ONS: 13 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 13, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Jordan’s ambassador to Libya was freed a month after being kidnapped in exchange for a jihadist jailed for plotting bomb attacks.
  • AMERICAS: The presidents of Argentina and Chile announced their intention to double the number of border passes connecting the countries with two infrastructure projects.
  • ASIA: The US said that the US-led military presence in Afghanistan will remain “significant” despite this year’s drawdown.
  • EUROPE: French police arrested six people in Strasbourg in a roundup of suspected jihadists who traveled to fight in Syria’s civil war.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW said it has “strong evidence” that the Syrian army used chlorine gas on three towns in the north of the country in mid-April.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The EU’s top court ruled that individuals have the right to ask Google to delete personal data produced by its search engine.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: EU moves to mediate conflict.
    • German FM Steinmeier is to visit Kiev to help start talks between the government and separatists following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions.
    • German FM Steinmeier said that Ukraine’s 25MAY presidential vote will be crucial in bringing the country out of crisis.
    • Russian Deputy FM Karasin told the EU’s Moscow representative that negotiations must be held “in the near future, and in any case before the May 25 elections.”
    • Canadian PM Harper announced that Canada had imposed economic sanctions and travel bans against an additional six Russians and six Ukrainians.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: Jordan’s ambassador to the country was freed a month after being kidnapped in exchange for a jihadist jailed for plotting bomb attacks. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The government ruled out a deal with Boko Haram that would see the government free imprisoned militants in return for the release of kidnapped girls. (DPA)
  • Somalia: AU forces said a “cowardly” bomb attack the previous day had killed 19 people, nearly double the number initially reported. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The country’s intelligence service filed a criminal complaint against the leader of a major opposition party, disputing claims a counter-insurgency unit looted, raped and committed arson. (AFP)


AMERICAS

  • Region: The presidents of Argentina and Chile announced their intention to double the number of border passes connecting the countries with two infrastructure projects. (EFE)
  • Colombia: A businessman kidnapped two months ago was rescued in an operation in Cesar province. (EFE)
  • United States: China’s military chief is to tour American warships in a four-day US visit that comes amid heightened tensions between Beijing and its Southeast Asian neighbors. (AFP)


ASIA

  • Region: Diplomats from Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week in an effort to mend strained relations. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: The US said that the US-led military presence in the country will remain “significant” despite this year’s drawdown. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Three security personnel were killed and eight civilians wounded in two attacks in Ghazni. (Xinhua)
  • China: FM Wang Yi discussed the South China Sea dispute with US Secretary Kerry and urged him to speak and act cautiously. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) guerrillas killed two soldiers in a wave of small bomb attacks in the south of the country. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The country’s anti-monopoly watchdog ruled that the three foreign-owned electricity distributors operating in the country abused their dominant market position. (AFP)
  • France: Police arrested six people in Strasbourg in a roundup of suspected jihadists who traveled to fight in Syria’s civil war. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin will travel to China on 20MAY for a visit expected to see Moscow and Beijing seal a landmark gas agreement. (AFP)
  • Spain: The EU’s highest court fined the country 30 million euros for failing to recover illegal state aid. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Talks between six world powers and the government on the country’s controversial nuclear program are to resume in Vienna. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Several car bombs hit Shiite-majority areas of Baghdad, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 60. (AFP)
  • Israel: A Tel Aviv court sentenced former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to six years in prison for accepting bribes linked to a major property development in Jerusalem. (AFP)
  • Syria: HRW said it has “strong evidence” that the army used chlorine gas on three towns in the north of the country in mid-April. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The EU’s top court ruled that individuals have the right to ask Google to delete personal data produced by its search engine. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 126km SSE of Punta de Burica, Panama
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 245 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 168 (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 (14MAY)

  • Global: Anniversary of the creation of the Warsaw Pact – 1955
  • Iran: Top diplomats from Iran and six world powers meet in Vienna to discuss the country’s nuclear program
  • Malaysia: Malaysian Youth Day
  • Paraguay: Paraguay becomes independent – 1811

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