ONS: 17 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military conducted operations against Islamist militants in the country’s northeast; officials reported shelling killed at least 21.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian authorities reported the discovery of a human trafficking ring specialized in smuggling Bangladeshis.
  • ASIA: Russia’s envoy to Kabul stated his country, concerned over instability following NATO withdrawal, was considering deploying troops to the Tajik-Afghan border.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande vowed economic reforms as criticism of his government increased.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a suicide bombing near a Shiite place of worship in Kirkuk killed 12 people.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Lawmakers questioned Google over privacy concerns related to Google Glass.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: President Obama met with Turkish PM; Ban Ki-Moon and Lavrov call for peace conference; Russia seen strengthening its support for Assad.
    • US President Obama and Turkish PM Erdogan stressed the need for Assad to step down at a joint press conference in Washington.
    • UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon and Russian FM Lavrov met in Sochi and stated they agreed a peace conference for Syria should be conducted as soon as possible.
    • US officials reported Russia has provided advanced anti-ship cruise missiles to the Syrian government.
    • Russia’s naval buildup in the eastern Mediterranean is widely interpreted as a signal of opposition to intervention in Syria.
    • NYT-1, NYT-2, WSJ, Reuters, Al Jazeera,

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese state media reported FM Karti will visit South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The military conducted operations against Islamist militants in the country’s northeast; officials reported shelling killed at least 21. (Reuters)
  • South Sudan: Doctors Without Borders reported gunmen attacked a hospital in Pibor, disrupting aid efforts. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The government stated it would rule on allowing an annual Salafist congress by Saturday. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Authorities reported the discovery of a human trafficking ring specialized in smuggling Bangladeshis. (BBC)
  • Costa Rica: President Chinchilla became embroiled in a scandal over allegations she allowed a suspected Colombian drug trafficker to use her private jet. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro reportedly reached out to the country’s private sector. (WSJ)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s coastguard reported Chinese ships entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Russia’s envoy to Kabul stated his country was concerned over the instability following NATO withdrawal and was considering deploying troops to the Tajik-Afghan border. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Authorities released more than 20 political prisoners ahead President Thein Sein’s visit to the US. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reported a government estimate that the North had up to twice as many missile launchers as previously believed. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Bomb blasts struck two mosques in Malakand district, killing at least 13 and wounding 45. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia expanded its naval presence in the Mediterranean, to the most significant level since the end of the Cold War. (WSJ)
  • France: President Hollande vowed economic reforms as criticism of his government increased. (NYT)
  • France: The Army hopes to receive its first Airbus A400M military transport aircraft in time for the country’s annual Bastille Day celebrations on 14Jul. (Reuters)
  • Russia: A suicide bombing in Ingushetia wounded a policeman. (RIA Novosti)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s constitutional authority ruled women cannot be elected President, invalidating around 30 candidates. (AP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bombing near a Shiite place of worship in Kirkuk killed 12 people. (AFP)
  • Syria: The HRW reported evidence of detainee torture by the Syrian regime was found in Raqa. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A UN official stated the country needed additional assistance to deal with its ongoing humanitarian crisis. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Lawmakers questioned Google over privacy concerns related to Google Glass. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Alvin
    • Location: Well South of mainland Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Continued eruption. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases as of 10MAY: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths as of 10MAY: 32 (China 20)
      • WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Cases as of 15MAY: 40 (Saudi Arabia 21, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths as of 15MAY: 21 (Saudi Arabia 9)
        • WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18MAY)

  • Cuba: Civil Defense to hold nationwide emergency preparedness drills to strengthen official and popular response (to 19MAY).
  • India: Anniversary of India’s first nuclear test – 1974.
  • Moldova: Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy to visit country to reconcile pro-European coalition leaders.
  • Sri Lanka: Anniversary of the end of fighting between the Sri Lankan government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam – 2009.
  • Turkmenistan: Constitution Day – 1992.
  • United States: Armed Forces Day.

 

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