ONS: 24 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 24, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia al Shebab threatened to kill all the country’s new lawmakers.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities seized a total of 31.9 tons of drug precursors that arrived in the Pacific port of Manzanillo from Pusan, South Korea.
  • ASIA: Kazakh President Nazarbayev appointed ex-PM Massimov to head his presidential administration.
  • EUROPE: EU President Rompuy warned EU states risked “losing the sense of urgency” in fighting the Euro zone debt crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with President Ahmadinejad and warned him of the “potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran blocked access to Google and Gmail amid first steps by the country to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide Internet.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: US denounces bounty placed on the life of creator of Innocence of Muslims.
    • The US State Department condemned the move, calling the announcement “inflammatory and inappropriate.”
    • The Pakistani government distanced itself from the bounty by saying that it does not represent official government policy.
    • On 22SEP Federal Railways Minister Bilour offered a $100,000 “prize” for killing the filmmaker of “Innocence of Muslims.”
    • Fresh rallies were held across Pakistan Sunday to condemn the film after violent nationwide protests Friday left 21 people dead when police used tear gas and live rounds to fight back protesters.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: The attack on the US mission in Benghazi dealt the CIA a major setback in its intelligence-gathering efforts in the region. (NYT)
  • Somalia: Al Shebab threatened to kill all the country’s new lawmakers. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan will meet for a second day. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: Britain’s Foreign Secretary Hague is set to announce plans for the UK and Canada to establish joint diplomatic missions and share embassy offices abroad. (AP)
  • Honduras: A land rights group said well known human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo Cabrera was shot to death while attending a wedding. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities seized a total of 31.9 tons of drug precursors that arrived in the Pacific port of Manzanillo from Pusan, South Korea. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Burma: President Thein Sein will visit the US in the first such visit by the leader of the country since 1966. (AFP)
  • China: The Foreign Ministry stressed that Japan should bear the consequence caused by its illegally “buying” the disputed islands. (Xinhua)
  • Kazakhstan: President Nazarbayev appointed ex-PM Massimov to head his presidential administration. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: Thousands of Sri Lankan Muslims protested the film Innocence of Muslims in the capital. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU President Rompuy warned EU states risked “losing the sense of urgency” in fighting the Euro zone debt crisis. (DPA)
  • Belarus: Authorities said that all but one of the 110 seats in parliament have been assigned after widely disputed elections. (AP)
  • Greece: Thousands of Greek journalists launched a 24-hour strike over pay cuts and labor reforms. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police in Dagestan say four men were killed after opening fire on police officers. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with President Ahmadinejad and warned him of the “potentially harmful consequences of inflammatory rhetoric.” (AFP)
  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb killed four schoolchildren in Anbar province. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian Finance Minister warned that the Palestinian Authority requires additional funding for the two-state solution to remain viable. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebels in Aleppo greeted the announcement that their central command has moved from Turkey to inside Syria with indifference bordering on hostility. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iran blocked access to Google and Gmail amid first steps by the country to establish a walled-off national intranet separate from the worldwide Internet. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 19W
    • Location: 340 NM SSW of Iwo-To, Japan
    • Movement: N at 12 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 18W (Jelawat)
    • Location: 415 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 143 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 485 miles S of the Azores
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Miriam
    • Location: 430 miles SSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25SEP)

  • Global: UN General Assembly General Debate opens, attended by world leaders.
  • Asia: UN forces take control of Seoul three months after falling into the hands of North Korea – 1950
  • Japan: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake in offshore Hokkaido – 2003.
  • Kuwait: Top court determines constitutionality of electoral boundaries.

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