ONS: 05 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, clashes broke out between military police and a militia group after a youth was killed at a checkpoint.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, an alleged FARC attack against a patrol arriving to a hospital left two policemen, two women and a baby dead.
  • ASIA: The Pakistani military tested its fifth nuclear-capable cruise missile since 25APR.
  • EUROPE: Armenian forces killed five Azerbaijani soldiers in a new border new clash.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Yemeni Defense Ministry said clashes in the south killed at least 23 al Qaeda militants
  • TECHNOLOGY: Kaspersky Lab released new information indicating the controllers of the Flame cyber espionage toolkit used at least 86 domains as command and control centers.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels abandon ceasefire ahead of Annan visit to US.
    • The Free Syrian Army indicated it could not continue the ceasefire while government forces continued military operations.
    • Syria declared several Western ambassadors personae non gratae.
    • Activists reported rebel forces killed nearly 80 Syrian soldiers in recent days.
    • The State Department said UN-AL envoy to Syria Annan will meet with Secretary Clinton on 08JUN.
    • Coverage: BBC, AP, AP-2, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Libya: Clashes broke out between military police and a militia group after a youth was killed at a checkpoint in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Libya: The government regained control of Tripoli international airport after a militia seized the tarmac and grounded all flights. (BBC)
  • Mali: NMLA said it will establish a council to govern the rebel-held territory. (AP)
  • South Sudan: President Kiir said officials have “stolen” an estimated $4 billion of public money. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: VP Garzon apologized for controversial word choices when addressing reporters last week. (AP)
  • Colombia: An alleged FARC attack against a patrol arriving at a hospital left two policemen, two women and a baby dead. (DPA)
  • Honduras: Police arrested 20 leaders of the Mara-18 gang as they attended a funeral. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Eighty three anti-government militants gave up fighting and surrendered to the government in Baghlan province. (Xinhua)
  • China: The military withdrew two vessels involved in a two-month stand-off in a disputed area of the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • China: President Hu Jintao held talks with Kyrgyz President Atambayev on bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • New Zealand: The government signed a partnership agreement with NATO for issues encompassing terrorism, military training and intelligence. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The military tested its fifth nuclear-capable cruise missile, the Hatf VII, since 25APR. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble said a real fiscal union is a prerequisite for eurobonds. (AFP)
  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen said NATO’s missile defense system will not undermine Russiaâ..s nuclear deterrence capability. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: Armenian forces killed five Azerbaijani soldiers in a new border new clash. (AFP)
  • Malta: The Nationalist Party government won a vote of confidence and prevented an early general election. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The CIA prepared to cut its presence in Iraq to less than half of wartime levels. (WSJ)
  • Israel: Israeli PM Netanyahu said German-supplied submarines were “very important” for his country’s defense. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Security forces arrested two Jordanian Salafists as they tried to cross into Syria to fight President Assad’s forces. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Defense Ministry said clashes in the south killed at least 23 al Qaeda militants. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Kaspersky Lab released new information indicating the controllers of the Flame cyber espionage toolkit used at least 86 domains as command and control centers.  (Threat Level)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 04W (Mawar)
    • Location: 110 NM NNE of Minamidaito, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 26 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROWâ..S OUTLOOK (06JUN)

  • Global: 68th anniversary of D-Day.
  • Asia: Beijing hosts the Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference.
  • Latin America: Fourth Summit of the Pacific Alliance.

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