ONS: 27 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 27, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Armed men attacked the home of new Libyan PM Ahmed Miitig in Tripoli.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Foreign Minister rebuked US Secretary Kerry for criticizing the handling of street protests.
  • ASIA: A Vietnamese fishing boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel amid a territorial confrontation in the South China Sea.
  • EUROPE: European leaders are to hold a summit in Brussels following the success of eurosceptic and far-right parties at EU Parliament polls.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW reported that the Iraqi government is dropping barrel bombs and may also be targeting a hospital in its battle with militants in the conflict-hit city of Fallujah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Research firm eMarketer reported that Twitter’s growth has slowed substantially in the US and Europe but continues to be strong in Asia and Latin America.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Military clashes with rebels in Donetsk.
    • Ukraine said it had regained control of the airport in Donetsk after a day of air strikes and fighting with pro-Russian separatist gunmen
    • Donetsk mayor Oleksandr Lukyanchenko said that “Two civilians and 38 participants of the fighting were killed in the course of the anti-terror operation.”
    • Russian FM Lavrov called on Kiev to put an immediate end to the violence.
    • Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk said that Kiev did not trust Russia enough to open direct negotiations aimed at ending the insurgency in the separatist east.
    • Ukraine said it was unhappy with the terms of an EU-brokered compromise with Russia that could save Europe from seeing some of its gas supplies cut as early as next week.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The final day of voting in the country’s presidential election opened, with the country’s former military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi poised for victory. (AP)
  • Libya: Armed men attacked the home of new PM Ahmed Miitig in Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Malawi: The country’s poll watchdog pressed ahead with a troubled vote recount amid calls for new polls. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: The government said UNSG Ban Ki-moon is expected to attend a Group of 77 (G77) plus China summit in the country next month. (Xinhua)
  • El Salvador: President Funes said the gang truce that cut the number of murders in the country by half for nearly two years has collapsed. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: The Foreign Minister rebuked US Secretary Kerry for criticizing the handling of street protests. (Reuters)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s PM Sharif met with his new Indian counterpart Narendra Modi. (NYT)
  • Region: A Vietnamese fishing boat was rammed and sunk by a Chinese vessel amid a territorial confrontation in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Burma: The government is seeking public suggestions on a controversial religious conversion bill that will require anyone who wants to convert to another religion to obtain permission. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government said its new accord letting the US expand its military presence in the country is legal and is confident the accord will withstand constitutional challenges. (AP)
  • Thailand: The army detained a fugitive former cabinet minister wanted by the junta. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction warned of a flood of new, synthetic drugs, and of established ones like ecstasy and cannabis becoming more potent. (AFP)
  • Region: European leaders are to hold a summit in Brussels following the success of eurosceptic and far-right parties at EU Parliament polls. (AFP)
  • France: The leader of the main opposition UMP party quit after claims that invoices for former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign were billed as party expenses. (AFP)
  • Norway: The country’s security service said that three men with alleged links to an al-Qaeda splinter group were arrested on preliminary charges of supporting or participating in a terror organization. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: HRW reported that the government is dropping barrel bombs and may also be targeting a hospital in its battle with militants in the conflict-hit city of Fallujah. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah Party and the Hamas movement agreed on Rami Hamdallah as the prime minister of the transitional unity government. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The OPCW denied a report by the government that investigators and their drivers on a fact-finding mission had been kidnapped. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Foreign Ministry said Italian aid worker Federico Motka has been freed after over a year of captivity. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Research firm eMarketer reported that Twitter’s growth has slowed substantially in the US and Europe but continues to be strong in Asia and Latin America. (NYT)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Hurricane Amanda
    • Location: 620 mi SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia
  • 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 (28MAY)

  • Afghanistan: Run-off presidential elections
  • Africa Region: Anniversary of the creation of the Economic Community of West African States – 1975
  • Nepal: Nepal National Day, anniversary of Constituent Assembly declaring Nepal as a federal republic – 2008
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of “black day”, or nuclear tests conducted in Balochistan’s Chagai district – 1998
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the creation of the Palestinian Liberation Organization – 1964

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