ONS: 04 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 4, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan government appointed new head of military
  • AMERICAS: Jamaican opposition won parliamentary elections
  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban agreed to open office in Qatar
  • EUROPE: US added sanctions on Belarus  
  • MIDDLE EAST: US rejected Iranian threats in Gulf of Hormuz
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers create satellite-based internet  

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Arab League observer mission under intense criticism
    • The leader of an armed rebel group stated he would escalate attacks on Assad loyalist forces if the Arab League monitors did not improve their performance.
    • The Syrian opposition is divided over how to deal with the continuation of the crackdown, despite the presence of observers.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, Bloomberg, AFP

AFRICA

  • Region: The Kenyan military reported killing three Al Shabab militants during clashes in Somalia. (AP)
  • Egypt: A final day of voting in parliamentary elections took place. (Al Jazeera)
  • Libya: The government named retired general Yousouf al-Manqoush as head of the armed forces. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen attacked a police station in northern Nigeria, killing at least one. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: Two people were killed and 18 wounded in a grenade attack on a Kigali market. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Authorities reported deaths from violent crime declined in 2011, despite an apparent increase in drug cartel activity. (AFP)
  • Jamaica: Opposition People’s National Party defeated the incumbent Labor Party in parliamentary elections by a wide margin. (AP)
  • Mexico: The army captured seven members of the Los Zetas cartel in Matamoros. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban confirmed it agreed to open a political office in Qatar to facilitate negotiations. (NYT)
  • Indonesia: The government announced plans to construct 24 guided-missile boats over the next 12 years. (Xinhua)
  • Korean Peninsula: A South Korean think-tank reported in its estimate, North Korean military strategy was superior to the South’s. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Security forces killed 16 militants in two clashes. The first took place in Kurram agency while the second occurred in Balochistan, northeast of Quetta. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: US President Obama signed into law additional sanctions on Belarus. (RIA Novosti)
  • Germany: A political scandal surrounding President Wulff intensified due to new allegations of media suppression. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: Authorities seized 179 kg of heroin in Edirne province in the northwest of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US rejected Iran’s warning over the redeployment of an aircraft carrier to the Gulf of Hormuz. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: A series of bombings on the homes of police officers in Baghdad killed at least two and wounded at least nine. (AP)
  • Yemen: At least nine al-Qaeda militants and two Yemeni soldiers died in clashes in Zinjibar. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet Censorship: Hackers are looking to circumvent Internet censorship laws like the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act in the U.S. by building their own, satellite-based Internet. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Benilde
    • Location: 870 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: ESE at 11 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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