ONS: 05 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Incoming U.N. Security Council President called for an investigation of NATO’s Libyan bombing campaign.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama is to unveil a revised US military strategy at the Pentagon.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani Taliban killed 15 security force members captured in December.
  • EUROPE: EU member states agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian crude oil.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatar’s PM sought UN help with the Arab League observer mission in Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Trusteer has observed an emerging form of online banking fraud which alters the appearance of transactions pages.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Multiple bomb blasts hit Baghdad’s Shiite neighborhoods.
    • Bombs were detonated in the Sadar city and Kazimiyah neighborhoods.
    • Twenty-nine people were killed and 69 wounded in four explosions.
    • No group has yet claimed responsibility.
    • The blasts coincide with continued political deadlock between PM Maliki’s government and the Sunni-backed Iraqiya bloc.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, The Guardian, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Guinea Bissau: The army will retire 400 soldiers as part of its plan for military reform. (AFP)
  • Libya: Incoming U.N. Security Council President Sangqu called for an investigation of NATO’s Libyan bombing campaign. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Three bomb blasts hit the northern cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Police fired tear gas and beat protesters to disperse a demonstration over fuel prices. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Defense Minister Pinzon said the government was ready to negotiate with the FARC for the release of six kidnapped officials. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Thirty-one people were killed and 13 wounded in fighting among inmates in Santa Amalia prison. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama is to unveil a revised US military strategy at the Pentagon. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: The Foreign Ministry urged other countries not to use human rights to interfere in the country’s domestic affairs. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government said it is ready to reopen dialogue with the North despite its confrontational rhetoric. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban killed 15 security force members captured in December. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU member states agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian crude oil. (BBC)
  • Germany: President Wulff said he would not resign over his conduct in a home loan scandal. (AP)
  • Russia: Protest leader Udaltsov was freed after a month in custody. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government is expected to further downgrade relations with France if the Senate votes to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US rejected Iran’s call for foreign warships to get permission to pass through the Strait of Hormuz. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government forces killed 14 civilians as monitors continued to tour the country. (DPA)
  • Syria: Qatar’s PM sought UN help with the Arab League observer mission in Syria. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Army forces killed 20 al-Qaida militants in the southern province of Abyan. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security vendor Trusteer has observed an emerging form of online banking fraud which alters the appearance of transactions pages and artificially changes the fraudulent transaction amount to avoid detection. (ReadWriteEnterprise)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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