ONS: 16 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan has not yet received an invite from Sudan to resume peace negotiations.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, the Zetas denied killing 49 people whose beheaded and mutilated bodies were discovered.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s President Zardari will attend the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.
  • EUROPE: Bosnian Ratko Mladic’s trial began in the Hague for his role during the Bosnian civil war.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian nuclear talks with the IAEA ended; they are scheduled to resume on 21MAY.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Multiple foreign policy and human rights websites were targets of cyber espionage.

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: A bomb targeted former Interior Minister Fernando Londoño.
    • Londoño’s condition was stable; however his driver and bodyguard were killed and 39 others were wounded.
    • President Santos indicated the culprits behind the attack were unknown.
    • Bogota’s Police Chief, General Luis Eduardo Martinez, blamed the deadly bombing on the FARC.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, Miami Herald, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan indicated it had yet to receive an invite from Sudan to resume negotiations as per the timeline from the UNSC resolution. (AFP)
  • Mali: Amnesty International said armed Tuaregs and Islamists had carried out grave rights abuses such as rape, murder and using child soldiers. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Prisoners staged hunger strikes due to their alleged mistreatment by authorities. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The UN SC said Somalia’s political process was at a critical phase, with only three months to go until the end of the transitional period on 20AUG. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: 12 politicians were arrested in Magdalena province over charges they co-operated and coordinated with right-wing paramilitaries. (EFE)
  • Guyana: The US agreed to give Guyana $500 thousand to help fight drug trafficking under the 2009 Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, five times the amount it received the year before. (AP)
  • Mexico: The Zetas denied killing 49 people, whose beheaded and mutilated bodies were discovered in Nuevo Leon. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Australia announced it will contribute $100 million annually for three years beginning in 2015 to support Afghan National Security Forces after they take responsibility for their country’s security. (AP)
  • China: Opposition towards the CCP’s top security official Zhou Yongkang continued, as party elders issued a letter calling for his complete removal from power. (AFP)  
  • Korea, North: A state newspaper strongly criticized Park Geun-Hye, leading presidential candidate in South Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari will attend the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: A CSTO statement said the organization is prepared to make joint efforts with NATO to oppose the proliferation of ballistic missiles on condition that both parties abandon attempts to ensure their own security at the expense of others. (Interfax)
  • Belarus: President Lukashenko encouraged enhancing the CSTO, proposing several changes including increased cooperation between member states. (Interfax)
  • Bosnia: Ratko Mladic’s trial began in The Hague for 11 counts of genocide and war crimes during the civil war. (Telegraph)
  • Bosnia: The interior ministry announced it discovered a hidden cache of arms, including automatic rifles, hand grenades, rocket launchers, explosives and ammunition. (AFP)
  • France: New PM Jean-Marc Ayrault took office. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN

  • Iran: Nuclear talks with the IAEA ended; they are scheduled to resume on 21MAY. (WaPo)
  • Palestinian Territories: A reshuffled Palestinian cabinet will be sworn in today. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN monitors were under the Free Army’s protection after a clash between the rebels and the regime which resulted in the death of 21 people. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: US troops engaged in the most direct involvement in Yemen yet, directing and coordinating the latest assault against AQAP from al Annad air base. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: Multiple foreign policy and human rights websites were targets of cyber espionage. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Aletta
    • Location: ~640 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 8 knots
    • Maximum Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: New Britain region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 154 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAY)

  • Global: World Information Society Day celebrated.
  • Algeria: Parliamentary elections take place.
  • DR Congo: Anniversary of the renaming of Zaire to DR Congo – 1997.
  • Peru: Shining Path launched its uprising – 1980.

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