ONS: 21 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Guinea-Bissau, political and military elements agreed to put in place a new national electoral commission.
  • AMERICAS: The ruling Dominican Liberation Party led the presidential polls in the Dominican Republic.
  • ASIA: US Secretary Clinton met Pakistani President Zardari for discussion on reopening NATO supply lines into Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: NATO leaders agreed to launch the first phase of the European missile shield.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fighting in Lebanon between groups for and against Syrian President Assad left two people dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The group Anonymous took credit for shutting down the website of the Chicago Police Department as part of a protest against the NATO summit.

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Suicide bomb attack on central security leaves at least 41 dead.
    • A suicide bomber dressed in a military uniform killed at least 41 soldiers at the central security headquarters.
    • The blast wounded 60 other soldiers.
    • The soldiers were preparing for Tuesday’s National Day of Unification ceremonies.
    • The defense ministry said the defense minister was at the scene of the attack but escaped unharmed.
    • The country’s chief of staff, Ahmed al-Ashwal, was also present.
    • So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the blast
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP, AP, Telegraph, The Guardian, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The largest legal Islamist party announced that it would turn down any offer to join the government. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A ban on presidential campaigning entered into force two days before the election on 23MAY. (AFP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: The Parliament, 25 political parties, and the military junta signed an agreement to put in place a new national electoral commission. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: Four Kenyan soldiers were wounded by a landmine explosion beneath their vehicle. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police arrested a former FARC hostage on suspicion of helping plan the kidnapping of himself and 11 other provincial legislators. (NYT)
  • Dominican Republic: The ruling Dominican Liberation Party led the polls ahead of former President Mejia and his Dominican Revolutionary Party. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested  Daniel Jesus Elizondo Ramirez, the leader of the Zetas cartel, in Cadereyta. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia will sign a FTA with Malaysia this week. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The US warned the DPRK that any nuclear test will be met with “swift and sure” international punishment. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US Secretary Clinton met President Zardari for discussion on reopening the NATO supply lines into Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The National Democratic Front of the Philippines claims that the Philippine government will terminate the ongoing peace negotiation next year. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO leaders agreed to launch the first phase of a missile shield. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Opposition leader Nikolic won the presidential run-off election . (DPA)
  • Spain: Economy Minister Guindos denied that Spain needs foreign help for its banking sector. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry told its citizens to leave Lebanon and avoid travelling to the country. (Reuters)
  • Region: NATO chief Rasmussen said the alliance has “no intention” of taking military action against the Syrian regime. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Fighting between groups for and against Syrian President Assad left two people dead. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Government forces ambushed and killed nine army deserters near Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The group Anonymous took credit for shutting down the website of the Chicago Police Department as part of a protest against the NATO summit.  (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 03W
    • Location: 160 NM SSE of Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 02E
    • Location: 219 NM S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW 5 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Alberto
    • Location: 120 miles SE of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    • Movement: SSE at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to ask.
  • Volcanoes: Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
    • Eruptions of ash and steam. (DPA)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22MAY)

  • Europe: European Parliament considers the issue of Ukraine as it convenes in Strasbourg.
  • Middle East: Lebanon hosts regional economic forum.
  • Chile: Anniversary of the Valdivia earthquake – 1960.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of the unification of North and South Yemen – 1990.

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