ONS: 24 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 24, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian government and three northern rebel groups signed a ceasefire agreement.

  • AMERICAS: Mexican President Peña Nieto ordered the creation of a ‘citizen’s patrol’ to bolster security in restive Michoacan state.

  • ASIA: Dual bomb blasts in Islamabad, Pakistan killed one patrolman and injured another.

  • EUROPE: A small number of Russian troops are reportedly moving away from the border with Ukraine.

  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, at least 27 people were killed in an overnight raid by al Qaeda-linked militants on Seyoun.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US tech companies claimed that the FBI is violating the Constitution by banning the disclosure of what user information is given to the government.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: US cuts military aid to Bangkok following coup.

    • The military government detained former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and other members of her family.

    • The junta also detained senior politicians, activists, and academics.

    • The UNCHR condemned the coup and raised concerns over violations to the country’s constitution.

    • India recalled troops sent to Thailand for joint combat exercises.

    • Coverage: AP, BBC, DPA, Reuters, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: The government and three northern rebel groups signed a ceasefire agreement. (AFP)

  • Somalia: At least six al Shebab militants died in an attack on parliament in Mogadishu. (AFP)

  • Sudan: At least 28 people died in renewed clashes between two ethnic groups in West Kordofan and East Darfur states. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Police in central Goias state announced the dismantling of a major drug cartel, though its leader remains at large. (AFP)

  • El Salvador: Six people were killed in a suspected gang attack on a bus near the country’s international airport. (AFP)

  • Mexico: President Peña Nieto ordered the creation of a ‘citizen’s patrol’ to bolster security in restive Michoacan state. (EFE)

 

ASIA

  • China: Authorities launched an anti-terror crackdown in Xinjiang Autonomous Region, following a deadly bomb attack in Urumqi. (AP)

  • Japan: A US Global Hawk UAV arrived at Misawa Air Base, marking the first ever drone deployment in the country. (Kyodo)

  • Pakistan: Dual bomb blasts in Islamabad killed one patrolman and injured another. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The US said that a small number of Russian troops are moving away from the border with Ukraine. (AP)

  • Slovakia: Voting began in European Parliamentary elections, with candidates running to fill 13 Slovak seats. (Xinhua)

  • Ukraine: The UN has been unable to locate two Russian journalists reportedly arrested in the country five days ago. (Xinhua)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country executed Mahafarid Amir Khosrav, a businessman convicted of leading a $2.6 billion banking scam. (AFP)

  • Jordan: Pope Francis arrived in the country as part of a regional tour to strengthen ties between Muslims and Jews. (AFP)

  • Yemen: At least 27 people were killed in an overnight raid by al Qaeda-linked militants on Seyoun, a city in south-eastern Hadramout province. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Four major tech companies claimed that the FBI is violating the Constitution by banning the disclosure of what user information is given to the government. (The Hill)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01E (Amanda)

    • Location: 472 NM SSE of Socorro Island

    • Movement: NW at 4 knots

    • Winds: 45 knots

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: 18 km S of Kamariotissa, Greece

    • Magnitude: 6.4

    • Depth: 10 km

    • Map

  • 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 (25MAY)

  • Belgium: Chamber of representatives elections

  • Colombia: Presidential elections (1st round)

  • Denmark: Referendum

  • Jordan: Jordan Independence Day / Renaissance Day – 1946

  • Jordan: Eager Lion 14 multinational military exercise (to 08JUN)

  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Southern Lebanon’s “liberation” – 2000

  • Lithuania: Presidential elections

  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of the creation of the Gulf Cooperation Council – 1981

  • Sierra Leone: Anniversary of rebels toppling the government of Sierra Leone in a violent coup – 1997

  • Sudan: Anniversary of parliamentary government in Sudan overthrown in bloodless coup and Maj. Gen. Jafaar Numeiry heads new military regime – 1969

  • Ukraine: Presidential elections

 

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