ONS: 24 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 24, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s Cabinet Affairs Minister resigned
  • ASIA: Two people were killed in a car blast in Kazakhstan
  • EUROPE: A militant was killed in Russia after shooting at police
  • LATIN AMERICA: Gunmen killed the manager of a Honduran daily newspaper
  • MIDDLE EAST: A blast occurred at an Iranian oil refinery during President Ahmadinejad’s visit
  • TECHNOLOGY: South Korea said it will increase cyber security

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Three people died and 150 were wounded in NATO air strikes in Tripoli.
    • The attack is the heaviest yet on the capital since the start of the NATO bombing campaign.
    • US invited Libya’s opposition leadership to open a representative office in Washington.
    • Britain and France considered adding ground-attack helicopters to the NATO military campaign.
    • Coverage: AFP, NYT, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan discussed the crises in southern Sudan and Libya and proposed reforms for the UN. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Communication Minister Khalid Naciri said Islamist groups may be manipulating young pro-democracy demonstrators. (AFP, Reuters)
  • Sudan: Cabinet Affairs Minister Luka Biong Deng resigned in protest from the Khartoum government at what he called “war crimes” in Abyei. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bomb in Kandahar killed 10 people and injured 28. (NYT,  Xinhua)
  • India: Nine policemen were killed in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh triggered by suspected left-wing Naxal rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: TEPCO said nuclear fuel melted in all three active reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi plant. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: Two people were killed in a car blast in Astana. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Two police officers were killed and another was injured by a roadside bomb. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurocontrol said up to 500 flights would be cancelled on Tuesday due to volcanic ash. (AP)
  • Georgia: People’s Assembly of Georgia leader Nonna Gaprindashvili urged President Mikhail Saakashvili to resign and call new elections. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A militant was killed in an operation in Ingushetia when he shot at police officers. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: PM Nikolai Azarov said free trade zones with both the European Union and the Customs Union of Belarus, Russia, and Kazakhstan are important for the country’s future. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Dominican Republic: The number of new reported cases of cholera is up 50 percent since mid-May. (AP)
  • Honduras: Gunmen killed the manager of the La Tribuna daily newspaper. (AP)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors in Mexico City detained 16 policemen who allegedly took bribes to protect members of a drug gang. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A technical problem caused a blast at an oil refinery during President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s visit, killing at least two people.  (Xinhua)
  • Israel: PM Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the idea that a Palestinian state should be based on Israel’s 1967 borders. (AFP, DPA)
  • Syria: Dozens of protestors in Beirut rallied in support of President Bashar al-Assad. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Greece: Sony announced 8,500 Greek user accounts of a music entertainment website were compromised. (AP)
  • Korea, South: South Korea said it will increase cyber security to defend against cyber-attacks from North Korea. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 04W (Songda)
    • Location: 600 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 7 knots
    • Winds: 45-65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25MAY)

  • Global: Africa Day.
  • Global: 50th anniversary of OECD Ministerial Council meeting until 26MAY; Secretary Clinton presides.
  • Jordan: Independence Day.
  • Korea: Anniversary of 2009 DPRK nuclear test.
  • Poland: Protests sponsored by Solidarity.
  • Russia: Bold Monarch military drills begin (world’s largest submarine escape and rescue exercise).

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