ONS: 25 May 2013

by admin on May 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Burundi, tens of thousands of youth associated with the ruling party have increasingly formed extralegal “security patrols,” targeting the opposition.
  • AMERICAS: A Honduran Catholic bishop announced that the country’s two largest and most violent gangs will sign a truce next week, hoping to stem the country’s homicide rate.
  • ASIA: In the southern Philippines, troops in the clashed with Abu Sayyaf, a militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, leaving seven marines and four militants dead
  • EUROPE: In Russia, a female suicide bomber targeted the Interior Ministry building in the restive Dagestan province, wounding 11.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Renewed clashes in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli between Alawite supporters and Sunni opponents of the Syrian regime left at least one dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google has begun an effort to help develop and run wireless networks in emerging markets in hopes of connected a billion new people to the internet.

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: An explosion at a mosque in Ghazni killed four civilians and eight suspected militants while a suicide bomber detonated prematurely in the capital.
    • The Ghazni blast targeted a mosque during evening prayers; Taliban militants carrying the explosives stopped to enter the mosque when the explosives detonated.
    • In Kabul, the suicide bomber exploded leaving a residence in the southeast, but his intended target remains unknown.
    • These suicide bombings come on the tail-end of a Taliban assault on an international aid organization in Kabul which killed four, including a child.
    • Coverage: AP-1, AP-2, WaPo

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Leaders from across the continent met to open celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization of African Unity. (AFP)
  • Burundi: Tens of thousands of youth associated with the ruling party have increasingly formed extralegal “security patrols,” targeting the opposition. (AFP)
  • Madagascar: Former leader Rajoelina vowed to withdraw his controversial candidacy for the presidency if his political rivals do the same. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: In a visit to sub-Saharan Africa, Secretary Kerry renewed his call to authorities to ensure that the military will not target civilians in its crackdown against Islamist militants. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Interior Minister Carrillo set a deadline of the end of the year for negotiating a peace deal with the FARC or the government will leave the negotiating table. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Several security agencies began coordinated anti-drug drills to assess the joint preparedness of the government as President Castro vowed to increase pressure on trafficking. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: A Catholic bishop announced that the country’s two largest and most violent gangs will sign a truce next week, hoping to stem the country’s homicide rate. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The attorney general’s office summoned a top opposition leader on charges of corruption stemming from his time as mayor of a neighborhood of Caracas. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • India: An army brigadier and two soldiers were wounded in a shootout with Pakistani soldiers along the LoC diving Kashmir. (Xinhua)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Northern villagers are demanding compensation from the US government for damage caused by a military place that crashed earlier this month. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: Authorities in the restive western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit on Muslim Rohingya families in an effort to ease tensions with Buddhist neighbors. (AP)
  • Philippines: Troops in the country’s south clashed with Abu Sayyaf, a militant group with ties to al-Qaeda, leaving seven marines and four militants dead. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Albania: The country’s leaders unilaterally abolished visa requirements for Russians during high tourist season in an attempt to bolster tourism in the country. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A suicide bomber targeted the Interior Ministry building in the restive Dagestan province, wounding 11. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities detained three in St. Petersburg in connection with an attack on migrant construction workers. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: A friend of one of those suspected in the murder of a soldier claimed that the security services had attempted to recruit him several times. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: King Abdullah claimed that the long-standing Arab-Israeli conflict had allowed extremism to “grow fat” and that talks must resume on the basis of good faith. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Renewed clashes in the northern city of Tripoli between Alawite supporters and Sunni opponents of the Syrian regime left at least one dead. (DPA)
  • Syria: Fighting over the strategic town of Qusair continued with government forces unleashing the heaviest artillery barrage yet in an attempt to dislodge rebel fighters. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: HRW urged the government not to deport migrant construction workers after they staged a strike demanding better pay and conditions. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The search giant has begun an effort to help develop and run wireless networks in emerging markets in hopes of connected a billion new people to the internet. (WSJ)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 219 mi NW of Ozernovskiy, Russia
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 387 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Global Number of Cases as of 16MAY: 131 (China 130, Taiwan 1)
      • Global Number of Deaths as of 16MAY: 36 (China)
      • WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Global Number of Cases as of 23MAY: 44 (Saudi Arabia 32, Tunisia 2, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 23MAY: 22 (Saudi Arabia 16)
        • WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26MAY)

  • Americas: US Vice President Biden will begin his visits to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Afghanistan: Humanitarian emergency directors from various UN agencies begin a six-day mission to Afghanistan and Pakistan (to 1JUN).
  • China: National Security Advisor Tom Donilon will travel to Beijing to prepare for President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming meeting in June.
  • Equatorial Guinea: Parliamentary elections.
  • Georgia: Independence Day, military parade planned – 1918.
  • Guyana: Anniversary of Guyana’s independence from the UK – 1966.
  • UAE: Infrastructure Security Summit will begin in Dubai, key topics will include MENA infrastructure development, maritime security & piracy, terrorism, physical security, fire safety, crisis management and emergency response (to 29MAY).
  • Ukraine: European Parliament mission of former European Parliament President Pat Cox and former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski will visit Ukraine (to 28MAY).
  • Christianity: Trinity Sunday, Christians meditate on the nature of God as “three in one.”

 

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