ONS: 08 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 8, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt launched airstrikes against suspected militants in the Sinai.
  • AMERICAS: US authorities seized over ton of cocaine off the southern coast of Puerto Rico.
  • ASIA: NATO stated three coalition troops were killed by a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE:  Belarus pulled its embassy staff from Sweden over embarrassment following a toy-bear airdrop
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, gunmen murdered eight members of a family north of Baghdad.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple suspended over-the-phone password resets following a hack that resulted in a user’s iCloud account security being breached.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Iran reaffirms support for embattled regime
    • Iran’s envoy President Assad stated his country would not accept outside interference in the conflict and would continue to back President Assad.
    • Rebel forces retreated from at least one position in a heavily contested area of Aleppo as fighting continued.
    • Iran’s FM flew to Turkey seeking to mend a relationship sorely strained by the Syrian uprising and to secure Turkish help for dozens of kidnapped Iranians in Syria.
    • Coverage: NYT, Al Jazeera, Reuters, WSJ, WaPo, Reuters-1

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia vowed its commitment to supporting Somalia’s peace process as the nation marks one year after the ouster of al Shabaab from Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
  • Region: US Secretary of State Clinton urged Rwanda and Uganda to stop supporting rebel groups in the DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Congo: The ruling Labor Party of President Nguesso won a large majority in run-off legislative elections last weekend, winning 89 of the 136 seats. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: The ICC ordered victims of convicted Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga get reparations. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The government launched airstrikes and a ground campaign against suspected militants in the Sinai, killing at least 20. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The lead mediator of regional efforts to defuse tension within the country called on rebel groups to sever ties with terrorist organizations. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed two at a mosque in the central part of the country. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US imposed sanctions on three Belize residents of involvement in aiding Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel smuggle drugs from Colombia. (AP)
  • Brazil: The country deployed 9,000 troops to its borders with four neighboring countries for an anti-crime operation. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities seized over ton of cocaine off the southern coast of Puerto Rico. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO stated three coalition troops were killed by a suicide bombing in the eastern part of the country. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The UN reported civilian casualties declined 15% in the first half of 2012 compared to 2011. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: The government warned of further tension over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s Supreme Court summoned the PM to answer questions in connection to corruption allegations against President Zardari. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The country pulled its embassy staff from Sweden over embarrassment following a toy-bear airdrop. (Reuters)
  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Bosnian Serbs threatened to block their country’s already slow progress towards EU membership unless the FM resigns in a dispute over constitutional procedures.
  • Greece: Eurozone finance ministers’ group chief Juncker said a Greek exit from the eurozone would be “manageable” but not “desirable.” (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan’s King Abdullah II expressed concern over the use of chemical weapons in neighboring Syria, warning an ongoing failure to solve the conflict is tipping the country towards an “abyss.” (DPA)
  • Bahrain: Authorities charged 15 policemen over allegations they abused opposition protesters during last year’s unrest. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: Gunmen murdered eight members of a family north of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Gaza is more and more cut off from the rest of the Palestinian territories as hopes of sealing a Fatah-Hamas unity deal fade, Premier Fayyad warned. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The army continued a manhunt for al Qaeda militants in towns retaken from them during the government’s offensive. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Apple suspended over-the-phone password resets following a hack that resulted in a user’s iCloud account security being breached. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kirogi
    • Location: 950 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Haikui
    • Location: 95 NM S of Shanghai
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Gilma
    • Location: 640 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 460 miles SW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: Drifting W
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Ernesto
    • Location: 20 miles N of Chetumal, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 700 miles WSW of Cape Verde
    • Movement: W at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09AUG)

  • Global: International Day of the World’s Indigenous People celebrated.
  • Singapore: National Day celebrated – 1965.
  • Japan: Anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped over Nagasaki – 1945.

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