ONS: 01 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian opposition groups called for further protests against President Morsi despite meetings between the president and leaders of the opposition at al Azhar.
  • AMERICAS: Civilians who took up arms against criminals in a southwestern Mexican mountain village formed a tribunal to try 55 people they detained for links to drug gangs and other charges.
  • ASIA: A suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Hangu near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, killing 21, both Sunni and Shia.
  • EUROPE:  Greek Doctors and dock workers continued their strikes for a second day, cutting off a number of islands from ferry services completely.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Lebanese official announced Israeli fighter planes had been seen in Lebanese airspace flying toward the Hezbollah-controlled Bekaa Valley.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter’s popularity in the Arabian Gulf is emboldening its citizens to exchange views on delicate issues despite strict censorship on traditional media.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Government completes preparations for third nuclear test; Japan, ROK and US urge DPRK not to do the test; US submarine arrives at ROK port.
    • The military covered the entrance to a tunnel at its nuclear test site in an effort to avoid satellite monitoring.
    • Japan, South Korea, and the United States issued a trilateral statement urging the North Korean government to forgo the test.
    • An American nuclear-powered submarine arrived in a South Korean port for naval drills to test joint readiness.
    • Coverage: Chosun Ilbo, AFP, NYT, Yonhap, Telegraph
  • Turkey: Two guards killed in blast outside US embassy in Ankara: TV
    • According to NTV Television, several people were wounded as well when the bomb went off inside the security checkpoint.
    • It was not immediately known what caused the explosion but some media speculated it could have been a suicide bombing.
    • The force of the blast damaged nearby buildings in the Cankaya neighborhood where many other state institutions and embassies are also located.
    • No group as of yet has claimed responsibility for the blast.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Former UN Secretary General Annan launched a commission to tackle drug trafficking in West Africa as the region increasingly becomes a stopover point for cocaine and marijuana shipments from the Americas to Europe. (AP)
  • Egypt: Opposition groups called for further protests against President Morsi despite meetings between the President and leaders of the opposition at al-Azhar. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Security forces arrested several suspects in connection to a recent spate of insecurity at Dadaab’s Ifo 2 refugee camp in the north. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Representatives of northern communities met at the presidential palace to discuss the democratic transition proposed by the government and resolution of the current crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Police charged five people including a journalist and a woman allegedly raped by government troops for “offending the honor of a state institution. (AFP)
  • South Africa: A court postponed sentencing Henry Okah, a Nigerian, who was convicted of 13 terrorism charges, including the 2010 bombings in Abuja. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: FM Timerman rejected an invitation from British FM Hague to meet members of the Falkland Islands government during his visit to London. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Civilians who took up arms against criminals in a southwestern mountain village formed a tribunal to try 55 people they detained for links to drug gangs and other charges. (AFP)
  • United States: Officials said the government is considering a range of actions to bolster cybersecurity after repeated cyber attacks on American companies and government agencies. (AP)
  • Venezuela: HRW said in a report that President Chavez’s government has completely sidelined the Supreme Court, wielding unilateral control of the country. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed seven Taliban militants in Nad Ali district of Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: An independent investigation claimed police used white phosphorus to break up a protest, causing severe burns on monks and other protesters.  (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque in Hangu near the Afghan border, killing 21, both Sunni and Shia. (AP)
  • Philippines: Two soldiers were killed in attacks by the New People’s Army in the Compostela Valley. (Xinhua)
  • Taiwan: Premier Chen stepped down after his cabinet came under fire for its poor handling of the economy and will be replaced by current Vice Premier Jiang Yi-huah. (Bloomberg)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Presidential candidate Airikyan was wounded in an assassination attempt in Yerevan, potentially postponing the elections scheduled for 18FEB. (Reuters)
  • Belarus: The Finance Ministry announced the country had received a further USD440 million in bailout assistance from the Eurasian Economic Community. (Xinhua)
  • France: The interior ministry said it had expelled a Moroccan citizen linked with an Islamist extremist group from French territory. (AFP)
  • Greece: Doctors and dock workers continued their strikes for a second day, cutting off a number of islands from ferry services completely. (AP)
  • Netherlands: The government nationalized the country’s fourth largest bank, SNS Reaal, at a cost of 3.7 billion euros. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Salehi expressed hope that US Secretary Kerry will soften “anti-Iranian” US policy in his new position at the State Department. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Tens of thousands of Sunni protesters blocked a major western highway as an al Qaeda-affiliate called on Sunnis to take up arms against the government. (AP)
  • Lebanon:  An official announced Israeli fighter planes had been seen in Lebanese airspace flying toward the Hezbollah-controlled Bekaa Valley. (AP)
  • Syria: Unidentified gunmen opened fire on a bus in Aleppo killing four civilians while government tanks shelled a number of cities in the south, including Homs. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter’s popularity in the Arabian Gulf is emboldening its citizens to exchange views on delicate issues despite strict censorship on traditional media. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Felleng)
    • Location: 340 mi NW of La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Lata, Soloman Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 4.4 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02FEB)

  • Global: Organization of Islamic Cooperation Summit in Cairo, Egypt (to 07FEB).
  • Egypt: Anniversary of the football riot in Port Said, Egypt that left 74 fans dead – 2012.
  • Germany: VP Biden will meet with Russian FM Lavrov and Syrian opposition leader Moaz al-Khatib on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.
  • Iran: The country’s Space Agency will unveil a new homemade satellite.
  • Laos: Admission into the WTO.

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