ONS: 16 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya’s Deputy Foreign Minister rejected efforts by the ICC to issue arrest warrants for government officials
  • ASIA: Thousands of South Korean troops took part in a major military drill
  • EUROPE: Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the Greek debt crisis
  • LATIN AMERICA: Gunmen massacred at least 27 people in northern Guatemala
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five people were injured by a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq
  • US\CANADA: US Space shuttle Endeavour set to launch
  • TECHNOLOGY: Data networks create difficulties for wireless carriers

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Senator John Kerry arrived in Pakistan for talks amid rising tensions
    • Senator Kerry gave Pakistani Army chief General Kayani a list of “specific demands” relating to American suspicions of Pakistan’s harboring of militants.
    • Gen. Kayani told Senator Kerry his soldiers have “intense feeling” over the bin Laden killing.
    • Afghanistan’s former intelligence chief, Amrullah Saleh, said he knew bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan four years ago, a claim which Pakistan rejected.
    • Coverage: AP, CNN, Reuters, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Algeria: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika will release several thousand Islamists from prison. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim rejected efforts by the International Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for three senior leaders. (AP)
  • Somalia: A Danish warship attacked a pirate boat off the coast of Somalia, killing four pirates and freeing 16 Iranian hostages. (AFP, CNN)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto lodged an official protest against the visit of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov to the disputed Kuril Islands. (RIA Novosti, Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Four Canadian soldiers were injured in a helicopter hard landing in Kandahar. (UPI)
  • Korea, South: Thousands of soldiers are taking part in a week-long landing drill near the southeastern port of Pohang. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban claimed responsibility for killing a Saudi diplomat in Karachi.  (AP, Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers met in Brussels to discuss the Greek debt crisis. (BBC)
  • Russia: A serviceman was injured by an explosion in Chechnya during a reconnaissance and search operation. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Guatemala: At least 27 people were massacred in Caserio La Bomba in Peten province near the Mexico border. (LA  Times, UPI)
  • Haiti: President Michel Martelly announced he wants Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, a Haitian business leader, so serve as his prime minister. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two Norwegian contractors and three Iraqi guards were injured by a roadside bomb in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Israel fired warning shots at a Malaysian aid ship as it approached the shore of Gaza, forcing it to withdraw to Egyptian waters. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: A senior military official said foreign contractors aid the Emirati military through planning, training and operational support. (AP)

USA/CANADA

  • United States: The space shuttle Endeavour is set to launch at 0856 ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP, NY Times)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Data networks create difficulties for wireless carriers. (NY Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 43.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAY)

  • Global: Wesak, or the birth of Lord Buddha is celebrated.
  • Russia: Khodorkovsky appeal.
  • UK: Queen Elizabeth II makes landmark visit to Ireland.
  • USA: POTUS meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II at White House.

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