ONS: 26 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 26, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Voting began in Egypt’s presidential election, with former army chief al-Sisi expected to easily prevail.

  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s presidential election will proceed to a runoff between President Santos and opposition candidate Oscar Zuluaga.

  • ASIA: Thai coup leader Gen. Prayuth threatened to crack down on protesters after receiving an endorsement from the monarchy.

  • EUROPE:  Ukrainian businessman Petro Poroshenko indicated an effort at reconciliation with separatists after winning the country’s presidential election.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Al-Qaeda’s Syria branch claimed responsibility for two car bomb attacks executed in Homs on 25MAY.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A Chinese blogger formerly employed by Tencent, one of China’s biggest Internet firms, was fired after meeting with Secretary of State Kerry in February.

 

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Anti-EU, right wing political parties sweep EU parliamentary elections

    • Winning parties included the The French National Front and UK Independence Party, while centrist groups lost seats.

    • The outcome will give greater influence to those who wish to curtail the EU’s power, or dismantle it altogether.

    • The results were interpreted to reflect voter frustration with austere economic policies.

    • Coverage: BBC, Economist, Guardian, Le Monde, NYT, WaPo, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Voting began in the country’s presidential election, with former army chief al-Sisi expected to easily prevail. (AFP)

  • Kenya: Suspected al Shebab militants gunned down two Kenyan soldiers near the country’s border with Somalia. (Xinhua)

  • Libya: Gunmen killed Meftah Bouzid, journalist and editor critical of jihadists, in Benghazi. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The presidential election will proceed to a runoff between President Santos and opposition candidate Oscar Zuluaga. (LAT)

  • Mexico: Authorities captured Juan Manuel Rodriguez Garcia, the the regional leader of a drug cartel, near the border with Texas. (AP)

  • Mexico: The leader of the Zapatista rebel group announced that he will step down due to “internal changes”. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Obama administration accidentally revealed the identity of its CIA station chief in Kabul. (WaPo)

  • India: Clashes between Hindus and Muslims broke out in Gujarat state on the eve of PM-elect Modi’s swearing in ceremony. (AFP)

  • Thailand: Coup leader Gen. Prayuth threatened to crack down on protesters after receiving an endorsement from the monarchy. (BBC)

 

EUROPE

  • Greece: Conservative PM Samaras rejected a call by the left for a snap election, following the Greek left’s dominance in European parliamentary polls. (Xinhua)

  • Ukraine: Billionaire businessman Petro Poroshenko indicated hopes for reconciliation with separatists after winning the country’s presidential election. (WaPo)

  • Ukraine: The airport of Donetsk shut down after an early morning raid by armed separatists. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Saudi Arabia: Authorities arrested nine university professors for alleged links to the banned Muslim Brotherhood. (AFP)

  • Syria: Al-Qaeda’s branch in the country claimed responsibility for two car bomb attacks executed in Homs on 25MAY. (AFP)

  • Syria: The UN warned that aid workers are forced to deny cancer treatment to refugees and war victims due to a lack of funding. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: A Chinese blogger formerly employed by Tencent, one of China’s biggest Internet firms, was fired after meeting with Secretary of State Kerry in February. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Amanda

    • Location: 685 M S of the southern tip of Baja California

    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph

    • Winds: 140 mph

    • Map

  • 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 (27MAY)

  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan Republic Day

  • Colombia: Anniversary of FARC founded – 1964

 

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