ONS: 30 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 30, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the Central African Republic, two people were killed and several others wounded during protests in Bangui calling for the resignation of the interim government and the removal of Burundian peacekeeping forces.

  • AMERICAS: Three Mexican prisoners linked to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from prison through a tunnel.

  • ASIA: Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is to outline his vision for the country’s defense role in regional security

  • EUROPE: Spanish security forces launched raids to break up a jihadist cell in the north African territory of Melilla, arresting six suspects.

  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that barrel bombings and other government air raids on rebel districts of Aleppo killed 1,963 civilians since January.

  • TECHNOLOGY: Google began the process of letting people in Europe formally request to be “forgotten” by the Internet search service.

 

TOP STORY

  • Ukraine: Government pushes back rebel forces.

    • Acting Defence Minister Koval said the military had “completely cleared” parts of the separatist east from pro-Russian rebels.

    • Koval said forces would continue with military operations in border areas “until these regions begin to live normally, until there is peace.”

    • US Secretary Kerry urged Russia to reach out to President-elect Petro Poroshenko and work toward easing the tensions.

    • US Secretary Kerry said there was evidence that Russian troops massed on Ukraine’s borders are moving back toward Moscow.

    • The White House expressed concern that pro-Russian separatists were using advanced weapons “from the outside” after they shot down an army helicopter killing 12 soldiers.

    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, CNN, Reuters, WP, Xinhua

 

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Two people were killed and several others wounded during protests in Bangui calling for the resignation of the interim government and the removal of Burundian peacekeeping forces. (AFP)

  • Kenya: At least 11 people were killed and several others wounded in fighting between rival clans in Wajir. (AFP)

  • South Sudan: The UN said that aid groups have reported that nearly 85,000 people have fled to Sudan since mid-December 2013. (Xinhua)

  • South Sudan: The leader of rebel forces, former vice president Riek Machar, is in Nairobi for talks on regional efforts to end his country’s nearly six-month-old civil war. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: National Justice Secretary Abrao denied that human trafficking cases increase in the country during large events such as the FIFA World Cup. (Xinhua)

  • Mexico: Three prisoners linked to jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from prison through a tunnel. (AFP)

  • United States: The House of Representatives voted in favor of blocking the federal government from interfering with states that permit the use of medical marijuana in a  219-189 vote. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US Secretary Kerry defended President Obama’s newly announced strategy amid criticism that the president will withdraw troops too quickly. (Xinhua)

  • Japan: PM Shinzo Abe is to outline his vision for the country’s defense role in regional security. (AP)

  • Japan: The US Air Force deployed two of its most advanced long-distance surveillance drones to the country. (AP)

  • Thailand: An anti-coup activist is calling for a rally Sunday to defy the military government’s ban on protests. (AP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The center-left government of PM Oresharski survived a no-confidence vote with 116 to 93. (AFP)

  • Spain: Security forces launched raids to break up a jihadist cell in the north African territory of Melilla, arresting six suspects. (AFP)

  • Spain: Protesters clashed with police in Barcelona for a fourth straight night over the right of a group of squatters to continue occupying a building. (DPA)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A court sentenced eight people to jail terms ranging from seven to 20 years for crimes including anti-regime propaganda posted on Facebook. (AFP)

  • Lebanon: The UNSC urged the Parliament to ensure that ” presidential elections take place as soon as possible and without external interference”. (Xinhua)

  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that barrel bombings and other government air raids on rebel districts of Aleppo killed 1,963 civilians since January. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google began the process of letting people in Europe formally request to be “forgotten” by the Internet search service. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.

  • 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 (31MAY)

  • South Africa: Anniversary of South Africa becoming a republic and breaking off from the U.K.- 1961

  • Turkey: Activists call for protests on anniversary of Gezi Park unrest.

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