ONS: 04 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 4, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan PM-elect Shagour presented his cabinet line-up to congress.
  • AMERICAS: Election observers in Venezuela stated the basic conditions for transparent elections have been met.
  • ASIA: A six-day operation in Wardak province, Afghanistan, left up to 30 Taliban militants dead.
  • EUROPE: The Cypriot Council of Ministers convened to approve a final austerity package intended to raise 975 million euros.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A car bomb hit a private security convoy in Baghdad, killing four and wounding at least nine others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Philippines ordered a crackdown after eight government sites were hacked.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Turkey and Damascus exchange fire amid international concern.
    • Syrian shells detonated in Akcakale, Turkey, originating from Tall al-Abyad, Syria.
    • Casualties included five Turkish civilians.
    • Turkey called on the UNSC to take “necessary action” against Syria.
    • NATO and the US condemned the aggressive action by Syria.
    • ABC, AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, BBC

AFRICA

  • Libya: PM-elect Shagour presented the cabinet line-up to the national congress for approval. (DPA)
  • Libya: US State Department pledged a full and transparent inquiry into the consulate attack in Benghazi. (AP)
  • Somalia: The US welcomed the capture of the port city of Kismayo by African Union and Somali forces.
  • Sudan: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon ordered a full investigation into the attack that killed four peacekeepers in Darfur. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Approximately 600 people fled Nariño due to intense fighting between security forces and the FARC. (EFE)
  • Haiti: UN Security Council called on officials to deliver on promises such as strengthening the rule of law and holding transparent elections. (Miami Herald)
  • United States: FBI agents raided a Houston, Texas, company accused of exporting high-tech equipment to Russian officials. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: International observers declared the basic conditions for transparent elections have been met. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A six-day operation in Wardak province left up to 30 Taliban militants dead. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai confirmed that elections are on pace to take place in 2014, denying reports that troop withdrawal and insecurity will suspend the elections. (Xinhua)
  • India: Armed forces successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable Prithvi II ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Former president Arroyo was arrested at a hospital for conspiring to loot nearly 9 million dollars in state lottery funds. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: The Council of Ministers convened to approve a final austerity package intended to raise 975 million euros. (Xinhua)
  • Georgia: President Saakashvili conceded his party lost the parliamentary election. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The government submitted an amnesty bill to parliament, which would not extend amnesty to Tymoshenko. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Secretary Clinton said that sanctions could be “remedied in short order” if the Islamic Republic made a sincere effort to curb its nuclear program. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Authorities used aggressive measures to halt the ‘nosedive’ of the country’s currency. (AP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb hit a private security convoy in Baghdad, killing four and wounding at least nine others. (AFP)
  • Syria: Al-Nusra Front, a jihadist group, claimed responsibility for a series of deadly bomb attacks in Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Philippine Justice Secretary De Lima ordered a crackdown after eight government websites were hacked last week. (UPI)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 20W (Maliksi)
    • Location: 330 nm SE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 32 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21W (Gaemi)
    • Location: 630 NM E of Hue, Vietnam
    • Movement: E at 4 knots
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 185 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 24 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (A): Tropical Storm Oscar
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (P): 10% Chance of Tropical Cyclone Formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles South of the Southern Coast of Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05OCT)

  • Europe: Malta hosts Dialogue Five Plus Five summit of Maghreb and EU countries.
  • Portugal: Republican Day celebrated – 1910.

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