ONS: 02 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram denied reports that the militant group was involved in peace talks with the government
  • AMERICAS: Peace talks between the Colombian government and the FARC were delayed one week
  • ASIA: The Japanese Coast Guard reported four Chinese government ships were in waters off of the disputed Senkaku Islands.
  • EUROPE: Preliminary results of Georgia’s parliamentary elections indicated an unexpected victory for the opposition party coalition.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni security forces killed four suspected al Qaeda militants in Aden.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The judge in the Apple vs. Samsung copyright case rescinded a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy phones.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government accused US of supporting terrorism, UN warned over chemical weapons, fighting continued
    • FM Moualem accused the US and allies of supporting terrorism by arming rebel groups in the country.
    • UN chief Ban Ki-Moon warned the government on the use of chemical weaponry.
    • Activists reported continued shelling across the country.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, VoA, Al Jazeera, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Amnesty International called on the government to deal with a legacy of abuse by the police and military that continued after the ouster of President Mubarak. (AP)
  • Kenya: Suspected al Shabaab militants attacked a police post in Garissa. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The leader of Boko Haram denied reports that the militant group was involved in peace talks with the government. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The US called on the government to denounce the M23 rebel group in the Congo. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Government troops deployed throughout the former rebel bastion of Kismayu. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Barbadian FM Mcclean said the Caribbean Community and Common Market sub-region has “become a major transit and destination point for the trafficking of illicit drugs and firearms.” (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Peace talks between the government and FARC were delayed one week. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Authorities arrested a suspected Sinaloa cartel member in Guatemala City. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez vowed to enact a stronger drive towards socialism if re-elected. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Coast Guard reported four Chinese government ships were in waters off of the disputed Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The ISAF reported a Haqqani leader suspected of supporting a suicide bombing was arrested in Logar province. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Security officials are on alert around official camps of Rohingya Muslims following weekend attacks on minority Buddhists and their temples in the area. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The government accused US policy of risking nuclear war. (Bloomberg)
  • Philippines: Government and MILF representatives resumed peace talks in Malaysia. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: President Saakashvili conceded defeat in parliamentary elections, in which the opposition Georgian Dream took 53.19% of the vote compared to the ruling party’s 41.5%.  (WSJ)
  • Greece: The government unveiled a draft budget designed to satisfy the troika of inspectors from the EC, the IMF and the ECB. (WSJ)
  • Spain: Analysts reported uncertainty over a possible bailout for the government. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A foreign ministry spokesman stated there was “no ground” for a restoration of US-Iranian relations. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Yaalon stated sanctions were not preventing Iran’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Clashes erupted between security forces and displaced Syrians in northern Jordan after dozens rioted over living conditions in the country’s only camp for Syrians. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Four suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Aden. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: DM Ahmed survived an assassination attempt. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: The judge in the Apple vs. Samsung copyright case rescinded a ban on US sales of Samsung Galaxy phones. (Ars Technica)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Maliksi
    • Location: 235 NM SSE of Iwo-To, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Gaemi
    • Location: 460 NM E of Hue, Vietnam
    • Movement: SE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 685 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: ESE at 6 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 60% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles WSW of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the east coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03OCT)

  • Asia: Pakistan Army Chief Kayani visits Moscow to improve relations.
  • Europe: Anniversary of Poles surrender after Warsaw uprising – 1944.
  • Germany: Unity Day celebrated – 1990.
  • Iraq: Independence Day celebrated – 1932.
  • United States: First presidential debate takes place.

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