ONS: 17 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 17, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French Interior Minister Claude Gueant arrived in Tunisia to discuss security needs.
  • ASIA: A NATO helicopter wounded two Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: Irish soldiers detonated a bomb found on a bus ahead of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa prevailed in a referendum on his constitutional reform proposals
  • MIDDLE EAST: A convoy of Iranian activists set sail for Bahrain to assist protesters
  • TECHNOLOGY: New Android app allows users to track bribery by public officials

TOP STORY

  • Libya: NATO air strikes continue in Tripoli amid growing challenges to Gaddafi
    • A government security services building and the headquarters of Libya’s anti-corruption agency were hit by NATO air strikes.
    • Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim condemned the attacks, saying they terrorized people.
    • Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corporation, defected and fled to Tunisia according to a Tunisian security official.
    • Libyan opposition said Gaddafi should be tried in the country prior to being sent to international authority.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The government lifted a month-long curfew in the capital Ouagadougou. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A spokesman for the Niger Delta Liberation Force (NDLF) has ordered its troops to surrender. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: French Interior Minister Claude Gueant arrived in Tunis to discuss the government’s security needs. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US increased talks with the Afghan Taliban in the hopes of a political settlement. (Reuters)
  • Kazakhstan: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the headquarters of the security service in the northwestern Kazakh city of Aktobe. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A delegation from the US will visit North Korea next week to assess the extent of food shortages. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A NATO helicopter incursion into North Waziristan wounded two Pakistani soldiers. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Ireland: A bomb was found in the luggage compartment of a bus and blown up by the army in a controlled detonation. (Reuters)
  • Italy: Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s center-right party will face a run-off election in Milan for the first time in 15 years. (AFP)
  • Russia: Four US senators asked the Pentagon to state whether Russian entities were helping Iran develop ballistic missiles. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Dominican Republic: The Health Ministry raised cholera alert levels across Santo Domingo. (AP)
  • Ecuador: President Rafael Correa prevailed in a referendum on his constitutional reform proposals. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: An attack on a police patrol killed four officers in Guerrero. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel and Lebanon filed rival protests to the UN over Palestinian demonstrations on Israel’s borders. (AFP, Haaretz)
  • Region: A convoy of Iranian activists set sail for Bahrain to show solidarity with the Bahraini protesters. (Reuters, Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi called on Egyptians to improve internal security and work for a stronger economy. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Estonia: A new Android app allows users to track bribery by public officials. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
      • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
        • Volcanoes:Nothing to report

          TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18MAY)

          • Global: International conference on drug trafficking hosted by US and EU.
          • Bahrain: Trial of three editors of opposition newspaper Al Wasat
          • Russia: President Medvedev gives annual news conference.
          • South Africa: Local elections.

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