ONS: 04 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Northern Mali Islamist targets continued to be struck by French airstrikes.
  • AMERICAS: Cuba’s Fidel Castro appeared in public to vote in parliamentary elections.
  • ASIA: The US and South Korea began naval exercises amid tension over suspected plans for nuclear tests by North Korea.
  • EUROPE: French President Hollande stated conditions were “not there yet” for an agreement on the EU budget.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian officials stated the country was open to a new round of direct talks with the US.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A secret US government legal review reportedly concluded the administration has a broad authority to launch cyberattacks abroad.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Israel accused of destabilizing Syria; Site struck was a chemical and biological weapon research center; Iran said Israel would regret the strike.
    • Syrian President Assad accused Israel of attempting to destabilize his country.
    • The site struck by an apparent Israeli airstrike was reported to be Syria’s main chemical and biological weapon research center.
    • The head of Iran’s National Security Council stated Israel would “regret” the strike on Syria.
    • Coverage: NYT, Telegraph, AP, Al Jazeera, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Pirates reportedly hijacked a French oil tanker off the country’s coast. (AFP)
  • Mali: French airstrikes continued to strike Islamist targets in the northern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Niger: The government confirmed French special forces were protecting one of the country’s main uranium mines. (BBC)
  • Somalia: Al Shebab militants opened up a new Twitter account, after having their previous account suspended less than two weeks ago. (AFP)
  • Sudan: President Bashir reportedly met with the leader of Palestine’s Islamic Jihad in Khartoum. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Fidel Castro appeared in public to vote in parliamentary elections. (BBC)
  • Paraguay: Opposition Presidential candidate Lino Oviedo died in a helicopter accident when he was returning from a rally north of Asuncion. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: The country’s military chief stated President Chavez was experiencing his “best moment” since his cancer surgery in December. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Top Pentagon officials stated they expected to keep a US military presence in Afghanistan after 2014. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing south of Kabul killed one and injured six. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The US and South Korea began naval exercises amid tension over suspected plans for nuclear tests by North Korea. (BBC)
  • Myanmar: Peace talks brokered by China began between the government and Kachin rebels. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: A clash between Abu Sayyaf and MILF militants reportedly killed 22 in the country’s south. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: French President Hollande stated conditions were “not there yet” for an agreement on the EU budget. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The opposition Socialist Party called on PM Rajoy to resign. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The country’s unemployment rate was reported to have risen to 26%. (BBC)
  • Turkey: FM Davutoglu said Turkey pledged its continued support to the Syrian opposition. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials stated the country was open to a new round of direct talks with the US. (NYT)
  • Iraq: A suicide bombing north of Baghdad killed at least 19. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Authorities reportedly arrested at least 20 members of Hamas. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Troops sealed off the town of Arsal near the Syrian border after attackers ambushed an army force, killing two soldiers and wounding others. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: A secret legal review reportedly concluded the administration has a broad authority to launch cyberattacks abroad. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05FEB)

  • Bangladesh: Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh, calls for a nation-wide strike.
  • Belgium: International talks on the Mali crisis will begin in Brussels.
  • Belgium: French President Hollande will address the European Parliament to set out his vision of the future of the European Union.
  • Latvia: The country will make a force request to the European Commission to determine its ability to join the eurozone.
  • Turkey: OSCE “High-level conference on freedom of expression and the media in Turkey”, taking place in Ankara.
  • United States: The first meeting of UNICEF’s Executive Board (to 08FEB).

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