ONS: 28 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian election committee will announce first round results of the presidential poll.
  • AMERICAS:  FARC said it plans to release a French journalist it has held for a month on 30MAY.
  • ASIA: The Taiwanese military deployed cruise missiles capable of striking key military bases in China.
  • EUROPE: French police arrested the military leader of  ETA.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Yemeni military said government troops have retaken most of Zinjibar from al-Qaeda.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s largest microblogging service Weibo introduced a code of conduct explicitly restricting the type of messages that can be posted.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community calls for increased foreign action in Syria
    • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on Arab and other world powers to intervene.
    • China called for an immediate investigation into the violence at Houla.
    • Russia said it did not support President Assad but urged world powers to work for UN envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan and not regime change.
    • Annan is scheduled to meet with President Assad on 29MAY.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Reuters-2, AFP, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The M23 rebel movement appealed for a cease-fire and affirmed that it was open to negotiations. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: An internal UN report indicated that Rwanda is supplying recruits and weapons to rebels. (BBC)
  • Egypt: The election committee will announce first round results of the presidential poll. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: AU and government troops secured an aid corridor between Mogadishu and the former rebel stronghold Afgoye. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Police in Puntland arrested several suspected pirates. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Quebec students and the provincial government are set to resume negotiations in the wake of widespread protests. (AP)
  • Colombia: FARC said it plans to release a French journalist it has held for a month on 30MAY. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Sinaloa reported an increased role for women in key management roles in drug cartels. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Nepal: The PM called new elections for NOV after the term of the constituent assembly expired. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone attack killed at least five militants in North Waziristan. (BBC)
  • Taiwan: The military deployed cruise missiles capable of striking key military bases along the southeast coast of the Chinese mainland. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A roadside bomb killed two village defense volunteers and wounded four others in Pattani province. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • France: Police arrested two members of  ETA, including the group’s military leader Oroitz Gurruchaga Gogorza. (AFP)
  • Georgia: Opponents of President Saakashvili staged a political rally in the capital ahead of Fall parliamentary elections. (NYT)
  • Serbia: Defeated former president Tadic indicated interest in the position of PM. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry rejected the country’s alleged role in plotting to overthrow the government of Bahrain. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Election officials from the West Bank arrived in the Gaza Strip to prepare for elections. (AP)
  • Syria: Lebanese Shiite pilgrims initially reported to have reached Turkey are still held in Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The military said government troops have retaken most of Zinjibar from al-Qaeda. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: China’s largest microblogging service Weibo introduced a code of conduct explicitly restricting the type of messages that can be posted. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Tropical Storm: Beryl
    • Location: 35 miles east of Jacksonville
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Santiago Del Estero, Argentina
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 588 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mt. Shiveluch, Russia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29MAY)

  • Global: International Peacekeeper’s Day celebrated.
  • China: Marine forces from China and Thailand end joint military training.

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