ONS: 12 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French forces reportedly attacked a Somali Islamist militant camp as part of a failed hostage rescue attempt; a French hostage was reported killed.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian government and rebel forces prepared to resume peace negotiations Monday.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai and US President Obama agreed to accelerate the transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces.
  • EUROPE: Parisian authorities prepared for possible backlash from the killing of three Kurdish activists.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported clashes in Damascus following the capture of an airbase in the northern part of the country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US DHS advised users to disable Java software to avoid potential hacking attacks.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: France supports government offensive against militants in the north; ECOWAS pledged aid
    • Government forces repelled Islamist militants from Konna, a town in the central part of the country captured on Thursday.
    • France launched airstrikes against militant targets in support of the Malian military; a helicopter pilot was reported killed by French DM Le Drian.
    • French troops were reportedly deployed to Bamako.
    • An Ivorian official stated ECOWAS would be sending troops to the country on Monday.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1BBCReuters-2Al JazeeraAPWSJAFPNYTWaPoReuters-3

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN stated it welcomed the preliminary peace agreement brokered in Gabon on Friday. (AP)
  • DR Congo: Officials in the Congolese and Ugandan governments expressed support for a UN plan to deploy survelliance drones to the eastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: French forces reportedly attacked an Islamist militant camp as part of a hostage rescue attempt; a French hostage was reported killed. (Al JazeeraAP)
  • Sudan: The army reported 50 rebels were killed during clashes in South Kordofan. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Government and rebel forces prepared to resume peace negotiations Monday. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A suspected cartel struggle in the north-central part of the country has reportedly killed at least 140 in recent weeks. (LA Times)
  • Venezuela: Vice-President Maduro visited President Chavez in Cuba. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Afghan President Karzai and US President Obama agreed to accelerate the transition of security responsibilities to Afghan forces.  (NYT)
  • Korea, North: A government official reportedly told Chinese authorities his country was planning a nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: Over 45,000 gathered for anti-government protests in Kuala Lumpur. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Shia families in Quetta protesting the government’s failure to protect them refused to bury their dead from Thursday’s bombing attacks. (Al Jazeera)
  • Pakistan: Influential cleric Tahirul Qadri stated he hoped to have over a million attend his planned electoral reform rally in Islamabad on Monday. (LA Times)

EUROPE

  • France: Authorities in Paris prepared for possible backlash from the killing of three Kurdish activists. (AFP)
  • Greece: The parliament passed a series of tax increases designed to increase the country’s credibility with foreign creditors. (BBC)
  • Turkey: Peace talks between the government and Kurdish militants were reportedly put under pressure due to the killing of three Kurdish activists in Paris. (DPA)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan called on French President Hollande to explain his meeting with Kurdish activists tied to the PKK. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Spanish authorities arrested two men suspected of trying to smuggle materials to Iran for it’s nuclear program. (RFE\RL)
  • Iraq: Shiite demonstrators rallied in Baghdad expressing support for PM al-Maliki’s government, which is facing widespread protests from Sunnis. (AP)
  • Syria: Talks between UN peace envoy Brahimi and US and Russian representatives in Geneva ended without any solution to the country’s crisis. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported clashes in Damascus following the capture of an airbase in the northern part of the country. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US DHS advised users to disable Java software to avoid potential hacking attacks. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Narelle
    • Location: 220 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 135 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Mount Vesuvius, Italy
    • Authorities expanded “red zone” of risk around volcano. (UPI)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JAN)

  • Ethiopia: Resumption of talks between Sudan and South Sudan in Addis Ababa.
  • Russia: March from Belorussky Railway Station through Tverskaya Steet to the State Duma building demanding that the ban on adoption by persons in the USA be lifted and the parliament be dissolved for early elections.
  • Taiwan: Taiwan’s opposition party will stage a demonstration against the government’s economic record.
  • United States: Golden Globe Awards.

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