ONS: 06 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 6, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian Islamist militants launched a counter offensive on Gao, which was captured by coalition forces last month.
  • AMERICAS: A car bomb exploded in the eastern Colombian province of Cauca targeting a police station but killed two civilians and wounded three others.
  • ASIA: Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets at Islamist activists near Dhaka after riots continued for the second day after the conviction of a prominent Islamist for war crimes.
  • EUROPE: Greek riot police were dispatched to end the week-long dock workers’ strike, which has left many of the country’s of islands without necessary supplies.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu vowed justice for the victims of the bombing in Bulgaria, saying those responsible will “pay the price.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter announced it has purchased Bluefin Labs which helps track social media trends about the TV shows they are watching.

TOP STORY

  • Tunisia: A senior leader in a left-leaning opposition party was shot and killed outside of his house in Tunis.
    • The family of the politician accused the Ennahda leadership of being behind the assassination.
    • President Marzouki cancelled his scheduled trip to Egypt to participate in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit.
    • Over a thousand gathered in front of the Interior Ministry in Tunis to protest the killing, shouting slogans against Ennahda, the governing Islamist party.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Reuters, AFP-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Border guards have shot and killed a 19-year-old Sudanese man trying to cross the Rafah border into Israel illegally. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Pirates who seized a French tanker with a mostly African crew released the vessel with two crew members only lightly wounded. (AP)
  • Mali: Islamist militants launched a counter offensive on Gao, which was captured by coalition forces last month. (AP)
  • Somalia: The US urged fellow members of the UN Security Council to agree to demands by the government to lift the arms embargo on Somalia, which has been in place for the past 21 years. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: A National Prosecution Authority spokesperson claimed the 19 Congolese arrested were to receive training to oust DRC President Kabila. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A car bomb exploded in the eastern province of Cauca targeting a police station but killed two civilians and wounded three others. (EFE)
  • Honduras: Workers in the construction industry went on strike demanding outstanding payments from the government. (AP)
  • Mexico: The military announced it detained 17 men caught constructing a tunnel in Tijuana that was planned to cross under the border near California’s Otay Mesa border crossing. (AP)
  • United States: Fifty-four foreign governments assisted the CIA in a global campaign that included harsh interrogations of suspects, Open Society Foundations said, as it pressed for greater accountability. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Afghan intelligence agency said Wednesday that some of the Taliban prisoners released by Pakistani government recently have rejoined the insurgency. (DPA)
  • Region: Japanese PM Abe urged China not to stoke tension over disputed East China Sea isles; a day after Japan said a Chinese vessel directed radar normally used to aim weapons at a target at a Japanese navy ship. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Members of the armed forces and coalition troops detained two Taliban leaders in Kandahar and seized 317 kg of illegal narcotics. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Police fired rubber bullets at Islamist activists near Dhaka as riots continued for the second day after the conviction of a prominent Islamist for war crimes. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The military announced its intention to deploy spy satellites in an attempt to increase surveillance of North Korean activity. (Yonhap)
  • Solomon Islands: A tsunami caused by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed three villages and killed at least 5 in villages along the coast. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The US pressed Europe to help choke off funds and aid to Hezbollah after Bulgaria blamed the militia group for an attack that killed five Israeli tourists in July. (AFP)
  • Greece: Riot police were dispatched to end the week-long dock workers’ strike, which has left many of the country’s of islands without necessary supplies. (AP)
  • Russia: A man who was implicated as a leader in the 2010 terrorist attack on the Moscow subway system which killed 39 was killed in a firefight with police in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy will keep his position in the government despite being named in a corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: The Scottish National Party announced if Scottish voters approve an independence referendum in October 2014, it will go into effect in March 2016. (UPI)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Authorities released Saeed Mortazavi, a close ally of President Ahmadinejad, a day after his arrest for allegations of torture and killing prisoners. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Militants attacked a police checkpoint south of Baghdad with automatic weapons, killing two police officers and wounding four. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu vowed justice for the victims of the bombing in Bulgaria, saying those responsible will “pay the price.” (AP)
  • Syria: Two car bombs exploded near Homs at a government military complex, killing at least 12 security forces and injuring more than 20.  Clashes erupted immediately after the twin bombings between security forces and rebels. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The interior ministry said it seized Turkey-made weapons at a security checkpoint at the main entrance to the southern port city of Aden. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter announced it has purchased Bluefin Labs which helps track social media trends about the TV shows they are watching. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • E of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.3
      • Depth: 6.3 mi
      • Map
    • N of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.6
      • Depth: 6.3 mi
      • Map
    • SW of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.4
      • Depth: 6.3 mi
      • Map
    • E of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 8
      • Depth: 17.8 mi
      • Map
    • SW of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.3
      • Depth: 6.2 mi
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07FEB)

  • Europe: European heads of state and government summit in Brussels (to 08FEB).

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