ONS: 12 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, thousands of pro-and-anti Morsi protestors continued to rally in Cairo ahead of a divisive constitutional referendum.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian reform groups criticized a military reform law passed by the country’s Congress.
  • ASIA: The Obama administration was reportedly planning to keep fewer US forces in Afghanistan after 2014 than previously indicated.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin warned against foreign meddling in the country during his state-of-the-nation address.
  • MIDDLE EAST: World powers prepared to recognize Syria’s opposition coalition at a summit in Morocco.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook’s security team reportedly aided the FBI in arresting suspected members of internet crime rings.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea: Successful rocket launch triggers worldwide criticism
    • Despite earlier indications that technical issues had delayed the launch, North Korea launched a long-range rocket that reached as far as the Philippines and achieved orbit.
    • The launch was condemned by UNSG Ban Ki Moon as a “clear violation” of UN resolutions, called “provocative” by NATO SG Rasmussen, and EU officials stated they would now consider additional sanctions on the country.
    • The country defended its right and stated it would continue to advance its rocket program.
    • Coverage: NYT, WaPo, Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, AFP, Reuters-4, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Thousands of pro- and anti-Morsi protestors continued to rally in Cairo ahead of a divisive constitutional referendum. (BBC)
  • Egypt: The head of the country’s election commission denied media reports that the constitutional referendum would be split into two stages across two days. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Algerian PM Sellal said Algeria will help Libya strengthen security. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The AU condemned the ousting of the country’s PM by a military junta. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore named Django Sissoko as the country’s new PM. (BBC)
  • Tunisia: The government reached an agreement with the country’s leading labor union to avoid a nationwide strike over economic woes and power disputes. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Reform groups criticized a military reform law passed by the country’s Congress. (AP)
  • Mexico: The former police chief of Sinaloa state was found shot dead in Culiacan. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez was reported recovering from successful surgery in Cuba. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan refugees within Pakistan are reportedly resisting pressure from Islamabad to return to Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Obama administration was reportedly planning to keep fewer US forces in the country after 2014 than previously indicated. (LAT)
  • Afghanistan: Many people in southern Helmand province prefer a return to Taliban rule due to crime and corruption. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The US state department confirmed American Kenneth Bae’s detention in North Korea when it was reported by South Korean press in early November. (DPA)
  • India: The country test-fired the long range Agni-4 ballistic missile. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Leftist rebels in the western part of the country killed one policeman and wounded another. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone finance ministers hope to resolve an impasse over a proposed banking union during a meeting. (Reuters)
  • Region: EU ministers tried to give Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia a boost in their bids for EU membership and association, saying the bloc would consider opening rapprochement negotiations in the spring if appropriate reforms are implemented. (DPA)
  • Greece: Officials reported private-sector creditors agreed to a bond buyback scheme that is an important part of the country’s debt-reduction plan. (WSJ)
  • Russia: President Putin warned against foreign meddling in the country during his state-of-the-nation address. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The deputy judiciary chief said Iran has issued indictments against 18 unnamed current and former American officials on charges of involvement in “crimes against Iran.” (AP)
  • Iraq: An attempted suicide bombing at a Baghdad prison wounded four. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Gazans were reportedly rebuilding the network of tunnels underneath the Egyptian border, damaged during a recent offensive. (AP)
  • Syria: World powers prepared to recognize the country’s opposition coalition at a summit in Morocco, a day after President Obama stated the US would recognize the opposition. (Reuters, NYT)
  • Syria: A series of bombings in Damascus killed at least one and wounded several. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A clash in Maarib province between pro-government tribesmen and al Qaeda-linked militants killed at least four. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook: The company’s security team reportedly aided the FBI in arresting suspected members of internet crime rings. (Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Claudia
    • Location: 870 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 190 NM W of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: E at 10 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: White Island, New Zealand

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13DEC)

  • Europe: EU leaders meet to discuss bailouts for Greece and Spain in Brussels.
  • Austria: IAEA meeting on Iran held in Vienna.
  • Nepal: Deadline for country to choose a PM.
  • Tunisia: US Secretary Clinton attends ministerial meetings.

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