ONS: 06 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Fifteen thousand Malians have fled into neighboring countries as a result of the continued violence.
  • AMERICAS: Brazilian federal security forces took control of Bahia after a police strike.
  • ASIA: Pakistani and British journalists said several US drone strikes targeted rescuers and funerals.
  • EUROPE: The Obama administration may nominate retired Lt. Gen. Lute to be the next commander of EUCOM.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US proposed an international coalition to support Syria’s opposition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Syrian Addounia TV officials said their breaking-news texting service may have been hacked.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Government setting up trial for 19 Americans working for nonprofit groups.
    • The investigation focuses on the foreign financing of nonprofit groups.
    • The US said Sunday it was “deeply concerned” with this development, and expressed concern that this could jeopardize $1.55 billion in expected American aid.
    • Forty foreign and Egyptian activists are subject to travel bans over their work.
    • Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, was reportedly among those facing charges.
    • Coverage: NYT, NYT-2, AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, Washington Post, AFP

AFRICA

  • Mali: Fifteen thousand people, including military personnel, fled into neighboring countries as a result of the continued violence. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed a secret police officer outside his residence in Damaturu. (AFP)
  • Senegal: President Wade said France and the US had no right to ask him to step down. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Twenty-nine Chinese hostages abducted by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Movement will be released within 48 hours. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Federal security forces took control of Bahia after a police strike led to a spike in violence. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police in Bogota seized 105 kilograms of cocaine that was smuggled in a shipment of flowers. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The ruling National Action Party chose former congresswoman Josefina Mota to run for president in the 01JUL election. (AP)

ASIA

  • Burma: The election commission approved opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s bid to run in the parliamentary by-elections. (AP)
  • China: State-run media defended Beijing’s veto of the UN resolution on Syria, calling the push for a regime change erroneous. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: British and Pakistani journalists said CIA drone strikes on suspected militants repeatedly targeted rescuers responding to strikes and funerals. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: FM Khar will pay an official visit to Russia on 07FEB. (Itar-Tass)

EUROPE

  • Region: French and German leaders met for annual talks on economic coordination and cooperation on Syria. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Obama administration considered nominating retired Lt. Gen. Lute as the next commander of EUCOM. (Washington Post)
  • Finland: Niinisto of the National Coalition Party won the second round of the presidential election. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: PM Boc and his government resigned in an effort to “defuse political and social tension.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Gulf Cooperation Council will meet this week to discuss the Syrian crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu warned his officials to stop “blabbing” about the possibility of an attack targeting Iran’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Obama said there were important risks to consider before enacting a military strike against Iran. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Rival groups accepted a Qatari proposal that President Abbas should lead a future transitional government. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The US proposed an international coalition to support Syria’s opposition. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Syrian Addounia TV officials said they suspended their breaking-news texting service because their computer system appears to have been hacked. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Jasmine)
    • Location: 525 nm NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: E at 16 mph
    • Winds: 69 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: Cebu Region, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 35.4
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Cebu Region, Philippines
    • Magnitude: 6.7
    • Depth: 20.0
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10.3
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07FEB)

  • Colombia: Civil Resistance day celebrated to commemorate the FARC attack a Bogota nightclub – 2003.
  • Haiti: Anniversary of President Aristide winning general elections – 1991.
  • Qatar: Arab League foreign ministers meet in Doha to discuss the Syrian situation.
  • Saudi Arabia: South Korean President Lee visits Saudi Arabia for energy and construction talks.
  • United States: Caucuses in Colorado and Minnesota as well as a primary in Missouri.
  • United States: Defense Secretary Panetta and CJCS Dempsey testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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