ONS: 26 May 2013

by admin on May 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the DRC, the AU, UN, and World Bank agreed to work towards an expected peace deal in order to create long term regional security.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a FARC spokesman claimed that the leftist rebel group and the government are close to an agreement on the issue of land reform.
  • ASIA:  Bangladeshi opposition activists set off a number of homemade bombs and smashed vehicles in the capital as part of a general strike calling for the resignation of the PM.
  • EUROPE: In Sweden, police said that the riots in largely immigrant suburbs of Stockholm continued for a seventh day but there was a significant reduction in violence.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two rockets landed in the heart of Hezbollah territory south of Beirut wounding four and coming only hours after Nasrallah vowed victory in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The purported interest of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch in the sale of a group of prominent US newspapers has sparked protests in a number of major cities.

TOP STORY

  • Lebanon: Two rockets landed in the heart of Hezbollah territory south of Beirut, coming only hours after Nasrallah vowed victory in Syria.
    • One of the rockets injured five people, including three Syrians, although the total number of casualties remains unknown.
    • The increased number of rockets falling within the country has stoked fears of a return of sectarian strife and a spillover of the conflict in Syria.
    • Hours before, Hezbollah leader Nasrallah committed fully and openly to defending the Alawite regime, escalating the group’s involvement.
    • Coverage: AFP, CNN, DPA, Independent, Reuters, NYT, BBC

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: The AU, UN, and World Bank agreed to work towards an expected peace deal in order to create long term regional security. (Xinhua)
  • Equatorial Guinea: The country opened polls for a legislative election amidst tense opposition demonstrations against the ruling president. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen killed five people, including two police officers, on the country’s border with Somalia, the latest in a string of attacks. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The AU and UN-AU joint mission in Darfur signed an agreement for a number of humanitarian, development, and peace-building projects in the region. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A FARC spokesman claimed that the leftist rebel group and the government are close to an agreement on the issue of land reform. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: A Chinese special envoy said that China will seek to expand bilateral strategic ties with the country. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The country’s Supreme Court rejected one of six challenges to President Maduro’s win in the presidential election held on 14APR. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The election commission began the voter registration process ahead of the general elections slated for April 5, 2014. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: Opposition activists set off a number of homemade bombs and smashed vehicles in the capital as part of a general strike calling for the resignation of the PM. (AP)
  • China: Police in the central Hubei province seized 300 kg of ketamine and detained 12 suspects in connection with the production and operation of the drug ring. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban renewed its threat to kill former dictator Musharraf in a video message for military actions undertaken while he led the government (DPA)

EUROPE

  • France: Anti-terrorist investigators are hunting a suspect in connection with an attack on a soldier in Paris, describing the man as of North African origin. (Independent)
  • Italy: Voting began in local elections as the first test for major political parties three months after a general election that produced a fragile coalition cabinet. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Police said that the riots in largely immigrant suburbs of Stockholm continued for a seventh day but there was a significant reduction in violence. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A couple kissing in public to protest a public morality campaign was attacked by a group of Islamists stabbing one while chanting “God is Great.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A car bomb exploded in the northern city of Mosul, targeting a joint army-police patrol, killing three and wounding 21. (AP)
  • Iraq: Syrian FM Muallem landed in Baghdad unannounced for talks with PM al-Maliki but it was not clear how long the talks would last. (AFP)
  • Israel: President Peres called for a return to serious negotiations, saying that it is possible to overcome differences and failure would constitute a “great disappointment.” (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The purported interest of conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch in the sale of a group of prominent US newspapers has sparked protests in a number of major cities. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: 17 mi N of Bulung’ur, Uzbekistan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 12 mi
    • Map
  • Volcano: Popocatepetl, Mexico
    • Two eruptions, sending columns of gas and ash up to a height of 1.5 mi. (EFE)
  • 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 (27MAY)

  • Global: Iran will take its place as head of the UN Conference on Disarmament (to 23JUN).
  • Global: Global Conference on Democracy (to 29MAY).
  • Central Asia: Russian FM Sergei Lavrov will participate in the meeting of the Foreign Minister Council of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Bishkek.
  • China: Fiji PM Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama will visit China as a guest of Premier Li Keqiang; will attend the China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (to 30MAY).
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the founding of FARC – 1964.
  • Europe: EU foreign ministers meet to decide on whether to lift sanctions against Syria that would allow the delivery of “defense material” that could include arms to help protect the population.
  • Japan: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Japan accompanied by a high-level delegation including National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai (to 30MAY).
  • Nigeria: 2nd Annual Electricity, Steel, Modern Homes & Offices Exhibition and Conference will begin in Abuja.
  • Syria: Secretary Kerry will meet with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov in Paris to discuss peace talks in Syria.
  • United States: Memorial Day.

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