ONS: 06 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 6, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US called for Libya to grant Gaddafi spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi a fair trial.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos unveiled the government’s negotiating team for talks with the FARC.
  • ASIA: A NATO commander reported the Taliban were behind a quarter of attacks by Afghan personnel against NATO forces.
  • EUROPE: An explosion at an ammunition depot in western Turkey killed at least 25 soldiers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two Israeli air strikes killed six alleged Palestinian militants in Gaza.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Automated bot programs that seek out copyrighted material in streaming video are being increasingly used.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: As fighting continued, Arab League criticism of Assad regime mounted
    • Arab FMs denounced the Syrian government’s “crimes against humanity” at an Arab League meeting in Cairo.
    • Egyptian President Morsi called for change in regime.
    • Turkish PM Erdogan accused the government of “state terrorism.”
    • Activists reported more than 100 were killed in clashes across the country.
    • Activists reported Syrian troops took the rebel held town of Tel Chehab.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, WaPo, Xinhua, AFP-2, LA Times, Al Jazeera, AP-1, NYT, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The Ugandan military reported it had killed one rebel fighter and wounded another in operations against the LRA in the country. (AP)
  • Ivory Coast: World Bank President Jim Yong Kim stated the country needed peace talks between its rival factions before it could encourage economic growth. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The US called for the country to grant Gaddafi spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi a fair trial. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The navy took control of an oil tanker hijacked by pirates off the coast of Lagos. (AP)
  • South Sudan: The country’s first ambassador to Sudan urged the countries to put their conflicts behind them and get back to trading. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Mexican government said a US Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man on the border between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo. (AP)
  • Brazil: A university study revealed the country is the world’s largest consumer of crack cocaine. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos unveiled the government’s negotiating team for talks with the FARC. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Police found a synthetic-drug lab in a rural area near the Mexican border. (EFE)
  • Peru: President Humala said a Shining Path rebel commander had been killed in a clash with the army and police in the VRAE region. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and the US are considering the joint use of facilities on Guam to boost surveillance by unmanned reconnaissance aircraft in the western Pacific to counter China’s growing military might. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: A NATO commander reported the Taliban were behind a quarter of attacks by Afghan personnel against NATO forces. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Interior Ministry reported 38 Taliban fighters were killed by police forces in operations. (Xinhua)
  • East Timor: US Secretary of State Clinton visited the country and expressed support for its democratization and development. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: The HRW called for the government should act urgently to protect minority Shiites from sectarian attacks. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The foreign staff of the aid agency Save the Children was ordered out of the country. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Germany: The OECD warned the country may enter a recession in the second half of 2012. (NYT)
  • Spain: The country’s borrowing costs dropped sharply amid hopes the ECB will unveil a bond-buying plan. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: An explosion at an ammunition depot in the western part of the country killed at least 25 soldiers. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Airstrikes struck Kurdish militant targets in the southeastern part of the country and in northern Iraq. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Russian government warned against an Israeli or US strike against the country, stating it had “no evidence” Tehran was seeking nuclear weapons capability. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A car bombing killed a senior security official north of Baghdad. (DPA)
  • Iraq: The government rejected claims by the US that Iran was supplying the Syrian government via Iraqi airspace. (ABC News)
  • Israel: Two strikes by Israeli forces killed six alleged Palestinian militants in Gaza. (BBC)
  • Yemen: The defense ministry reported a senior military officer was shot dead by gunmen in Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Media and Piracy: Automated bot programs that seek out copyrighted material in streaming video are being increasingly used. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Leslie
    • Location: 445 miles SSE of Bermuda
    • Movement: N at 2 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Michael
    • Location: 1,045 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: North-central Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: Slowly SSW
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the coast of Costa Rica
    • Magnitude: 7.6
    • Depth: 40.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Santa Cruz Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 17.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (07SEP)

  • Global: APEC meeting opens in Vladivostok, Russia.
  • Asia: India and Pakistan initiate talks on various issues.
  • Europe: German General Halbauer assumes command of NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
  • Brazil: Celebration of Independence Day – 1822.
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of Mara 18 and Mara Salvatrucha stage a three-day bus strike – 2010.
  • Honduras: Anniversary of 18 people killed in a San Pedro Sula massacre between rival gangs – 2010.

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