ONS: 16 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Seven Egyptian soldiers and police were kidnapped by militants in the Sinai Peninsula.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivia and Brazil signed an agreement to launch joint anti-drug operations.
  • ASIA: A suicide bombing in Kabul targeting a NATO convoy killed at least eight civilians; insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami claimed responsibility.
  • EUROPE: The French economy sunk back into recession.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Car bombings in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 12 and wounded 130.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google launched a streaming music service, challenging services like Pandora and Spotify.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN general assembly condemned government, violence; BBC claimed to have been shown evidence of chemical weapons; Israel hinted at military action
    • The UN General Assembly called for political transition and an end to violence; it condemned the Syrian government for human rights violations.
    • The BBC reported one of its reporters had been shown evidence of poison gas attack.
    • Israel signaled it was considering additional military action to interdict weapon shipments to Islamic militants in the area and warned the Syrian government against retaliation.
    • AFP, NYT-1, WaPo, Al Jazeera, WSJ, NYT-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN envoy to the country stated it had entered a “state of anarchy” and called for sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Seven soldiers and police were kidnapped by militants in the Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters)
  • Mali: International donors pledged $4 billion for the country’s reconstruction. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The government launched a military campaign against Islamist militants in the northeastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A Jubaland region warlord declared himself “president” of the region, reportedly raising the risk of clashes in Kismayo. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia and Brazil signed an agreement to launch joint anti-drug operations. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The country’s Supreme Court convicted a lawmaker of orchestrating a massacre in 1988. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles stated he expected a ruling on a disputed election by the country’s Supreme Court “within hours.” (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan held military drills near the Philippines amid tension between the two countries. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing in Kabul targeting a NATO convoy killed at least four NATO service members and 6 civilians; insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami claimed responsibility. (AFP, WaPo)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean officials expressed regret following the rejection of proposed talks by the North. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Military officials expressed concern that the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan will harm the country’s security efforts along the border. (WSJ)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The IMF approved a $1.3 billion loan for the country as part of its bailout package. (AP)
  • France: The economy sunk back into recession. (BBC)
  • Russia: A security official alleged that the US diplomat ordered to leave the country on Tuesday was the second American expelled for espionage this year. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s chief negotiator stated it was ready to continue talks with world powers on its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Car bombing in Shiite neighborhoods of Baghdad killed at least 12 and wounded 19. (AP)
  • Israel: The government reportedly plans to declare legal four unauthorized settlements in the West Bank. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The Red Cross reported that three aid workers kidnapped by gunmen on Monday in Abyan were released. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Google launched a streaming music service, challenging services like Pandora and Spotify. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Mahasen
    • Location: 151 NM SE of Kolkata
    • Movement: NE at 14 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
    • Notes: Mass evacuations, at least five reported dead. (Al Jazeera)
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Alvin
    • Location: Several hundred miles SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, near Mexico City
    • Seismic activity; authorities preparing disaster response. (AP)
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Diffuse ash cloud 20,000 feet observed. (CNN)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: 132; China: 131, Taiwan: 1
      • Deaths: at least 32 (WHO)
    • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
      • Cases: 40; Saudi Arabia: 21.
      • Deaths: at least 20 (WHO)

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17MAY)

  • Global: World Information Society Day.
  • Africa: Joint summit of the Heads of State of ECCAS, ECOWAS and CGG will begin in Yaoundé, Cameroon (to 18MAY).
  • Libya: British embassy scheduled to reopen to public.
  • Nigeria: The hearing in a N1 billion suit against DESOPADEC by Itsekiri chapter of Host Communities of Oil and Gas Producing Communities of Nigeria (HOSTCOM) will resume.
  • Norway: Constitution Day – 1814.
  • Peru: Anniversary of the launch of the Maoist-inspired Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) with an attack on Chuschi, a small town in Ayacucho province – 1980.

 

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