ONS: 29 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian protesters burned the Cairo headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military agreed to a temporary cease fire with the FARC ahead of the planned release of captive journalist Romeo Langlois.
  • ASIA: In southern Afghanistan, NATO officials reported senior al Qaeda leader Sahkr al-Taifi was killed by an airstrike.
  • EUROPE: Danish authorities detained two Somali men on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government urged western nations to drop the demand that the country end production of uranium enriched to 20%.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Russian anti-virus firm Kapersky Lab reported the discovery of a potent computer virus called “Flame” active in Iran and other countries.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Peace effort intensified
    • UN envoy Kofi Annan began talks with President Assad in Damascus, urging the government to hold to its commitment in March to honor the six-point plan, which included not only a cease-fire, but also political dialogue with the opposition and freedom for Syrians to demonstrate.
    • UN officials reported most of the 108 people killed in the Houla massacre were executed by pro-government militia.
    • US General Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the massacre “horrific” and “atrocious” and said he was prepared with military options in Syria should they be requested by the White House.
    • Coverage: NYT, BBC, AP, Reuters,

AFRICA

  • Region: The DR Congo announced it was investigating possible ties between Rwanda and a revolutionary movement in the eastern Congo. (Reuters)
  • Region: Sudanese officials stated the country will withdraw troops from the Abyei region disputed with South Sudan. (AP)
  • Egypt: Protesters burned the Cairo headquarters of presidential candidate Ahmad Shafiq as a large protest took place in Tahrir square against the result of the preliminary election. (Al Jazeera)
  • Mali: Plans for Tuareg rebels and hard-line Islamist group Ansar Dine to join forces and proclaim an Islamic state in northern Mali have collapsed due to fundamental differences. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: At least 40 people were killed in clashes over land rights in the country’s southeast. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Red Cross officials reported a temporary cease-fire between the FARC and the military would take place before the planned release of captive journalist Romeo Langlois. (CNN)
  • Mexico: Authorities suspected drug cartel involvement in a series of firebomb attacks on a PepsiCo subsidiary in Michoacan and Guanajuato. (AP)
  • Peru: The government declared a state of emergency for Espinar province following violent anti-mining protests near Cuzco that killed two. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said ruling party lawmakers could amend the constitution to institutionalize dozens of his government’s banner social programs. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese and Filipino defense officials agreed to show “restraint” over the continuing territorial dispute in the South China Sea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO officials reported senior al Qaeda leader Sahkr al-Taifi was killed by an airstrike in the southern part of the country. (RFE\RL)
  • Korea, North: US military officials denied reports that special forces soldiers had been parachuted into the country for reconnaissance missions. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi began her first international trip in 24 years, starting with a visit to Thailand. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The government reported it had successfully test-fired the Hatf IX nuclear-capable missile. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Denmark: Authorities detained two Somali men on suspicion of plotting a terrorist attack. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin began his first trip abroad to Belarus and several EU nations since being elected to a third term in office. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Police arrested six retired generals over their alleged role in the 1997 ousting of PM Erbakan. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government urged western nations to drop the demand that the country end production of uranium enriched to 20%. (AP)
  • Syria: Opposition activists reported at least 32 killed in fighting between insurgents and soldiers in the northern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A roadside bombing killed four Yemeni soldiers in Aden. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Three soldiers and three al Qaeda linked militants were killed in a clash outside Zinjibar. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Russian anti-virus firm Kapersky Lab reported the discovery of a potent computer virus called “Flame” active in Iran and other countries. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Beryl
    • Location: 300 miles E of Charleston, SC
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Northern Italy
    • Magnitude: 5.8
    • Depth: 9.6 km
    • Map
    • At least nine were killed. (AP)
  • Volcanoes: Shiveluch Volcano, Russia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAY)

  • Colombia: FARC will release abducted French journalist Romeo Langlois.

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