By TRG Alerts Admin
AFRICA: Residents of a northeastern Nigerian village said they killed and arrested scores of suspected Boko Haram militants that they believed planned to launch an attack.
AMERICAS: Mexican Interior Secretary Osorio Chong said military commanders will lead a new security plan for the border state of Tamaulipas.
ASIA: The Philippines warned that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the South China Sea.
EUROPE: The Ukrainian government is hosting roundtable “national unity” talks after its military suffered its bloodiest day since launching an offensive to oust separatists.
MIDDLE EAST: US Defense Secretary Hagel promised US allies in the Persian Gulf that negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program will not weaken their security.
TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is planning to release a new Mute feature that lets users control the type of updates moving through their primary feed.
Syria: UN-AL Envoy to resign as humanitarian crisis intensifies.
UN-AL mediator on the conflict in Syria Lakhdar Brahimi will resign effective 31MAY.
French FM Fabius said the regime is believed to have used chemical weapons in 14 attacks since late 2013.
US President Obama met with Syrian opposition leader Ahmad Jarba.
Physicians for Human Rights reported that government forces have systematically attacked doctors and other medical workers in rebel-held areas.
An EU report indicates that the number of migrants and refugees found crossing illegally into the EU rose sharply in 2013.
Central African Republic: US President Obama imposed sanctions against former leaders Francois Bozize and Michel Djotodia and three other officials. (AFP)
Central African Republic: The UNSC condemned the killing of a French journalist and stated those responsible “shall be held accountable”. (AFP)
Nigeria: Residents of a northeastern village said they killed and arrested scores of suspected Boko Haram militants that they believed planned to launch an attack. (AP)
Nigeria: The US underscored its opposition to any offer of ransom or other concessions to retrieve more than 250 schoolgirls abducted by the terrorist group Boko Haram. (WP)
South Africa: Hundreds of striking miners marched at a Lonmin platinum mine. (AFP)
Honduras: Former President and current leader of the main opposition Libre party Mel Zelaya denounced a shooting attack that left a Tegucigalpa city councilman wounded. (EFE)
Mexico: Interior Secretary Osorio Chong said military commanders will lead a new security plan for the border state of Tamaulipas. (AP)
United States: A third potential case of the Middle East Respiratory Virus (MERS) was found in the country. (AFP)
Region: Beijing expressed “serious concerns” over protests in Vietnam that saw more than a dozen factories set on fire by anti-China demonstrators enraged. (AFP)
Region: The Philippines warned that China may be building an airstrip on a reef in the South China Sea. (AFP)
Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry said up to 105 Taliban militants were killed in military operations carried out by security forces over the past 24 hours. (Xinhua)
Afghanistan: Five soldiers were killed while an army officer was wounded in separate bombings across the country. (Xinhua)
Pakistan: The military foiled an attack on a NATO supply terminal in the Jamrud area of the Khyber. (AFP)
Italy: Former PM Silvio Berlusconi repeated accusations that he was forced out of office at the height of the euro zone crisis in 2011 as the result of a “plot” by EU officials. (Reuters)
Spain: Police said they had arrested 740 people in a massive probe into fake businesses created to obtain social security benefits and work permits for foreigners. (AFP)
Turkey: The government declared three days of national mourning after more than 200 people were killed in an explosion at a coal mine. (AFP)
Ukraine: The government is hosting roundtable “national unity” talks after its military suffered its bloodiest day since launching an offensive to oust separatists. (AFP)
Region: US Defense Secretary Hagel promised US allies in the Persian Gulf that negotiations to contain Iran’s nuclear program will not weaken their security. (AP)
Iran: The government and world powers started a new round of talks in Vienna on a potential nuclear deal. (AFP)
Iran: Deputy FM Abdollahian said that Tehran had not received a written invitation for its foreign minister to visit Saudi Arabia, but it was on Iran’s agenda. (Reuters)
Yemen: Clashes that followed two simultaneous attacks by al-Qaeda suspects on army positions in Shabwa killed 10 soldiers and 13 jihadists. (AFP)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Communications: Twitter is planning to release a new Mute feature that lets users control the type of updates moving through their primary feed. (CNN)
Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Nothing to report.
Global Disease Outbreaks:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
Cases: 245 (Guinea, Mali, Liberia, Sierra Leone)
Deaths: 168 (Guinea, Liberia)
Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV, SARS-related)
Cases: Global Number of Cases as of 08MAY: 496 (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Italy, France, Germany, Jordan, Oman, Qatar, UAE, United Kingdom, Egypt, US, Yemen)
Deaths: Global Number of Deaths as of 08MAY: 93 (Saudi Arabia, France, Qatar, United Kingdom, UAE, Oman)
The WHO will update the global total number of deaths as soon as official information is provided by countries.
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15MAY)
Global: Foreign ministers of the Arctic Council, an international forum for the eight states bordering the Arctic, are to meet
France: Date of trial of makers of a diabetes and weight loss drug suspected in hundreds of deaths in France will be set
Israel/Palestine: Anniversary of Day of Al-Nakba – 1948
Israel/Palestine: US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in London
Russia: Heads of G8 drug control agencies will convene in Moscow
Syria: Syrian Opposition Coalition President Ahmad al-Jarba to attend the London 11
Ukraine and United States: United States-Ukraine Working Group on Nonproliferation and Export Controls (to 16MAY)
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