ONS: 24 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Voting for Egypt’s first presidential election continued into its second day.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s President Santos urged the army to double its efforts against the country’s insurgents.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s Waziristan was struck by a US drone that killed 10 suspected militants.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders urged Greece to remain in the Eurozone and adhere to its reform agreements.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian officials stated sanctions imposed on the country were a major block to progress during continued nuclear talks in Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The White House issued a directive to US federal agencies to provide more and improved services using mobile applications.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Opposition divided as UN commission condemns government
    • The opposition national council accepted the resignation of its former leader Burhan Ghalioun and moved to elect a new president.
    • A UN panel blamed the majority of human rights abuses in the country on the army.
    • Activists reported shelling by government forces killed at least 13 in Rastan.
    • The government admitted sanctions were costing the country greatly.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, LA Times

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The initial round of voting for the country’s first presidential election continued into its second day. (AP)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore, who had been beaten by protesters who stormed the presidential palace on Monday, flew to France for medical checks. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: DM Bello Mohammed expressed opposition to a push in the US Congress to designate Boko Haram a terrorist organization. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos urged the army to double its efforts against the country’s insurgents. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The former ruling party PRI stated that the ex-governor of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington, would be suspended due to allegations of taking bribes from drug cartels. (AP)
  • Mexico: Amnesty International criticized the Mexican government’s actions during the conflict with drug cartels in its annual report. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug boss Sergio Villarreal was extradited to the US. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A Pakistani official stated the most difficult disagreement in talks over NATO supply lines to Afghanistan was over transit fees. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: South Korea’s Chosun IIbo newspaper reported two US officials made a secret visit to the country in an effort to persuade it not to conduct a rocket test launch last month. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: A NLD spokesman stated that Aung San Suu Kyi will make her first foreign visit in more than twenty years next week to Thailand. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed 10 suspected militants in northwest Waziristan. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders urged Greece to remain in the Eurozone and adhere to its reform agreements. (BBC)
  • Greece: Citibank’s chief economist predicted the country will leave the euro next year. (MSNBC)
  • Turkey: Prosecutors prepared to indict four Israeli commanders for their involvement in the death of nine Turks during a 2010 raid on a Gaza aid ship. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Nuclear talks continued in Baghdad for a second day, with Iranian officials stating that sanctions imposed on the country were a major block to progress. (Reuters, WaPo)
  • Iraq: At least three Lebanese Shia pilgrims were killed by a roadside bombing in Ramadi. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: Secretary Clinton stated that US government hackers had breached the websites of Al Qaeda linked militants in the country. (WaPo)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The White House issued a directive to federal agencies to provide more services using mobile applications. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Sanvu
    • Location: 375 NM SSW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Bud
    • Location: 385 miles SW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Hokkaido, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 71.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25MAY)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council – 1981.
  • Jordan: Celebration of Independence Day – 1946.
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of the Gerakan Party – 1968.
  • North Korea: Anniversary of DPRK’s second nuclear test – 2009.
  • Pakistan: Pakistani Electoral Commission submits electoral rolls.

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