ONS: 18 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libya announced four detained journalists will be freed soon
  • ASIA: Russian Foreign Intelligence Service held talks with North Korea’s Kim Jong-il
  • EUROPE: Slovakia’s Prime Minister Iveta Radicova survived a critical vote
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican police detained over 500 undocumented migrants in Chiapas
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria released Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvas
  • TECHNOLOGY: Netflix accounts for 30 percent of US Internet traffic during peak periods

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Two police officers and fifteen militants were killed after 100 militants attacked a security checkpoint near Peshawar.
    • Insurgents fired rockets and light artillery at the checkpoint in Sangu Mera for nearly 3 hours.
    • The fight came less than one day after the Pakistani army announced the arrest of an al Qaeda operative in the southern port city of Karachi.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NY Times.

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The Head of the UN Office in Burundi, Karin Landgren, stated the challenges to Burundi’s economy must be addressed by UN action.(Xinhua)
  • Libya: Government spokesman Mussa Ibrahim announced 4 journalists held in Libya since 4APR will be free “very soon.” (AFP, AP)
  • Zimbabwe: The African National Congress, the chief mediator on Zimbabwe, stated the poor health of President Robert Mugabe could jeopardize efforts to solve the country’s political crisis. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six people were killed while protesting an overnight NATO raid in Taloqan city in Takhar. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Russian Foreign Intelligence Service head Mikhail Fradkov held talks with Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang. (RIA Novosti)
  • Pakistan: The CIA used stealth drones to fly dozens of secret missions into Pakistani airspace to monitor the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed. (Washington Post)
  • Thailand: A hand grenade injured two students and six residents in southern Yala province. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Albania: Albania’s opposition leader Edi Rama warned of a “dangerous turn” in the country if the central electoral commission changes results of local polls. (AFP)
  • Slovakia: Slovakia’s Prime Minister Iveta Radicova survived a critical vote. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Ecuador: Prosecutors will probe President Rafael Correa amid allegations he solicited and accepted funds from Colombian FARC rebels. (BBC)
  • Guatemala: Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of emergency along the border with Mexico. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police detained over 500 undocumented migrants in Chiapas. (AFP)
  • Puerto Rico: Police seized over 560 kilos of cocaine on a ferry from Vieques Island. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Defense Minister Ahmad Vahid said Iran would domestically produce a number of new missiles. (DPA)
  • Iraq: A car bomb killed one and injured three people in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Syria: Al-Jazeera journalist Dorothy Parvas detained on 29APR has been released. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Yemen asked Turkey to mediate its political crisis. (Xinhua)

USA/CANADA

  • United States: The Coast Guard reopened a part of the Mississippi River that had been closed to reduce the damage from floodwaters. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Netflix accounts for 30 percent of US Internet traffic during peak periods. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Telica, Nicaragua
    • Toxic gas spewed following several explosions.
    • Coverage: DPA

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19MAY)

  • Seychelles: Presidential elections begin.
  • USA: POTUS gives major speech on Mideast policy.

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