ONS: 06 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian security forces killed 16 Boko Haram militants during a clash in Maidaguri.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian navy seized 2.6 tons of cocaine in a joint operation with the US coast guard.
  • ASIA: Kandahar was struck by suicide bombings that killed at least 21 and wounded at least 22.
  • EUROPE: The EC proposed reforms to the banking system, designed to prevent further crisis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian President al Assad appointed Agriculture Minister Riad Hijab as the new premier and tasked him with forming a government.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it would warn users if they were suspected targets of monitoring by state or state-sponsored groups.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: US confirms drone strike hit Al Qaeda leadership
    • US officials confirmed a drone strike in the country’s northwest killed Abu Yahya al Libi, the second-in-command of Al Qaeda.
    • Al Libi’s death is regarded as a serious blow to Al Qaeda, possibly the strongest since the death of Osama bin Laden.
    • The missile strike also illustrates the Obama administration’s determination to continue the CIA drone campaign despite escalating Pakistani objections, which were reiterated when an American diplomat was summoned to Pakistan’s foreign ministry.
    • Coverage: AP, WaPo, NYT, Al-Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The ruling military government issued a 48-hour deadline for the country’s political parties to form a panel to write a new constitution. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Security forces killed 16 Boko Haram militants during a clash in Maidaguri. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked the UNSC to push for the arrest of President al Bashir. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Dozens of people are dying each day in Sudan’s conflict-stricken border regions because the government is stopping foreign aid groups delivering food and medicine to large parts of the territory. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Venezuela announced their withdrawal from the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance. (AP)
  • Region: Most participants in the OAS annual meeting in Bolivia have backed Argentina’s claim to the Falklands Islands and are calling on Britain to begin talks toward a peaceful resolution of the dispute. (AP)
  • Colombia: The navy seized 2.6 tons of cocaine in a joint operation with the US coast guard off the country’s pacific coast. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities found seven dismembered bodies in Sinaloa. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese President Hu Jintao stated he saw a greater role for the SCO in Afghanistan after the NATO withdrawal ahead of a meeting of the organization in Beijing. (AP)
  • Region: China and Russia issued a joint statement announcing an agreement to enhance their strategic partnership. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US Defense Secretary Panetta said during talks with Indian DM Antony that the US and India must overcome differences with Pakistan to bolster peace and security in South Asia. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing in Kandahar killed at least 22 and wounded at least 50. (WaPo)
  • Afghanistan: Officials reported a NATO airstrike killed at least 17 civilians in Logar province. (Al Jazeera)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Commission proposed reforms to the banking system, designed to prevent further crisis. (Reuters)
  • Azerbaijan: US Secretary of State Clinton meets with President Aliyev, FM Mamedyarov and representatives of the civil society to discuss issues of regional security and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. (AFP)
  • Russia: The lower house of parliament passed a bill substantially increasing the penalties for unsanctioned protests. (Al Jazeera)
  • Spain: The government stated it was losing access to credit markets due to the country’s banking crisis. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Clashes broke out between Syrian troops and Lebanese residents of the border town of Arsal in eastern Lebanon after a Lebanese man was killed and three wounded at dawn. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: Interior Minister al Khalifa said police had been given no orders to torture or kill protesters – practices that were highlighted in a government-commissioned independent report last year. (Reuters)
  • Iran: US envoy Robert Wood called on Iran to open the Parchin site to UN inspection while speaking before the IAEA. (AP)
  • Jordan: The Muslim Brotherhood joined with political and social groups across the country to put pressure on Amman to reform by launching a National Popular Movement Council – an umbrella organization activists say will serve as an “alternative parliament.” (DPA)
  • Syria: President al Assad appointed Agriculture Minister Riad Hijab as the new premier and tasked him with forming a government. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Google announced it would warn users if they were suspected targets of monitoring by state or state-sponsored groups.  (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07JUN)

  • Global: Roman Catholics celebrate Corpus Christi.
  • Global: Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi killed in 2006.
  • Switzerland: Round of Geneva talks focused on Abkhazia and Georgia.

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