ONS: 14 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 14, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Residents of a northeastern Nigerian village said they killed and arrested scores of suspected Boko Haram militants that they believed planned to launch an attack.

  • AMERICAS: Mexican Interior Secretary Osorio Chong said military commanders will lead a new security plan for the border state of Tamaulipas.

  • ASIA: The Philippines warned that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the South China Sea.

  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian government is hosting roundtable “national unity” talks after its military suffered its bloodiest day since launching an offensive to oust separatists.

  • MIDDLE EAST: US Defense Secretary Hagel promised  US allies in the Persian Gulf that negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program will not weaken their security.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is planning to release a new Mute feature that lets users control the type of updates moving through their primary feed.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN-AL Envoy to resign as humanitarian crisis intensifies.

    • UN-AL mediator on the conflict in Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will resign effective 31MAY.

    • French FM Fabius said the regime is believed to have used chemical weapons in 14 attacks since late 2013.

    • US President Obama met with Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba.

    • Physicians for Human Rights reported that government forces have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas.

    • An EU report indicates that the number of migrants and refugees found crossing illegally into the EU rose sharply in 2013.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: US President Obama imposed sanctions against former leaders Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia and three other officials. (AFP)

  • Central African Republic: The UNSC condemned the killing of a French journalist and stated those responsible “shall be held accountable”. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: Residents of a northeastern village said they killed and arrested scores of suspected Boko Haram militants that they believed planned to launch an attack. (AP)

  • Nigeria: The US underscored its opposition to any offer of ransom or other concessions to retrieve more than 250 schoolgirls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram. (WP)

  • South Africa: Hundreds of striking miners marched at a Lonmin platinum mine. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: Former President and current leader of the main opposition Libre party Mel Zelaya denounced a shooting attack that left a Tegucigalpa city councilman wounded. (EFE)

  • Mexico: Interior Secretary Osorio Chong said military commanders will lead a new security plan for the border state of Tamaulipas. (AP)

  • United States: A third potential case of the Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) was found in the country. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Beijing expressed “serious concerns” over protests in Vietnam that saw more than a dozen factories set on fire by anti-China demonstrators enraged. (AFP)

  • Region: The Philippines warned that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the South China Sea. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry said up to 105 Taliban militants were killed in military operations carried out by security forces over the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)

  • Afghanistan: Five soldiers were killed while an army officer was wounded in separate bombings across the country. (Xinhua)

  • Pakistan: The military foiled an attack on a NATO supply terminal in the Jamrud area of the Khyber. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Italy: Former PM Silvio Berlusconi repeated accusations that he was forced out of office at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011 as the result of a “plot” by EU officials. (Reuters)

  • Spain: Police said they had arrested 740 people in a massive probe into fake businesses created to obtain social security benefits and work permits for foreigners. (AFP)

  • Turkey: The government declared three days of national mourning after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: The government is hosting roundtable “national unity” talks after its military suffered its bloodiest day since launching an offensive to oust separatists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Hagel promised  US allies in the Persian Gulf that negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program will not weaken their security. (AP)

  • Iran: The government and world powers started a new round of talks in Vienna on a potential nuclear deal. (AFP)

  • Iran: Deputy FM Abdollahian said that Tehran had not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, but it was on Iran’s agenda. (Reuters)

  • Yemen: Clashes that followed two simultaneous attacks by al-Qaeda suspects on army positions in Shabwa killed 10 soldiers and 13 jihadists. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Twitter is planning to release a new Mute feature that lets users control the type of updates moving through their primary feed. (CNN)

 

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: 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 (15MAY)

  • Global:  Foreign ministers of the Arctic Council, an international forum for the eight states bordering the Arctic, are to meet

  • France: Date of trial of makers of a diabetes and weight loss drug suspected in hundreds of deaths in France will be set

  • Israel/Palestine: Anniversary of Day of Al-Nakba – 1948

  • Israel/Palestine: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London

  • Russia:  Heads of G8 drug control agencies will convene in Moscow

  • Syria: Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba to attend the London 11

  • Ukraine and United States: United States-Ukraine Working Group on Nonproliferation and Export Controls (to 16MAY)

 

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