ONS: 10 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian military arrested six suspected terrorists during operations in the Sinai.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities extradited alleged drug trafficker Sandra Beltran to the United States.
  • ASIA: Gunman wearing Afghan security uniform killed three US soldiers in Helmand.
  • EUROPE: Turkey’s FM accused Syrian President Assad of arming Kurdish militants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US officials stated they still believe Iran is still not on the verge of possessing a nuclear weapon.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Stuxnet-like computer virus dubbed “Gauss” capable of spying on banking transactions was discovered in computer networks in the Middle East.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels lost ground in Aleppo; Fighting continued outside of Damascus; UN reported considering Algerian diplomat to replace Annan
    • Rebel forces were forced to withdraw from many areas of Aleppo by an intense government onslaught, including the strategic district of Salaheddine.
    • Fighting continued outside Damascus and in some areas of Aleppo.
    • Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi is reportedly likely to take Kofi Annan’s place as the UN lead envoy.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Reuters, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: Uganda started frantic diplomatic efforts aimed at garnering international support to end fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that has displaced tens of thousands of people. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The military arrested six suspected terrorists during operations in the Sinai. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The national assembly voted in Mohammed Magarief as the country’s new president.  (Reuters)
  • Mali: The government stated military action against Islamic insurgents in the country’s north was “inevitable.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The US renewed an offer to assist the country in counterterrorism efforts and increasing security. (WaPo)
  • Sudan: The UN stated 25,000 people had been displaced by recent unrest in Darfur. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: A US GAO report said US aid helps South America’s anti-drug fight but thorny relations with Venezuela and Bolivia hinder efforts there, creating new openings for traffickers. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A FARC front commander surrendered to authorities. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A car bombing at a power station in the country’s southwest caused a large-scale blackout. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Authorities extradited alleged drug trafficker Sandra Beltran to the US. (BBC)
  • Mexico: A shooting believed related to organized crime in Sinaloa killed seven. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Police found 14 bodies in an abandoned van outside San Luis Potosi. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak visited islands disputed with Japan, raising diplomatic tension between the two countries. (BBC)
  • Region: Cambodia recalled its ambassador to the Philippines due to tensions over South China Sea disputes with China. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A uniformed gunman killed three US soldiers in Helmand. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: At least six civilians were killed by a roadside bombing in Helmand. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Military officials reported the death toll in clashes between government forces and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters militants in the country’s south reached 32. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Concern from investors over doubts the ECB will act to prevent a debt crisis caused the euro to decline in value for a third day. (Reuters)
  • Region: The Georgian Foreign Ministry has appealed for international support to its work on the pullout of Russian forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (Interfax)
  • Russia: Clashes in Dagestan killed five policemen and two militants. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: The country’s FM accused Syrian President Assad of arming Kurdish militants. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A government minister said opposition parties should denounce violence to demonstrate their desire for political progress. (Reuters)
  • Iran: US officials stated they still believe the country is still not on the verge of possessing a nuclear weapon, contrary to reports of a National Intelligence Estimate stating the country had made significant progress that appeared in Israeli media. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A bomb attack targeting a police patrol and a gun attack on a city councilor killed four and wounded four. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed four anti-al Qaeda Sahwa fighters at a security checkpoint north of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Yemen: A suspected al Qaeda car bombing killed a security official in Mukalla. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A Stuxnet-like computer virus dubbed “Gauss” capable of spying on banking transactions was discovered in computer networks in the Middle East. (Guardian)
  • Cybersecurity: Hacker group “Anonymous” claimed to have brought down the public website of the Australian Security Intelligence Organization. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kirogi
    • Location: 470 NM E of Kisawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Ernesto
    • Location: 80 miles NNW of Oaxaca
    • Movement: W at 14 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Eastern Atlantic between Cape Verde islands and Africa
    • Movement: W to WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Several hundred miles N of Puerto Rico
    • Movement: NW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Gilma
    • Location: 695 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at five mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southern coast of Mexico
    • Movement: Westwards
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11AUG)

  • Middle East: US Secretary Clinton visits Istanbul to discuss Syria.
  • South America: Venezuela and Colombia restore relations – 2010.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of NATO taking over command of peacekeeping – 2003.
  • Chad: Celebration of Independence Day – 1960.

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