ONS: 09 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt’s Sinai saw fresh clashes between gunmen and police.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities arrested drug lord Erikson Vargas, also known as “Sebastian.”
  • ASIA: An Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on NATO troops in the country’s east.
  • EUROPE:  In Turkey, a bomb attack on a bus carrying soldiers wounded 11 and killed one.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli DM Barak stated that Iran’s nuclear program was increasingly difficult for US and Israeli intelligence services to track and predict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google announced it would trial a feature allowing search results to also display a user’s personal e-mails.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebel forces, government claimed setbacks and victories in Aleppo respectively; Iran reached for more prominent role
    • Rebel groups stated they had been forced to withdraw from parts of Aleppo due to a ground offensive by the government and lack of ammunition.
    • Rebel forces withdrew from the Salaheddine district after countering the government’s offensive.
    • Iran will host an international conference on the crisis amid skepticism by Western powers.
    • Coverage: NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera, NYT-2, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The government stated it would not negotiate with the M23 rebel group. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Fresh clashes broke out between gunmen and police in the Sinai. (BBC)
  • Libya: The NTC handed power to the newly elected governing national assembly. (BBC)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon urged the imposition of sanctions on rebel groups in the northern part of the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Sudan: Peacekeepers in Darfur said they received reports of aerial bombing that displaced villagers from the Dolma area. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: An upsurge in violence in Tunisia involving Islamist radicals has been engineered by supporters of deposed dictator Ben Ali, the country’s religious affairs minister said. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities arrested drug lord Erikson Vargas, also known as “Sebastian.” (BBC)
  • Honduras: Extortion of homeowners by gangs is a new trend in the country. While authorities have no numbers about how widespread the crime has become, a survey by the AP of police in a dozen neighborhoods indicates at least hundreds of families have been affected. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered five bodies with gunshot wounds in suburban Acapulco. (EFE)
  • United States: Authorities reported an operation conducted on 01AUG broke up a drug-smuggling ring operating in and around Atlanta. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Police backed by the army and the NATO-led force have killed 36 Taliban fighters, wounded 19 and captured 34 others over the past 24 hours, Interior Ministry said. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan soldier was killed after he opened fire on NATO troops in the country’s east. (AP)
  • India: The country successfully test-fired the nuclear capable Agni-II ballistic missile. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, North: The UN reported a large-scale famine was not imminent in the country, but that a full assessment of food levels wasn’t possible until the full impact of recent flooding could be determined. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Local authorities imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on Kyauktaw in western Rakhine state since Wednesday night following days of renewed sectarian riot in the area. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Troops launched assaults on two strongholds of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement rebel group. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The country expects to receive its next aid tranche after lenders complete a review of the country’s finances in mid-September. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The Federal Service for Control over Drug Circulation reported higher drug supplies in Russia from European countries. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: Several financial-services companies reportedly took steps to reduce their exposure to the country, amid fears of a debt crisis. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: A bomb attack on a bus carrying soldiers near Foca wounded 11 and killed one. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The Central Election Commission banned former PM Tymoshenko and former Interior Minister Lutsenko from running in the upcoming parliamentary elections. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Saudi Arabia reportedly threatened to shoot down any Iran-bound Israeli aircraft. (RIA Novosti)
  • Region: Israeli DM Barak stated Iran’s nuclear program was increasingly difficult for US and Israeli intelligence services to track and predict. (Reuters)
  • Region: Amid a spike in militant activities in Egypt’s Sinai, Israel’s intelligence community is in a competition for leading efforts to foil militant plots in the neighboring peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A car bomb targeting Shiite Muslims south of Baghdad killed 11. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A man was killed and several people were wounded in a Syria-related clash between Sunni and Shiite Muslims in northern Lebanon. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Soldiers protesting a decision to reorganize parts of the army abandoned their posts in the southern part of the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Search Engines: Google announced it would do a trial on a feature allowing search results to also display a user’s personal e-mails. (ZDNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kirogi
    • Location: 645 NM ESE of Misawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Ernesto
    • Location: Over the Bay of Campeche
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1000 miles W of the Southern Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Gilma
    • Location: 725 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 500 miles SSW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: Little movement
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10AUG)

  • Ghana: State funeral service for late President John Atta Mills.

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