ONS: 27 May 2013

by admin on May 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Riot police and soldiers deployed at Mozambique’s main government hospital Monday amid high tension following the arrest overnight of the leader of a week-old strike by the country’s medics.
  • AMERICAS:  Colombian President Santos announced that the government and FARC had reached an agreement on agrarian reform and development after six months of negotiations.
  • ASIA: Communist rebels in the Philippines ambushed a group of police officers in a remote rural area, killing seven officers and leaving a further seven dead.
  • EUROPE: Kenyan authorities claimed that a suspect in the killing of a British soldier last week was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while attempting to train and fight with al-Qaeda linked militants in Somalia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait’s Oil Minister Hani Hussein resigned in an apparent attempt to avoid questioning over financial irregularities totaling over USD2 billion.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced plans to further expand internet access into emerging markets in Africa and Asia by using high-altitude blimps and balloons.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: At least 79 members of Hezbollah have been killed fighting alongside regime troops in Qusayr since last week.
    • The increased presence of Hezbollah fighters in the Syrian conflict comes as crisis has deepened divisions within the main opposition group.
    • Syrian National Coalition leaders offered a western and Arab-backed liberal bloc only token representation who are now considering withdrawing from the coalition.
    • A French journalist claimed that the government was using chemical weapons against rebel forces in the suburbs of Damascus.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, AFP,

AFRICA

  • Libya: The incoming Interior Minister Muhammad al-Sheikh was approved by parliament and will be faced with reigning in militias while expanding the police force. (AP)
  • Mozambique: Riot police and soldiers were deployed to the main government hospital following the overnight arrest of the leader of a strike by the country’s doctors and nurses. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police began guarding foreign-owned shops in an impoverished area of Johannesburg after mob attacks amid increasing anti-immigrant sentiment. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Vice President Biden began a visit to South America and the Caribbean to discuss regional and global issues with key leaders. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced that the government and FARC had reached an agreement on agrarian reform and development after six months of negotiations. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government and Bolivia signed an agreement aimed at consolidating the strategic alliance between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Capriles claimed that owners of a major news channel will not permit stations to broadcast his speeches live. (AP)

ASIA

  • Korea, South: The government appointed a new envoy for nuclear talks with North Korea as part of a routine jumble of senior-level diplomats. (Yonhap)
  • Philippines: Communist rebels ambushed a group of police officers in a remote rural area, killing seven officers and leaving a further seven dead. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A bomb placed inside a garbage bag exploded at a street market in Bangkok damaging stores and injuring seven. (AP)
  • Vietnam: A prominent blogger was arrested for posting articles critical of the government, the latest in a crackdown on dissenting journalists and writers. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: HRW issued a report claiming that the government is increasingly using false drug charges to arrest government critics in a move to stifle dissent. (AFP)
  • Georgia: PM Ivanishvili publically denied the president’s legal immunity suggesting that there may be future legal questioning if suspicions arise. (Interfax)
  • Ukraine: EU observers arrived at the medical clinic where former PM Tymoshenko is undergoing treatment for talks and will remain in the country until 28MAY for further meetings. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: Kenyan authorities claimed that a suspect in the killing of a soldier last week was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while attempting to train and fight with al-Qaeda linked militants in Somalia. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A spokesman for a reform presidential candidate claimed that a state television station cut off the candidate’s campaign speech although the station cited technical difficulties. (AP)
  • Israel: Officials denied reports from Lebanese media and security officials that a rocket had been fired into the country from southern Lebanon. (DPA)
  • Kuwait:  Oil Minister Hani Hussein resigned in an apparent attempt to avoid questioning over financial irregularities totaling over USD2 billion. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: An appeals court overturned a five-year jail sentence given to a prominent opposition politician convicted of insulting the emir at a rally last year. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Google announced plans to further expand internet access into emerging markets in Africa and Asia by using high-altitude blimps and balloons. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Global Number of Cases as of 24MAY: 131 (China 130, Taiwan 1)
      • Global Number of Deaths as of 24MAY: 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 27MAY: 23 (Saudi Arabia 18)
        • WHO, AFP

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28MAY)

  • Africa: Anniversary of the creation of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) – 1975.
  • Asia: 8th ASEAN-Japan Counter-Terrorism (AJCT) dialogue will begin in Bangkok (to 01JUN).
  • Europe: Negotiations on the EU’s next seven-year budget will start their second round.
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian Socialist technocrat government will be put to the vote.
  • Nigeria: EFCC will hear arguments of Mahmud Tukur and Alex Ochongor against the N1.8 billion fuel subsidy fraud charge against their company Eterna Plc.
  • Pakistan: Former President Pervez Musharraf’s judicial remand extended to this date, when it will next hear the case on the murder of Benazir Bhutto.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of Pakistani nuclear tests in response to India’s tests two weeks previously – 1998.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization – 1964.
  • Russia: Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) foreign ministers will visit Moscow for talks that will focus on the situation in Syria, in the Middle East and North Africa, and international efforts to fight terrorism (to 30MAY).
  • Singapore: Singapore’s inquiry into US scientist Shane Todd’s death will be completed.
  • United States: Guatemalan ex-president Alfonso Portillo will face his first US court hearing.

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