ONS: 05 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 5, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali’s interim government formally requested ECOWAS military assistance in retaking the country’s occupied north.
  • AMERICAS:  Colombian President Santos stated peace talks with FARC rebels would begin next month.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan’s defense ministry stated it had arrested or expelled “hundreds” of soldiers over insider attacks on NATO forces.
  • EUROPE: German Finance Minister Schaeuble stated a third aid package for Greece was not under consideration.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Eastern Yemen hit by US drone attack that killed five suspected militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FBI rejected claims by hacker group ‘AntiSec’ that it stole personal information of over a million Apple device users from an agent’s laptop.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Iran accused of sending military arms via Iraq, regime rejects peace call by Egypt, UN reports huge refugee increase, violence in Homs
    • US officials claimed Iran had resumed supply shipments to the Syrian military through Iraqi airspace and called on Iraq to close the air routes.
    • The Syrian government rejected a move by Egypt to facilitate a negotiated settlement to the conflict.
    • The UN reported 100,000 fled the country in August, a large increase in the refugee exodus.
    • In Homs, 44 rebels were killed and 16 others were injured in clashes with government troops.
    • Coverage: NYT, VoA, NYT-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The military was reported to be replacing some of its tanks operating in the Sinai with light armored vehicles, in an apparent effort to mollify Israeli concerns. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: World Bank President Kim expressed support for the country while visiting. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Mauritania extradited former Gaddafi regime intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senasi for trial. (BBC)
  • Mali: The interim government formally requested ECOWAS military assistance in retaking the country’s occupied north. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Pirates hijacked a Singapore-owned oil tanker near the port of Lagos. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: A shooting at a political event in Quebec left one dead and one wounded. (NYT)
  • Colombia: President Santos stated peace talks with FARC rebels would begin next month. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: The navy reported it had captured alleged Gulf Cartel leader Mario Cardenas Guillen in Altamira on Monday. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov and Economic Development Minister Belousov opened a meeting of APEC foreign and trade ministers in Vladivostok. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: The Japanese government reportedly agreed to purchase several privately owned islands in the South China Sea disputed with China. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The death toll from a suicide bombing in Nangarhar province rose to at least 25. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The country’s defense ministry stated it had arrested or expelled “hundreds” of soldiers over insider attacks on NATO forces. (AFP)
  • China: Talks between US Secretary of State Clinton and FM Yang Jiechi concluded in Beijing. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: State media reported parliament would be convened for an unusual second session for the year later this month. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber struck a police station in the northwestern part of the country, but failed to inflict any casualties. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: An army offensive and infighting between Islamist militia are forcing marijuana prices and demand to an all-time high, making drug profits another unsavory side effect of Taliban-linked violence plaguing northwest Pakistan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Finance Minister Schaeuble stated a third aid package for Greece was not under consideration. (AFP)
  • Region: EU antitrust authorities formally opened an inquiry into Russian energy firm Gazprom. (NYT)
  • Region: Ukraine, when it becomes chair of the OSCE, said it wants to deal with the strained atmosphere in relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is calling on the countries to seek mutual understanding. (Interfax)
  • Russia: Militants attacked a military convoy in the North Caucasus, killing at least four soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Public opinion in the country was reported to be souring on the government’s Syria policy. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Police clashed overnight with Shiite demonstrators who took to the streets in protest at jail sentences against prominent opponents. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu abruptly ended a cabinet meeting, stating someone had leaked details of its Iran policy discussions. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The opposition called for the expulsion of Syria’s ambassador to Beirut, accusing him of being behind kidnappings and attacks on Syrian activists in the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An international conference hosted in Saudi Arabia raised $6.4 billion in support for the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: A US drone attack killed five suspected militants in the eastern part of the country. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The FBI rejected claims by hacker group ‘AntiSec’ that it stole personal information of over a million Apple device users from an agent’s laptop. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Leslie
    • Location: 505 miles SSE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 2 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Michael
    • Location: 1,215 miles W of the Azores
    • Movement: stationary
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06SEP)

  • Asia: Indian Army invades Western Pakistan – 1965.
  • Middle East: Arab League decides on recognition of Palestinian state.
  • Germany: Nine Israeli Olympian hostages killed in gun battle – 1972.
  • Swaziland: Anniversary of Independence – 1968.

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