ONS: 08 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW warned Kenyan communities are arming themselves ahead of next month’s election, saying the risk of political violence is “perilously high.”
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan security forces captured 16 people they claim to be linked to the Mexican drug trafficking organization Los Zetas.
  • ASIA: Indian riot police fired water cannons at hundreds of protestors in the state of Kerala, who demanded the resignation of a lawmaker acquitted of rape charges in 2005.
  • EUROPE: Italian polls show the center-left Democratic Party is set to win in the 24-25FEB vote, but will likely fall short of an outright majority.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The number of Syrian refugees fleeing the country has risen 25% in the past month, hitting nearly 5,000 per day.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Trade associations representing tech giants such as Google and Amazon raised concerns over the EU’s new cybersecurity laws; fearing overly-burdensome legislation would hinder tech growth.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: Paramilitary troops loyal to the military junta government that staged a coup last year exchanged fire with government troops in Bamako.
    • Government troops quickly surrounded their camp in southern Bamako.
    • The military claimed the renewed violence stemmed from the strict discipline imposed on the paramilitary troops.
    • At least one was killed and five wounded in the exchange, which was quelled.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP-1, AP-2, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: Leaders of South African countries met for a summit in Mozambique to discuss the deployment of peacekeeping troops to the DRC. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Security was beefed up around opposition leaders after several hard-line Muslim clerics issued religious edicts calling for them to be killed. (AP)
  • Kenya: HRW warned local communities are arming themselves ahead of next month’s election, saying the risk of political violence is “perilously high.” (AFP)
  • Mali: A suicide bomber attacked a group of soldiers in the northern city of Gao, injuring one soldier. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The General Union of Tunisian Workers called a general strike of tens of thousands of workers to coincide with the funeral of opposition activist Chokri Belaid. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez defended an agreement signed with Iran to establish a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires after being criticized by Israel and international Jewish groups. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Police arrested 15 members of the Los Urabenos drug-trafficking gang for their suspected roles in the murder of two police officers. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Security forces captured 16 people they claim to be linked to the Mexican drug trafficking organization Los Zetas. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A number of mayors in Michoacan and other restive regions admitted to paying off the cartels to avoid assassination. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Australia: Rail and transportation workers went on strike after negotiations with Australia’s largest private freight railway company fell through. (Xinhua)
  • India: Riot police fired water cannons at hundreds of protestors in the state of Kerala, who demanded the resignation of a lawmaker acquitted of rape charges in 2005. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: A judge sentenced a pro-North Korean activist to four years in prison for violating South Korea’s National Security Law by visiting Pyongyang without a permit and praising the country. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb killed eight people and wounded 18 in the town of Hangu in the Orakzai tribal area. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The government denied visas to the International Bar Association delegates on a fact finding mission into the controversial dismissal of the country’s chief justice. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU President Van Rompuy proposed austerity measures cutting the bloc’s budget to USD1.3 trillion after 15 hours of deliberations. (DPA)
  • Armenia: The security service said it had arrested two men over a gun attack that wounded a presidential candidate in the upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Italy: Polls show the center-left Democratic Party is set to win in the 24-25FEB vote, but will likely fall short of an outright majority. (Reuters)
  • Latvia: Riga Mayor Nils Ushakov said Latvia is likely to introduce the euro in 2014. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The number of Syrian refugees taking shelter in the country rose to over 177,000 according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Directorate. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The opposition and the government are set to resume a national dialogue ahead of the two-year anniversary of the 2011 Shiite-led uprising. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A series of car bombs killed 29 and wounded nearly 70 in mostly Shiite areas in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Syria: The number of refugees fleeing the country has risen 25% in the past month, hitting nearly 5,000 per day. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: The government requested a UN probe into a ship detained by authorities allegedly carrying Iranian-made missiles and other weapons. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Trade associations representing tech giants such as Google and Amazon raised concerns over the EU’s new cybersecurity laws; fearing overly-burdensome legislation would hinder tech growth. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: S of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 6.2 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (09FEB)

  • Nothing to report

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