ONS: 08 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 8, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: World Bank reported Africa loses billions annually due to high trade barriers.
  • AMERICAS: Argentina will present a formal complaint to the UN over Britain’s “militarization” over the Falkland Islands.
  • ASIA: The Myanmar Union Election Commission abolished the Democratic Alliance Party and the 88-Forces of People’s Party.
  • EUROPE: A Turkish prosecutor planned to summon intelligence chief Fidan to testify for his contacts with the PKK
  • MIDDLE EAST: Three US Senators warned Egypt of the possibility of a “disastrous” rupture in relations with the US.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Symantec called on law enforcement authorities to exchange emails with Anonymous.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad assured broad political support
    • President Assad said he is committed to ending violence.
    • He assured Russian FM Lavrov that he is focused on stability.
    • FM Lavrov said Assad planned to meet with opposition in Moscow.
    • President Assad supported a possible referendum on a new constitution to increase political participation, and an extension of the Arab League mission.
    • Coverage: BBC, WSJ, New York Times, Reuters, The Guardian, Bloomberg, The Telegraph, RIA Novosti

AFRICA

  • Region: US- based One Earth Future foundation released a report security measures in the Indian Ocean to combat Somali piracy cost $7 billion a year. (Reuters)
  • Region: The World Bank reported Africa loses billions of dollars annually due to high trade barriers. (AFP)
  • Libya: Colonel al-Mangush said that Gaddafi supporters might carry out attacks on 17FEB. (AFP)
  • Morocco: King Mohammed promised to improve conditions for the military. (Reuters)
  • Senegal: Presidential hopefuls turned to the powerful Islamic brotherhoods for support ahead of the election. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Argentine President Kirchner planned to present a formal complaint to the UN over Britain’s “militarization” over the Falkland Islands. (AFP)
  • Region: Friedemann Schirrmeister, a political scientist at Heidelberg’s Institute for International Conflict Research, said corruption, not military force, is to blame in the Mexican drug war. (DPA)
  • Brazil: Talks aimed at ending the police strike in the Bahia state failed. (AFP)
  • Cuba: Cubans said the US embargo was a failed policy, marking the 50th anniversary. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Pakistani and Afghan militaries met with NATO to increase cooperation along the border. (AP)
  • Region: India recently added fighter jets and a nuclear submarine, and worked on an aircraft carrier in an effort to modernize its military to combat China’s role in the region. (AP)
  • India: Three state ministers resigned after local television cameras caught them watching pornography in the local assembly. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The Union Election Commission abolished the Democratic Alliance Party and the 88-Forces of People’s Party for their failure to run in by-elections. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A US drone attack killed eight insurgents in North Waziristan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France:  The Euro rescue fund contributions adjusted the public debt forecasts to 89.1 percent of GDP in 2012 instead of the 88.3 percent previously predicted. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Medvedev mocked the opposition efforts of former finance minister Kudrich to lead a political party. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: A prosecutor planned to summon intelligence chief Fidan to testify for his contacts with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The envoy for European integration Piatnytsky said Ukraine is prepared to sign a FTA with the US. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Former presidential candidate El Baradei urged Egyptians to unite economically and politically to work against military rule. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: US Senators McCain (R-AZ), Ayotte (R-NH), and Lieberman (I-CT) warned Egypt of a “disastrous” rupture in relations with the US. (AFP)
  • Syria: Anonymous exposed hundreds of emails from the Syrian Ministry of Presidential Affairs’ server. (Ars Technica)
  • Syria: In the event Europe needs to evacuate its citizens, the contingency plan includes a possible no-fly zone. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Symantec contacted law enforcement authorities who represented themselves as employees while exchanging emails with Anonymous hackers. (GovInfo Security)
  • Technology: Chinese authorities tightened their grip on microblog users, requiring them to register with their real names. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Cyril)
    • Location: 396 NM South of Rarotonga
    • Movement: SE at 37 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Jasmine)
    • Location: 175 NM NNE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: ESE at 14 knots
    • Winds: 110 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09FEB)

  • Qatar: South Korean President Lee visits Doha.
  • United States: President Obama hosts Italian PM Monti to discuss Eurozone crisis.

 

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