ONS: 20 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 20, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fighting erupted in Sudan’s Darfur region killing four people and ending an uneasy calm after the region’s worst unrest in a decade.
  • AMERICAS: The Guatemalan government officially confirmed the creation of an air task force focused on fighting drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting Russian President Putin pledged to enhance ties.
  • EUROPE: The UN reported that at least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the Ukraine crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit community.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Eleven Yemeni soldiers and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels were killed during clashes in a stronghold of the insurgents in the north of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s defense ministry denounced the US for “hypocrisy and double standards” after a first-ever US indictment of Chinese military officers for alleged cyber-espionage.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: MIlitary pushes for politcal talks amid martial law.
    • Army Chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha invited both sides of the country’s political divide to talks, hours after imposing martial law.
    • Caretaker PM Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan urged the army to act within the constitution.
    • Ousted PM Thaksin Shinawatra said that the imposition of martial law must not “destroy” democracy.
    • The United States said the military’s declaration of martial law must be temporary and not undermine democracy.
    • The Thai army suspended broadcasts from several television channels including those linked to the kingdom’s opposed political sides.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP, WP, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Gunmen fired on a group of policemen near Cairo’s Al-Azhar university, killing three and wounding nine others. (AFP)
  • Malawi: Polls opened amid delays in closely contested general elections. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Israel sent intelligence experts to the country to help search for more than 200 schoolgirls abducted last month by Islamist rebel group Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Fighting erupted in Darfur’s El Fasher killing four people and ending an uneasy calm after the region’s worst unrest in a decade. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Panama and Venezuela “have proceeded to the exchange of (diplomatic) notes” to restore consular relations, suspended since 05MAR together with diplomatic and trade ties in the wake of a political dispute. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: The government officially confirmed the creation of an air task force focused on fighting drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • United States: The amount of heroin coming into and going out of New York City has surged to the highest levels in more than two decades. (NYT)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The UN said Asia’s robust economy and strong demand for drugs drove global production and trafficking of methamphetamine to record levels last year, with Japan targeted as one of the most lucrative markets. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Five soldiers were killed in roadside bombings across the country. (Xinhua)
  • China: President Xi Jinping and visiting Russian President Putin pledged to enhance ties. (AFP)
  • India: The BJP said that Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Prime Minister and form a government on 26MAY. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban gunmen kidnapped a Chinese tourist in the northwest of the country. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN dispatched an assessment team and humanitarian assistance to Serbia after flooding triggered by days of rainfall. (Xinhua)
  • Cyprus: The Communications Minister said the island’s main airport in Larnaca was ordered evacuated after a telephone call to police warning of a possible bomb. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The UN reported that at least 10,000 people have been driven from their homes since the start of the crisis, with Crimean Tatars the hardest-hit community. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: US troops will take part in a multinational military exercise in the country from 25MAY to 08JUN. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Eight soldiers were injured when their patrol came under attack in Tripoli while they were carrying out raids to arrest suspected gunmen. (DPA)
  • Syria: A group of 5 countries led by Switzerland expressed “strong support” to drag Syria before the International Criminal Court.
  • Yemen: Eleven soldiers and 14 Shiite Huthi rebels were killed during clashes in a stronghold of the insurgents in the north of the country. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: China’s defense ministry denounced the US for “hypocrisy and double standards” after a first-ever US indictment of Chinese military officers for alleged cyber-espionage. (AFP)

 

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 16MAY: 614 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 16MAY: 181 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21MAY)

  • Chile: Navy Day (Battle of Iquiqie – 1879)
  • Cyprus: US Vice President Biden visits (to 23MAY)
  • Montenegro: Independence Day
  • Yemen: Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agreeing to unity – 1990

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