ONS: 09 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 9, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Mali’s military reported repelling an attack by Islamist militants attempting to advance southward.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan authorities reported that due to health issues, President Chavez would not return to the country in time for a planned swearing-in ceremony.
  • ASIA: Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador to issue a protest against the presence of Chinese ships near the disputed Senkaku Islands
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government reportedly reached an agreement with jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on a preliminary peace plan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian information minister al-Zoubi criticized the West for its widespread rejection of a peace plan proposed by President Assad on Sunday.
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU lawmakers announced they will seek new regulations on the use of user information by internet firms.

TOP STORY

  • Asia: India and Pakistan traded accusations, denials, over Kashmir clash
    • India claimed the bodies of two Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani forces during a border skirmish in Kashmir had been mutilated.
    • India’s foreign ministry condemned what it called an attack by Pakistan, summoning Pakistan’s ambassador to lodge a formal protest.
    • Pakistan denied the allegations, dismissing them as “propaganda.”
    • NYT, BBC, Al Jazeera, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Peace talks between the government, the Seleka rebel group and the main political opposition began in Gabon. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: Rwanda stated it opposed a UN proposal to use surveillance drones to the eastern Congo. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Tribal clashes killed at least eight in the country’s southeast. (AFP)
  • Mali: The country’s military reported repelling an attack by Islamist militants attempting to advance southward. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Pirates freed three Italian sailors kidnapped in December. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The country’s chief prosecutor’s office opened a preliminary criminal investigation into former President Uribe. (AP)
  • Cuba: The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention called for the government to release US citizen Alan Gross. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities in Puerto Rico seized USD1.7 million in gold bars stolen from Curacao in December. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities reported due to health issues, President Chavez would not return to the country in time for a planned swearing-in ceremony. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan summoned the Chinese ambassador to issue a protest against the presence of Chinese ships near the disputed Senkaku Islands. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: The White House did not rule out the possibility of removing all US troops from the country after 2014. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The government stated it wanted a UN response to North Korea’s rocket launch by the end of January. (Yonhap)
  • Indonesia: DM Yusgiantoro stated the country planned to accelerate its military modernization program. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The country asked China to explain its deployment of a patrol vessel to disputed waters in the South China Sea. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Data showing high unemployment and low consumption across the Eurozone indicated it was not yet in recovery from its banking and debt crises. (Reuters)
  • Region: Ireland urged the United Kingdom to be cautious in reappraising its relationship with the EU. (Reuters)
  • Czech Republic: The three-party coalition government has survived after a junior party changed its mind about quitting. (AP)
  • Turkey: The government reportedly reached an agreement with jailed Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan on a preliminary peace plan. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian state media reported Syrian rebels released 48 Iranians abducted in Damascus as part of a prisoner exchange with the Syrian government. (AP)
  • Iran: US officials blamed Iranian hackers for a series of sophisticated cyberattacks against US banks. (NYT)
  • Iraq: The country shut the Traibil border crossing in Anbar province to Jordan over mass protests by Sunnis against the government. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Information Minister al Zoubi criticized the West for its widespread rejection of a peace plan proposed by President Assad. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • European Union: Lawmakers announced they will seek new regulations on the use of user information by internet firms. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depression Sonamu
    • Location: 305 NM W of Brunei
    • Movement: SE at 7 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Narelle
    • Location: 555 NM NNE of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (10JAN)

  • El Salvador: Anniversary of FMLN attack on government – 1981.
  • Venezuela: Previously planned inauguration of President Chavez to a new six-year term; now delayed.

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