ONS: 23 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: UN demanded North Sudan leave Abyei
  • ASIA: North Korean leader visited China
  • EUROPE: Spanish socialists suffered heavy losses in local elections
  • LATIN AMERICA: Deal brokered to let Honduras back into the OAS
  • MIDDLE EAST: President Saleh refused to sign power-transfer agreement
  • USA/CANADA: Missouri tornado killed dozens
  • TECHNOLOGY: Autocratic regimes observed using social media against opposition groups

TOP STORY

  • Pakistani Taliban raided Karachi base
    • Militants attacked a naval air station in Karachi, initiating a 12-hour gun battle with security forces.
    • Several aircraft were destroyed and hostages taken by the gunmen, all of whom were later rescued.
    • The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility and declared the attack as revenge for the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, LA Times, WSJ, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: French media reported that 12 French attack helicopters will be deployed to Libya against Gaddafi’s forces. (Reuters)
  • Morocco: Authorities suppressed attempted pro-democracy protests. (Bloomberg)
  • Sudan: The UN demanded the immediate withdrawal of the North Sudanese military forces occupying the disputed Abyei region. (Bloomberg)
  • Sudan: EU officials announced that 200 million Euros in development aid would be provided to South Sudan. (DPA)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il visited China to observe development techniques that could be applied to North Korea’s economy. (WSJ)
  • Region: Afghan media reported that Mullah Omar had been killed in Pakistan; the Taliban later denied the reports.(LA Times)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber killed 4 and injured 14 in eastern Afghanistan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Activists calling for the resignation of President Sakashvilli continued protests for a third day. (AFP)
  • Russia: Police killed two suspected militants in the North Caucasus. (RIA Novosti)
  • Spain: The ruling socialist party suffered massive losses in local elections. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: An alleged drug trafficker died during an anti-drug operation launched by elite military police in Rio de Janeiro. (AFP)
  • Honduras: President Porfirio Lobo and deposed leader Manuel Zelaya signed an agreement that will permit Zelaya to return to Honduras and the country to re-enter the Organization of American States. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The EU expanded sanctions against Iran in an effort to pressure it to abandon its nuclear program.  (Reuters)
  • Syria: The EU levied sanctions on President Assad. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Thousands continued to protest against President Assad, calling for an end to his rule. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: President Saleh again refused to sign the transfer of power deal. (WaPo)

USA/CANADA

  • United States: A tornado leveled Joplin, Missouri, killing scores. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Autocratic regimes are increasingly subverting or exploiting social media networks to counter or suppress protests. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04W (Songda)
    • Location: 250 NM NNW of Palau
    • Movement: WNW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAY)

  • Global: Two-day OECD Forum in Paris to commemorate 50th anniversary.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of 2000 Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu will address US Congress.
  • UK: State visit of President Obama and Secretary Clinton.

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