ONS: 23 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 23, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW reported that hundreds of Somalis have been expelled from Kenya.

  • AMERICAS: A US Senate panel set aside USD100 million to develop a US rocket engine as an alternative to Russian equipment currently used to launch military satellites into orbit.

  • ASIA: Indonesia and the Philippines signed a maritime border accord.

  • EUROPE: Turkish Energy Minister Yildiz said the country has begun exporting oil supplies from Iraqi Kurdistan to international markets.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s local media reported that the army began a two-day ground and air military exercise that will include testing short-range missiles.

  • TECHNOLOGY: The US House of Representatives passed reforms curbing US bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records.

 

TOP STORY

  • Russia: Government criticizes West as violence continues in Ukraine.

    • Russian FM Lavrov said the West needed to learn the “right lesson” from the Ukraine crisis, as he criticised efforts to contain Russia since the collapse of the USSR.

    • Deputy Defense Minister Antono said Russia will pull back all forces deployed to regions near its border with Ukraine “within a few days”

    • The chief of general staff GEN Gerasimov said that Moscow would take steps to respond to what he said was increased NATO activity near its border amid the crisis in Ukraine.

    • German Chancellor Merkel called on Russian President Putin to accept the OSCE’s assessment on Ukrainian presidential elections.

    • At least five people were killed in fighting near Ukraine’s eastern hub of Donetsk.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Reuters, Reuters-2, Reuters-3

 

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The ICC sentenced warlord Germain Katanga to 12 years in prison, after convicting him in March of aiding and abetting crimes including murder and pillaging.  (AP)

  • Egypt: Security forces in the Sinai peninsula killed the leader of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. (AFP)

  • Kenya: HRW reported that hundreds of Somalis have been expelled from the country. (AFP)

  • Libya: Twenty people were wounded in a rocket attack in Benghazi. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The US State Department accused the government of suppressing free speech by shutting down a dissident-run online newspaper just hours after its launch. (AFP)

  • United States: A Senate panel set aside USD100 million to develop a US rocket engine as an alternative to Russian equipment currently used to launch military satellites into orbit. (AFP)

  • United States: Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo was sentenced in New York to five years and 10 months in prison for a USD2.5 million bribery scandal. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Indonesia and the Philippines signed a maritime border accord. (AFP)

  • Region: US Pacific Fleet commander ADM Locklear called for compromise in Asia’s worsening maritime territorial rows, cautioning against a “winner-take-all” strategy. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: Militants attacked India’s consulate in the western city of Herat before being repelled by security forces. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: Four suspected militants were killed as the military hit Taliban targets in a third day of action close to the Afghan border. (AFP)

  • Thailand: The army said that 155 prominent figures, including ousted government leaders, were banned from leaving the country without permission. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Polls opened in Ireland and the Czech Republic for members of the European Parliament. (DPA)

  • Turkey: A second person died from injuries sustained during protests in Istanbul overnight following the fatal shooting of a bystander the day before. (Reuters)

  • Turkey: Energy Minister Yildiz said the country has begun exporting oil supplies from Iraqi Kurdistan to international markets. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the army began a two-day ground and air military exercise that will include testing short-range missiles. (AP)

  • Israel: Police said they would issue restraining orders against 10 more rightist activists, bringing the total to 15, during the visit of Pope Francis. (AFP)

  • Syria: A mortar shell struck an election rally for President Bashar Assad killing 20 people. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The US House of Representatives passed reforms curbing US bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression One-E

    • Location: 1005 km SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico

    • Movement: NW at 5 mph

    • Winds: 35 mph

    • Map

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 22MAY: 632 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 22MAY: 193 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24MAY)

  • Eritrea: Eritrean Independence Day – 1993

  • Israel: Catholic Pope Francis to visit Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem (to 26MAY)

 

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