ONS: 02 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Somalia’s leadership approved a new constitution.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican marines clashed with suspected criminals in Veracruz, leaving six dead.  
  • ASIA: Afghan government forces thwarted a planned insurgent raid on Kabul, killing at least eight militants.
  • EUROPE: Greece’s ruling coalition government agreed on a new austerity plan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu made statements expressing doubt that sanctions would deter Iran from seeking nuclear weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FTC proposed tighter privacy regulations on websites that target or have youth audiences.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Battle of Aleppo continued to rage.
    • Government forces launched raids on rebel suburban neighborhoods outside Damascus, killing dozens.
    • Rebels shelled Menagh air base near Aleppo as fighting continued throughout the city.
    • A video allegedly showing rebels executing regime loyalists in Aleppo was released.
    • US President Obama was reported to have authorized secret support for rebels seeking the overthrow of the Assad regime.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Reuters-2, Bloomberg, VoA, Al Jazeera, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: State news released the names of some of the new ministers named to cabinet positions by PM Kandil. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Boko Haram gunmen launched attacks on police posts in Gombe. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The country’s leadership approved a new constitution. (AP)
  • Sudan: AU Commission Head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said peace efforts in Sudan were more important than President al Bashir’s arrest. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Jose Benito Cabrera, a high-ranking FARC commander, said Colombia’s “political class” does not want to negotiate for peace because they benefit from the conflict. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A gunfight in Veracruz between marines and suspected criminals left six dead. (EFE)
  • Peru: Police seized USD2.3 million in counterfeit dollars. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: India lifted its ban on foreign investment into the country from Pakistan. (AP)
  • Region: Pentagon planners will consider adding bombers and attack submarines as part of a growing US focus on security challenges in the Asia-Pacific. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Two ISAF soldiers were killed in a blast in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Government forces thwarted a planned insurgent raid on Kabul, killing at least eight militants. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: UN aid agencies reported the country needed immediate food assistance following heavy flooding. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The country was reported to be close to an agreement with the US for extending the range of its ballistic missile defenses. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The US slapped sanctions on five key leaders of the Camorra, one of Europe’s largest criminal organizations. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The ruling coalition government agreed on a new austerity plan. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Police arrested three suspected members of al Qaeda in the southern province of Cadiz. (AFP)
  • Spain: The country is expected to face a difficult debt auction due to fears about the ECB governing council meeting. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Warplanes and helicopters attacked Kurdish rebel positions near the Iraqi and Iranian borders. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US congress overwhelmingly approved a new set of sanctions on the country. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: At least seven were killed in three separate clashes between security forces and insurgents in northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu made statements expressing doubt that sanctions would deter Iran from seeking nuclear weapons. (WSJ)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman said he refuses to allow the Lebanese territories to turn into a corridor for arms smuggling. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FTC proposed tighter privacy regulations on websites that target or have youth audiences. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Damrey
    • Location: 160 NM NNE of Shanghai
    • Movement: WNW at 24 mph
    • Winds: 95 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Saola
    • Location: 10 NM NE of Taipei
    • Movement: NNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 55 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Five
    • Location: 640 miles E of the Windward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Central Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 143.3 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 70..6km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03AUG)

  • Middle East: Anniversary of a cross-border shoot-out between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers – 2010.
  • Niger: Celebration of Independence Day – 1960.
  • United Kingdom: Anniversary of a car bomb exploding in London that injured seven – 2001.

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