ONS: 16 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 16, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan canceled his first visit to the village from which more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by rebels a month ago due to security fears.
  • AMERICAS: Reuters reported that Canada broke with the US and did not impose sanctions on two key allies of Russian President Putin because the pair had Canadian business interests.
  • ASIA: US VP Biden voiced “serious concern” about Beijing’s actions in the disputed South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Energy Minister Yildiz said that a maximum of 18 miners still remain underground and that he expect the final death toll to be around 300.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A senior US official expressed concern about a lack of progress in negotiations focused on the country’s disputed nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US regulators voted for a proposal that would allow Internet “fast lanes” while leaving open the possibility of tougher regulations to protect online access.

 

TOP STORY

  • India: Indian National Congress ousted in win for BJP.
    • The ruling Congress party conceded defeat as early election results showed a landslide win for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Narendra Modi.
    • Senior Congress leader and spokesman Rajeev Shukla told reporters  “We accept defeat. We are ready to sit in the opposition”.
    • PM Manmohan Singh called Narendra Modi to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the country’s general election.
    • Preliminary results and media projections showed the BJP winning more than the 272 seats required for a majority on its own in the 543-seat parliament.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, CNN, NYT, Reuters, WP

 

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: At least eight people were killed when gunmen believed to have come from Liberia seized a border village. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Clashes erupted in Benghazi between Islamists and forces led by a retired general seeking to purge it of “terrorists”. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan canceled his first visit to the village from which more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by rebels a month ago due to security fears. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Uruguayan President Mujica said that his country is willing to accept six detainees from Guantanamo Bay. (WP)
  • Canada: Reuters reported that the country broke with the US and did not impose sanctions on two key allies of Russian President Putin because the pair had Canadian business interests. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: President Santos slipped behind his main rival, right wing Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, in two election polls. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Federal authorities arrested a member of the Zetas drug cartel whose main job was smuggling migrants into the US. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Several hundred Filipino and Vietnamese protesters marched in Manila demanding that China stop oil drilling in disputed South China Sea waters. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Ministry of the Interior reported that police and army units killed 37 Taliban militants during series of operations across the country.  (Xinhua)
  • China: US VP Biden voiced “serious concern” about Beijing’s actions in the disputed South China Sea. (AFP)
  • China: A state-run newspaper backed the use of “non-peaceful” measures against Vietnam and the Philippines. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia dismissed as unobjective and politically motivated a UN report warning of an “alarming deterioration” of human rights in Kremlin-backed separatist regions of eastern Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Italy: PM Renzi said that he saw “signs of recovery” despite a growth estimate showing the economy contracting in the first quarter. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Energy Minister Yildiz said that a maximum of 18 miners still remain underground and that he expect the final death toll to be around 300. (AP)
  • Ukraine: Pro-Russian insurgents retreated from government buildings in Mariupol as steelworkers began citizen patrols. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Afghans and Western officials reported that Iran has been recruiting thousands of Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, offering USD500 a month and Iranian residency. (WSJ)
  • Iran: A senior US official expressed concern about a lack of progress in negotiations focused on the country’s disputed nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu told US Defense Secretary Hagel that world powers must deny Iran any possibility of developing a nuclear weapon. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The government said security forces had foiled a number of al Qaeda attacks on government, military and diplomatic premises in Sanaa and arrested several suspected would-be suicide bombers. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: US regulators voted for a proposal that would allow Internet “fast lanes” while leaving open the possibility of tougher regulations to protect online access. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
      • Cases: 248 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
      • Deaths: 171 (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 (17MAY)

  • France: President Hollande will host a summit on Boko Haram with leadership from Nigeria, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
  • Norway: Constitution Day -1814
  • Zaire/DRC: Anniversary of Zaire renamed to the Democratic Republic of Congo – 1997

 

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