ONS: 03 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African Republic President Bozize fired his defense minister and army chief, as he prepares to enter talks with rebels. He will take over these positions
  • AMERICAS: Argentine President Fernandez called on the UK to hand over the Falkland Islands, reigniting a territorial row.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a US drone strike killed at least 13 including top Pakistani warlord Mullah Nazir.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities arrested former Army Chief Ismail Hakki Karadayi for his alleged role in a 1997 coup that forced the Islamic-leaning government out of power.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a string of targeted attacks on Shiite pilgrims and anti-Al Qaida members killed five.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Al Jazeera acquired struggling US cable channel Current TV.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence spiked throughout the country as the UN announced the official death toll from the 21-month old conflict to be 60,000.
    • Rebels launched assaults to try to take strategic airports in northern Syria with clashes at Aleppo International Airport, Taftanaz airbase, and Dier Ezzor airbase.
    • An air strike on a fuel station southeast of Damascus killed or wounded dozens.
    • A UN report stated more than 60,000 Syrians have died and that around 569,000 Syrians have fled the country, with 89,000 fleeing in December alone.
    • Coverage: AFP, Aljazeera, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: The multinational African force CEEAC vowed to protect the town of Damara against Seleka rebels. (AFP).
  • Algeria: Security forces killed two Islamist insurgents in Boulzazene in the Boumerdes region, 45 miles east of Algiers. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: President Bozize fired his defense minister and army chief, as he prepares to enter talks with rebels. He will take over these positions.(AFP)
  • Libya: Two Libyans were killed when fighting erupted between rival tribes in the southern oasis of Sabha. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Armed clashes in Darfur killed 22 and injured 25. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez called on the UK to hand over the Falkland Islands, reigniting a territorial row. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Soldiers killed at least 12 cartel members in a gun battle that spanned 31 miles. (AFP)
  • United States: Secretary Clinton briefly left the hospital where she was being treated for a blood clot; the State Department said she has been in contact with staff. (Reuters)
  • United States: President Obama signed a $633 billion defense bill for next year that tightens penalties on Iran and bolsters security at diplomatic missions. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition groups demanded to know the true state of health of President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodian PM Sen appealed to both Cambodians and Thais along the border to get on with each other to build a border of peace, friendship, cooperation and development. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An IED in the south killed a Danish ISAF soldier. (Xinhua)
  • Burma:  After admitting airstrike attacks, the Myanmar government called for an immediate ceasefire between troops and rebels from the Kachin ethnic group. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least 13 including top Pakistani warlord Mullah Nazir. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Unknown militants captured at least seven soldiers in the Jand province. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The Communist Party of the Philippines decided to extend its ceasefire declaration until January 15. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Hungary: Several of Hungary’s main opposition groups began talks on a possible electoral alliance aimed at dislodging PM Orban at the next elections due in early 2014. (AFP)
  • Romania: IMF and EU auditors announced they will visit Romania this month to discuss the 2013 draft budget and progress on general government reforms (AFP)
  • Turkey: The PKK set off a percussion bomb in an attack on a Turkish High school, leaving three injured.
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested former Army Chief Ismail Hakki Karadayi for his alleged role in a 1997 coup that forced the Islamic-leaning government out of power. . (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: A local Turkish newspaper reported Turkish security forces killed 46 members of the PKK in Iraq during a cross-border operation during the last days of December. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A string of targeted attacks on Shiite pilgrims and anti-Al Qaida members killed five. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A group of Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the West the Bank, injuring several. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Acquisitions: Al Jazeera acquired Current TV, a struggling cable channel. The move will give Al Jazeera much wanted access to US homes. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07S (Dumile)
    • Location: 85 NM NW of La Reunion (Indian Ocean)
    • Movement: S at 14 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Nothing to Report

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