ONS: 25 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 25, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malawi’s country’s electoral commission ordered a re-count of votes cast in the presidential election on 20MAY.

  • AMERICAS: Ecuadorian President Correa backed a constitutional amendment that would eliminate term limits on political offices.

  • ASIA: Chinese warplanes flew dangerously close to Japanese Self Defense Force aircraft over an area in the East China Sea where the countries’ ADIZ overlap.

  • EUROPE: Voting in Belgium began for a new national parliament amid fears that, like in 2010, the formation of a new government will be difficult.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Recently freed Bahraini activist Nabil Rajab called for “serious dialogue” between the Sunni government and the opposition.

  • TECHNOLOGY: US authorities are mulling options to implement visa restrictions that bar Chinese nationals from attending the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Voting begins in presidential election.

    • Violence in eastern Ukraine has disrupted poll preparations.

    • The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) is unlikely to send observers to monitor proceedings in the east.

    • An Italian journalist was killed in the eastern city of Slovyansk, a hotbed of pro-Russian, anti-Kiev sentiments.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, BBC, DPA, NYT, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Jihadist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdi denied reports of the death of its leader, Shadi al-Mene. (AFP)

  • Malawi: The country’s electoral commission ordered a re-count of votes cast in the presidential election on 20MAY. (Xinhua)

  • Sudan: Rebels have initiated a ‘big offensive’ in South Kordofan. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Foreign ministers from the 12-member Union of South American Nations rejected an effort by the US to sanction Venezuela. (AP)

  • Cuba: 14ymedio, an independent news website, became accessible to Cuban users after originally being blocked by authorities. (Reuters)

  • Ecuador: President Correa backed a constitutional amendment that would eliminate term limits on political offices. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese warplanes flew dangerously close to Japanese Self Defense Force aircraft over an area in the East China Sea where the countries’ ADIZ overlap. (Kyodo)

  • Pakistan: Islamabad said that it had not called off peace talks with the Taliban, despite new counter-terrorism operations in North Waziristan. (Xinhua)

  • Thailand: Hundreds of people participated in anti-coup demonstrations in Bangkok, despite the junta warning against rallies. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Belgium: Voting began for a new national parliament amid fears that, like in 2010, the formation of a new government will be difficult. (DPA)

  • Lithuania: Voting began in a run-off election between incumbent President Grybauskaite and centre-left presidential candidate Balcytis. (RFE/RL)

  • Ukraine: Two Russian journalists were released to Moscow after over a week in detainment by pro-government forces. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Recently freed Shiite activist Nabil Rajab called for “serious dialogue” between the Sunni government and the opposition. (AFP)

  • Israel: Police in Jerusalem arrested 26 Jewish extremists that were protesting at King David’s tomb, where Pope Francis plans to visit. (AFP)

  • Syria: Damascus called on the UN to condemn the rebel attack on Daraa that killed 29 Assad supporters. (Xinhua)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: US authorities are mulling options to implement visa restrictions that bar Chinese nationals from attending the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01E (Amanda)

    • Location: 426 NM S of Socorro Island

    • Movement: WNW at 3 knots

    • Winds: 120 knots

    • Map

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (26MAY)

  • Europe Region: EU-Russia-Ukraine ministerial meeting on Ukrainian gas supplies in Berlin

  • Egypt: Anniversary of Israel formally returning sovereignty of Sinai capital of El Arish to Egypt after a dozen years of occupation – 1979

  • Egypt: Presidential elections

  • Georgia: Independence Day

  • Guyana: Anniversary Guyana becomes independent from the U.K. – 1966

  • India: Narendra Modi will be sworn in as Indian prime minister and form a government

  • Japan and North Korea: Japan and North Korea will hold talks in Stockholm, Sweden (to 28MAY)

  • United States: Memorial Day

  • Islam: Isra and Mi’raj (to 27MAY)

 

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