ONS: 26 May 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 26, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) said it would not join a unity government until ex-president Laurent Gbagbo was freed
  • ASIA: NATO recaptured the town of Do Ab, Afghanistan, from Taliban insurgents
  • EUROPE: Seven people were injured when a bomb exploded in Istanbul
  • LATIN AMERICA: Gunmen from two rival drug gangs killed 28 people in a gun battle in Mexico
  • MIDDLE EAST: Tens of thousands protested the American military presence in Baghdad
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter acquired “Tweetdeck” application software

TOP STORY

  • Yemen: Political situation in Yemen deteriorates.
    • The State Department ordered nonessential US diplomats to leave Yemen.
    • At least 28 people were killed in an explosion at an arms storage area in Sanaa.
    • President Ali Abdullah Saleh has ordered the arrest of dissident tribal chief Sheikh Sadeq al-Ahmar and his nine brothers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) said it would not join a unity government until ex-president Laurent Gbagbo was freed. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Spain said it received a proposal from Libyan PM Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi for an immediate ceasefire. (Reuters)
  • Mauritania: Security forces killed a suspected member of al Qaeda. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO recaptured the town of Do Ab in Nuristan province from Taliban insurgents. (NYT)
  • Japan: The leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, Sadakazu Tanigaki, said he intends to submit a no-confidence motion to parliament. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The US military said it will reduce the number of troops in Pakistan at the request of the Pakistani government. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Riot police dispersed anti-Sakashvilli protesters gathered in Tbilisi; a policeman was killed. (AFP)
  • Greece: Thousands of people protested the government’s austerity measures in Athens. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Police said they stopped the illegal sale of nine Bell-112 military transport helicopters to Iran. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Seven people were injured when a bomb exploded in Istanbul. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: Haiti’s prime minister-designate, Daniel-Gerard Rouzier, softened his stance on the earthquake commission, saying he is open to discussing its future with the international community. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen from two rival drug gangs fought in Nayarit, killing 28 people. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Tens of thousands of followers of Muqtada al-Sadr rallied in Baghdad, demanding the U.S. military leave the country at the end of the year. (AP)
  • Israel: Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Egypt’s decision to permanently open its border crossing with Gaza was “very problematic.” (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Twitter acquired the third party “Tweetdeck” application software. (BBC)
  • United States: A computer security researcher found a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer that could let hackers steal user information. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 04W (Songda)
    • Location: 330 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 9 knots
    • Winds: 90 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27MAY)

  • Colombia: FARC founded in 1964.
  • USA: Extension of anti-terrorism provisions expires.

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