ONS: 28 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 28, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo met with people close to Boko Haram in an attempt to broker the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants.
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels denied peace talks with the Colombian government had been put in “limbo” by the country’s presidential vote.
  • ASIA: A commander of a leading faction within the Pakistani Taliban said his group has split from the umbrella organization.
  • EUROPE: Europol said the threat of terrorism across the 28-nation bloc is “acute and diverse,” despite a fall in the number of attacks last year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Thousands traveled to the Syrian embassy in Lebanon as expat voting starts ahead of Syria’s 03JUN presidential election.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a month-long campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls “hostile forces at home and abroad.”

 

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban criticizes US troop plans amid attacks.
    • The Taliban condemned US President Obama’s announcement that US forces would remain in Afghanistan until the end of 2016 as a violation of sovereignty.
    • At least two foreign security personnel were wounded in an attack on a US consulate vehicle in Herat.
    • The top US commander in the country, GEN Dunford reaffirmed the US military’s commitment to Afghanistan.
    • US President Obama’s top lawyer is looking into how the name of the CIA’s top official in Afghanistan was accidentally revealed to thousands of journalists.
    • US President Obama is set to leave 9,800 soldiers in Afghanistan in 2015 if the new Afghan government signs the long-delayed bilateral security agreement.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, DPA, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The country’s presidential election entered its third day as authorities extended the voting in an effort to bolster an unexpectedly low turnout. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Former president Olusegun Obasanjo met with people close to Boko Haram in an attempt to broker the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the militants. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon a UNSC resolution on revising the mandate of the peacekeeping mission in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Four police officers were killed during a “terrorist” attack on the home of the interior minister of the west-central Kasserine region. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels denied peace talks with the government had been put in “limbo” by the country’s presidential vote. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: Authorities announced that an arrest warrant has been issued for former President Jamil Mahuad for allegedly misappropriating public funds during the country’s late 1990s banking crisis. (AP)
  • Puerto Rico: Authorities charged 19 people with conspiring to import heroin from South America into the US territory. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The government said it would accept only voluntary asylum-seekers under a proposed deal with Australia. (AFP)
  • China: Beijing stepped up security checks at subway stations after a series of deadly attacks and before next month’s anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: The UN and HRW criticized the country’s deportation of two Sri Lankan refugees and an asylum-seeker accused of being Tamil Tiger separatists. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A commander of a leading faction within the Taliban said his group has split from the umbrella organization. (AP)
  • Thailand: Propaganda videos distributed by the military junta aired on television stations nationwide as part of an effort to convince the public that detainees are being treated well. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: Europol said the threat of terrorism across the 28-nation bloc is “acute and diverse,” despite a fall in the number of attacks last year. (AP)
  • Region: Opposition protesters stormed the presidency in Abkhazia overnight in what the leader of the Georgian breakaway state called a coup attempt. (AFP)
  • France: Police began expelling around 650 migrants from camps in the northern port of Calais despite opposition from rights groups supporting asylum seekers. (AFP)
  • Spain: 400 migrants stormed across a triple-layer border fence from Morocco into the territory of Melilla. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Chechnya’s regional leader said he had not sent any troops to fight alongside pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine. (AP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Local media reported that the country has recorded its first two cases of the MERS virus. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Thousands traveled to the Syrian embassy in the country as expat voting starts ahead of Syria’s 03JUN presidential election. (AP)
  • Yemen: Police killed two al-Qaeda suspects who were allegedly involved in a series of hit-and-run attacks against security personnel in the capital. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a month-long campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls “hostile forces at home and abroad.” (AP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Amanda
    • Location: 960 km SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NE at 2 mph
    • Winds: 70 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 (29MAY)

  • Russia and Venezuela: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua is expected to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow
  • United States: International Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference (to 01 June)
  • Christianity: Ascension Day

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