ONS: 31 May 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 31, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Nigerian military said officials believe Islamic extremists in northeast are receiving arms and other assistance from sources outside of the country.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles denounced as “blackmail” a threat by Caracas to end support for Colombia’s peace process with the FARC.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan the International Committee of the Red Cross halted all staff movement across the country and closed its office in Jalalabad.
  • EUROPE: The Moldovan parliament endorsed the new coalition government proposed by designated PM Leanca.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US is set to relax sanctions on Iran to allow American companies to sell mobile phones, software and other technology used for personal communications to Iranians.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NATO defense ministers are to hold their first review of cyber defense next week.

 

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia disputes Assad missile claims, government makes gains against rebels
    • Two Russian newspapers reported that Russia may not deliver S-300 air defense missile systems this year, rejecting claims the weapons had already arrived in the country.
    • A Russian arms manufacturer said it is signing a contract to deliver at least 10 MiG fighter jets to Syria.
    • Syrian President Assad threatened Israel with renewed fighting in the Golan Heights.
    • Government soldiers killed three Westerners, including an American woman and a British man, during fighting in the northwest Idlib province.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters

 

AFRICA

  • Mali: Defense Minister Camara said the Malian army was ready to retake Kidal in case of failure of the ongoing talks with the NMLA. (Xinhua)
  • Niger: The Mali-based Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa claimed credit for attacks last week on a military garrison and French-operated uranium plant. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military said officials believe Islamic extremists in northeast are receiving arms and other assistance from sources outside of the country. (AP)
  • Togo: Thousands of public servants began a nationwide two-day strike to demand better working conditions. (AP)

 

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Canada announced for the first time they are working together on a border infrastructure investment plan. (UPI)
  • Region: Venezuelan opposition leader Capriles denounced as “blackmail” a threat by Caracas to end support for Colombia’s peace process with the FARC. (AFP)
  • Argentina: President Kirchner appointed new defense and security ministers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Three army soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in an attack allegedly carried out by the FARC. (XInhua)
  • Venezuela: Venezuela’s government launched three surveillance drones as part of an initiative to curb drug trafficking. (AP)

 

ASIA

  • Region: The US State Department said Pakistan and Afghanistan were among countries that bore the majority of terrorist attacks in 2012. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The International Committee of the Red Cross halted all staff movement across the country and closed its office in Jalalabad. (AFP)
  • Australia: The Security Intelligence Organization director general said the new intelligence headquarters were secure after reports Chinese hackers stole the building’s top secret blueprints. (AFP)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Atambayev declared a state of emergency in the area around a Canadian-owned gold mine after clashes between security forces and demonstrators. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: Several thousand workers protested in Sarajevo against the government’s economic policies. (AFP)
  • Germany: Thousands of demonstrators from the anti-capitalist Blockupy movement cut off access to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. (Reuters)
  • Moldova: The parliament endorsed the new coalition government proposed by designated PM Leanca. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: President Putin is to appoint Economy Minister Belousov as his chief economic adviser. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US is set to relax sanctions on Iran to allow American companies to sell mobile phones, software and other technology used for personal communications to Iranians. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The government said its oil exports are down by 20 percent but asserts it is still producing the same amount of crude despite international sanctions. (AP)
  • Lebanon: PM Salam said Lebanon should stay out of the Syrian conflict. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UNSC agreed to add Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaida linked opposition force fighting in Syria, to the UN sanctions blacklist. (AP)
  • Syria: The divided opposition group officially expanded to include 43 new members after eight days of meetings. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: NATO defense ministers are to hold their first review of cyber defense next week. (Reuters)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala
    • Eruption of volcanic material, ash. (AFP)
  • Global Disease Outbreaks:
    • H7N9 (Avian Influenza)
      • Cases: Global Number of Cases of 30MAY: 132 (China 131, Taiwan 1)
      • Deaths Global Number of Deaths of 30MAY: 37 (China)
      • Sourcing: WHO, WHO-2, Xinhua
      • Novel Coronavirus (SARS-MERS)
        • Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 31MAY: 50 (Saudi Arabia 38, Tunisia 2, France, Germany, Jordan, Qatar, United Kingdom)
        • Global Number of Deaths as of 31MAY: 30 (Saudi Arabia 21, France 1)
        • Sourcing: AFP, WHO

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01JUN)

  • Global: The United Kingdom will take over as president of the UNSC.
  • Africa: Tokyo International Conference on African Development will begin (to 03JUN).
  • Asia: Japan, the United States and South Korea will hold a meeting of defense ministers on the sidelines of the Asia Security Summit in Singapore to discuss jointly dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.
  • Kenya: Madaraka Day; marks the day that Kenya attained internal self rule – 1963.
  • Mexico: Navy Day.
  • Pakistan: Pakistan’s new parliament holds its first session.
  • Pakistan: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s detention extended to this day.
  • Russia, Georgia: Verkhny Lars-Kazbegi border crossing point, on the border of Russia and Georgia) will begin to operate round-the-clock (to 30SEP).
  • Syria: EU sanctions on Syria set to expire.

 

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