ONS: 31 May 2014

by TRG Alerts Admin on May 31, 2014

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Opposition candidate Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of Malawi’s disputed presidential election by obtaining 36.4% of the vote, the electoral commission announced.
  • AMERICAS: The U.S. State Department has confirmed that six American men who were aboard a ship have been detained in Honduras since May 5.
  • ASIA: An appeal by Thai coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha for demonstrations against his May 22 takeover to end as part of a plan to restore democracy is likely to be tested this weekend with protesters expected on the streets.
  • EUROPE: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel acknowledged on Friday the withdrawal of “thousands of Russian troops” from the border region of Ukraine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: 13 people were killed and 17 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across Iraq on Friday, police sources said.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The State Department said it was “troubled” by reports that a Chinese blogger who met top US diplomat John Kerry had been fired by his employer.

 

TOP STORY

  • U.S., Japan push back on Chinese regional aggression
    • US defense secretary Chuck Hagel has accused China of “destabilizing” the South China Sea, saying its action threatened the region’s long-term progress.
    • Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed not to stir up trouble in the South China Sea but said China would react “in the necessary way” to provocations by other countries.
    • Top U.S. and Japanese leaders served up criticism of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, arguing Beijing’s efforts to bolster its territorial claims risk undermining the international order that has underpinned Asian prosperity since the end of World War II.
    • During a visit to Beijing in April, Hagel was told by his counterpart, General Chang Wanquan, that China would make “no compromise, no concessions” in disputes with Japan and the Philippines.
    • Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Friday that his country would play a larger role in promoting peace in Asia, and called for the rule of law to be upheld in the region.
    • Coverage: AFP, Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

 

AFRICA

  • Region: More than 100 armed Rwandan rebels from a group linked to the 1994 genocide in their homeland turned themselves in Friday in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a decision welcomed by the UN. (AFP)
  • Malawai: Opposition candidate Peter Mutharika has been declared the winner of the nation’s disputed presidential election by obtaining 36.4% of the vote, the electoral commission announced. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The government said Friday that it won’t install Iranian anti-aircraft missiles in the country after earlier exploring the idea following suspected Israeli airstrikes there in 2012. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The country’s presidential and legislative elections will be held separately, the secretary general of the country’s largest workers union – the UGTT – said on Friday. (IANS)

 

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A judge has summoned Vice-President Amado Boudou to appear in court in July to defend himself in a corruption case. (BBC)
  • Brazil: Hundreds of striking teachers seeking higher wages took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Friday, prompting police out in force in case of possible clashes. (AP)
  • Honduras: The U.S. State Department has confirmed that six American men who were aboard a ship have been detained in country since May 5. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government on Friday slammed the opposition’s “irresponsible and foolish” attitude toward an abortive assassination and coup plot against President Nicolas Maduro. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A Thai diesel oil tanker with 14 crew members en route from Singapore to Indonesia is believed to have been hijacked, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said on Saturday. (Reuters)
  • Japan: Two Chinese coastguard ships sailed into disputed waters off Japan-administered islands in the East China Sea on Saturday. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: A Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker have been rescued nearly two months after they were abducted from a resort off Borneo island, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Friday. (AP)
  • Thailand: An appeal by coup leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha for demonstrations against his May 22 takeover to end as part of a plan to restore democracy is likely to be tested this weekend with protesters expected on the streets. (Reuters)

 

EUROPE

  • Portugal: The no-confidence motion submitted by the Communist Party was defeated in parliament on Friday after the opposition party claimed the European Parliament elections results had eaten away the government’s “legitimacy” to govern. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Optimum safety measures will be applied in the country’s two biggest nuclear power plant projects, the authorities guaranteed at an international summit in Istanbul Friday. (IANS)
  • Turkey: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged young Turks to ignore calls to mark the first anniversary of Istanbul’s Taksim Square protests. (BBC)
  • Ukraine: U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel acknowledged on Friday the withdrawal of “thousands of Russian troops” from the border region of Ukraine. (UPI)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: 13 people were killed and 17 others wounded in separate bombings and shootings across the nation on Friday, police sources said. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Presidential candidate Michel Aoun will push ahead with his presidential bid, according to local Maronite sources. (Al-Awsat)
  • Syria: The U.S. State Department confirmed Friday that a U.S. citizen from Florida was behind a May 25 suicide bombing in Syria that targeted Syrian government troops. (USA Today)
  • Syria: Almost 2,000 people, including 567 children, have been killed by Syrian government air attacks in the northern city of Aleppo so far this year, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). (BBC)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: The State Department said it was “troubled” by reports that a Chinese blogger who met top US diplomat John Kerry had been fired by his employer. (AFP)
  • Communications: The highly secretive Bilderberg group’s annual meeting was underway in Copenhagen on Friday, attracting members of the global elite as well as protestors and conspiracy theorists criticizing its lack of transparency. (AFP)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sangeang Api, Indonesia
  • 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 (01JUNE)

  • Bolivia: Organization of American States Summit 2014
  • Kenya: Madaraka Day -1963
  • Mexico: Mexican Navy Day
  • Spain: Spain Armed Forces Day
  • United States: Anniversary that CNN began broadcasting – 1980

 

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