ONS: 06 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU asked the UN to authorize an increase in its peacekeeping force in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Chilean President Pinera invoked anti-terror legislation.
  • ASIA: South Korean indicated that it will seek an exemption from Iran oil sanctions.
  • EUROPE: Turkish former Armed Forces Chief Gen. Basbug was remanded to custody.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran will hold new naval exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in February.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers threatened to release source code for Symantec’s Norton Antivirus program.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombing in Damascus kills 25, wounds 46.
    • The suicide bombing hit the Midan neighborhood of Damascus.
    • The blast comes ahead of planned mass protests by pro-democracy activists.
    • Syrian security officials believe the intended target was a police bus.
    • The explosion comes two weeks after a blast in Damascus killed 44.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AP, Reuters, BBC, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Libya: In Benghazi, soldiers protested against overdue wages, and government payments to unregulated militia groups. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Police blocked protesters from marching to the capital’s main parade ground as part of demonstrations against fuel prices. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The AU asked the UN to authorize an increase in its peacekeeping force from 5,700 to 17,700. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Pinera invoked anti-terror legislation after six firefighters died in a wildfire authorities said may be linked to radical indigenous activists. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Police are searching for the organizer of a protest over the killing of crime boss Usaga. (AP)
  • Jamaica: People’s National Party candidate Miller was sworn in as PM. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban insurgents demanded prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay be transferred to Qatar. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The government indicated it would seek an exemption from the new oil sanctions against  Iran. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Thirty suspected Muslim rebels attacked a police camp in the south, killing two officers. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The government introduced an extensive series of new Internet restrictions. (AFP)
  • Romania: Justice Minister Predoiu called for strengthening the fight against corruption. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Former Armed Forces Chief Gen. Basbug was remanded to custody on charges of trying to overthrow the government. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: VP Biden spoke with PM Erdogan on regional issues in the wake of increasing violence in Iraq. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The navy will hold new exercises in the Strait of Hormuz in February. (AP)
  • Iraq: Rockets hit Baghdad’s Green Zone as PM Maliki attended the Army Day military parade. (AFP)
  • Syria: Arab League observers left the Arbeen district of Damascus suburbs after Syrian security forces opened fire on protesters. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Rebel forces formed an independent political party based in Saada province. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers threatened to release source code for Symantec’s Norton Antivirus program. (Bits – NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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