ONS: 10 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Gao, Mali a suicide bomb detonated at an army checkpoint killed only the bomber.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, FARC rebels holding peace talks with the government called on it to hand over a huge amount of land to farmers.
  • ASIA: Chinese maritime surveillance vessels were spotted traveling near the group of disputed islands amid heightened tensions.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan said Turkey is set to make a “clean break” with the IMF by paying off its remaining debt by May.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Joint Gulf force the Peninsula Shield began a 17-day exercise in Kuwait.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Lobbyists for internet and technology companies said they do not expect Congress to pass legislation protecting online privacy soon.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Change in command of NATO forces as US begins eqiupment withdrawl.
    • US General Dunford assumed command of NATO forces in Afghanistan, taking over from General John Allen.
    • The US has started the withdrawal of military equipment from Afghanistan as at least 25 containers crossed the Torkham border point heading to the Pakistani port city of Karachi for shipment.
    • The US, which has currently more than 60,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of nearly 150,000 NATO force, plans to withdraw all its combat troops by 2014.
    • Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey said he was confident enough troops will remain after 2014 to accomplish the mission.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, BBC, Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2

AFRICA

  • Mali: A suicide bomb detonated at an army checkpoint killed only the bomber. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Armed men killed three South Korean doctors in a pre-dawn attack in Potiskum. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Police arrested two gunmen following a shootout in a foiled attack on a police station outside Kano. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: One policeman was killed, 59 were injured, and 375 people were arrested in unrest sparked by the killing of opposition leftist politician Chokri Belaid. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels holding peace talks with the government called on it to hand over a huge amount of land to farmers. (AFP)
  • United States: Top former American officials urged Washington to allow the Iranian MEK dissidents to take refuge in the US. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition leaders derided another currency devaluation by President Chavez’s government as evidence of economic incompetence. (Reuters)
  • Venzuela: Authorities seized a ton of cocaine that was being smuggled aboard a plane. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Chinese maritime surveillance vessels were spotted traveling near the group of disputed islands amid heightened tensions. (Kyodo)
  • India: Residents of India’s Kashmir valley complained about the second day of curfew imposed following the hanging of a local separatist. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A state media outlet accused the US of “jumping to conclusions” that the DPRK would soon stage a nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Suspected militants killed five and injured one soldier in a roadside attack in the south of the country. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Police detained nearly 300 Muslims from several countries in Saint Petersburg as part of a probe into suspected calls to terrorism. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said Turkey is set to make a “clean break” with the IMF by paying off its remaining debt by May. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former President Yuschenko was kicked out of the Our Ukraine party in a debt dispute. (UPI)
  • United Kingdom: British PM Cameron conceded that Scotland had what it takes to be an independent nation but asked it not to break the UK apart. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Tehran and other cities chanting “Death to America” as Iran marked the 34th anniversary of the Islamic revolution. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The US State Department condemned the rocket and mortar attack that killed six people and at a refugee camp near Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: A car exploded in south Tel Aviv wounding two. (Xinhua)
  • Kuwait: Joint Gulf force the Peninsula Shield began a 17-day exercise in Kuwait. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least two people were killed by an explosive device in a suburb of Damascus. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Lobbyists for internet and technology companies said they do not expect Congress to pass legislation protecting online privacy soon. (Hillicon Valley)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14P (Haley)
    • Location: 325 NM SSW of Bora Bora, Society Islands, French Polynesia
    • Movement: ESE at 16
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquake: 5 km NE of Yacuanquer, Colombia
    • Magnitude: 7.0
    • Depth: 153.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 29 km SSW of Lata, Solom Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 15.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11FEB)

  • Egypt: Anniversary of President Mubarak surrendering power to the military – 2011.
  • Japan: National Foundation Day – 1966.
  • Iran: Revolution Day commemorating the victory of the Islamic revolution -1979.
  • Libya: Trial of Moamer Kadhafi’s last premier Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, accused of killing civilians and financial crimes.

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