ONS: 20 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria offered amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents who surrender.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela made a diplomatic overture to the United States.
  • ASIA: North Korea test-fired two additional short range missiles, the fifth and sixth in two days.
  • EUROPE: The Russian government expelled a former US diplomat from the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Car bombings in Shiite areas of Baghdad and Basra killed at least 34 and wounded 112.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Yahoo reportedly plans to purchase blogging service Tumblr.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Military and Hezbollah forces battled for rebel-held city
    • Government forces, reportedly supported by Hezbollah fighters, continued their assault on the rebel-held town of Qusayr.
    • Syrian activists reported 30 Hezbollah fighters and 70 wounded killed in the fighting.
    • State news reported the military stated it had consolidated control over most of the city.
    • Coverage: WSJ, NYT, Al Jazeera, AFP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Government forces and M23 rebels clashed north of Goma. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Gunmen attacked a security force base in the Sinai Peninsula. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The country offered amnesty for Boko Haram insurgents who surrender. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Police arrested 200 members of Ansar al-Sharia following protests over the ban on its congress. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC stated it required additional time to make peace with the government. (BBC)
  • United States: Tornadoes struck Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, reportedly killing one. (AFP)
  • United States: Computer industry experts and government officials reported suspected Chinese hacking group resumed attacks on US targets. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The country made a diplomatic overture to the United States. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese premier Li Keqiang arrived in India for talks focused on border disputes and trade. (NYT)
  • Region: China called for North Korea to release a fishing crew seized earlier in May. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack near provincial government buildings in the country’s north killed at least 14, including an influential provincial official. (AFP, NYT)
  • Korean Peninsula: The North test-fired two additional short range missiles, the fifth and sixth in two days. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen attacked a polio vaccination team in Bajaur, killing a policeman. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Germany will press Serbia and Kosovo to implement a deal to normalize ties. (DPA)
  • France: A former budget minister stated he would not stand for re-election. (BBC)
  • Russia: The government expelled a former US diplomat from the country. (NYT)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country stated it had begun mass producing a new air defense system, the Herz-9. (AP)
  • Iraq: Militant attacks on police and security forces in the country’s west killed at least 24. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Car bombings in Basra and Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 40 and wounded 112. (AP)
  • Yemen: An apparent US drone strike killed two suspected militants in the central part of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Yahoo reportedly plans to purchase blogging service Tumblr. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1100 miles SSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: West Chile Rise
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Popocatepetl Volcano, Near Mexico City
    • Low intensity eruptions. (Xinhua)
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Continued ash emission, below threshold considered dangerous for air travel. (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 (21MAY)

  • Global: IAEA International Experts Meeting on the Importance of Human and Organizational Factors for Nuclear Safety in Light of the Accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (IEM-5) (to May 24).
  • Global: 4th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, convened by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), will open.
  • Global: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
  • Asia: ASEAN, ASEAN Plus Three, East Asia Summit and ASEAN Regional Forum Senior Officials’ Meetings will begin in Brunei (to 24MAY).
  • Asia: ASEAN Regional Forum Defense Officials’ Dialogue and 10th ARF Security Policy Conference (ASPC) will begin in Brunei (to 24MAY).
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev will convene a new parliament in an attempt to have a new government formed quickly.
  • Central African Republic: National Transitional Council (CNT) is set to to set up its own regulations, adopt a transitional charter and pass a decree setting out an electoral code by this date.
  • Iran: Final list of approved candidates for Iran’s presidential election will be released.
  • Israel, Palestinian Territories: Kerry will meet Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli PM Netanyahu in Israel (to 22MAY).
  • Kosovo, Serbia: Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci and Serbian PM Ivica Dacic will meet in Brussels to discuss normalization their relations.
  • Nigeria: Nigerian Senate will debate the state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa.
  • Oman: Secretary Kerry will visit Muscat and met with senior Omani officials on a range of bilateral and regional issues.
  • Pakistan: Re-polling date for select Pakistani seats, including NA-41 and NA-269, orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for recounting of votes in NA-137 suspended until this date.
  • Ukraine: Ukraine’s jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko trial postponed until 21MAY (this is the trial’s 19th postponement).
  • Zimbabwe: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will pay an official visit to Zimbabwe and attend a special summit of the African Union from (to 25MAY).

 

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