ONS: 09 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Senior US officials are pressing to add Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the planner of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility, to the US targeted killing list.
  • AMERICAS: Honduran President Lobo deployed 1,400 soldiers to fight street gangs in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the country’s biggest and most violent cities.
  • ASIA: The Japanese goverment suggested setting up a military hotline with China to avoid clashes between the two countries.
  • EUROPE: Slovenian police fired teargas at demonstrators in Ljubljana who were protesting against PM Jansa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Mortar attacks in Iraq on an camp housing MEK Iranian dissidents near Baghdad killed at least five.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft and computer security giant Symantec said that they smashed a hacker-infected computer network that was hijacking internet searches.

TOP STORY

  • Tunisia: Tensions rise following funeral clashes
    • Members of the main ruling islamist party called for a rally in the capital, a day after police clashed with protesters at the funeral of murdered opposition figure Chokri Belaid.
    • Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets for the funeral procession of Belaid, who was killed by a lone gunman on Wednesday
    • A wanted Tunisian Salafist leader urged the ruling islamists against making concessions to secular parties, warning that to do so would be “political suicide.”
    • Tunisian PM Jebali said that he stuck by his decision to form a new government of technocrats.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Algeria: Senior US officials are pressing to add Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the planner of last month’s attack on an Algerian natural-gas facility, to the US targeted killing list. (WSJ)
  • Mali: Villagers near Gao arrested two youths with explosives strapped to their bodies near the site of a suicide attack the previous day. (AFP)
  • Mali: The first EU contingent, comprised of 70 military instructors, arrived in Mali to participate in the European Training Mission. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The UN political chief said the UN will be working to help Mali hold “credible and legitimate” elections by the end of July. (AP)
  • Sudan: Rebels said a Khartoum-backed militia in Sudan’s South Kordofan state killed 17 civilians. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Honduras: Honduran President Lobo deployed 1,400 soldiers to fight street gangs in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the country’s biggest and most violent cities. (AP)
  • Mexico: Farmers who took up arms against drug-gang violence and crime turned over to authorities 11 of 53 people that the vigilantes detained over the last month. (AP)
  • United States: A major blizzard has closed down transport on the US east coast from Philadelphia to Boston. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: The government announced that it is devaluing the country’s currency, a change expected to push up prices in the heavily import-reliant economy. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six Afghan civilians were killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan forces and ISAF captured a local leader of Haqqani network in Khost province. (Xinhua)
  • India: Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir imposed an indefinite curfew in Muslim majority areas of the region. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The goverment suggested setting up a military hotline with China to avoid clashes between the two countries. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Officials said the death toll from a suspected US drone strike in a restive tribal region has risen to nine militants. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Hundreds of protesters accusing President Saakashvili of flouting human rights have forced him to change the venue of his annual address to the nation.  (Reuters)
  • Ireland: A new opinion poll indicates that the main opposition party Fianna Fail has become the most popular party in the country. (Reuters)
  • Slovenia: Police fired teargas at demonstrators in Ljubljana who were protesting against PM Jansa. (DPA)
  • Spain: An anarchist group claimed responsibility for a thwarted attempt to set off a bomb at Madrid’s La Almudena Cathedral. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Mortar attacks on an camp housing MEK Iranian dissidents near Baghdad killed at least five. (AFP)
  • Syria: Goverment media reported that government troops repulsed a rebel attack on a military post near Damascus. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: State media reported that President Assad reshuffled his Cabinet, appointing new ministers to handle the economy. (AP)
  • Yemen: Photographs recently released by the government suggest that an interdiction last month by the US Navy and Yemen’s security forces seized a class of shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles not publicly known to have been out of state control. (NYT)
  • Yemen: Up to three al-Qaida militants were killed and five others were injured in armed confrontations with government troops in Abyan. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft and computer security giant Symantec said that they smashed a hacker-infected computer network that was hijacking internet searches. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: 25 Km SSE of Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 27 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10FEB)

  • China: Chinese New Year.
  • Monaco: Parliamentary Elections.

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