ONS: 05 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US military provided logistic and security support to an FBI team that investigated an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: US Defense Secretary Panetta will head to Peru and Uruguay on a trip aimed at boosting ties before he attends a top NATO meeting in Brussels.
  • ASIA: President Karzai accused the US of playing a “double game” by fighting a war against Afghan insurgents rather than their backers in Pakistan.
  • EUROPE: US Secretary Clinton and Georgian President Saakashvili discussed the situation resulting from the loss of the ruling party in parliamentary elections.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Israel, an American tourist fired a number of shots at people in a hotel, killing one.
  • TECHNOLOGY: General Alexander, director of the NSA and commander of the US Cyber Command said the US needs to develop offensive weapons in cyberspace as part of its effort to protect the nation from cyber attacks.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community appeals for restraint between Turkey and Syria.
    • The US defended Turkey’s military responses to a Syrian shelling that left five Turks dead but called for a de-escalation of the situation.
    • The UNSC adopted Thursday a resolution condemning Syria “in the strongest terms” for its deadly cross-border shelling of Turkey.
    • Turkey’s PM Erdogan said his country has no intention of starting a war, after parliament in Ankara authorized military action inside Syria.
    • State TV reported that Syrian troops thwarted an infiltration attempt by armed groups from Turkey.
    • Coverage: AFP, Xinhua, DPA, BBC, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Libya: The US military provided logistic and security support to an FBI team that investigated an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: French FM Fabius cancelled a visit to the country due to a stand-off over the formation of a new government. (DPA)
  • Mali: UN political affairs chief Feltman told a closed UNSC meeting that Mali urgently needed international help to reclaim the north of the country from islamist militants. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A bomb at an outdoor bar in the east of the country killed at least one person and wounded 11. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The US denounced an attack on a UN patrol in Sudan and voiced concern that security in Darfur was worsening. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Panetta will head to Peru and Uruguay on a trip aimed at boosting ties before he attends a top NATO meeting in Brussels. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Several Cuban dissidents were detained in the central province of Villa Clara ahead of a planned opposition meeting. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized 652 kilos of cocaine and arrested two Colombians and two Costa Ricans on a yacht in the Pacific Ocean. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Suspected Colombian drug trafficker Luis Enrique Calle surrendered to US drug enforcement officials in Panama. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: Four people were killed and more than 20 others wounded in a confrontation between protesters and security forces. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai accused the US of playing a “double game” by fighting a war against Afghan insurgents rather than their backers in Pakistan. (NYT)
  • China: Four Chinese surveillance ships sailed into waters just outside the contested East China Sea islands. (Kyodo)
  • India: India tested its nuclear-capable ballistic missile Dhanush from a naval ship in the Bay of Bengal. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The ROK resumed imports of Iranian crude oil after halting them in July due to Western sanctions. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani politician Imran Khan insisted a planned “peace march” to the country’s tribal areas would go ahead despite security fears. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: US Secretary Clinton and President Saakashvili discussed the situation resulting from the loss of the ruling party in parliamentary elections. (Itar-Tass)
  • Malta: Ten European and North African leaders are to meet for the first summit of Mediterranean neighbors in a decade. (AP)
  • Portugal: The government survived two separate no confidence votes against its austerity policies a day after it announced new tax hikes. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: Northern Ireland police say they found a large bomb in the backyard of a home in an IRA power base in Belfast. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US State Department blacklisted Ansar al-Shari’a (AAS), a group it called a new alias of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Iranian officials began to describe a “nine-step plan” to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West by gradually suspending the production of the uranium that would be easiest for them to convert into a nuclear weapon. (NYT)
  • Israel: At least one person was killed and an unknown number of others wounded when an American tourist fired a number of shots at people in a hotel. (Xinhua)
  • Jordan: The islamist opposition is to hold a rally calling for reform hours after King Abdullah II dissolved parliament and called early polls. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: General Alexander, director of the NSA and commander of the US Cyber Command said the US needs to develop offensive weapons in cyberspace as part of its effort to protect the nation from cyber attacks. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 21W (Gaemi)
    • Location: 485 NM ESE of Hue, Vietnam
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Oscar
    • Location: 1135 miles WNW of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: NE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06OCT)

  • Egypt: Armed Forces Day celebrated – 1973.
  • Egypt: President Sadat assassinated – 1981.
  • Serbia: Milosevic quits, street celebrations continue – 2000.

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