ONS: 14 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan civilian casualties from air strikes downplayed by NATO, according to the Human Rights Watch.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities discovered the mutilated bodies of 49 people in San Juan, near the US border.
  • ASIA: India’s left-wing Naxal rebels killed six paramilitary security personnel in Chattisgarh
  • EUROPE: In Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia, a state election resulted in defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s conservative party.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian activists reported clashes with security forces killed at least 23 soldiers in Rastan.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stepped down after allegations he falsified his credentials.

TOP STORY

  • Greece: Political talks close to failure
    • The leader of the leftist party SYRIZA rejected attending talks to form a governing coalition, making another round of elections almost certain.
    • SYRIZA stated it would attend talks if more political groups were present.
    • Talks between the President and political parties will continue on Monday in a continued effort to form a government coalition.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, AFP, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, CNN, NYT

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood stated he predicts years of serious political friction between reformers and the military. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Human Rights Watch reported NATO downplayed the number of civilian casualties inflicted by its airstrike campaign against the Gaddafi regime. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram militants killed at least seven police officers in and around Maidaguri. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Red Cross reported the FARC stated it intended to release captive French reporter Romeo Langlois. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered the mutilated bodies of 49 people in San Juan, near the US border.  They are likely victims of conflict between the Zetas and Sinaloa drug cartels. (AP)
  • Mexico: Leading presidential PRI party candidate Enrique Nieto’s policies are largely unknown to Mexican voters and US observers. (WaPo)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A bombing in a Faryab market killed at least nine. (Reuters)
  • India: Left-wing Naxal rebels killed six paramilitary security personnel in Chattisgarh. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: US officials stated they were in intense negotiations with the government on the issue of reopening NATO supply lines to Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb in the southern part of the country injured 17. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen stated the first comprehensive test of the missile defense system had been completed successfully. (RFE/RL)
  • Germany: A state election in North Rhine-Westphalia resulted in defeat for Chancellor Merkel’s conservative party, a likely sign of widening rejection of the dominant austerity doctrine in German politics. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Zamir Kabulov, the presidential envoy to Afghanistan who also heads a Foreign Ministry department in charge of Afghanistan, will most likely fly to Chicago, according to the Kommersant newspaper. (RIA Novosti)
  • United Kingdom: Defense Secretary Hammond stated the country’s military would not require equipment or troop cutbacks greater than already announced. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahrain and Saudi Arabia are expected to announce a closer political partnership at a GCC meeting on Monday. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The government was reported to be switching off the satellite-tracking systems on the country’s oil tankers in an effort to dodge sanction enforcement. (WaPo)
  • Iran: The government began talks in Vienna with the IAEA over its nuclear program. (VoA)
  • Iraq: Five were killed and 18 wounded in three bomb attacks in Fallujah while a bombing in Kirkuk killed a member of the Kurdish intelligence service. (DPA)
  • Syria: Activists reported clashes with security forces killed at least 23 soldiers in Rastan. (BBC)
  • Syria: EU officials announced new sanctions against the Assad government. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected Islamist militants bombed a natural gas pipeline in the east. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Military officials reported raids against al Qaeda linked militants killed at least 16 in Abyan. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson stepped down after allegations he falsified his credentials. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 460 miles SW of the Southern Azores
    • Movement: None
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 600 miles SSW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: Slowly NW or WNW
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  • Earthquakes: Tarapaca, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 98.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15MAY)

  • Global: Celebration of International Day of Families.
  • Global: CSTO gathers for a jubilee summit marking the 20th anniversary of signing the CSTO treaty.
  • Europe: Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo visits the Netherlands, Croatia, Luxembourg, and Spain until 30MAY.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the start of Soviet troop withdrawal – 1988.
  • Colombia: Free Trade Agreement with the US is fully implemented.
  • France: President Sarkozy hands power over to President-elect Hollande.
  • Japan: Anniversary of Okinawa’s return to Japanese sovereignty – 1972.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the Day of Al-Nakba, or “the catastrophe” – 1948.
  • Russia: Moscow launches manned mission to the International Space Station.
  • Ukraine: EU begins negotiations with Kiev over Schengen visas.

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