ONS: 28 May 2013

by admin on May 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian President Morsi sent a bill that would regulate NGOs to the country’s interim parliament.
  • AMERICAS: US Vice President Biden highlighted the new agenda between the US and Colombia at the start of a six-day Latin American tour.
  • ASIA: Australian FM Carr insisted ties with China would not be hurt by a report that Chinese hackers have stolen top secret blueprints to Australia’s new intelligence agency headquarters.
  • EUROPE: A senior Russian diplomat said Washington’s latest moves aimed at easing Moscow’s concern about NATO’s US-led missile defense plans are insufficient.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Gunmen killed three Lebanese soldiers at a military checkpoint in Bekaa Valley before fleeing to the nearby Syrian border
  • TECHNOLOGY: Designs for many of the US’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community has mixed reaction to lifting of EU arms embargo
    • British Foreign Secretary Hague said the EU decided to lift the arms embargo on the Syrian opposition while maintaining all other sanctions against Assad’s regime after June 1.
    • French authorities will analyze samples brought back from Syria by two journalists after they reported the Syrian army was using chemical weapons.
    • Russia said that the EU’s decision to lift its embargo will “directly harm” the prospects of holding a peace conference on the crisis.
    • The opposition denounced as “too little, too late” the EU decision to lift an arms embargo.
    • The UN’s top human rights body agreed to hold another urgent session on the civil war in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, AP-2, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi sent a bill that would regulate NGOs to the country’s interim parliament. (AP)
  • Madagascar: President Rajoelina refused to resign on and asked for more time before complying with a deal to step down ahead of elections in July. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The government attempted to play down fears of anti-immigrant violence. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Government troops clashed with rebels in Southern Kordofan near the border with South Sudan. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: US Vice President Biden highlighted the new agenda between the US and Colombia at the start of a six-day Latin American tour. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government unveiled a new investigative unit to track down thousands of people who have gone missing amid the drug war. (AFP)
  • Panama: The National Aeronaval Service seized 2.7 tons of cocaine in an operation conducted along the Caribbean coast. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro accused US-based news network CNN en Espanol of working to promote a coup d’etat as part of a wider media war. (AFP)

 

ASIA

  • Australia: FM Carr insisted ties with China would not be hurt by a report that Chinese hackers have stolen top secret blueprints to Australia’s new intelligence agency headquarters. (AFP)
  • Burma: A senior UN envoy attended the first talks on home soil between the government and Kachin rebel. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK said that ROK businessmen can enter a jointly run industrial park in the North that has been emptied since April. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen shot dead a female anti-polio worker in the northwest of the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Attackers shot dead a lawyer and his two sons in Karachi in a suspected sectarian attack. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: A senior Russian diplomat said Washington’s latest moves aimed at easing Moscow’s concern about NATO’s US-led missile defense plans are insufficient. (AP)
  • Region: Ukrainian FM Kozhara met with NATO SG Rasmussen during a working visit to Brussels. (Interfax)
  • Armenia: Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier in the latest outbreak of border violence over the disputed Nagorny Karabakh region. (AFP)
  • France: The government drew up a blacklist of 17 countries that do not help investigate foreign aid fraud, banning the use of their banks to help distribute development funds. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Violence in the country killed more than 500 people in May. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Gunmen killed three soldiers at a military checkpoint in Bekaa Valley before fleeing to the nearby Syrian border. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: Lebanese caretaker PM Miqati stressed that a deadly attack on three soldiers in the northeastern town of Arsal would not deter the authorities in defending Lebanon’s sovereignty. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Unidentified gunmen seized two South African citizens in Taiz. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Designs for many of the US’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: 90% chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: 190 miles S of Salina Cruz, Mexico
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Copahue Volcano, Chile
    • Increased activity.
    • Mandatory evacuation for residents near the volcano in Chile and Argentina. (AP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 24MAY: 131 (China 130, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 24MAY: 36 (China)
      • WHO
      • Novel Coronavirus (Sars)
        • Cases: 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 (29MAY)

  • Global: International Peacekeepers’ Day.
  • Brazil: Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Brazilian business and community leaders and give a speech in Rio de Janeiro showcasing Brazil as a strategic US partner.
  • Kazakhstan: Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia will gather for a summit in Astana to discuss the Customs Union.
  • Nigeria: Second anniversary of President Jonathan Goodluck’s inauguration – 2011.
  • Russia: Hearing for Russian opposition blogger Alexei Navalny and his suspected accomplice Pyotr Ofitserov will begin (to 30MAY).
  • Syria: Iran will host a meeting on the Syria crisis, focusing on a political solution, in Tehran.
  • Syria: UN Human Rights Council will hold a debate looking into the violence in Qusayr.
  • Baha’i: Ascension of Baha’u’llah; the anniversary of Baha’u’llah’s death in 1892.

 

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