ONS: 18 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former RSA President Mbeki arrived in Khartoum as an AU negotiator between Sudan and South Sudan.
  • AMERICAS: A third Mexican army general was detained over alleged ties to drug cartels.
  • ASIA: The US named Derek Mitchell as the first ambassador to Myanmar for more than 20 years.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande’s new Cabinet approved a 30% pay cut to their salaries.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudis were called on by AQ head Zawahiri to revolt against their rulers, following the example of Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Cyber activists from the Anonymous collective forced down the website of India’s Supreme Court and the All India Congress.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Israeli PM Netanyahu expressed his skepticism over Iran’s commitment to end its nuclear program.  
    • He also speculated Iran was using the talks as tactic to deceive and delay.
    • Meanwhile, diplomats indicated they were making progress towards a framework deal.
    • Iran and the UNSC members + Germany (P5+1) convene in Baghdad for the second round of nuclear talks on 23MAY.
    • Coverage: Jerusalem Post, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: Former RSA President Mbeki arrived in Khartoum as an AU negotiator between Sudan and South Sudan. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The US Justice Department requested the State Department label Boko Haram a foreign terrorist organization. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Fishermen pleaded for international navies protecting shipping to halt air strikes on coastal villages. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The UNSC passed a resolution demanding Sudan withdraw its presence from the disputed Abyei border region. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Former Interior Minister Londono blamed the FARC for the attack against him on 15MAY. (El Universal)
  • Guatemala: Three suspected members of the Zetas were arrested. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A third army general was detained over alleged ties to drug cartels. (AP)
  • United States: The Obama administration is weighing policy changes that would lift a veil of legal secrecy from its drone wars, recognizing the expanding program has become a regular part of US global counterterrorism operations. (WSJ) 

ASIA

  • Region: China gave permission to six DPRK refugees to leave Shenyang and Shanghai to head for Seoul. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A rocket attack on the base of Kunar killed two ISAF troops. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A UN panel of experts that monitors compliance with sanctions on North Korea is investigating reports of possible weapons-related shipments by Pyongyang to Syria and Myanmar. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: Despite ROK’s accusations, the DPRK denied it had been jamming electronic signals disrupting civilian flights and ships. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The US named Derek Mitchell as the first ambassador to the country for more than 20 years. (The Oval – USA Today)

EUROPE

  • Region: Gunmen from Kosovo reportedly fired at Serbian police at a border checkpoint. (FOCUS)
  • France: President Hollande’s new Cabinet approved a 30% pay cut to their salaries. (The Australian)
  • Georgia: Supporters of South Ossetian opposition leader Dzhioyeva held the founding conference of their political party, Iryston – Saribary Fazuat (ISF). (Interfax)
  • Russia: A worker at a weapons plant was sentenced to eight years in prison for selling information on the Bulava ballistic missile to foreign intelligence. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: AQ head Zawahiri called on Saudis to revolt against their rulers, following the example of Tunisians, Egyptians and Libyans. (AFP)
  • Region: Iran summoned the Bahraini charge d’affaires amid diplomatic friction between the two countries. (AP)
  • Region: Jordanian FM Judeh said the creation of an independent and viable Palestinian state is of top interest to Jordan. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: An explosion at a market in Baghdad killed four, while another attack targeted a restaurant. (AP, CNN)
  • Syria: The regime security forces shelled the town of Rastan, north of Homs. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • India: Cyber activists from the Anonymous collective forced down the website of India’s Supreme Court and the All India Congress to protest Internet censorship. (India Today)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Aletta
    • Location: ~640 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 3 knots
    • Maximum Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Aisen, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19MAY)

  • Nothing to report.

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