ONS: 25 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 25, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood said that their candidate, Mohammed Mursi, will face ex-prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in a presidential run-off.
  • AMERICAS: The US condemned abuses of power across Latin America, highlighting serious human rights violations in Honduras, Cuba, and Venezuela.
  • ASIA: The US Senate Appropriations Committee cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million USD.
  • EUROPE: German parliament voted to extend the country’s contribution to the NATO-led mission in Kosovo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan is due to visit Syria on Monday for talks with government officials and opposition politicians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Pentagon contractor, admitted to launching an online smear campaign against two USA Today journalists.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: French President Hollande arrives in Kabul.
    • President Hollande told French troops at a base in the Nijrab district Kapisa province that their mission was complete.
    • President Hollande is set to meet with President Karzai during his visit.
    • Hollande was accompanied by FM Fabius and DM Jean-Yves Le Drian.
    • Hollande announced plans at a NATO summit this week to pull out French troops by the end of the year, well ahead of the alliance’s 2014 withdrawal date.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, LAT, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Initial reports of the mutiny by soldiers of FARDC in North-Kivu province place 100 dead and 50 wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood said their candidate, Mohammed Mursi, will face ex-PM Ahmed Shafiq in a presidential run-off. (NYT)
  • Kenya: A suspected grenade attack at the Dadaab refugee camp wounded at least three people. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Interim PM al-Keib pledged Tripoli would support fresh moves to solve terrorism-related issues. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US condemned abuses of power across Latin America, highlighting serious human rights violations in Honduras, Cuba, and Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Haiti: A UN official said people in Haiti are dying from cholera because funding to stem the disease is drying up. (AP)
  • Mexico: Suspected cartel gunmen launched a complex attack on a police dormitory less than 4 miles from the US border. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Three separate insurgent attacks left three people dead and eight others injured. (DPA)
  • China: President Hu Jintao demanded senior Communist Party officials stifle tensions over the ousting of politician Bo Xilai. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Senate Appropriations Committee cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million USD. (AP)
  • Philippines: A grenade explosion inside in Davao del Sur province left two people dead. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Parliament voted to extend the country’s contribution to the NATO-led mission in Kosovo for another year. (AP)
  • Russia: Police killed a militant who staged an attack on officers in Makhachkala. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: A bomb outside a police station in Kayseri killed one of the bombers, one police officer, and wounded 20 others. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The parliament voted for a presidential bill allowing foreign military units to hold multinational military exercises in Ukrainian territory. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: A contingent of border guards arrived in Tel Aviv neighborhoods to maintain law and order. (AFP)
  • Israel: US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, the top US negotiator in Iran nuclear talks, is visiting Israel to consult on regional issues. (AP)
  • Syria: Government forces killed six civilians amid protests in Damascus and Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Syria: UN-AL envoy Kofi Annan is due to visit Syria on Monday for talks with government officials and opposition politicians. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media and communication: A Pentagon contractor admitted to launching an online smear campaign against two USA Today journalists who wrote an article criticizing the company’s work in Afghanistan. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 03W (Sanvu)
    • Location: 135 NM SW of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Bud
    • Location: 150 miles SW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Norwegian Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 8.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26MAY)

  • Guyana: Anniversary of independence from the UK celebrated – 1966.
  • Lesotho: Parliamentary elections are held.

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