ONS: 07 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 7, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A senior Egyptian intelligence official said the military stopped an attempted car bombing near a church and a military camp along the Egypt-Gaza border.
  • AMERICAS: Bolivian Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, told state media that Bolivia has irrefutable evidence that the US embassy in La Paz is actively working to destabilize the government of President Morales.
  • ASIA: In China, protestors gathered at the offices of the newspaper the Southern Weekly, which is at the center of a censorship row to call for media freedom.
  • EUROPE: Police in Belfast came under attack for the fourth-straight night as unionists protested against the City Council’s decision to reduce the number of days on which it displays the British flag.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Palestinian Authority said its self-rule government is in “extreme jeopardy” due to an unprecedented financial crisis, largely because Arab countries have failed to send promised aid.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google won a major victory when the Federal Trade Commission, after a nearly two-year investigation, concluded Thursday that the company had not abused its power as the dominant Internet search engine, but Google’s rivals are hoping that other regulators will force Google to change its business practices.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International commentary continues following President Assad’s first public speech in several months.
    • US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said President Assad’s plan to end the civil war in Syria is “detached from reality” and that the embattled President has “lost legitimacy” and must step down.
    • Iranian FM Salehi said Iran supports Assad’s initiative.
    • Pope Benedict XVI called for a ceasefire warning there will be no victors should the conflict drag on, and called on the international community to provide necessary humanitarian aid.
    • Syrian troops launched fresh attacks in the outskirts of Damascus killing at least three people and wounding ten others.
    • Syrian troops have repelled a rebel attack on a police school in Aleppo.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Region: Tunisian PM Hamadi Jebali is headed to Libya today in a bid to reopen border crossings between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Central African Republic: Rebels repeated their demand that any deal must include the departure of President Francois Bozize as peace talks begin tomorrow in Gabon. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A senior intelligence official said the military stopped an attempted car bombing near a church and a military camp along the Egypt-Gaza border. (AP)
  • Gambia: Opposition Leader Ousainou Darboe called at a rally, attended by hundreds of supporters, for the release of Imamn Baba Leigh, a religious leader who was jailed last month and is known for being critical of President Yahya Jammeh. (AFP)
  • Ghana: New president John Mahama was sworn into office today. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The FM condemned the military threats by British PM Cameron over the Falkland Islands territorial row. (Xinhua)
  • Bolivia: The Minister of the Presidency, Juan Ramon Quintana, said Bolivia has irrefutable evidence that the US embassy in La Paz is actively working to destabilize the government of President Morales. (AFP)
  • Chile: President Pinera and his cabinet ministers have declared a series of arson strikes in the southern part of the country to be the act of terrorists.  (AP)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized over 1.2 tons of marijuana in northern Magdalena department. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: At least eight people were killed and four others wounded in attacks by gunmen at two bars in the city of Torrean. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leader Julio Borgesa called for street protests if the government goes ahead with a plan to delay the inauguration of President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai is on his way to the US for a three-day official visit. (Xinhua)
  • China: Protestors gathered at the offices of the newspaper the Southern Weekly, which is at the center of a censorship row to call for media freedom. (AFP)
  • India: A dispute over an unpaid restaurant bill in a western Indian city escalated into clashes between Hindus and Muslims that injured 175 people and left four dead. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Four Chinese nationals were arrested for allegedly attempting to smuggle hornbill’s beaks and pangolin scales for use in traditional medicines. (AP)
  • Thailand: Authorities seized more than USD500,000 worth of rhino horn from a passenger at Bangkok airport. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Northern Ireland: Police in Belfast came under attack for the fourth-straight night as unionists protested against the City Council’s decision to reduce the number of days on which it displays the British flag. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police killed three militants who were suspected of plotting church attacks on Russian Orthodox Christmas services in the North Caucuses. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: Britain’s feuding coalition government will renew its vows midway through its five-year term of office today with a pledge for fresh reforms after disagreements on issues including Europe. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The appeals court upheld life in prison sentences for 13 prominent activists over charges of plotting to overthrow the monarchy. (AFP)
  • Iran: New US sanctions targeted key industrial sectors in an effort to curb Iran’s nuclear program. (WaPo)
  • Kuwait: The lower court sentenced an opposition tweeter to a two-year jail term for insulting the emir in the second such sentence in a week. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian Authority said its self-rule government is in “extreme jeopardy” due to an unprecedented financial crisis, largely because Arab countries have failed to send promised aid. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet Regulation: Google won a major victory when the Federal Trade Commission, after a nearly two-year investigation, concluded Thursday that the company had not abused its power as the dominant Internet search engine, but Google’s rivals are hoping that other regulators will force Google to change its business practices. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01W (Sonamu)
    • Location: 6.3N 108.5E
    • Movement: SW
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK 08JAN

  • Burundi: A court rules on the appeal of journalist Hassan Ruvakuki.
  • China: Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev will take part in the eighth round of the Russian-Chinese consultations in Beijing.
  • Greece: UN Envoy Nimetz visits Greece and Macedonia to resume talks in their ongoing dispute.
  • Korea, North: Birthday of Kim Jong Eun.
  • Malaysia: Anniversary of the 2011 Malaysia church bombings.
  • Nigeria: National summit on security issues.
  • South Africa: President Zuma delivers ANC annual address.
  • United States: Preliminary hearing in the case of US Army private Bradley Manning.
  • United States: Anniversary of Tucson shooting – 2011.

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