ONS: 15 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 15, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: 11 Pakistani peacekeepers were injured after attacks in the DRC.
  • AMERICAS: Former Colombian President Uribe branded Venezuelan President Chavez a “murderer”.
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials considered ending its blockade of NATO supplies through its border.
  • EUROPE: Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko’s appeal against her seven-year jail term was postponed.
  • MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN: Iran hanged Majid Jamali Fashi, accused of killing an Iranian nuclear scientist.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) service will be launched this month to alert consumers to extreme weather conditions.

TOP STORY

  • France: Francois Hollande was sworn in as the president for a five-year term.
    • He is the first Socialist leader in France in over 17 years.
    • In his first speech as president, he delivered a “message of confidence”, pledging to overcome France’s challenges.
    • Hollande also said he would propose a “new pact” to his European partners emphasizing economic stimulus in addition to the fiscal discipline imposed by Germany.
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Region: The Economic Community of West African States said it will deploy a 600- strong military and police contingent to Guinea-Bissau to address the political crisis. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: 11 Pakistani peacekeepers were injured after villagers protested the lack of protection they received from the UN base from militia attacks. (AFP)
  • Libya: Abdel Hakim Belhadj, a prominent fighter and leader, left his militia to compete in elections. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The EU launched its first naval mission on the Somali coastland to combat piracy. (AFP)
  • Uganda: A senior LRA commander was captured by the Ugandan military. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Colombian President Uribe branded Venezuelan president Chavez a “murderer”, leading the Venezuelan parliament to level the same insult against Uribe. (DPA)
  • Colombia: Seven FARC rebels surrendered to the government. (EFE)
  • Colombia: A free trade agreement with the US came into force. (BBC)
  • Mexico: A total of 136 tons of drug precursors were seized at the Pacific coast port of Lazaro Cardenas, where the substances arrived from China. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: According to an ROK source, North Korea has ceased jamming the ROK’s GPS signals. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The US said it has no plan to redeploy tactical nuclear weapons in South Korea.
  • Pakistan: Officials considered ending its blockade of NATO supplies through its border. (AFP)
  • Taiwan: The navy announced it would build 12 “stealth” warships. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Three astronauts were launched to the ISS on a Soyuz TMA-04M capsule. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former PM Tymoshenko’s appeal against her seven-year jail term was postponed. (RIA Novosti)
  • United Kingdom: A “viable explosive device” was discovered at the regional St Angelo airport in Northern Ireland. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN

  • Region: On the 64th anniversary of Nakba, thousands of Palestinians held a march in Ramallah. Meanwhile, Palestinian prisoners in an Israeli jail ended their hunger strike. (AP)
  • Iran: India indicated it would cut its imports of Iranian oil by 11% following urging from the US. (AFP)  
  • Iran: Majid Jamali Fashi, accused of killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, was hanged. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Human Rights Watch said a prison in Baghdad that was accused of carrying out human rights abuses remained open. (AP)
  • Lebanon: The army was deployed to Tripoli amid three days of sectarian violence. (AP)
  • Syria: The turnout for parliamentary elections stood at over 50%, according to an official from the election commission. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Air strikes killed 8 civilians and two AQAP militants in Jaar. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) service will be launched this month to alert consumers to extreme weather conditions. (USA Today)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Aletta
    • Location: ~640 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 9mph
    • Maximum Winds: 40mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16MAY)

  • Sudan: Anniversary of the beginning of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army rebellion – 1983.

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