ONS: 01 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US is preparing for a stepped-up counterterrorism campaign against AQIM in response to the 11SEP attack on the US consulate in Libya.
  • AMERICAS: The secretary of the Mexican marines said its troops burned 119 metric tons of marijuana plants seized in Michoacan.
  • ASIA: The Bangladeshi government sent in troops to guard Buddhist neighborhoods after Muslim mobs carried out fresh attacks on temples and homes.
  • EUROPE:  Georgians started voting in parliamentary polls in the wake of a torture scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh al-Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Iran removed online blocks on Gmail but a government Internet filtering committee official said other additional censorship was being prepared against YouTube.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack strikes NATO and Afghan forces in Khost; Taliban leader in Nangarhar killed.
    • A suicide attack on a joint NATO-Afghan foot patrol killed at least 13 people, including three NATO troops and four Afghan police.
    • An attack near a market in Khost left six civilians dead and 37 wounded.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on ISAF troops.
    • Afghan and coalition forces killed the prime Taliban leader in Sherzad district in an operation in Nangarhar province.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, AFP, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: The US is preparing for a stepped-up counterterrorism campaign against AQIM in response to the 11SEP attack on the US consulate in Libya. (WSJ)
  • Kenya: Two police officers were killed and their rifles stolen near the border with Somalia. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: An explosion and multiple shootings hit a military outpost in Maiduguri. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Troops from AMISOM and Somali National Army captured the town of Canjeel in outskirts of Kismayo. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Haiti: Several thousand people in Port-au-Prince protested the government of President Martelly. (AP)
  • Mexico: The secretary of the Mexican marines said its troops burned 119 metric tons of marijuana plants seized in Michoacan. (AP)
  • Nicaragua: The National Police seized approximately one ton of cocaine on the country’s southern Caribbean coast. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: A crowd estimated to be at least 100,000 people gathered in Caracas to support opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP)

ASIA

  • Bangladesh: The government sent in troops to guard Buddhist neighborhoods after Muslim mobs carried out fresh attacks on temples and homes. (AFP)
  • Japan: The cabinet resigned en masse in an indication of a coming reshuffle by PM Noda. (AFP)
  • Japan: PM Noda said Japan has no intention to use the ICJ to solve tensions with China over islands in the East China Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Kashmir: At least five suspected Muslim militants were killed in a clash with security forces in India-administered Kashmir. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike targeting a vehicle killed at least three militants near the Afghan border. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Voting in parliamentary polls began in the wake of a torture scandal. (AFP)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Stournaras is to hold crucial talks with the country’s international creditors, as the latest controversial round of cuts goes before parliament. (AFP)
  • Serbia: The country’s deputy prime minister in charge of “eurointegration” said Serbia is in no rush to meet EU conditions for membership. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The country’s highest court rejected the final appeal by nine medics against their convictions linked to anti-regime protests last year. (AFP)
  • Iraq: September was the deadliest month in Iraq in more than two years, with 365 people killed in attacks. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Gaza-based Salafist group Jaysh al-Umma accused the ruling Hamas movement of arresting and torturing six of its members, including its leader. (AFP)
  • Syria: Pro-government media reported fighting between government troops and rebels in Aleppo left 235 rebels dead. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Activists reported at least 15 people were killed when Syrian warplanes raided a village in Idlib. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Iran removed online blocks on Gmail but a government Internet filtering committee official said other additional censorship was being prepared against YouTube. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression 20W (Twenty)
    • Location: A few hundred miles SSE of Tokyo
    • Movement: NW at 11 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 18W (Jelawat)
    • Location: 105 NM S of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 44 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Nadine
    • Location: A few hundred miles WSW of the Azores.
    • Movement: 6 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles SW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Colombia
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 168.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02OCT)

  • Asia: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) hosts an international youth forum in Belokurikha, Altai Territory, Russian Federation until 02NOV.
  • Guinea: Independence Day celebrated – 1958.

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