ONS: 01 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 1, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In the CAR, the UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on the M23 and FDLR rebel groups in an attempt to quell fighting.
  • AMERICAS: The White House and Congress reached agreement over taxes and agreed to suspend automatic spending cuts for two months.
  • ASIA: India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities as part of an agreement that bans the countries from attacking each other’s facilities.
  • EUROPE: Turkish intelligence services spoke with jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan on disarming the PKK in a bid to bring an end to the 30 year old conflict
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition attacks closed down Aleppo International Airport.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple announced plans to partner with top local publishers to launch an eBook service in Japan.

TOP STORY:

  • Afghanistan: Security forces killed two Taliban insurgents and detained 13 as NATO coalition forces and Afghanis look for lasting security solutions.
    • The ISAF detained at least 13 insurgents and recovered weapons and explosives.
    • NATO forces killed local Taliban leader Nurullah Khan and one other insurgent in a security operation in the Kunduz province.
    • The Taliban attacked nine fuel tankers supplying NATO-led forces in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
    • Top Afghan negotiator Mohammad Stanekzai said he was optimistic about prospects for reconciliation with the Taliban and that all sides have realized a military solution is not possible.
    • Reports declared that the fourth phase of a security transition from ISAF to Afghan national security troops will begin in two months.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, EFE, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN Security Council imposed an arms embargo on the M23 and FDLR rebel groups in an attempt to quell fighting. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: A Seleka rebel spokesman announced the rebels are divided over whether to start peace talks or carry on their assault. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Gunmen fired on anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square killing one. (AP)
  • Guinea Bissau: UN General Secretary Ban Ki-Moon named former East Timor President, Jose Ramos-Horta, as special representative to Guinea Bissau. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: 60 died in a stampede on New Year’s Eve in Abidjan. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists killed fifteen at a Nigerian church service. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: President Kiir announced his willingness to withdraw his army from the disputed border with Sudan, signaling a possible compromise. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Drug traffickers killed nine people at an upscale farm in the country’s northwest. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: President Santos announced he is undecided on whether to seek a second term in the upcoming 2014 election. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The FARC chief negotiator called for peace through continued struggle and mobilization. (UPI)
  • United States: The White House and Congress reached agreement over taxes and agreed to suspend automatic spending cuts for two months.(AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear facilities as part of an agreement that bans the countries from attacking each other’s facilities. (AP)
  • Hong Kong: Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets calling for the city’s chief executive to quit and demanding greater democracy. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan released eight Afghan Taliban prisoners in a bid to aid peace efforts. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Extremists killed seven charity school workers in the northwest tribal region. (AFP)
  • South Korea: Activists launched balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border, raising concerns of North Korean reprisals. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Police arrested 25 at an unsanctioned gathering in central Moscow. (AP)
  • Turkey: Intelligence services spoke with jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan on disarming the PKK in a bid to bring an end to the 30 year old conflict. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The UK assumed its year-long presidency of the G8, meaning it will host this year’s annual summit and choose the global priorities to be discussed. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian naval forces successfully test fired the Noor long-range missile. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Iraqi PM Maliki accused Turkey and Syrian rebels of causing unrest among Sunni protesters. (Aljazeera)
  • Syria: Rebel attacks closed down Aleppo International Airport. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Security forces arrested more than ten people linked to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who recruited members in the state. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • AntiVirus: A recent report revealed major anti-virus protections do little in terms of security given the pace of viral adaptations; companies are now looking start-ups for security solutions. (NYT)
  • Apple: Apple announced plans to partner with top local publishers to launch an eBook service in Japan. (Techcrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07S (Dumile)
    • Location: 550 NM N of La Reunion (Indian Ocean)
    • Movement: SSW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 17 mph
    • Map
  • Tropical Cyclone 05P (Freda)
    • Location: 355 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia.
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: San Cristobal Volcano, Nicaragua

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Nothing to Report.

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