ONS: 18 April 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A no-fly zone has been imposed over the Libyan city of Benghazi, following clashes between a paramilitary force and Islamist militants which resulted in 43 deaths.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities arrested Leonor Nava Romero, the leader of a gang responsible for trafficking drugs from the southwestern state of Guerrero to the US.
  • ASIA: China is sending five ships to Vietnam to hasten the evacuation of its citizens following deadly anti-Chinese riots over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine is edging towards “the point of no return”, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovicl says, amid rising tensions.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel hinted its involvement in back-channel contacts with Palestinian and Arab officials despite the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace negotiations last month.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Dr. Joseph J. Atick, the pioneer of face recognition technology,  warned against its proliferation, claiming that it threatens to end anonymity for good

 

TOP STORY

  • India: Government and cabinet formation well underway with Modi
    • Hectic consultations are underway in the national capital, with Prime Minister-elect Modi meeting several top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) officials to make a final decision on the Cabinet formation.
    • Modi said his election win has ‘created a new confidence’ among Indians.
    • Given Modi’s substantial experience as chief minister, it is unlikely that he will overtly antagonize either India’s sizeable Muslim minority, or its neighbors, according to Pakistani media.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, IANS, IBN, PTI

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria has declared its border with Libya as an access-restricted, area after its ambassador was evacuated from Libya due to abduction threat. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: A homemade bomb exploded at an election rally for Egyptian presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wounding four people including two policemen. (AP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: Jose Mario Vaz, the frontrunner in Guinea-Bissau’s election, ended his campaign by calling for peace as the coup-prone country prepared for polls. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The US is preparing to cut staff at its Nairobi embassy because of the mounting threat of attacks in the country by Islamist militants. (AFP)
  • Libya: A no-fly zone has been imposed over the city of Benghazi, following clashes between a paramilitary force and Islamist militants which resulted in 43 deaths. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Inmates in a prison in the north-eastern town of Sergipe took 122 hostages on Friday – nearly all of them visiting relatives of the inmates. (AFP)
  • Brazil: A month before the start of the World Cup soccer tournament, organized labor groups across Brazil have begun a series of strikes and other protests for higher pay and better working conditions. (LAT)
  • Mexico: Mexican authorities arrested Leonor Nava Romero, the leader of a gang responsible for trafficking drugs from the southwestern state of Guerrero to the US. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China is sending five ships to Vietnam to speed up the evacuation of its citizens following deadly anti-Chinese riots over Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in disputed waters. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is challenging the powerful army to help amend the constitution that is barring her from running for president in next year’s general elections. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Mahinda Rajapaksa warned that some members of the Tamil diaspora are attempting to mislead the Tamils in the country into believing that Colombo fought the Tamil Tigers solely because of their ethnicity. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Historically heavy rains hit Serbia and Bosnia, cutting off power and causing more than 200 landslides, killing at least 20 people and displacing thousands from their homes. (Al-Jazeera)
  • Greece: Ahead of EU elections on May 25, the country’s embattled government faces a first test in municipal and regional elections on Sunday. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Aleksandr Borodai, a mysterious “consultant” from Moscow who helped steer through Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has been appointed prime minister of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic in eastern Ukraine. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Ukraine is edging towards “the point of no return”, UN Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovicl says, amid rising tensions between security forces and pro-Russia separatists. (BBC)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel hinted on Saturday thatits government was involved in back-channel contacts with Palestinian and Arab officials despite the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace negotiations last month. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has insisted that reaching a final nuclear deal with world powers is still within reach. (BBC)
  • Syria: The United Nations is under pressure to ratchet up aid to nongovernmental organizations that can operate in the vast sections of Syria under opposition control. (NYT)
  • Yemen: The military said Saturday it has regained control of an al-Qaida stronghold in the country’s south as part of an ongoing offensive. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Dr. Joseph J. Atick, the pioneer of face recognition technology, warned against its proliferation, claiming that it threatens to end anonymity for good. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Off the west coast of northern Sumatra
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.8km
    • Map
  • 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 (19MAY)

  • Singapore: The country will host ministerial talks on the TPP (to 20MAY)
  • United States and New Zealand: U.S.-NZ Partnership Forum in Washington (to 21MAY)

 

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