ONS: 11 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African rebels agreed to a one-week ceasefire with the government following talks in Gabon.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan Vice President Maduro reportedly faced a leadership challenge as the heir-apparent to President Chavez,
  • ASIA: Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador to protest the death of a Pakistani soldier during a skirmish in Kashmir
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan suggested the three Kurdish activists murdered in Paris were killed due to an internal PKK feud.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel forces reportedly overran Taftanaz airbase in the northern part of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The discovery of a security flaw in Java prompted experts to advise users to disable it.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Death toll from Thursday bombings climbed to 120; Sunni terror group claimed responsibility; HRW warned of rising sectarian tension; US increasing pace of drone strikes in 2013
    • The death toll from a series of bombings across the country rose to 120, the deadliest day within the country in several years.
    • A Sunni extremist group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, claimed responsibility for the bombings.
    • Human Rights Watch warned of worsening sectarian violence within the country.
    • The US is reportedly increasing the pace of drone strikes on targets in the country.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, WaPo, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Rebels agreed to a one-week ceasefire with the government following talks in Gabon. (BBC)
  • Mali: Islamist forces overran a government held-village in the central part of the country; government forces launched a counterattack. (NYT, Reuters)
  • Mali: President Hollande stated France was ready to stop the advance of al Qaeda linked militants in the northern part of the country, within the framework of UN resolutions. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Pirate kingpin Mohamed Hassan reportedly renounced crime. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: Protesters torched a police station in the southern border town of Ben Guerdane, amid social discontent that also sparked clashes there last weekend. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Dominican Republic: Authorities seized a large amount of cocaine west of Santo Domingo. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Thousands of Chavez supporters rallied in Caracas for what had been his planned inauguration day. (CNN)
  • Venezuela: Vice-President Maduro reportedly faced a leadership challenge as the heir-apparent to President Chavez, who is still recovering from cancer surgery in Cuba. (LAT)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan summoned the Indian ambassador to protest the death of a Pakistani soldier during a skirmish in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: US President Obama and President Karzai prepared to meet for talks on US troop levels within the country after 2014. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A local Taliban leader was detained in an operation in Burkah district, Baghlan province carried out by the Afghan and ISAF forces. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government announced plans to create a Coast Guard force to guard the disputed Senkaku Islands. (Kyodo)
  • Thailand: Two soldiers were killed by a roadside bombing in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: The ECB signaled it was not open to new stimulus measures. (WSJ)
  • Cyprus: International credit rating agency Moody’s downgraded the country’s bond rating. (Guardian)
  • Greece: The homes of several journalists were targeted by arson attacks. (AP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan suggested the three Kurdish activists murdered in Paris were killed due to an internal PKK feud. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government reportedly set a date for nuclear talks with world powers for the end of January. (AFP)
  • Iran: The US Treasury Department reported the country was finding ways to elude international sanctions. (NYT)
  • Iraq: Three policemen were killed in an attack on a security checkpoint north of Baghdad. (DPA)
  • Syria: Rebel forces reportedly overran Taftanaz airbase in the northern part of the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The discovery of a security flaw in Java prompted experts to advise users to disable it. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Narelle
    • Location: 280 NM NNE of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 140 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12JAN)

  • Haiti: Anniversary of earthquake – 2010.

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