ONS: 30 May 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing raids as peace talks resumed.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, ICRC activists prepared for the release of FARC captive journalist Romeo Langlois.
  • ASIA: Afghan police backed by NATO troops killed 21 armed militants and captured 27 others during operations over the past 24 hours.
  • EUROPE: Spain might be allowed more time to meet deficit targets by the EU.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran claimed it had produced a counter for the â..Flameâ. computer virus reported to be attacking systems within the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google unveiled two improved platforms of its â..Chromebookâ. browser-based operating system.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Diplomatic pressure on Assad government intensified
    • Many western countries, as well as Japan and Turkey, expelled Syrian diplomats in protest against the Houma massacre.
    • UN officials reported envoy Kofi Annan left the country following talks with President Assad and calling for the regime to act immediately on implementing the peace plan.
    • Israeli DM Barak called for action against the Syrian regime.
    • The UNHRC announced it will hold a special session on the Houla massacre on Friday.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, NYT-1, NYT-2, Reuters-2, CNN, VoA, WaPo, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: South Sudan accused Sudan of bombing raids as peace talks resumed. (Reuters)
  • Region: Gambia and Mauritania expressed their concern over the deteriorating security situation in the Sahel region as northern Mali remains occupied by Tuareg and Islamist rebels. (AFP)
  • Guinea Bissau: Military officials reported the withdrawal of Angolan troops from the country had been postponed. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Rebels ambushed a convoy carrying President Ahmed, but inflicted no casualties. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A roadside bombing killed at least six in Puntland. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: ICRC activists prepared for the release of FARC captive journalist Romeo Langlois. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers killed 12 suspected criminals at a checkpoint in Veracruz. (AFP)
  • Peru: Three militant leaders known as the Palomino brothers were reported to have restored strength to the Shining Path remnant in the countryâ..s southeast. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police backed by NATO troops killed 21 armed militants and captured 27 others during operations throughout the country over the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Officials reported drought conditions in the Nampho area, which could worsen already severe food insecurity. (AP)
  • India: A rebel attack in Srinagar wounded seven soldiers. (AP)
  • Pakistan: US officials reported Dr. Afridi, who assisted the CIA in locating Osama Bin Laden, had turned down an opportunity to relocate to the US with his family. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: US Senator Paul (R-KY), called for the US to suspend all aid to Pakistan and grant citizenship to Dr. Afridi. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Poland: The foreign ministry demanded an apology from the White House following a misstatement by President Obama about the holocaust. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Over 350 militants, including 46 gang leaders, were killed in special operations in the North Caucasian Federal District last year. (Interfax)
  • Spain: The EU may allow the country more time to get its deficit within targets. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The supreme court backed the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government claimed it had produced a countermeasure for the â..Flameâ. computer virus reported to be attacking systems within the country. (BBC)
  • Iran: The countryâ..s UN mission strongly denied a Washington Post report alleging evidence existed implicating Tehran or Hezbollah in international assassination plots. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported new shelling and clashes between soldiers and rebels in Damascus and Homs. (AP)
  • Yemen: The military reported 10 soldiers and 15 al Qaeda linked militants were killed in clashes in the countryâ..s south. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mobile Computing: Google unveiled two improved platforms of its â..Chromebookâ. browser-based operating system. (CNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Beryl
    • Location: 300 miles E of Charleston, SC
    • Movement: ENE at 10 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROWâ..S OUTLOOK (31MAY)

  • Global: Secretary Clinton begins eight-day trip to Scandinavia, the Caucasus and Turkey.
  • Europe: Ireland votes on a referendum on the EU fiscal treaty.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the Israeli interception of the Free Gaza Flotilla â.. 2010.
  • Serbia: Newly elected president Nikolic is sworn in before parliament.
  • South Africa: Anniversary of the country’s independence from the UK â.. 1961.

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