ONS: 03 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2013

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French aircraft are reportedly conducting “major” airstrikes on Islamist targets in Northern Mali.
  • AMERICAS: The kidnapping of two Colombian police officers by the FARC has reportedly endangered peace talks.
  • ASIA: North Korea’s Kim Jong Un issued guidelines on increasing the country’s military power, reportedly an indication it was considering a nuclear test.
  • EUROPE: Turkish far-left militant group DHKP-C claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the US embassy in Ankara that killed one.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian FM Salehi reported the date for six power talks on the country’s nuclear program is set for February 25th, in Kazakhstan
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google chief Eric Schmidt was reported to criticize China’s government for its involvement with hacking in his new book.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Opposition reached out to Russia and Iran for diplomatic solution; Israeli DM Barak commented on air strike, regime survival
    • Opposition leader Mouaz al-Khatib met with the FMs of Russia and Iran in the hopes of brokering an end to the conflict.
    • Syrian TV aired footage of what was reportedly the aftermath of an alleged Israeli airstrike on a research facility outside Damascus.
    • Israeli DM Barak implicitly confirmed it had been conducted by Israel, and stated he saw the fall of President Assad as “imminent.”
    • Coverage: APReutersAP-2BBCVoAAl Jazeera, AFP

AFRICA

  • Kenya: A suspected suicide bomber was killed by the premature detonation of his explosive device, wounding three bystanders. (AFP)
  • Mali: French aircraft reportedly conducted “major” airstrikes on Islamist targets in the country’s north. (AFP)
  • Mali: French President Hollande concluded a visit to Timbuktu, reporting that the France intended to withdraw its forces once a UN backed effort could replace them. (ReutersAl Jazeera)
  • Tunisia: A left-leaning political party accused the country’s Islamists of orchestrating an attack on a meeting of its members Saturday. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The country reported it might seek to purchase Russian air defense missile systems. (AP)
  • Colombia: The kidnapping of two police officers by the FARC has reportedly endangered peace talks. (NYT)
  • Guyana: Four Guyanese soldiers were charged with raiding a mining camp for gold. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A shootout with soldiers in the northeastern part of the country left seven dead. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing killed five in Helmand province. (AP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong Un issued guidelines on increasing the country’s military power, reportedly an indication it was considering a nuclear test. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The country reported it will hold an “emergency meeting” with Kachin rebels, brokered by China. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Taliban militants killed at least nine soldiers and four paramilitaries in an attack on an army base in the country’s northwest. (NYT)
  • Philippines: Police reported Abu Sayyaf militants released two Filipino hostages in the country’s south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Police arrested two suspected members of a domestic terrorist group. (AP)
  • Spain: Protests took place across the country following allegations that PM Rajoy and members of his party had accepted undeclared money. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Far-left militant group DHKP-C claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at the US embassy in Ankara that killed one. (LA Times)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: FM Salehi reported the date for six power talks on the country’s nuclear program is set for February 25th, in Kazakhstan. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The country unveiled a combat aircraft with stealth technology. (BBC)
  • Iraq: A suicide attack on a police building in Kirkuk killed at least 33. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Google chief Eric Schmidt was reported to criticize China’s government for its involvement with hacking in his new book. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Felleng
    • Location: 605 NM SSW of La Reunion
    • Movement: SSE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Kegen, Kazakhstan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 15 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04FEB)

  • Europe: UN International Narcotics Control Board, 106th session in Vienna (to 06FEB).
  • Europe: First Preparatory Meeting of the 21th OSCE Economic and Environmental Forum in Vienna (to 05FEB).
  • Cambodia: Cremation of former king Norodom Sihanouk.
  • United States: US Army Private Bradley Manning goes on trial over WikiLeaks charges.
  • 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)
  • Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Independence Day – 1948.

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