ONS: 21 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 21, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Continued clashes between DR Congo government forces and M23 rebels near Goma were reported.
  • AMERICAS: A tornado struck an Oklahoma City suburb, killing at least 91.
  • ASIA: Myanmar President Thein Sein met with US President Obama in Washington.
  • EUROPE: Russian security forces killed two suspected militants in the North Caucasus.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq violence continued as at least 13 were killed and 70 wounded in bomb attacks in Tuz Khurmatu, Tarmiyah and Kirkuk.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US officials stated Chinese hackers who breached Google security in 2010 gained access to sensitive information.

 

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: Syria and Israel exchange fire along border.
    • Israeli troops reported returning fire across the Syrian border after taking gunfire from Syrian troops.
    • The Syrian army reported it destroyed an Israeli military vehicle that had crossed a Golan Heights ceasefire line.
    • Israel reportedly launched two rockets at a military site in Syria in retaliation.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, BBC, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon reported the LRA has killed more than 100,000 people over the past 25 years. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Continued clashes between M23 rebels and government forces near Goma were reported. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Burkina Faso’s FM reported that talks between the government and Tuareg rebels would resume. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military claimed to have Islamist militants in the country’s north on the defensive. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The country’s top court issued a controversial ruling allowing President Morales to run for a third term in office. (BBC)
  • Guatemala: The country’s highest court annulled the genocide conviction of former dictator Rios Montt. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The country deployed thousands of troops to Michoacan in a bid to mitigate cartel violence. (Reuters)
  • United States: A tornado struck an Oklahoma City suburb, killing at least 91. (Reuters, NYT)
  • Venezuela: The opposition released an audio tape reportedly revealing conflict in the ruling party. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea released a Chinese fishing boat and its crew. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing killed six policemen the western part of the country. (AP)
  • India: A paramilitary killed two comrades and wounded two in Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: President Thein Sein met with US President Obama in Washington. (BBC)
  • Philippines: President Aquino announced a $1.8 billion military upgrade for the country’s navy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Presumptive PM Sharif called for peace talks with the Taliban. (Al Jazeera)

 

EUROPE

  • Russia: Security forces killed two suspected militants in the North Caucasus. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Two car bombings in Dagestan killed at least four and wounded 12. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: Authorities reported a police raid outside Moscow had prevented a terror attack on the city. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Iranian FM stated the country would host a conference on the crisis in Syria on 29MAY. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: At least 13 were killed and 70 wounded in bomb attacks in Tuz Khurmatu, Tarmiyah and Kirkuk. (AFP, AP, BBC)
  • Syria: The military stated it was consolidating its grip on Qusayr, following a pitched battle with rebel forces. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US officials stated Chinese hackers who breached Google security in 2010 gained access to sensitive information. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 122km SE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia (x2)
    • Magnitude: 6.0 (both)
    • Depth: 36.7km, 37.1km
  • Volcanoes: Pavlof Volcano, Alaska
    • Regional air traffic disruption. (Reuters)
  • 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 (22MAY)

  • Global: International Day for Biological Diversity.
  • Europe: EU summit will be held in Brussels; European Parliament elections will begin (to 25MAY).
  • Cayman Islands: Parliamentary elections.
  • Colombia: Pacific Alliance Leaders’ Summit will be held in Cali, Canadian PM Stephen Harper will attend (to 23MAY).
  • Iraq: Second anniversary of the end of Britain’s military presence in Iraq – 2011.
  • Jordan: Secretary Kerry will visit Amman to meet with key international partners on how to bring together both sides of the Syrian conflict.
  • Pakistan: Chinese premier Li Keqiang will visit Pakistan (to 23MAY).
  • Peru: Canadian PM Stephen Harper will meet with Peru’s President Ollanta Humala Tasso in Lima to discuss deepening bilateral partnership.
  • Syria: Secretary Kerry will take part in “Friends of Syria” to be held in Amman.
  • United States: Open hearing of House Oversight Committee on Benghazi.
  • Yemen: Yemen’s national day of unity; anniversary of the unification of North and South Yemen – 1990.

 

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