ONS: 04 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 4, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, gunmen attacked an army post in the Sinai Peninsula a day after tanks were withdrawn from the area.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, the leader of the FARC said the group will enter into peace talks with President Santos’s administration in Havana “without grudges or arrogance.”
  • ASIA: NATO SG Rasmussen said the surge in attacks in Afghanistan against NATO-led foreign troops will not cause an early withdrawal.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Rasmussen is scheduled to visit Georgia on 06SEP.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Hezbollah said Iran could strike US bases in the Middle East in response to any Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws.

TOP STORY

  • China: US Secretary Clinton in Beijing for South China Sea talks; Sino-Indian military exercises, DPRK nuclear program.
    • Secretary Clinton heads to Beijing after talks in Indonesia as she voiced hope for progress in managing soaring tensions in the South China Sea.
    • China’s state media warned the US to stop pursuing policies aimed at stemming Beijing’s growing political influence.
    • Indian DM Antony announced joint military exercises between India and China will be resumed.
    • The ROK’s top nuclear envoy will visit China this week to discuss ways to resume nuclear disarmament talks on the DPRK.
    • Philippine officials praised US Secretary Clinton’s call for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South China Sea.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Xinhua, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burundi: An ex-leader of the former rebel National Liberation Forces claimed responsibility for a weekend attack near the capital and announced the creation of a new FNL faction. (AFP)
  • Chad: FPR rebel chief Abdel Kader Baba Ladde surrendered to the Central African army. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Two sailors were killed and two others wounded when Tunisian coastguards fired on an Egyptian fishing flotilla off the Kerkennah islands. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: Gunmen attacked an army post in the Sinai Peninsula a day after tanks were withdrawn from the area. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: A massive stash of what was believed to be weapons-grade uranium found in La Paz was found to contain just 68 grams of the radioactive material. (AFP)
  • Colombia: DM Pinzon said authorities killed at least seven members of the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The leader of the FARC said the group will enter into peace talks with President Santos’s administration in Havana “without grudges or arrogance.” (EFE)
  • Colombia: Drug trafficker Griselda Blanco was shot and killed in Medellin. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: Investigators found no evidence of an alleged massacre of as many as 80 people from the Yanomami indigenous group by illegal Brazilian gold miners. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least seven civilians were injured in two successive blasts in Lashkar Gah. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: NATO SG Rasmussen said the surge in attacks against NATO-led foreign troops will not cause an early withdrawal. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: The government said the peace talks with the MILF could enter the “final, crucial stages of negotiations.” (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Police implemented tighter security in public places and more intense street patrols following the discovery of bomb parts in Manila’s tourist district. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Four Bulgarians were arrested off Spain’s Canary Islands with close to 1,100 pounds of cocaine. (AFP)
  • Georgia: NATO SG Rasmussen is scheduled to visit Tbilisi on 06SEP to see off Georgian troops deployed to Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • Serbia: PM Dacic insisted the new government is committed to joining the EU and normalizing relations with its foe Kosovo. (DPA)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych called for more efforts to promote press freedom throughout the country. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Fifteen Northern Irish police officers were injured during a second consecutive night of sectarian rioting in north Belfast. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron began major government and cabinet changes. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A court upheld jail terms against 13 leading opposition figures over charges of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. (AFP)
  • Iran: Hezbollah said Iran could strike US bases in the Middle East in response to any Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: PM Mikati said Beirut will urgently protest to Damascus over Syria’s violations of its territory, warning of “negative repercussions” on the stability of the border areas. (AFP)
  • Syria: Red Cross chief Maurer held positive talks with President Assad on ways to get humanitarian aid to Syrians caught up in the civil war. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of Yemenis rallied in Hadramout against US drone strikes in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Unknown assailants blew up a gas pipeline just days after it was repaired from previous sabotage. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay was arrested in Cambodia at the request of Sweden, where he faces a one-year prison term for violating copyright laws. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Thirteen
    • Location: 1390 miles WNW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: NW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Leslie
    • Location: 585 miles South of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression John
    • Location: 310 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: South of Java, Indonesia
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 8.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Anak Krakatau, Indonesia
    • The mountain is spewing volcanic ash and affecting the downtown area of Bandar Lampung. (Xinhua)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (05SEP)

  • Chile: Anniversary of the Seguro Obrero massacre – 1938.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of PanAm Flight 73 hijacked at Karachi International Airport – 1986.
  • Pakistan: Lahore High Court orders President Zardari to stop political activity.

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