ONS: 02 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A hardline Egyptian Islamist party normally allied to the president joined the liberal opposition in calling for a national unity government.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban President Castro is expected to win reelection in the single party elections that are scheduled to be held on Sunday
  • ASIA: Taliban militants attacked a northwestern Pakistani army checkpoint and nearby house, killing 31.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish official claimed that the suicide bomber who struck the American Embassy in Ankara had served a 4-year prison term for terrorism.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian President Ahmadinejad unveiled a new domestically designed fighter jet to commemorate the upcoming 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Washington Post became the third major American news outlet to claim that it had been hit by a cyberattack and suspected Chinese hackers.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Taliban militants attacked a village and a military encampment in a northwestern provice.
    • Militants, including four suicide bombers, attacked an army camp in response to drone strikes in the Khyber-Pakhtunwa district.
    • The militants also attacked a house situated close to the military base, killing 10 members of a single family.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, WaPo, NYT

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A hardline Islamist party normally allied to the president joined the liberal opposition in calling for a national unity government. (AP)
  • Mali:  Several days after Malian and French forces recaptured Timbuktu from Islamist militants the city remains without sufficient water and power supplies. (Xinhua)
  • Mali:  Domestic human rights organizations claimed that no evidence had been given that the army committed any human rights violations against Tuaregs or Arabs. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A number of students and NPC supporters stormed the campus of the main university in Khartoum, setting fire to the rooms of pro-democracy activists. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: President Castro is expected to win reelection in the single party elections that are scheduled to be held on Sunday. (DPA)
  • Haiti:  UN Secretary General Moon appointed Nigel Fisher to serve as the Acting Special Representative to Haiti and to oversee the peacekeeping force there. (AP)
  • Venezuela:  VP Maduro said that President Chavez had entered a new stage in the recovery process after his fourth cancer surgery. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF troops captured five militants in operations in eastern provinces. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The coastguard arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat for fishing in the country’s exclusive economic zone amid the territorial dispute over the Senkaku Islands.
  • Korea, South: The Korean and US navies will hold joint training exercises next week as a warning to North Korea as it prepares for its third nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Nepal: Thousands of former rebel Maoists gathered for the first party convention in 21 years after gaining control of the government in 2008 elections. (FPA)

EUROPE

  • Austria:  Thousands gathered in Vienna to protest against a ball hosted at the Hofburg palace by the right-wing FPO party, injuring two attendees of the ball. (AP)
  • Spain:  PM Rajoy will speak for the first time on the corruption scandal that has implicated himself and numerous other leaders in his conservative Popular Party. (AFP)
  • Turkey:  An official claimed that the suicide bomber who struck the American Embassy in Ankara had served a 4-year prison term for terrorism. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad unveiled a new domestically designed fighter jet to commemorate the upcoming 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Hackers attacked PM al-Maliki’s official website, posting a message demanding his resignation after weeks of Sunni demonstrations against his government. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels gained control of a number of key districts in Aleppo, including the road linking the city to the international airport. (AP)
  • Yemen: Soldiers killed 12 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an assault on a mountain hideout in the south. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Washington Post became the third major American news outlet to claim that it had been hit by a cyberattack and suspected Chinese hackers. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Felleng)
    • Location: 317 m SW of La Reunion
    • Movement: SE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 81 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Lata, Soloman Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 12.4 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03FEB)

  • Cuba: Cuban Parliamentary Elections.
  • Egypt: Egypt’s top court will rule on the constitutional panel.
  • United States: Superbowl.

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