ONS: 07 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US officials announced millions in reward for information leading to the location of key al Shabaab leaders in Somalia.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan officials announced President Chavez will announce his candidacy for re-election on Monday, ameliorating rumors that he was too ill to do so.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, US Defense Secretary Panetta stated the US was “losing patience” with Pakistan over safe havens for Afghan insurgents.
  • EUROPE: Spain held a bond auction that is a crucial test of market confidence in the country’s ability to avoid requiring an EU bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran warned it may delay or cancel nuclear talks planned for later this month
  • TECHNOLOGY: Social media site LinkedIn and dating service eHarmony reported breaches of password security for an unrevealed number of their users.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fourth civilian massacre in two weeks in Hama province
    • Opposition activists reported security forces and pro-government militia killed dozens of civilians in Mazraat al Qubair.
    • The government denied the reports; army troops denied UN observers access to the area.
    • The opposition national council called on the FSA to escalate its attacks on the regime in response.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, Al-Jazeera, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan warned of renewed hostilities with South Sudan as disagreements over the creation of a demilitarized border zone held up peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: The UNSC criticized a surge in human rights abuses by defense and security forces in CAR and asked the government to investigate. (DPA)
  • Guinea Bissau: Angola began withdrawing its troops; ending a mission intended to support the reform of the country’s military. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: US officials announced millions in reward for information leading to the location of key al Shabaab leaders. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The UN announced SG Ban Ki-Moon submitted his report on human rights abuses conducted by renegade warlord Joseph Kony. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru formally entered into the Pacific Alliance, an economic integration agreement. (AFP)
  • Region: Twenty naval officials from 13 countries in the Americas, including the US, went to Cartagena, Colombia for a course on drug interdiction. (EFE)
  • Colombia: An airstrike in Antioquia killed eight FARC rebels and wounded three. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Officials announced President Chavez will announce his candidacy for re-election on Monday, ameliorating rumors that he was too ill to do so. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The summit of the SCO concluded in Beijing; member states signed a declaration opposition military intervention in either Syria or Iran. (Xinhua, CNN)
  • Region: US Defense Secretary Panetta stated the US was “losing patience” with Pakistan over safe havens for Afghan insurgents. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai condemned the NATO airstrike and ended his trip to China early to return to the country. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea’s Defense Security Commander Bae Deuk-Shik accused North Korea of training elite hackers to steal military secrets and stir up public disorder. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Gunmen attacked a bus in the country’s south, killing four. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Abkhazia and South Ossetia will argue at a new round of the Geneva discussions today that they are not occupied territory. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A policeman was killed and another wounded in a clash with gunmen in Dagestan. (AFP)
  • Spain: Thursday’s bond auction will be a crucial test of market confidence in the country’s ability to avoid requiring an EU bailout. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: PKK militants kidnapped three in the country’s southeast. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country warned it may delay or cancel nuclear talks planned for later this month. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed four Sahwa militiamen in Fallujah. (Sky News)
  • Iraq: Seven were killed in bomb and gun attacks in the Baghdad area. (AFP)
  • Israel: The US said continued Israeli settlement building in the West Bank undermines peace efforts and contradicts Israel’s obligations after Israel announced it was building 300 new homes in the West Bank settlement of Bet El. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Clashes in the country’s south killed 17 al Qaeda linked militants and six soldiers. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Social media site LinkedIn and dating service eHarmony reported breaches of password security for an unrevealed number of their users. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Kuena
    • Location: 280 NM S of the Seychelles
    • Movement: NW at 8 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08JUN)

  • France: Palestinian President Abbas completes two day trip here.
  • Iran: The IAEA and Iran hold talks today.
  • Tajikistan: Peace Mission 2012: SCO member states stage anti-terror drill.

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