ONS: 11 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US congratulated new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, calling his election “a crucial step forward.”
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police captured the purported chief accomplice in Colombia of Mexico’s Gulf drug cartel.
  • ASIA: The Chinese military sent two patrol ships to a group of islands at the center of a territorial row with Japan.
  • EUROPE: Russia said it still considers Kosovo to be a quasi-state without legal existence after the end of supervision by an international body.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Britain dispatched a senior envoy to Israel in recent weeks to warn PM Netanyahu against a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Web hosting company GoDaddy and the websites it hosts went down, with a person affiliated with the hacking collective Anonymous claiming responsibility for the outage.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Multiple attacks in wake of Bagram hand off, Taliban deny report stating they are ready to negotiate.
    • Three members of the Afghan National Security Forces were killed and two ISAF members wounded after a helicopter was hit by munitions fired into Bagram Airfield.
    • The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • A suicide bomber blew himself up in Herat province, killing five and wounding six civilians.
    • A suicide bomber killed 15 people and injured dozens more in Kunduz.
    • The Afghan Taliban denied a report that some of their leading members were ready to negotiate a comprehensive peace deal involving a long-term US military presence in Afghanistan.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, Reuters-2, CNN, WSJ

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: HRW said in a report that rebels in eastern DR Congo have committed widespread war crimes. (Reuters)
  • Libya: UNSG Ban Ki-moon urged the country’s leaders to charge or release an estimated 7,000 detainees, many held since last year’s revolution. (AP)
  • Mali: Government investigators arrived to probe why troops shot dead a group of 16 Muslim men at a checkpoint. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The US congratulated new Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, calling his election “a crucial step forward.” (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police captured the purported chief accomplice in Colombia of Mexico’s Gulf drug cartel. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Sixteen bodies suspected to be linked to drug related violence were found inside an abandoned van in western Mexico. (AFP)
  • United States: A newly released UN report said the US needs to provide extra compensation to settle claims by nuclear-affected Marshall Islanders. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities dropped charges against the captain of a US-flagged cargo ship detained last month and allowed him to return to the vessel. (AFP)

ASIA

  • China: The military sent two patrol ships to a group of islands at the center of a territorial row with Japan. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: VP Boediono oversaw the first meeting of ministers and anti-terrorism experts to develop and implement a new counterterrorism plan. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government exchanged the official contract on the purchase of Diaoyu Islands with Kurihara family whom the Japanese side called “the private owner.” (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The ROK and the US are set to hold the second round of defense talks aimed at policy coordination toward the DPRK. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Al Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed in a video recording the death of veteran militant Abu Yahya al-Libi in June. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia said it still considers Kosovo to be a quasi-state without legal existence after the end of supervision by an international body. (AFP)
  • Belarus: President Lukashenko said Russia is the most important foreign political and economic partner for Belarus. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: The Federal Constitutional Court said it rejected a last-minute plea to postpone its ruling on the request for an injunction blocking the country’s ratification of the eurozone’s permanent bailout fund. (AP)
  • Greece: Two Czech nationals, who are self-described combat videogame game developers, were arrested on the island of Lemnos on suspicion of espionage after being caught filming military installations. (AFP)
  • Turkey: One police officer was killed and several people were wounded in a suicide bombing that targeted a police station in central Istanbul. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British Foreign Secretary Hague is to hold talks on Syria and Egypt during a meeting in Cairo with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (AFP)
  • Iran: The foreign ministry said the country will closely monitor US-led naval exercises planned for the week of 17SEP in the Persian Gulf. (AP)
  • Iraq: Police said a car bomb killed eight people and wounded 32 outside a restaurant in the southwestern Baghdad. (AP)
  • Iraq: Turkey refused to extradite Iraq’s fugitive VP Tareq al Hashemi who was sentenced in absentia to death by an Iraqi court. (AFP)
  • Israel: Britain dispatched a senior envoy to Israel in recent weeks to warn PM Netanyahu against a unilateral attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Web hosting company GoDaddy and the websites it hosts went down on Monday, with a person affiliated with the hacking collective Anonymous claiming responsibility for the outage. (CNN)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Sanba)
    • Location: 775 NM ESE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 20 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Leslie
    • Location: Approaching Newfoundland
    • Movement: NNE at 40 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Michael
    • Location: 1175 miles W of the Azores
    • Movement: N at 18 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 90% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: A few hundred miles south of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12SEP)

  • Europe: A German constitutional court comes down with a verdict on European Stability Mechanism (ESM).
  • The Netherlands: Polls open in snap elections.
  • Philippines: USS Hawaii departs from Philippine port in Subic Bay.
  • United States: Anniversary of the declaration of the War on Terror – 2001.
  • Venezuela: Anniversary of President Chavez ousting the American ambassador – 2008.

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