ONS: 18 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian military operations against Boko Haram militants in the country’s north continued, with at least 30 militants reported killed.
  • AMERICAS: An OAS study called for discussion on the possible merit of marijuana legalization.
  • ASIA: South Korea reported North Korea fired three short-range missiles off its east coast.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government revealed the identity of the man who it believes is the CIA station chief in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US criticized Russia for sending anti-ship missiles to the Syrian government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mozilla delayed a planned blocking-by-default of third party tracking cookies for Firefox users.

 

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Wave of violence feared to be sectarian in nature continued
    • Violence across the country continued for the fourth day, with at least seven reported killed in bombings Saturday.
    • The death toll from a wave of bombings on Friday targeting Sunnis rose to at least 76.
    • Gunmen reportedly broke into the home of an anti-terrorist official, killing him and his family.
    • UN envoy Martin Kobler urged the government to take steps to better protect civilians.
    • Al Jazeera, AP, Reuters, Xinhua, AP-2, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese FM Karti met with South Sudan’s President Kiir in Juba; Karti received assurances South Sudan would not support rebel cross-border attacks into the north. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Authorities are negotiating with Islamic movements associated with the Jihadists in the North Sinai that are allegedly responsible for kidnapping seven soldiers. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Salafist group Ansar al-Sharia called on its supporters to defy a government ban on its annual congress. (AFP)
  • Mali: Tuareg separatists lost the support of an influential tribal leader in the country’s north. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Military operations against Boko Haram militants in the country’s north continued, with at least 30 militants reported killed. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: An OAS study called for discussion on the possible merit of marijuana legalization. (AP)
  • Region: The US pledged USD23 million to help improve security and fight drug trafficking and other crimes in the eastern Caribbean region. (AP)
  • Mexico: An analysis of US State Department figures revealed violence in the country has killed hundreds of Americans over the past decade. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities released jailed opposition activist retired General Antonio Rivero. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwanese leader Ma called for calm amid ongoing tension with the Philippines. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen assassinated a police chief in the western part of the country. (AP)
  • India: Suspected militants killed an army officer in Kashmir. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reported North Korea fired three short-range missiles off its east coast, for reasons unknown. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Islamabad anti-terrorism court extended the detention of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for two more weeks while the original complainant said he would withdraw the charges. (DPA)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: A Bosnian Serb woman was sentenced for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government revealed the identity of the man who it believes is the CIA station chief in the country. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested one of the major suspects in the twin car bombings that killed at least 51 people in the border city of Hatay last weekend. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The widow of Alexander Litvinenko accused the government of hiding evidence that would link Russia to his murder. (Guardian)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: French DM Le Drian called the US and Europe to impose “decisive” sanctions on the country. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops shot and wounded nine stone-throwing Palestinians during a clash in the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US criticized Russia for sending anti-ship missiles to the government. (AP)
  • Yemen: Suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen killed an intelligence officer in Mukalla. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: Mozilla delayed a planned blocking-by-default of third party tracking cookies for Firefox users. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 850 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 50 km E of Namie, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 41km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Eruption continued. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases as of 17MAY: 132 (China 131, Taiwain 1)
      • Deaths as of 17MAY: 36 (China)
      • WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Cases as of 18MAY: 41 (Saudi Arabia 31, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Deaths as of 18MAY: 21 (Saudi Arabia 15)
        • WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19MAY)

  • Croatia: Local elections.
  • India: Chinese premier Li Keqiang will visit New Delhi and Mumbai (to 21MAY).
  • Japan: Georgian FM Maia Panjikidze will visit Japan and hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida (to 24MAY).
  • Russia: Secretary General of the Council of Europe (CoE) Thorbjorn Jagland will make a working visit to Russia to meet with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (to 22MAY).
  • Tajikistan: A tactical exercise code-named Zashchita-2013 (Protection 2013), begun in Tajikistan, will end.
  • United States: New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully will attend the fifth US-New Zealand Partnership Forum in Washington (to 21MAY).
  • Christianity: Pentecost, commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the birth of the Christian Church.

 

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