ONS: 15 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 15, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Sudanese judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies that freedom of religion should be respected.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan police arrested 105 people and fired tear gas at anti-government student protesters in eastern Caracas.
  • ASIA: China accused the Vietnamese government of acting in concert with anti-China protestors who have killed at least one Chinese citizen.
  • EUROPE: Polish PM Tusk said NATO needs to have a larger presence in Eastern Europe in light of the crisis in Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq a car bomb and a suicide bomber struck in a bustling area in downtown Baghdad killing at least nine people and wounding 19.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A study released by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s DC Commons Lab found that terrorist groups have moved their online presence to outlets such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 

 

TOP STORY

  • Turkey: Mine blast toll rises amid strikes and protests.
    • Around 20,000 protesters took to the streets in Izmir to protest the death of 282 miners in the country’s worst ever industrial accident.
    • Police fired tear gas and water cannon at thousands of protesters in a second day of clashes between police and protesters.
    • The country’s biggest union Public Workers Unions Confederation (KESK) called for a massive strike.
    • PM Erdogan promised investigations would be launched into the causes of the disaster but rejected claims of government culpability, saying that “such accidents happen”.
    • Israel offered help to Ankara in its efforts to find trapped miners.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, NYT, WP

 

 

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Lawmakers submitted a parliamentary motion to seize British-owned land if the former colonial power does not rescind its ban on exports of the “herbal high” khat. (AFP)
  • Somalia: An Australian warship seized heroin with an estimated street value of USD123 million 40 nautical miles off the east coast. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A judge sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies that freedom of religion should be respected. (AFP)
  • Uganda: HRW and Amnesty International reported that the country’s new anti-gay law has sparked a “surge in human rights violations”. (AFP)

 

 

AMERICAS

  • Peru: A city in the Andes is deploying a fleet of drones in a trial project “to help police identify criminals”. (AFP)
  • United States: Thousands of people are fleeing their homes to escape wildfires in southern California. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Police arrested 105 people and fired tear gas at anti-government student protesters in eastern Caracas. (AFP)

 

 

ASIA

  • Region: A shootout between Afghan and Pakistani border guards killed one Afghan policeman. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: An election source reported that two leading presidential candidates, out of eight runners, will vie in a runoff poll in mid-June. (Xinhua)
  • China: Beijing accused the Vietnamese government of acting in concert with anti-China protestors who have killed at least one Chinese citizen. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government released photographs to back its claim that China was reclaiming land on a disputed reef in the South China Sea in an apparent effort to build an airstrip. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Army chief GEN Prayut Chan-O-Cha warned that the military may “use force” if political violence escalates. (AFP)

 

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Polish PM Tusk said NATO needs to have a larger presence in Eastern Europe in light of the crisis in Ukraine. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: A court sentenced a prominent opposition journalist to eight years in prison on charges his lawyer dismissed as politically motivated. (AFP)
  • Germany: Pro-Russia protesters disrupted a public meeting with Chancellor Merkel in Berlin, calling for the arrest of “Nazis” in Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Moldova: The government launched an anti-bribery campaign to promote transparency and integrity among the police. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Acting President Turchynov said that the army destroyed two military bases of pro-Russian insurgents in operations overnight. (AP)

 

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq:  A car bomb and a suicide bomber struck in a bustling area in downtown Baghdad killing at least nine people and wounding 19. (AP)
  • Iraq: The US plans to sell nearly USD1 billion worth of warplanes, armored vehicles and surveillance aerostats to the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: Eleven foreign ministers from the Friends of Syria group are to meet in London in an effort to “reinvigorate” the peace process. (BBC)

 

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A study released by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s DC Commons Lab found that terrorist groups have moved their online presence to outlets such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (AFP)

 

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 96km SSE of Ifalik, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 10.0 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 99km SSE of Ifalik, Micronesia
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10.6 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 (16MAY)

  • China: Anniversary of hundreds of thousands arriving in Beijing to support college students fasting for freedom in Tiananmen Square – 1989
  • India: Results of the general election to be announced
  • Japan: Anniversary of Japan’s Premier Tsuyoshi Inukai is assassinated in Tokyo – 1932
  • South Korea: Anniversary of Maj. Gen. Park Chung-hee stages a military coup in South Korea – 1961
  • Sudan: Anniversary of the beginning of the rebellion of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army – 1983
  • Zaire/DRC: Anniversary of Zaire’s President Mobutu Sese Seko gives up power after 32 years of autocratic rule – 1997

 

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