ONS: 19 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A Nigerian military commander vowed that the offensive against Boko Haram in the country’s northeast would last “as long as it takes.”
  • AMERICAS: Brazil began deploying 25,000 soldiers to its borders to reinforce security ahead of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament.
  • ASIA: South Korea reported that the North launched another short-range into its eastern waters.
  • EUROPE: Thousands of Italians protested in Rome against austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported intense military bombardment of Qusayr killed at least 13 and that an assault on the town was underway.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Industry analysts reported indications a new version of the Macbook Air is imminent.

 

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Killing of influential politician sparked controversy
    • PTI party vice-president Zahra Shahid Hussein was murdered by gunmen in Karachi.
    • Imran Khan blamed the MQM for the killing, specifically MQM leader Altaf Hussain.
    • Parts of Karachi are conducting re-voting for general elections, due to allegations of irregularity.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, AFP, NYT

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Regional military leaders agreed to boost troop numbers of a peacekeeping force deployed to the country. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Authorities arrested a militia leader suspected of orchestrating a massacre during post-2011 violence. (BBC)
  • Mali: A senior military officer accused France of playing favorites amongst militia groups in the country. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A military commander vowed that the offensive against Boko Haram in the country’s northeast would last “as long as it takes.” (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country began deploying 25,000 soldiers to its borders to reinforce security ahead of the Confederations Cup soccer tournament. (AP)
  • El Salvador: Leaders of several street gangs stated that a recent Supreme Court ruling threatened a truce struck between the government and the gangs. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Opposition activists reported dissident ex-general Rivero was hospitalized a day after his release from custody. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese authorities reported investigating reports North Koreans hijacked a Chinese fishing vessel. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai was reportedly planning to discuss military aid with India during a visit this week. (Reuters)
  • Japan: A government minister defended a contentious visit to North Korea by an aide to PM Abe. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon expressed hope for a cessation of North Korea’s missile launches and for the North to return to negotiations. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea reported that the North launched another short-range into its eastern waters. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Some positive economic signs were observed, even as it was reported the country has entered its sixth year of recession. (AFP)
  • Italy: Thousands protested in Rome against austerity measures. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: A senior Russian official stated that developing cooperation with NATO was essential. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country hanged two men on charges of spying, one for the Mossad, the other the CIA. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian media reported a Revolutionary Guard commander warning against post-election violence. (AP)
  • Iraq: Baghdad increased security amid fears of civil war sparked by four days of intense violence. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: President Assad insisted he would not step down in an interview and blamed foreign interference for the crisis. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Activists reported intense military bombardment of Qusayr killed at least 13 and that an assault on the town was underway. (AFP, AFP-2)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Technology: Industry analysts reported indications a new version of the Macbook Air is imminent. (CNet)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 900 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Continued eruption; ash plume thinning. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases as of 17MAY: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 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 (20MAY)

  • Africa: Kenya’s Yellow Fever Risk Assessment survey will begin (to 02JUN).
  • Cuba: Anniversary of Cuba’s independence from the US – 1902.
  • India: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will visit India to hold talks with PM Manmohan Singh (to 23MAY).
  • Nigeria: Court case against NWC members which charges that they were elected improperly will re-adjourn.
  • Pakistan: Hearing of seven terror suspects; Supreme courts ordered authorities to submit record of the trials.
  • Russia: Armenian FM Edward Nalbandyan will pay an official visit to Russia.
  • Russia: Azerbaijan’s FM Elmar Mamedyarov will visit Russia to hold talks with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov (to 21MAY).
  • Spain: Whether Spanish Princess Cristina will testify in a corruption hearing focused on her husband will be decided by this date.
  • Sudan: Valerie Amos, the UN Under-secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will visit Sudan to discuss how to improve humanitarian access to people affected by conflict and displacement (to 23MAY).
  • United States: President Obama will host Myanmar President Thein Sein at the White House.

 

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