ONS: 07 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ennahda, Tunisia’s governing Islamist party, rejected the call by PM Jebali’s call to create a non-partisan technocratic government.
  • AMERICAS: Peruvian officials arrested a top Colombian gang member and drug trafficker outside of Lima after having entered the country with a fake passport.
  • ASIA: The Chairman of South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea it it continued to prepare for a nuclear test.
  • EUROPE: The Irish government dissolved one of the country’s “bad banks” to pave the way for a new debt repayment deal with the European Central Bank.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Yemeni weapons depot at a military encampment in the northwest province of Hajjah exploded, killing a least 10 civilians and injuring several others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Federal Reserve acknowledged that its computer system had been hacked by the Anonymous hacker group.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Supreme Leader Khamenei rejected an American offer for negotiations; President Ahmadinejad had expressed optimism for negotiations; Officials said other issues aside from the nuclear program were negotiable.
    • Khamenei claimed talks could not take place while imposing unilateral and international sanctions on Iran.
    • Earlier, President Ahmadinejad and FM Salehi expressed cautious optimism for direct negotiations with the US.
    • Iranian officials said while they would not give up their right to a nuclear program, they were willing to discuss concessions on other issues.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, AP, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The government and the M23 rebels recommitted to the implementation of the 2009 Peace Accord. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The JTF killed two gunmen in a market in the northwestern city of Maiduguri, a stronghold of Boko Haram. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: The government announced it would reestablish diplomatic ties with Iran, which were severed after it accused Iran of supplying weapons to a separatist rebel group. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: Ennahda, the governing Islamist party, rejected the call by PM Jebali’s call to create a non-partisan technocratic government. (BBC)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC called for the decriminalization of cultivating marijuana, coca leaves, and poppy. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Nine police officers were killed in an ambush in the violence-ridden southwestern state of Guerrero. (AFP)
  • Peru: Officials arrested a top Colombian gang member and drug trafficker outside of Lima after having entered the country with a fake passport. (AP)
  • United States: In a reversal of policy, President Obama will allow members of Congress to see legal documents on the legal justification of drone strikes. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh said a legally binding code of conduct to reduce tension over territorial disputes in the South China Sea would facilitate efforts by ASEAN and China to strengthen ties. (Kyodo)
  • Japan: PM Abe said he would like to find a mutually beneficial solution to the territorial dispute with Russia and to sign a long-delayed peace treaty. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The Chairman of the country’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned of a pre-emptive strike against North Korea if it continued to prepare for a nuclear test. (UPI)
  • Malaysia: Police say they arrested three people suspected of recruiting militants for terrorist activities. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The government will grant amnesty to the rest of the country’s political prisoners and “prisoners of conscience.” (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: ISAF Commander Allen met with the Chief of Army Staff General Kayani and discussed matters to “improve security in the region.” (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: President Aquino announced he will visit Mindanao, a stronghold of the MILF rebel movement, in the first bid for peace since the beginning of the insurgency. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: EU statisticians defended the head of the country’s data collection service who is accused of deliberately overstating the 2009 deficit figures. (AFP)
  • Ireland: The government dissolved one of the country’s “bad banks” to pave the way for a new debt repayment deal with the European Central Bank. (AP)
  • Russia: State Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Russia’s possible response to missile defense in Europe is “not our choice”, but Russia “cannot sit around.” (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: The UAE expedited a Tajik citizen to the country to stand trial in connection with the seizure of 40 kilograms of heroin by St. Petersburg police. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The opposition said an agreement on the mechanism of a planned national dialogue should be agreed before the start of the talks aimed at ending the kingdom’s political deadlock. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Jibril Rajoub, a prominent West Bank official, called on President Obama to use his visit to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to restart peace talks. (AP)
  • Syria: Government forces repelled a large-scale rebel offensive on Damascus, while fighting continued in a number of the city’s suburbs. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: A weapons depot at a military encampment in the northwest province of Hajjah exploded, killing at least 10 civilians and injuring several others. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Federal Reserve acknowledged its computer system had been hacked by the Anonymous hacker group. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes:
    • SW of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.2
      • Depth: 6.1 mi
      • Map
    • SW of Lata, Solomon Islands
      • Magnitude: 6.1
      • Depth: 6.2 mi
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08FEB)

  • Italy: OSCE Seminar on “Co-operation to Prevent Trafficking in Human Beings in the Mediterranean Region” in Rome.
  • Japan: First meeting of a panel to consider lifting the ban on offensive military action.
  • Mali: The Swedish Armed Forces will send personnel to the EU’s military training mission in Mali.

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