ONS: 01 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, security forces shot dead a suicide bomber targeting the venue for a national conference on a draft constitution, while a second bomber blew himself up and wounded six police officers.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican prosecutors filed charges against three generals for allegedly providing protection to the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the ISAF reported a senior Taliban commander had been captured during an operation in Zabul province.
  • EUROPE: Spain’s government set debt limits for regions, though Catalonia and Andalucia rejected them.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran has allowed the Taliban to open an office in eastern Iran and discussed providing them with surface-to-air missiles, ramping up the potential for cooperation with the insurgents.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Dropbox admitted some user accounts were hacked and that it was adding security features in response

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Battle of Aleppo continued, Assad calls on Syrian army to fight harder
    • The army continued fighting for control over Aleppo, striking rebel positions with aircraft and artillery.
    • President Assad made public remarks addressing security forces, calling on them to continue fighting a “crucial” battle for the fate of the nation.
    • Members of the Syrian National Council, dissatisfied with the organization, formed a new opposition group, the Council for the Syrian Revolution.
    • Coverage: NYT, BBC, Guardian, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AP, CNN

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Government forces abandoned villages to rebel forces in eastern DRC after running out of ammunition, diplomats said amid mounting concern over the new conflict. (AFP)
  • Egypt: PM Qandil selected his new cabinet, which will be formally announced on Thursday. (AFP)
  • Libya: Seven Iranian aid workers were kidnapped by gunmen in Benghazi. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A bombing struck a military intelligence building in Benghazi. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: In Mogadishu, security forces shot dead a suicide bomber targeting the venue for a national conference on a draft constitution, while a second bomber blew himself up and wounded six police officers. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Eight were killed in a protest against austerity measures in Darfur. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The country’s state of emergency has been extended by just one month, rather than the usual three, due to an improvement in the country’s security situation. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A high-level FARC commander, Fabian Ramirez, stated he is ready to end the conflict. (AP)
  • Colombia: Police seized 10,600 grams of heroin worth USD80 million at a bus terminal in Medellin, preventing it from being shipped to the United States. (UPI)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors filed charges against three generals for allegedly providing protection to the Beltran-Leyva drug cartel. (AP)
  • Venezuela: US GEN Fraser said he doesn’t consider Venezuela to pose a national security threat to the US. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan told India recently obtained evidence of the Mumbai attacks is inadmissible in court because Pakistanis were not allowed to cross-examine Indian officials. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The ISAF reported a senior Taliban commander had been captured during an operation in Zabul province. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: Seoul rejected allegations by Pyongyang that it was preparing to launch terrorist attacks. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The World Bank announced it was ready to resume aid to the country. (AP)
  • Pakistan: New ISI chief LTGEN Zahir ul-Islam arrived in Washington to meet with CIA Director Petraeus and other officials. . (NYT)
  • Philippines: The military says militiamen have rescued 12 Asian crewmen who were left floating on a raft after Indonesian pirates hijacked their vessels. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A senior official in the Socialist party stated the ruling coalition still had significant disagreements over a new round of austerity measures. (AP)
  • Kosovo: An EU prosecutor charged Kosovo’s former prosecutor and 13 other judicial officials with corruption during the privatization of state-run companies. (AFP)
  • Romania: PM Ponta told the EU his government will respect a ruling invalidating an impeachment referendum against his rival President Basescu. (AFP)
  • Spain: Madrid set debt limits for regional governments, though Catalonia and Andalucia rejected them. (AFP, FT)
  • Turkey: Two soldiers were killed in a clash with PKK rebels. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US President Obama announced tightened sanctions on foreign banks involved in the sale of Iranian oil. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The Taliban have been allowed to open an office in eastern Iran and discussed providing them with surface-to-air missiles, ramping up the potential for cooperation with the insurgents. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Two car bombings in Baghdad killed at least 21. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said he is still deliberating whether or not to strike Iran’s nuclear facilities and downplayed a report that the military echelon are not in favor of attacking Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: Police in Amman say they have arrested a 12-member “terrorist cell” and seized “large quantities” of arms and ammunition. (AP)
  • Yemen: Two policemen were killed in an attack by al Qaeda linked militants on a police station in Jaar. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Dropbox admitted some user accounts were hacked and that it was adding security features in response. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Damrey
    • Location: 150 NM SSE of Nasebo, Japan
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Saola
    • Location: 125 NM SE of Taipei
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1100 miles ESE of Windward Islands
    • Movement: W at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02AUG)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of Iraq invading Kuwait sparking the Gulf War – 1990.
  • Egypt: New Cabinet announced.
  • Italy: Anniversary of Bologna bombing – 1980.
  • Macedonia: Anniversary of the Day of the Republic (Independence Day) – 1944.
  • Pakistan: ISI and CIA chiefs meet in Washington, DC.

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