ONS: 07 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Ghana, polls opened in the presidential and parliamentary elections.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican senate voted to scrap the public security ministry and transfer its federal police to the interior ministry.
  • ASIA: The US shifted warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned DPRK rocket launch.
  • EUROPE: NATO moved forward with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along the Syrian border to protect Turkey from potential attacks.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  The Syrian Army fired rockets into two Damascus suburbs and reinforced its positions around them.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new version of the Zeus trojan has been used in attacks on over 30,000 electronic banking customers in Europe, infecting both their personal computers and smartphones.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: More protests expected in response to power grab
    • Backers and opponents of President Morsi planned to stage rival mass protests.
    • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay expressed alarm about the casualties resulting from protests over President Morsi’s draft constitution.
    • The opposition coalition rejected a dialogue proposed by President Morsi to defuse protests.
    • President Morsi vowed to push on with a 15DEC referendum on the controversial new constitution, saying “afterwards, there should be no obstacle and everyone must follow its will.”
    • Protesters set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood’s main headquarters in Cairo.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, BBC, Reuters

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: M23 rebels said peace talks with the government are likely to be delayed due to “logistical” reasons. (AFP)
  • Ghana: Polls opened in the presidential and parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: A UN expert panel warned cross-border raids into western Ivory Coast have become more violent and better organized and “could have profound effects” on security in the border region near Liberia if they continue. (AP)
  • Libya: New evidence is emerging that Qatar supplied weapons to the country’s Islamic militants during the uprising. (NYT)
  • Tunisia: US Secretary Clinton is to travel to Tunisia the week of 10DEC to co-host a sub-ministerial meeting. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe is expected to rally the ZANU-PF party conference. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The government condemned what it called “coordinated” charges of protectionism lodged against it by the US and EU at the WTO. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The senate voted to scrap the public security ministry and transfer its federal police to the interior ministry. (AFP)
  • United States: The US said it has conducted a “subcritical” nuclear test at an underground site. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama tapped GEN Austin to become the next top US commander for the Middle East. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Coastguard said four Chinese government ships sailed into the territorial waters of the disputed islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The wounded intelligence chief was moved to a US-run military hospital near Kabul where he is in a stable condition. (AFP)
  • China: The government rejected US charges that its policies in Tibet were leading Tibetans to self-immolate in protest. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US shifted warships into position to track and possibly defend against a planned DPRK rocket launch. (Reuters)
  • Nepal: President Yadav granted six more days to the political parties to pick a new consensus PM. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The government said it had put off four-way talks due next week over rival claims to the South China Sea. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The EU is prepared for a rapprochement with Belarus if the Belarusian government makes considerable steps towards observing the principles of democracy. (Itar-Tass)
  • Italy: Police arrested a fugitive mafia boss living on the island of Bali. (AFP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov said the country will respond to the adoption of the Magnitsky Act by denying entry-visas to those who violate human rights in the US. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: NATO moved forward with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along the Syrian border to protect Turkey from potential attacks. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Police detained four suspected IRA members over the discovery of a bomb in a car in Londonderry ahead of a planned visit by US Secretary Clinton to Belfast.  (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA Director General Amano urged Iran to allow inspection of Parchin military base where Iranian scientists are suspected of conducting secret nuclear-weapons research. (WaPo)
  • Iran: The Obama administration is set to extend waivers of US sanctions it has granted to major Asian petroleum consumers. (AP)
  • Jordan: UNSG Ban Ki-moon appealed for more aid to help hundreds of thousands of refugees who have fled the Syrian conflict. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Army fired rockets into two Damascus suburbs and reinforced its positions around them. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A new version of the Zeus trojan has been used in attacks on over 30,000 electronic banking customers in Europe, infecting both their personal computers and smartphones. (Ars Technica)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 26W (Bopha)
    • Location: 300 NM W of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 03s
    • Location: 465 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 9 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 36.1 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Off the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 29.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08DEC)

  • Global: Christian holiday celebrating the Immaculate Conception.
  • North America: Anniversary of President Clinton signing NAFTA into law – 1993.
  • Russia: Anniversary of President Reagan and USSR Chairman Gorbachev agreeing to reduce nuclear arsenals – 1987.
  • Russia: Anniversary of the end of the USSR – 1991.
  • Somalia: Anniversary of US Operation Restore Hope beginning – 1992.

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