ONS: 10 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, US State Department officials released new details on the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, the body of the slain leader of the Zetas drug cartel was stolen from a funeral parlor by an armed group.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the UNSC extended authorization for the NATO-led force for a year.
  • EUROPE: Russian FM Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s demand for NATO’s guarantees that its missile defense program in Europe will not target Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, officials indicated al Qaeda is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the country’s western deserts.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Sen. Lieberman (I-Conn.) predicted President Obama could sign an executive order on cybersecurity within the next month.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Doctors remove bullet from young activist shot by Taliban.
    • Fourteen year old Malala Yousufza was intentionally targeted and shot by the Taliban for advocating for women’s education and against the Taliban.
    • Doctors removed the bullet and stated she was no longer in critical condition.
    • Army Chief Gen. Kayani visited her hospital and condemned the attack.
    • A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban indicated she would continue to be targeted in the future if she were to recover.
    • Coverage: CNN, NYT, BBC, Reuters, AP
  • Syria: Turkey promises a stronger response if Syrian attacks continue.
    • Turkish news agencies reported Turkey’s military chief vowed to respond “with more force” against Syria if shelling from the country continues.
    • Secretary General Rasmussen said NATO is ready to defend alliance member Turkey amid artillery and mortar exchanges with Syria.
    • Syria’s army rushed extra troops to Idlib after it was seized by rebels, cutting off routes to Aleppo.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-moon called for an immediate end to violence in Syria and said the country had become a breeding ground for “terrorism and criminal actions.”
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Exiles supporting former president Gbagbo have established a base in Ghana with the aim to destabilize the current Ivorian government. (Reuters)
  • Libya: US State Department officials released new details of the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The Army denied its soldiers killed 35 people in Maiduguri. (Al Jazeera)
  • Uganda: The government is trying to broker direct peace talks between rebels who have seized parts of eastern Congo and the country’s government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: The government launched a new military campaign to combat crime along the country’s borders with Peru and Bolivia. (AP)
  • Mexico: The body of the slain leader of the Zetas drug cartel was stolen from a funeral parlor by an armed group. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition candidate Capriles said Chavez has shown no signs of adjusting incumbent advantages and that the campaign involved a “gigantic dirty war.” (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan is considering plans to calm heightened tensions with China by acknowledging Chinese claims to disputed islands in the East China Sea while maintaining its position that no official territorial dispute exists. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A Taliban roadside bomb killed six ALP officers. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The UNSC extended authorization for the NATO-led force in Afghanistan for a year. (AP)
  • Indonesia: Police declared their highest security alert after unearthing “credible information” of a threat to a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The US dismissed the DPRK’s claimed ability to strike the US mainland with missiles. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The IMF warned Europe must do more to tackle its fiscal crisis. (AFP)
  • France: The French state prosecutor said police discovered bomb-making material in a parking lot linked to a dozen weekend arrests of terror suspects. (AP)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov reiterated Moscow’s demand for NATO’s guarantees that its missile defense program in Europe will not target Russia. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: British police arrested a man and a woman at Heathrow airport on suspicion of terrorism offences following an investigation into travel to Syria. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran can overcome “barbaric” economic sanctions imposed on it by Western countries. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Officials indicated al Qaeda is rebuilding in Iraq and has set up training camps for insurgents in the country’s western deserts. (AP)
  • Israel: Legislators are likely to vote as early as 15OCT to dissolve parliament and set an election campaign in motion. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli Air Force hit targets in the northern Gaza Strip following rocket fire on southern Israel. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Sen. Lieberman (I-Conn.) predicted President Obama could sign an executive order on cybersecurity within the next month. (Hillicon Valley)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 22W (Prapiroon)
    • Location: 480 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 103 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Balleny Islands Region, over 1500 miles southwest of New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 10.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11OCT)

  • Global: IMF and World Bank meetings held in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Europe: Transcaucasia talks held on South Ossetian and Abkhazian borders.
  • Iran: Two-day security, defensive and rescue drills held in Tehran.
  • Malaysia: 53rd anniversary of Parliament – 1959.
  • United States: The World Bank hosts the Crisis Mappers Conference in Washington, DC.
  • United States: Vice Presidential candidates participate in a televised debate.

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