ONS: 02 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 2, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African Republic rebel forces halted their advance to the capital and agreed to entering peace talks.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian military killed 13 FARC rebels in an air strike.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban killed four and injured 42 in a bomb attack on protesters in Karachi.
  • EUROPE: The Russian Armed forces announced major naval maneuvers to take place this January involving the Northern, Black sea and Pacific fleets to be held in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Twenty Syrian troops including a general defected and fled to Turkey.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Application developers reported Apple is currently testing the iPhone 6 and iOS 7.

TOP STORY

  • Venezuela: Officials and family members addressed rumors that President Chavez has passed away.
    • President Chavez has not been seen by the public in three weeks and recent reports described his condition as ‘delicate’, ‘complex’ and ‘critical’
    • Vice President Maduro returned to Venezuela, stating Chavez showed immense strength in the recovery process.
    • Family and officials reported President Chavez is fully aware of the complex situation and conscious.
    • Coverage: (Reuters), (AP), (Xinhua), (Aljazeera),

AFRICA

  • Regional: The countries of central Africa sent reinforcements to protect the Central African Republic’s capital from rebels. (AFP)
  • Algeria: Troops killed six armed Islamists and seized weapon stockpiles 30 miles east of Algiers. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: Rebel forces halted their advance to the capital and agreed to enter into peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The leader of the largest Islamist ultraconservative party, Salafi Al-Nour, announced he is forming a new party. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The military Joint Task Force killed 13 Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: President al Bashir agreed to attend a summit on Friday with his South Sudanese counterpart to push stalled economic and security deals. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The military killed 13 FARC rebels in an air strike. (BBC)
  • Colombia: FARC rebels attacked a Colombian police station with explosives, injuring six. (EFE).
  • Peru: Twenty-seven inmates escaped from a prison in Lima during a mass riot. (BBC)
  • United States: President Obama signed off on a bill that avoided raising middle-class tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts. (VoA)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: ISAF and Afghan forces arrested a Taliban leader in the Kandahar province. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Video footage revealed government forces targeting Kachin rebels, despite previous denials from the military. (BBC)
  • Korea, South: The Nuclear and Security Commission approved the restart of two nuclear reactors despite popular discontent. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: The Taliban killed four and injured 42 in a bomb attack on protesters in Karachi. (UPI)
  • Philippines: Communist insurgents called off a truce with the government, two weeks ahead of the scheduled expiration date. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: A French satirical magazine released a 64-page special issue with cartoons of Muhammed. (DPA)
  • Portugal: President Silva said he will send this year’s controversial budget to the Constitutional Court. (BBC)
  • Russia: The armed forces announced major naval maneuvers to take place this January involving the Northern, Black sea and Pacific fleets to be held in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: A 270 page report accused the EU of “biased” and “bigoted” attitudes towards Turkey’s EU membership bid. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: President al-Maliki offered a prisoner release in an attempt to quell protests in Sunni areas of the country. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli troops wounded dozens of Palestinians in clashes in a West Bank village following protests. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel forces attacked the government-controlled military airport of Taftanaz in the country’s north. (Reuters)
  • Syria: A group of twenty Syrian troops including a general defected and fled to Turkey.(AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Investment: Data revealed investors are putting less money into US startups, creating fears in Silicon Valley. (WSJ)
  • Apple: Application developers reported Apple is currently testing the iPhone 6 and iOS 7. (Venture Beat)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07S (Dumile)
    • Location: 370 NM N of La Reunion (Indian Ocean)
    • Movement: SSW at  16 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05P (Freda)
    • Location: 225 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia.
    • Movement: S at 8 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Nothing to Report.

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