ONS: 10 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya fresh ethnic clashes in the southeast of the country left at least 32 dead.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian president Santos expressed confidence that the OCT peace talks with the FARC will last months rather than years.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government said it will buy three islands at the centre of bitter territorial row with China.
  • EUROPE: In France, a series of explosions hit seven supermarkets on the island of Corsica causing minor damage and no loss of life.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fugitive Iraqi VP Hashemi said he rejected the death sentence he was handed by a Baghdad court which found him guilty of murder.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Al Jazeera news network’s mobile service was hacked four days after a number of its Internet websites came under cyber attack.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: US formally transfers Bagram prison to Afghan control, possible fraud in fuel purchases by the Afghan National Army
    • Afghan military police commander Safiullah Safi said that 3,182 prisoners had been formally handed over to Afghan military police following a six-month transition.
    • The US said it was putting on hold the transfer of approximately 30 Afghan detainees because of doubts about the government’s commitment to other parts of the memorandum of understanding.
    • Foreigners are not covered by the agreement, and hundreds of other Afghans arrested since the transfer deal was signed on March 9 are also being held at the Parwan Detention Facility.
    • The American and NATO training missions in Afghanistan told US government investigators that more than four years of financial records covering about USD475 million worth of fuel purchases for the Afghan National Army may have been shredded, raising concerns about potential fraud.
    • Coverage: NYT, NYT-2, AFP, The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Region: A spokesman for Ansar Dine confirmed that a leader of AQIM was killed in a car crash. (AP)
  • Kenya: Fresh ethnic clashes in a village in the southeast of the country left at least 32 dead. (AFP)
  • Mali: Islamic militant group MUJWA said the killing of 16 Muslim preachers including by an army patrol in Mali was a declaration of war. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The new parliament is due to vote for a new president. (AP)
  • Sudan: Insurgents in South Kordofan state said they have repulsed government soldiers who tried to seize two rebel-held villages near the state capital of Kadugli. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The US and Latin American countries are increasingly encountering narcotics operations employing diesel-powered submarines to circumvent anti-trafficking measures. (NYT)
  • Colombia: President Santos expressed confidence that the OCT peace talks with the FARC will last months rather than years. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: A large blackout hit Cuba with a loss of electricity from the southeastern Ciego de Avila to the westernmost province of Pinar del Rio. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Australia and Singapore called for de-escalation in tensions over the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government said it will buy three islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row with China. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DPRK accepted the ROK’s offer to provide emergency relief aid. (Xinhua)
  • Nepal: US Peace Corps volunteers returned to Nepal eight years after they left due to a communist insurgency. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A car bomb exploded at a market in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 10 people and wounding 45. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • France: A series of explosions hit seven supermarkets on the French island of Corsica causing minor damage and no loss of life. (AFP)
  • Greece: PM Samaras is to meet with representatives of the country’s international lenders to finalize a new package of austerity measures. (DPA)
  • Hungary: Former PM Gyurcsany began a week-long hunger strike to protest against a government shake-up of the electoral system. (AP)
  • Kosovo: The West was to grant full sovereignty to Kosovo after four years it declared independence. (AFP)
  • Moldova: PM Filat said Moldova’s policy towards EU integration does not prevent the development of cooperation with Russia and the CIS. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Security forces opened fire on protesters in a Shiite village, wounding and later arresting a member of its municipal council. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry said Iran would join officials from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey for a four-way “contact group” meeting in Cairo looking at the conflict in Syria. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Fugitive VP Hashemi said he rejected the death sentence he was handed by a Baghdad court which found him guilty of murder. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said Israel and the US are in discussion on setting a “red line” for Iran’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Syria: New peace envoy Brahimi begins his Syria mission by meeting AL officials and Egyptian leaders before heading to Damascus on his first official trip to the region. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 27 people were killed and 64 injured by a car bomb in Aleppo. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Al Jazeera news network’s mobile service was hacked four days after a number of its Internet websites came under cyber attack. (AFP)

GLOBAL

  • Drug Trafficking: Spanish Drug and Organized Crime Unit Chief Quiros said Latin American drug cartels are increasingly using Africa as one of the main bases in the international cocaine trafficking network. (EFE)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Leslie
    • Location: 225 miles NE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Michael
    • Location: 1020 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 70% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 675 miles W of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: A few hundred miles SSW of the Gulf of Tehauntepec
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11SEP)

  • Global: Sixth Annual Meeting of the New Champions, also known as the Summer Davos, kicks off in Tianjin, China.
  • Chile: Constitution approved – 1980.
  • Chile: Anniversary of coup d’etat – 1973.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of the death of Muhammad Ali Jinnah – 1948.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of last Israeli troops leaving Gaza – 2005.
  • United States: Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center – 2001.

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