ONS: 29 May 2013

by admin on May 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military said that a terrorist believed to be a close associate of Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau was found dead.
  • AMERICAS: US VP Biden warned that preferred cocaine and heroin trafficking routes could shift back to the Caribbean.
  • ASIA: A US drone strike killed at least six militants and the number two of the Pakistan Taliban.
  • EUROPE: The OECD warned that Europe’s shrinking economy risks threatening the global recovery.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue of Russian missile deliveries to Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon has been working on a program called Plan X that will simplify the process of cyberwarfare.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Ongoing violence blamed for spreading regional instability
    • Syrian elite forces and fighters from the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement have been sent to reinforce government troops battling rebels in Qusayr.
    • The Russian Foreign Ministry said that a new outbreak of violence in Iraq is rooted in the ongoing conflict in Syria.
    • Jordan’s FM Judeh reiterated Jordan’s call for speeding up efforts to reach a political solution to the Syrian crisis.
    • US Sen. McCain renewed his call for the Obama administration to move aggressively militarily to aid the opposition.
    • Four key activist groups accused Syria’s main opposition National Coalition of failing to represent the views of the grassroots.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, WSJ, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A Libyan soldier was killed and three others wounded when gunmen attacked an army patrol in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Mali: OCHA said that humanitarian needs are intensifying in Gao. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: French FM Fabius met with the interim government as French soldiers and rebels clashed in Kidal. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The military said that a terrorist believed to be a close associate of Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau was found dead. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Border guards and armed Libyan smugglers exchanged fire near the border. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: US VP Biden warned that preferred cocaine and heroin trafficking routes could shift back to the Caribbean. (AFP)
  • Bolivia: President Morales announced that the country will face the challenge to achieve better results in the anti-drug fight without the support of the US. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government declared a state of emergency for prisons to mitigate the crisis of overcrowding. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: A military attaché at the US Embassy was injured in a shooting outside a nightclub. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: One policeman and six militants were killed in a Taliban suicide attack on the provincial governor office building in Panjshir. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: President Obama will meet with NATO SG Rasmussen on Friday to discuss Afghanistan and other security concerns. (Reuters)
  • Burma: The government called for calm during a new eruption of religious violence in the east of the country. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least six militants and the number two of the Pakistan Taliban. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The OECD warned that Europe’s shrinking economy risks threatening the global economic recovery. (AP)
  • France: Police investigating the stabbing of a French soldier in Paris arrested a suspect sources described as an adherent of “radical Islam.” (AFP)
  • Greece: The government said it will seek looser EU visa regulations for Russia during its 2014 EU presidency. (Interfax)
  • Moldova: Representatives of Moldova and the Dniester region started talks. (Interfax)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Violence throughout the country on Tuesday killed 45 people. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu ordered his cabinet to stay silent on the issue of Russian missile deliveries to Syria. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad is to give an interview Thursday to Al-Manar, the television channel of Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah. (AFP)
  • Yemen: South African diplomats are working to secure the release of kidnapped citizens. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Pentagon has been working on a program called Plan X that will simplify the process of cyberwarfare. (Danger Room)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Barbara
    • Location: 119 NM SSW of Tehuantepec, Mexico
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 29MAY: 133 (China 132, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 29MAY: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus/MERS (Sars)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 29MAY: 44 (Saudi Arabia 32, Tunisia 2, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 29MAY: 24 (Saudi Arabia 18, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAY)

  • Asia: 10th ASEAN-Russia Senior Officials Meeting will begin in Langkawi, Malaysia (to 31MAY).
  • Middle East: US-led International Mine Countermeasures Exercise (IMCMEX) 13 will end.
  • Thailand: Indian PM Manmohan Singh will pay an official visit to Thailand to elevate Thai-Indian relations to a strategic partnership (to 31MAY).
  • United States: State Department’s annual terrorism report will be released.
  • Christianity: Corpus Christi, Roman Catholic festival celebrating the “real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.”

 

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