ONS: 22 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 22, 2014

Overnight News Summary

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malawi’s President Banda called for an immediate manual audit of this week’s election results, alleging serious irregularities as the electoral commission reported its vote tallying system had collapsed.

  • AMERICAS: The AP reported that US security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon.

  • ASIA: Thai army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power.

  • EUROPE: NATO SG Rasmussen said limited troop movements near the Russian border with Ukraine “may suggest” preparations for a withdrawal.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Rouhani said talks between Tehran and six world powers on a comprehensive deal over its nuclear programme are “very likely” to reach a successful conclusion by a 20JUL deadline.

  • TECHNOLOGY: EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records.

 

TOP STORY

  • China: Fresh attack in Xinjiang’s regional capital Urumqi.

    • Unknown assailants drove through metal barriers in a pair of SUVs and plowed through crowds of shoppers while setting off explosives.

    • Local media reported at least 31 people were killed and 90 injured.

    • The Ministry of Public Security described the attack as “a serious violent terrorist incident” and it vowed to crack down on the perpetrators.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, CNN, LAT, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Chairman of the US JCS GEN Dempsey said the future of US military ties with the country  will depend on the actions of the future government. (Reuters)

  • Malawi: President Banda called for an immediate manual audit of this week’s election results, alleging serious irregularities as the electoral commission reported its vote tallying system had collapsed. (AFP)

  • Mali: President Keita called for a ceasefire in the north of the country and ordered three days of mourning. (AFP)

  • Somalia: A top al-Shebab commander said the group planned to move their war into Kenya. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A police officer was killed in a town in the northeast of the country by suspected members of the Popular Liberation Army. (EFE)

  • United States: The AP reported that security forces at a nuclear missile base failed a drill last summer that simulated the hostile takeover of a missile launch silo because they were unable to speedily regain control of the captured nuclear weapon. (AP)

  • United States: Los Alamos National Laboratory said it has isolated and is closely monitoring nuclear waste on its campus that was packed with a type of cat litter suspected in a radiation leak. (AP)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan: An official said that Taliban fighters kidnapped 27 police officers during an attack in Badakhshan province. (AP)

  • Korea, South: Local media reported that North Korea fired into disputed waters near a South Korean warship. (AP)

  • Pakistan: The military launched its first major offensive in years against Taliban militants near the Afghan border. (Reuters)

  • Thailand: Army chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha announced in an address to the nation that the armed forces were seizing power. (AP)

  • Vietnam: US Secretary Kerry spoke with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on regional issues. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Voting began in Britain and the Netherlands for European Parliament elections. (AFP)

  • Russia: NATO SG Rasmussen said limited troop movements near the border with Ukraine “may suggest” preparations for a withdrawal. (AFP)

  • Ukraine: At least eight security personnel were killed and 18 injured in an overnight clash with pro-Russian separatists. (Reuters)

  • Ukraine: A British journalist was released without charge after being detained by Ukrainian authorities. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Rouhani said talks between Tehran and six world powers on a comprehensive deal over its nuclear programme are “very likely” to reach a successful conclusion by a 20JUL deadline. (AP)

  • Lebanon: Parliament failed in its fifth attempt to hold a session to elect the country’s new president. (AP)

  • Palestinian Territories: Exiled former security chief Mohammed Dahlan said his conviction for defamation by a West Bank court is aimed at keeping him from running in promised presidential and parliamentary elections. (AFP)

  • Syria: Observers reported that the army has ended a year-long rebel siege of Aleppo central prison. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: EBay Inc said that hackers raided its network three months ago, accessing some 145 million user records. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 275km SE of Paradip Garh, India

    • Magnitude: 6.0

    • Depth: 44.3 km

    • Map

  • 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 (23MAY)

  • Nothing to report.

 

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