ONS: 05 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 5, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South African police arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels connected to the M23 movement in northern South Africa in a dawn raid.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian ELN kidnapped two Germans in the northwestern Catatumbo region, saying they would be considered spies until evidence to the contrary arises.
  • ASIA: Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa ruled out granting greater autonomy to ethnic Tamils, backing away from previous promises to empower the minority group.
  • EUROPE: Bulgarian investigators are expected to link last year’s bomb blast that killed five Israeli tourists to Hezbollah.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Kuwaiti court sentenced three former opposition MPs to three-year jail terms for publicly criticizing the emir.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Internet engineers and legal scholars are worried that amendments to a UN telecommunications treaty will give repressive governments more control of the Internet and may undermine international sanctions.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: President Morsi and Iranian President Ahmadinejad discussed Syria; improved relations between the countries could change the region.
    • Presidents Morsi and Ahmadinejad discussed ways of ending the Syrian uprising without military intervention.
    • Ahmadinejad claimed an improvement in Iranian-Egyptian relations could markedly change the dynamics in the region on a number of issues.
    • The visit highlights the thaw in Iranian-Egyptian relations since Islamists took control of the Egyptian government last June.
    • This marked the first visit by and Iranian head of state since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
    • Coverage: Reuters, WaPo, AP, BBC, AFP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The democratic opposition and Seleka rebel coalition contested the makeup of the transitional government released on Sunday by presidential decree. (Xinhua)
  • Ghana: Authorities arrested and extradited Major Jean-Noel Abehi, a key figure in Ivory Coast’s security services under ousted President Gbagbo, to Ivorian authorities. (AFP)
  • Mali: FM Coulibaly urged the international community to stand by its side to drive out Islamist extremists from its territory. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels connected to the M23 movement in the north of the country in a dawn raid. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The army accused South Sudan of not committing to the withdrawal of its forces from Sudan, contradicting a UNSC resolution and a number of bilateral agreements. (Xinhua)
  • Zambia: A government panel summoned former President Rupia Banda to face charges of corruption along with numerous other members of his government. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The ELN kidnapped two Germans in the northwestern Catatumbo region, saying they would be considered spies until evidence to the contrary arises. (AP)
  • Ecuador:  The Navy intercepted four boats with 10 Peruvian citizens fishing in its territorial waters. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: A man stabbed two people to death and injured four others at an election rally while attendees waited for President Correa to address the crowd. (BBC)
  • Peru: The Central Reserve Bank purchased USD80 million to prevent the dollar’s slip against the Peruvian sol, adversely affecting exports. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha. (AFP)
  • Bangladesh: A court sentenced Abdul Quader Molla, a ranking leader in the Jamaat-e Islami party, to life in prison for war crimes during the 1971 war for liberation from Pakistan, sparking riots in Dhaka. (AFP)
  • China: US Ambassador Locke told an economic conference in Hong Kong that the US-China relationship remains “fundamentally very, very strong” but said China could only benefit from further liberalization. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government announced it will be creating a new agency tasked with promoting the government’s positions in territorial disputes with neighbors. (Itar-Tass)
  • Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa ruled out granting greater autonomy to ethnic Tamils, backing away from previous promises to empower the minority group. (AP)
  • Thailand: Four fruit merchants were killed execution style by Islamist militants in the country’s majority Muslim south (AP)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Elections are set to be held on 18FEB despite last week’s assassination attempt on presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan. (AFP)
  • Bulgaria: Investigators are expected to link last year’s bomb blast that killed five Israeli tourists to Hezbollah. (AP)
  • France: Police detained four people in a counterterrorism operation near Paris suspected of attempting to join Islamic extremist groups abroad. (AP)
  • Greece: Dock workers continued their strike for a sixth day, leaving a number of the country’s islands without food or other supplies. (AP)
  • Serbia: The government named its first envoy to Kosovo since it broke away from Serbia in 2008. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A senior commander claimed the country’s nuclear facilities are impervious to any potential attack by the US or Israel. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber drove a car rigged with explosives into an army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing eight. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: A court sentenced three former opposition MPs to three year jail terms for publicly criticizing the emir. (AFP)
  • Syria: A prominent member of the Ba’ath Party rejected the preconditions for dialogue between the regime and opposition to end the two-year uprising. (AP)
  • Yemen: Six people were killed in sectarian clashes in the northern province of Saada. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: Engineers and legal scholars are worried amendments to a UN telecommunications treaty will give repressive governments more control of the Internet and may undermine international sanctions. (Washington Times)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06FEB)

  • Europe: The European Information Security Summit 2013 will begin in London (to 07FEB).
  • Middle East: Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo (to 07FEB).

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