ONS: 09 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s Al Shabab killed 17 in Mogadishu
  • AMERICAS: Mexican military seized 15 tons of methamphetamine
  • ASIA: US drone strike in Pakistan killed senior Al Qaeda leader Badar Mansoor
  • EUROPE:  Greek government failed to reach a bailout agreement
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Yemeni security forces killed two activists in Daleh
  • TECHNOLOGY: Privacy watchdog sued FTC to stop Google’s new privacy policy

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence continued in the face of international uproar
    • Activists reported security forces intensified a week-long assault on Homs, killing at least 24.
    • UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the “appalling brutality” and said he would consider a joint UN-Arab League observer mission.
    • Russian FM Lavrov defended his country’s efforts to negotiate with President Assad.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, Reuters, VoA

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Military officials announced the deployment of armed forces in anticipation of an upcoming national strike. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Rebels seized the town of Tinzawatene after driving government forces into Algeria. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Al Shabab claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Mogadishu that killed at least 17. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: The military admitted that 22 RPG-7 grenade launchers were stolen from an armory in 2010. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The Mexican army seized 15 tons of methamphetamine in Jalisco. (AP)
  • Mexico: Marines discovered two mass graves in Veracruz containing at least 15 bodies. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: The Japanese Self-Defense Force scrambled aircraft to intercept a group of Russian warplanes that strayed near Japanese airspace. (RIA Novosti)
  • Maldives: The Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for former President Nasheed. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed four militants in North Waziristan, including Al Qaeda chief Badar Mansoor. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: The government expelled four Syrian diplomats for ties to espionage activity against Syrian opposition groups in Germany. (AP)
  • Greece: The government failed to reach an agreement necessary for a $173 billion bailout from the EU. (AP)
  • Turkey: 14 were killed in clashes between security forces and PKK militants in Eastern Turkey. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US and Israeli officials are divided over the rate of Iran’s nuclear development. (NYT)
  • Iraq: The US State Department started to investigate how to reduce its embassy presence in Baghdad. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: Security forces killed two anti-election activists in Daleh. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Privacy: The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued the FTC to prevent Google’s upcoming change to its privacy policies. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Jasmine
    • Location: 275 NM ESE of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: SSE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10FEB)

  • India: EU-Indian summit held in New Delhi.
  • Pakistan: Memogate Commission’s deadline for Mansoor Ijaz to appear.

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