ONS: 29 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 29, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian President Jonathan said he had ordered “a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.”

  • AMERICAS: Mexican human rights activists and vigilante leaders urged the formation of more “self-defense” groups.

  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe said that North Korea agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens.

  • EUROPE: The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a treaty creating a vast trading bloc.

  • MIDDLE EAST: Saudi Arabia invited Iran to attend a meeting of Islamic bloc foreign ministers in Jeddah next month.

  • TECHNOLOGY: A new report indicates that a group of Iranian hackers waged a campaign of cyber-espionage, targeting hundreds of high-ranking US defense, diplomatic and other officials.

 

TOP STORY

  • Thailand: Junta takes action against protests.

    • Hundreds of troops sealed off one of Bangkok’s busiest intersections in an attempt to crush a planned protest one week after staging a military coup.

    • The ruling junta said it has no desire to “cling to power” but it gave no clear timeframe for when it will allow free elections to take place.

    • LT GEN Chatchalerm Chalermsukh told a news conference that it was “impossible to hold an election at the moment” because there are still protests in the country.

    • The EU voiced “extreme concern” about political detentions and censorship.

    • The military is due to meet a team of advisers for the first time to map out a strategy for securing the country and propping up the economy.

    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Region: The IMF said that Africa’s fast growing economies need to spend USD93 billion a year to bring infrastructure up to speed. (AFP)

  • Mali: The UNSC urged the country to implement fully a ceasefire between the government and armed rebel groups following fresh fighting in Kidal. (AFP)

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said he had ordered “a full-scale operation to put an end to the impunity of terrorists on our soil.” (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: Several NGOs reported that the levels of lethal violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are greater than in some countries suffering armed conflict. (EFE)

  • Colombia: Authorities arrested eight people wanted for extradition by the US to face charges linked to drug trafficking. (EFE)

  • Mexico: Human rights activists and vigilante leaders urged the formation of more “self-defense” groups. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: Papua New Guinea police said an investigation into a riot at an Australian detention centre on Manus Island that left an asylum-seeker dead “stinks of a major cover-up”. (AFP)

  • Afghanistan: An ISAF solider was killed in a helicopter crash in the south of the country. (AFP)

  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe said that North Korea agreed to reinvestigate all abductions of Japanese citizens. (AFP)

  • Pakistan: At least three soldiers were killed and two wounded in a roadside bomb blast near Miranshah. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: The presidents of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus signed a treaty creating a vast trading bloc. (Reuters)

  • Hungary: Deputy PM Tibor Navracsics hinted he could be nominated by PM Orban as a commissioner in the new EU executive. (Reuters)

  • Spain: Police clashed with gangs of youths  in the third night of violence in Barcelona. (AP)

  • Ukraine: Separatist rebels said they were holding four unarmed European monitors who went missing three days earlier but promised to release them soon. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia invited Iran to attend a meeting of Islamic bloc foreign ministers in Jeddah next month. (AFP)

  • Iraq: A post-election wave of attacks across the country killed at least 74 people. (AFP)

  • Lebanon: Hundreds of Syrians living in in the country gathered for a second day outside their embassy near Beirut to vote ahead of their country’s presidential election. (AP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A new report indicates that a group of Iranian hackers waged a campaign of cyber-espionage, targeting hundreds of high-ranking US defense, diplomatic and other officials. (WP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Amanda

    • Location: 425 mi S of Baja California

    • Movement: NE at 6 mph

    • Winds: 40 mph

  • 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 28MAY: 636 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)

      • Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 28MAY: 193 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)

      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, WHO-3

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30MAY)

  • Singapore: IISS 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue to (to 01 June)

  • Slovenia and Russia: Slovenia’s Foreign Minister Karl Erjavec will visit Moscow

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