ONS: 03 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian parliamentary elections continued into third round
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities reported 12,000 killed in 2011 by drug violence
  • ASIA:  Afghan Taliban confirmed “initial agreement” for Qatar office
  • EUROPE: Hungary protesters rally in Budapest against new constitution  
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Arab League mission in Syria came under fire
  • TECHNOLOGY: Saudi hackers stole credit card data from 400k Israelis

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Continued tension over the Strait of Hormuz
    • Iran threatened action if a US carrier, which previously left the Gulf ahead of Iranian naval exercises, returned to the area.
    • The navy concluded ten days of exercises.
    • Three missile tests were conducted, including one long range anti-ship cruise missile.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, Bloomberg, AFP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The third round of voting for parliamentary elections occurred. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A former warlord in northern Nigeria warned the Boko Haram that a backlash against them might occur should they continue attacks in the south. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: Army officials claimed the security situation in Pibor is now under control. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: A human rights group reported the death of a prisoner due to a hunger strike. (CNN)
  • Mexico: Authorities reported 12,000 people were killed by drug-related violence in 2011. (WaPo)
  • Peru: Activists protested against the construction of a gold mine near Cajamarca. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Three North Koreans were shot and killed attempting to cross the border into China. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban confirmed its “initial agreement” to open an office in Qatar to facilitate peace talks with the US. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing killed five in Kandahar. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Two bomb attacks in northwestern Pakistan killed five. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Region: The new leader of the breakaway Transdniestr region of Moldova visited Moscow. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Thousands of protesters gathered in Budapest to oppose the new constitution. (CNN)
  • Russia: The proposed “Eurasian Union” will be a component of PM Putin’s Presidential campaign. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government announced it would pay compensation to the victims of an airstrike that killed 35 Kurdish civilians. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan to resume talks. (CNN)
  • Syria: Arab League Secretary General Elaraby said monitors were helping, while activists criticized the mission. (Reuters)
  • Syria: An explosion damaged a gas pipeline in central Syria. (AP)
  • Yemen: Four al-Qaeda militants were killed in clashes with security forces in Abyan. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Saudi hackers stole the credit card information of at least 400,000 Israelis, according to Israeli credit card companies.(RIA Novosti)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Benilde
    • Location: 840 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 03 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (04JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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