ONS: 27 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French President Hollande said that French troops would not interfere in the internal affairs of the CAR.
  • AMERICAS: The leader of Peru’s Shining Path rebel group denied he was captured by police and soldiers
  • ASIA: Four Afghan policemen were killed and two wounded in an insurgent attack assisted by an insider loyal to the Taliban.
  • EUROPE:  Belarus is to reopen talks on a new loan program with the IMF in the spring of 2013.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army announced the establishment of a third brigade to augment it’s southern division along the Egyptian border.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter is reaching out to the television production community to find out ways that it can further integrate with this media platform.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Syrian diplomats in Moscow for talks ahead of UN-AL peace envoy meeting
    • A Syrian government delegation led by Deputy FM Faisal Muqdad began talks at the Russian foreign ministry.
    • UN-AL peace envoy Brahimi called for “real” change in war-torn Syria and the installation of a transition government with full powers until elections can be held.
    • Brahimi is to hold talks on 01JAN13 with Moscow.
    • Russia denied the existence of any joint plan with the US on the crisis in Syria, after reports of an initiative that would see President Assad step down in 2014.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: A bomb intended to kill soldiers killed two youths in the restive Bouira region. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: A regional military force is to send more troops to help secure the capital in the face of a rebel advance. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: French President Hollande said that French troops would not interfere in the internal affairs of the CAR. (AFP)
  • Sudan: “Armed groups” from South Sudan clashed with Arab tribesmen in Samaha. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: President Martelly promised to call mid-term elections and boost economic recovery. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: The leader of Peru’s Shining Path rebel group denied he was captured by police and soldiers. (AP)
  • United States: Methamphetamine lab seizures are on the rise in US cities and suburbs, raising new concerns about the spread of production beyond rural areas. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia and China are planning joint military exercises which may also include the US. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Four Afghan policemen were killed and two wounded in an insurgent attack assisted by an insider loyal to the Taliban. (AFP)
  • Australia: FM Carr welcomed news that Australian man Warren Rodwell was alive after being held hostage for more than a year in the Philippines. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The ROK submitted a claim to an extended portion of seabed beyond its exclusive economic zone in the East China Sea to a UN body. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russia-NATO Council will meet at the level of chiefs of General Staff at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on 16JAN13. (Interfax)
  • Belarus: Belarus is to reopen talks on a new loan program with the IMF in the spring of 2013. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: A deputy mufti in the province of North Ossetia was killed overnight. (AFP)
  • Russia: A warlord and two gunmen were killed by police in North Caucasian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said it would allow the IAEA to inspect a military site if threats of Israeli attacks on the country’s nuclear facilities were defused. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Turkish F-16 warplanes struck targets belonging to the PKK in the north of Iraq. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: The Israeli army announced the establishment of a third brigade to augment it’s southern division along the Egyptian border. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Israeli PM Netanyahu recently paid an unannounced visit to Jordan and met with King Abdullah II. (DPA)
  • Kuwait: HRW accused Kuwaiti police of using “excessive force” against opposition protesters and called on the Gulf state’s rulers to respect the right to peaceful assembly. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter is reaching out to the television production community to find out ways that it can further integrate with this media platform. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 27W (Wukong)
    • Location: 285 NM SSW of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: SSW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 28 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: San Cristobal Volcano, Nicaragua

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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