ONS: 08 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 8, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian soldiers fired warning shots at Islamist fighters overnight amid fears that they are planning to advance on the government-controlled south of the impoverished country.
  • AMERICAS:  Argentine warship Libertad returned to Argentina after being seized in Ghana for more than two months.
  • ASIA: At least seven Pakistani militants were killed and four others wounded when a US drone fired missiles at a militant compound in North Waziristan.
  • EUROPE: German Patriot missile defense systems are en route to Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A top Iranian official says the country’s oil exports have been slashed 40 percent in the past nine months by Western sanctions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Qualcomm Inc. has created chips for smartphones that could be recording video in ultra-HD as early as this year.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombings outside Damascus continue; Rebels execute three captured soldiers
    • Syrian troops shelled rebel bastions on the outskirts of Damascus.
    • Rebels from the al Nusra Front executed three captured soldier in the city of Deir Ezzor.
    • President Assad is one of the most brutal actors on the world stage today and his actions against his own people show he is no longer rational, a top US official said.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, AFP-3

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Two policemen were killed in an armed attack in Qena. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: IMF Chief Lagarde called for “a second Ivorian economic miracle.” (AFP)
  • Mali: Malian soldiers fired warning shots at Islamist fighters overnight amid fears that they are planning to advance on the government-controlled south of the impoverished country. (AFP)
  • Mali: A military official says Islamists who seized the northern half of the country are moving closer toward areas under government control. (AP)
  • Sudan: Eleven people were killed and a number of others injured in tribal clashes between Bani Hussein and Aballa tribes at Jabel A’mir area in Sudan’s North Darfur State. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: A court in Tunis ordered the release of Ali Hamzi, a Tunisian suspected in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The warship Libertad returned to Argentina after being seized in Ghana for more than two months. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Former Senator Hagel pledged “total support” for Israel amid concern that the Secretary of Defense nominee opposed support for the Middle East ally. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Venezuela’s government says President Hugo Chavez is in a “stable situation” receiving treatment due to a severe respiratory infection. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The opposition Justice First Party accused the government of violating the constitution by proposing to delay President Chavez’s inauguration. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador for the first time under the new nationalist government to “strongly protest” against the presence of official ships in waters around disputed islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An ISAF soldier was shot dead by a man in Afghan army uniform, the latest in a series of “insider” attacks. (AFP)
  • Japan: The country will revise its defense policy and weapons purchase plan by December, which includes an increase in military spending as the new government grapples with heightened tensions with neighbors in China. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: At least seven militants were killed and four others wounded when a US drone fired missiles at a militant compound in a lawless Pakistani tribal area. (BBC)
  • Vietnam: A court in central Vietnam has put on trial 14 activists accused of allegedly carrying out activities aimed at overthrowing the communist government. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Japan’s new finance minister said that Tokyo would buy bonds issued by Europe’s permanent bailout fund to help soothe the eurozone’s debt problems and stabilize the yen. (AFP)
  • Italy: Former PM Berlusconi stepped back from his leadership bid in a deal to shore up support ahead of February elections. (AFP)
  • Spain: Drug traffickers were arrested in Spain with 141 pounds of high-purity heroin from Afghanistan, which they planned to distribute throughout Europe. (EFE)
  • Turkey: German Patriot missile defense systems are en route to Turkey. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The HRW has called the life-sentences for 13 opposition activists “mind-boggling” and confirms the nation’s inability to protect basic human rights. (AFP)
  • Iran: A top official says the country’s oil exports have been slashed 40 percent in the past nine months by Western sanctions. (RFE/RL)
  • Iraq: The defense ministry blocked a vital border crossing point with neighboring Jordan due to the ongoing anti-government Sunni protests. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Demonstrators have taken to the streets in Basra to back the government of PM Maliki. (AP)
  • Jordan: A riot broke out at a Syrian refugee camp over harsh winter conditions. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Qualcomm Inc. has created chips for smartphones that could be recording video in ultra-HD as early as this year. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Eight)
    • Location: 12.0S 119.0E
    • Movement: West at 9 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK 09JAN

  • Malaysia: Anniversary of the death of the first female Minister Tun Fatimah – 2010.

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