ONS: 22 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 22, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian protesters attacked interim President Traore after storming the presidential palace in Bamako.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian officials reported a FARC ambush launched from across the Venezuelan border killed at least 12 soldiers.
  • ASIA: North Korea vowed to boost its nuclear deterrent capability in response to US pressure.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin replaced all but a few members of his cabinet.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda linked Yemeni militants claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed over 100 people in Sana.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Five US cable companies agreed to allow access to WiFi services to each other’s customers.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: NATO summit in Chicago
    • NATO leaders formally agreed on the withdrawal timeline from Afghanistan.
    • No agreement was reached with Pakistan over the reopening of supply lines.
    • US Ambassador to Afghanistan Crocker was announced to be stepping down from his post.
    • Coverage: LA Times, Telegraph, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The Congolese army reported it had killed at least 25 mutineers during clashes in the eastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Protesters attacked interim President Traore after storming the presidential palace in Bamako. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Somali and AU troops launched an assault on the Al Shabaab stronghold of Afgoye. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Officials reported a FARC ambush launched from across the Venezuelan border killed at least 12 soldiers. (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities arrested 14 suspected heroin smugglers in Cucuta. (EFE)
  • Honduras: Residents of a village struck by the anti-drug operation last week that killed four civilians claimed commandos also raided their homes afterward. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An insurgent attack in the eastern part of the country killed one NATO soldier. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: The government vowed to boost its nuclear deterrent capability in response to US pressure. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The government was reported to be planning on spending $2.5 billion on purchasing 500-600 cruise missiles over five years. (AFP)
  • Mynamar: Several members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition NLD party were held following protests in Mandalay. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Three naval officers were court-martialed for negligence in relation to the 2011 attack on Karachi’s naval base. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Romania: The government ratified the EU fiscal pact. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin replaced all but a few members of his cabinet. (NYT)
  • Spain: Schools and universities were closed across the country in protests against budget cuts by the government. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA chief Amano stated he expected an agreement to be reached with Iran to boost its cooperation with the investigation into its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A series of bombings in Baquba killed at least six. (AFP)
  • Syria: A bombing killed five in Damascus. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Al-Qaeda linked militants claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing that killed over 100 people in Sana. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Five cable companies agreed to allow access to WiFi services to each other’s customers. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 90 NM WNW at Andersen AFB, Guam
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 55 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 2-E
    • Location: 505 miles SSW of Acapulco
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Alberto
    • Location: 120 miles SE of Myrtle Beach
    • Movement: ENE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23MAY)

  • Global: Iran and the UN Security Council members + Germany (P5+1) convene in Baghdad for a second round of nuclear talks.
  • Asia: Anniversary of the International Court of Justice’s decision on Singapore-Malaysia dispute – 2008.
  • Europe: EU leaders meet in Brussels for a summit focused on growth measures.
  • Egypt: First round of presidential elections held.
  • Iran: The Bushehr nuclear power plant reaches full capacity.
  • Iran: Tehran launches observation satellite amid nuclear talks with world powers.
  • Saudi Arabia: Riyadh hosts “Friends of Yemen” ministerial meeting.

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