ONS: 10 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 10, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian army reported it had seized a major northeastern town from Islamist rebels.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan Opposition Leader Capriles accepted a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court declaring the delay of Hugo Chavez’s inauguration was legal.
  • ASIA: India rejected a Pakistani call for a UN probe into Kashmir violence.
  • EUROPE: In France, three Kurdish activists were found shot dead in Paris.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a series of bombing and shooting attacks in Baghdad and Diyala province killed at least nine.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Apple was reported to be working on a lower-cost iPhone version.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Brahimi rebuked Assad, stated he did not think he would be part of Syria’s future; NATO detected another missile launch
    • UN-AL Envoy Brahimi stated President Assad could have no place in a transitional government plan proposed in Geneva last year.
    • Brahimi also criticized President Assad’s peace plan proposal issued Sunday for issuing no concessions.
    • NATO detected a ballistic missile launch in the country.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera, Telegraph

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Mediators urged rebel forces and the government to sign a ceasefire as talks began in Gabon. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: The US expressed support for a UN proposal to deploy surveillance drones over the eastern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The Red Cross reported at least 10 were killed in retaliatory tribal attacks in the Tana region. (AFP)
  • Mali: The army reported it had seized a major northeastern town from Islamist rebels. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Journalist Renato Machado Goncalves was shot and killed outside his home. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The FARC declared a unilateral ceasefire for peace talks started in November would end on 20JAN if the government did not also lay down arms. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The US put sanctions on two operatives of the Sinaloa cartel. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Opposition Leader Capriles accepted a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court declaring the delay of President Chavez’s inauguration was legal. (UPI)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippines and Japan agreed to enhance maritime cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Region: India rejected a Pakistani call for a UN probe into Kashmir violence. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Japan scrambled fighter aircraft to intercept Chinese military planes detected over the disputed Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Government forces killed a Taliban commander and detained three militants during a raid in the northern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Supporters of nationalist leader Kamchibek Tashiyev rallied outside the courthouse where he stands accused of a coup bid. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The country denied allegations it had used chemical weapons against rebels in Kachin state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed five suspected militants in the country’s northwest. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bomb attack killed 11 and wounded dozens more in Quetta. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • France: Three Kurdish activists, including a co-founder of the PKK militant group, were found shot dead in Paris. (NYT)
  • United Kingdom: The British flag was raised over the Belfast city hall for the first time since a decision not to fly it permanently sparked riots across Northern Ireland.
  • United Kingdom: The US expressed concern over a planned referendum on the UK’s relationship with the EU. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Australia expanded sanctions against Iran. (AP)
  • Iraq: A series of bombing and shooting attacks in Baghdad and Diyala province killed at least nine. (CNN)
  • Palestinian Territories: Hamas and Fatah chiefs reportedly agreed to expedite a reconciliation agreement. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A bombing halted the flow of oil in the Marib pipeline. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Apple was reported to be working on a lower-cost iPhone version. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Narelle
    • Location: 440 NM NNE of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 95 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JAN)

  • Algeria: Anniversary of Islamist attacks killing 100 people – 1998.
  • Bangladesh: Bishwa Ijtema, the second biggest Islamic congregation after the Haj begins at Tongi, north of Dhaka.
  • Czech Republic: Presidential election held.
  • Pakistan: Multi-party peace march scheduled from Karachi to Islamabad.
  • Peru: Anniversary of landslide killing more than 2000 – 1962.

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