ONS: 12 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The DR Congo’s M23 rebels warned they would retaliate against any attack by UN peacekeeping forces.
  • AMERICAS:  Venezuela’s rival political candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles made their last appeals to voters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election.
  • ASIA: Pakistani gunmen killed an MQM political candidate in Hyderabad.
  • EUROPE: Turkish authorities reportedly foiled a terror plot against the US embassy in Ankara and other targets in Istanbul.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported government forces battling rebels near Homs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Computer security researcher, Hugo Tesa, said commercial aircraft have security flaws exploitable by an Android app called PlaneSploit, which could send planes to different destinations.

 

TOP STORY

  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea possibly capable of mounting a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile; US Secretary Kerry arrived in South Korea amid tension.
    • The US DIA reported North Korea has the ability to produce a nuclear weapon that it can mount on a ballistic missile.
    • The report’s conclusion was denied by other US government officials and South Korea.
    • US Secretary Kerry visited South Korea, and declared a nuclear armed North Korea was unacceptable to the global community.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, NYT, AP-1, WaPo, AP-2

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudanese President Bashir will visit South Sudan to discuss oil and security deals, border trade as well as remaining territorial conflicts. (Reuters)
  • DR Congo: M23 rebels warned they would retaliate against any attack by UN peacekeeping forces. (AFP)
  • Mali: Doctors Without Borders warned 74,000 Malians driven into Mauritania due to fighting in the northern part of the country were in urgent need of help. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: A clash between police and hard-line Islamists in a southern town killed at least one. (Reuters)

 

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Students held large protests throughout the country demanding education reform. (AP)
  • Mexico: Concern reportedly increased over a growing vigilante movement within the country. (LA Times)
  • Venezuela: Rival candidates Nicolas Maduro and Henrique Capriles made their last appeals to voters ahead of Sunday’s presidential election. (BBC)

 

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The defense ministry reported a Taliban attack on an outpost near the Pakistani border killed 13 Afghan soldiers. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Clashes in Chittagong between police and protesters killed at least three. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Police released 32 Filipinos held on suspicion of trying to join an armed incursion into Sabah state. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed an MQM political candidate in Hyderabad. (CNN)

 

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President Anastasiades stated he would appeal to the EU for extra assistance as it faces a eurozone bail out. (BBC)
  • Russia: A spokesman for President Putin stated a proposed US human rights law would strain relations between the two countries. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Authorities reportedly foiled a terror plot against the US embassy in Ankara and other targets in Istanbul. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Opposition group The People’s Mujahadeen, previously listed by the US as a terrorist group, opened an office in Washington, DC. (AFP)
  • Syria: Activists reported government forces battling rebels near Homs. (AP)
  • Syria: A US intelligence official estimated sectarian conflict in Syria would persist even after the fall of Assad. (WaPo)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Computer security researcher, Hugo Tesa, said commercial aircraft have security flaws that are exploitable by an Android app called PlaneSploit, which could send planes to different destinations. (Ars Technica)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Imelda
    • Location: 510 NM NNE of La Reunion
    • Movement: ESE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Victoria
    • Location: 445 NM W of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SSE at 25 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13APR)

  • Chile: Presidential primary election.
  • Egypt: Retrials for former President Mubarak and former Interior Minister al Adli begin.
  • Japan: Myanmar opposition leader Suu Kyi will visit Japan and is expected to meet with PM Abe and FM Kishida (to 19APR).
  • Korea, North: One-year anniversary of North Korea’s failed rocket launch – 2012.
  • Myanmar: Water festival begins.
  • Sikhism: Vaisakhi, the Sikh new year festival.

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