ONS: 19 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 19, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A suicide blast in the Nigerian city of Kano killed at least four people.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government vowed to accuse the US of meddling in its political crisis at the UN and other international organizations.
  • ASIA: China-based diplomatic sources reported that China has used various diplomatic channels to warn North Korea not to conduct a fourth nuclear test.
  • EUROPE: Turkish local media reported that sensors pointed to high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the country’s worst mining disaster, but company officials took no action.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 162,000 people have been killed in the country since the conflict broke out in March 2011.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Japanese government said it will take a more active role in bolstering cyberspace security, expressing concern about an increase in international cybercrime.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Russia claims troop withdrawal amid instability.
    • The office of Russian President Putin said he had ordered troops deployed in “planned spring” exercises in the Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions back to their barracks.
    • The Kremlin said President Putin had also demanded that Ukraine’s pro-Western government halt its military operation against rebels in the country’s east.
    • A Ukrainian soldier was killed when rebels staked out in a kindergarten shelled a military checkpoint near Slavyansk.
    • Mortar fire outside Slovyansk damaged a large gas pipeline and set off a fire.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The EU said it will observe next week’s presidential election after authorities allowed in communications equipment. (AFP)
  • Libya: Two people were killed and 55 wounded in clashes between rival militia groups in Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Mali: The US called for restraint and the “immediate” release of hostages as clashes between separatist militants and the army left dozens dead in the north. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A suicide blast in Kano killed at least four people. (BBC)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s presidential election campaign officially closed a week before the scheduled 25MAY election. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Members of the conservative National Action Party voted to retain the current leadership, in the first time the party allowed all its members to select the chairman. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government vowed to accuse the US of meddling in its political crisis at the UN and other international organizations. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: China-based diplomatic sources reported that China has used various diplomatic channels to warn North Korea not to conduct a fourth nuclear test. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: The military captured a key Talbian commander in the eastern Logar province. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The country is to establish new military outposts on three remote southwest islands with up to 350 troops each. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino accused China of violating a 12-year-old informal code of conduct in the South China Sea with land reclamation work in a disputed shoal. (Reuters)
  • Thailand: Acting PM Boonsongphaisan met with senators to search for a way out of a protracted political crisis. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A group of 21 European central banks said they have no plans to sell “significant” amounts of gold over the next five years. (AFP)
  • Greece: The country’s fragile ruling coalition suffered a setback as the far-left SYRIZA party scored gains in the first round of municipal and regional elections. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Local media reported that sensors pointed to high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the country’s worst mining disaster, but company officials took no action. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: Parliamentary Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that lawmakers will elect a successor to outgoing President Peres on 10JUN. (AFP)
  • Oman: A court sentenced a former minister to three years in jail over graft charges, in a first for the country. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that more than 162,000 people have been killed in the country since the conflict broke out in March 2011. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen killed two soldiers in an ambush on an army patrol in Hadramawt province. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Japanese government said it will take a more active role in bolstering cyberspace security, expressing concern about an increase in international cybercrime. (Kyodo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • 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 (20MAY)

  • China: Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia
  • Cuba: Anniversary of Cuba’s independence from the US – 1902
  • Malawi: Presidential and national assembly elections
  • United States: National Defense Industrial Association Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (to May 22)

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