ONS: 03 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US condemned the bombing of civilians by the Sudanese military.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico is sending 4,000 additional troops to Michoacan.
  • ASIA: Pyongyang criticized South Korean for obstructing “highest military contact” with the US.
  • EUROPE: German DM Maiziere said he does not expect a drawdown of NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UNSC considered an amended draft resolution on Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers associated with Anonymous attacked the website of Greece’s justice ministry.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Protests escalated in wake of soccer match deaths
    • Protesters gathered in Cairo and engaged in sporadic clashes with security forces.
    • Protesters laid siege to the Interior Ministry and were repelled by tear gas.
    • Over 1,400 were injured in clashes.
    • In Suez, police used live rounds against crowds, resulting in at least two deaths.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, NY Times, The Guardian, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Libya: The former ambassador to France died in the custody of a militia from possible torture. (AFP)
  • Mali: The Defense and Security Minsters switched positions by order of a presidential decree. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The UN declared the end of famine conditions in the country while noting the continued emergency conditions. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The US condemned the bombing of civilians by the Sudanese military in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo offered to open a new relationship with Latin America based on equal footing and improved balance. (EFE)
  • Colombia: A car bomb outside a police station in Villa Rica killed four and injured 15. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The UNSC will start a four-day mission to Haiti on 13FEB to look at reconstruction efforts from the 2010 earthquake. (DPA)
  • Mexico: The military is sending 4,000 additional troops to Michoacan in preparation for an offensive in Tierra-Caliente. (AP)

ASIA

  • Burma: The US urged the government to address worsening ethnic violence and to accept international monitors in upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Pyongyang criticized South Korean President Lee Myung Bak for obstructing “highest military contact” with the US. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: An attack in the tribal Kurram region left seven soldiers and 18 militants dead. (BBC)
  • Philippines: Security forces in Western Mindanao were put on alert for probable retaliatory attacks by Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiyah. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The presidents of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia met to discuss regional cooperation in the fight against organized crime. (AFP)
  • Kosovo: German DM Maiziere said he does not expect a drawdown of NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo. (DPA)
  • Russia: Doku Umarov, head of the Caucasus Emirate group, ordered a halt to attacks on civilians. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government will launch a website that would monitor the progress of the 04MAR presidential election. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Security forces killed five PKK rebels in Batman province. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: US officials said they believe Iran recently gave new freedoms to top Al Qaeda operatives who were under house arrest. (WSJ)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said  Iran would not yield to international pressure to abandon its nuclear course. (Reuters)
  • Kuwait: The Islamist-led opposition won a majority in Kuwait’s snap elections. (AFP)
  • Syria: The UNSC considered a draft resolution condemning the Syrian crackdown. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers associated with Anonymous posted a protest against Greece’s EU and IMF-inspired austerity policies on the country’s justice ministry’s website. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 21.7 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 23.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04FEB)

  • Russia: Opposition protests and pro-Putin rallies scheduled across the country.
  • Sri Lanka: Independence day celebrated – 1948.
  • United States: Republican party caucus held in Nevada.
  • United States: End of South Korea-US aerial training exercises in Nevada.

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