ONS: 23 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Guinea Bissau’s ruling junta announced it would hand power back to civilian leadership.
  • AMERICAS: Argentinian police defused a bomb planted at a location where former Colombian President Uribe was scheduled to speak.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s northwest was hit by US drone strike that killed four militants
  • EUROPE: Russia successfully test-launched a missile system allegedly capable of breaching the proposed NATO missile defense system.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An armed gang in Syria kidnapped at least 13 Lebanese pilgrims.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security firm McAfee reported that the rate of production for new computer viruses and malware was the highest seen in four years.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Democratic milestone
    • Voting began for the country’s first presidential election.
    • A runoff election will take place 16-17JUN, and the winner of the overall election will be announced on 21JUN.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: AU mediator Thabo Mbeki stated Sudan and South Sudan will resume talks that had been suspended over border clashes. (Bloomberg)
  • Guinea Bissau: The ruling junta announced it would hand power back to civilian leadership. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The election commission said it could not confirm that national assembly elections would take place on 19JUN as had been set by the NTC. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: AU and Somali troops continued advancing on the al Shabaab stronghold of Afgoye. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian and Venezuelan military forces coordinated a hunt for FARC rebels along the border following a cross-border ambush that killed 12 soldiers in Colombia. (EFE)
  • Argentina: Authorities defused a bomb planted at a location where former Colombian President Uribe was scheduled to speak. (LA Times)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez hosted a cabinet meeting publicly via a live televised broadcast. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: China cancelled a planned high-level military visit to Japan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Gunmen kidnapped five aid workers in the country’s northeastern city of Faizabad. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The US-Korea Institute claimed satellite photographs indicate the country was upgrading its satellite launch facility. (AP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: The government announced it would allow NATO supply transit to and from Afghanistan. (RIA Novosti)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed four militants in the country’s northwest. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders began a summit in Brussels to address the eurozone debt crisis and promote economic growth. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: The government successfully test-launched a missile system allegedly capable of breaching the proposed NATO missile defense system. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Three suspected PKK rebels were killed in a clash with security forces in the country’s south. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Six world powers met in Baghdad with representatives of the government for talks on the country’s nuclear program. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Gunmen attacked a bus near Baquba, killing at least two and wounding seven. (AP)
  • Syria: At least 13 Lebanese pilgrims were kidnapped by a gang the government alleged was a “splinter group of the armed Syrian opposition”, an allegation denied by the Free Syrian Army. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Aid groups warned that the country was on the verge of a food crisis due to political instability. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security firm McAfee reported that the rate of production for new computer viruses and malware was the highest seen in four years. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Sanvu
    • Location: 495 miles S of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Bud
    • Location: 120 miles SE of Myrtle Beach
    • Movement: 14 mph NW
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAY)

  • Asia: Chinese General Boxiong visits South Korea until 28MAY.
  • Asia: Pakistan and India sign a free visa agreement.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon – 2000.
  • Egypt: Military transfers power to the elected president.
  • Eritrea: Anniversary of Eritrean Independence – 1993.
  • United States: Russia and the US hold joint anti-terror drills in Colorado.

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