said 800,000 people in the country face food insecurity and that some 84,000 are in immediate need of assistance. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The ruling National Congress Party demanded that the South Sudanese government stop supporting rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Humanitarian source said that South Sudanese soldiers looted UN stores and charities in Jonglei state. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: At least 500 people protested outside a prison against the genocide conviction for former dictator Efrain Rios Montt. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities alerted towns in two central states and the capital following increased seismic activity at the Popocatepetl volcano. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama welcomed British PM Cameron to the White House for talks on Syria and other issues. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Taliban spokesman said four remaining Turks held by the group will be released shortly. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan official said NATO-led troops killed two civilians and detained three in Kandahar. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK replaced the hardline general who headed its armed forces ministry. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Election winner Nawaz Sharif was in talks Sunday to form a new government. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Seven people were killed in attacks around the country amid mid-term elections. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Ousted premier Borisov’s party came first in tense elections but fell short of a majority. (AFP)
  • France: A convicted terrorist linked to a Chechen network that once planned attacks in France  escaped house arrest in a stolen car. (AP)
  • Portugal: The government is signaled that it has reached an agreement with IMF and EU creditors on its latest radical austerity measures. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Deputy PM Vucic urged Serbs living in northern Kosovo to accept an EU-brokered agreement to normalise relations between Serbia and Kosovo. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The FM voiced concern about rising anti-foreigner sentiment in crisis-hit Europe. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The commander of the US Fifth Fleet said that a massive naval minesweeping exercise in the Gulf involving 41 countries was not directed at Iran. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Guardian Council opened a criminal complaint against President Ahmadinejad. (WSJ)
  • Iran: Police denied killing a group of Afghans trying to cross the border illegally. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government is to vote on the 2013 austerity budget proposal. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A Yemeni military jet crashed into a residential district of Sanaa, killing the pilot. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Reporters at Bloomberg News were trained to use a function on the company’s financial data terminals that allowed them to view subscribers’ contact information and, in some cases, monitor login activity. (NYT)
  • Cybersecurity: A new wave of cyberattacks is striking American corporations, prompting warnings from federal officials. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 01B (Mahasen)
    • Location: 660 NM S of Kolkata, India
    • Movement: NW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico City, Mexico
    • Ash and steam plume, increased seismic activity. (AP)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14MAY)

  • Global: Third annual meeting of experts in the international gas sphere will be begin in St. Petersburg (to 17MAY).
  • Asia: IMDEX Asia 2013, a maritime security conference, will begin in Singapore (to 16MAY).
  • Asia: Second Asia-Pacific Water Summit will begin in Thailand (to 20MAY).
  • Europe: Russia-NATO Council will hold a meeting at the level of the chiefs of the General Staffs in Brussels.
  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa plans to challenge several bilateral investment treaties once his party has control over the country’s legislature.
  • Israel: Anniversary of Israel’s declaration of independence – 1948.
  • Paraguay: Anniversary of Paraguay gaining its independence from Spain – 1811.
  • UAE: Arab Media Forum will be held in Dubai (to 15MAY).
  • United States: National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations Forces Industry Conference will begin in Tampa (to May 16).

 

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