ONS: 12 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Togolese PM Hounbo resigned.
  • AMERICAS: A Colombian air force plane went missing in the Cauca region.
  • ASIA: In Cambodia, US Secretary of State Clinton warned against threats in South China Sea dispute.
  • EUROPE: Romanian PM Ponta vowed to implement any EU recommendations regarding the hurried manner in which President Basescu was removed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian President Morsi said he and Saudi’s King Abdullah held “fruitful” talks focused on regional stability.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sri Lanka to regulate news websites amid crackdown.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: The Taliban killed nine policemen during an attack on a police housing compound in Lahore
    • The targeted police were training to become prison guards.
    • Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsannullah Ahsan claimed the attack was revenge for the police torture of Taliban fighters while in prison.
    • All of the gunmen escaped after the attack.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, CNN, The Guardian, NYT,

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Gabonese FM Ngondet urged neighboring countries to make substantial efforts to stop fighting in the North-Kivu region. (Xinhua)
  • Djibouti: The country says it faces risks from Islamist attacks due to hosting Western militaries in its territory. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The Islamist group Movement of Oness and Jihad said it had freed three of seven kidnapped Algerian diplomats. (AFP)
  • Togo: PM Hounbo presented his government’s resignation to President Gnassingbe. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Colombian air force is searching for a Super Tucano plane that crashed while supporting troops fighting the FARC in the southwestern Cauca province. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The El Manana newspaper stated it will only report basic facts on drug-related crimes following Tuesday’s grenade attack. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The army says killings by criminal gangs in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez have fallen 42 percent in the first six months of 2012 as compared to the same period of 2011. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: At the East Asia Summit in Cambodia, US Secretary of State Clinton urged rival claimants not to resort to threats and intimidation. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai called on Taliban leader Mullah Omar to give up fighting in return for the chance to take part in presidential elections. (AFP)
  • Malaysia: PM Razak ordered the repeal of the 1948 Sedition Act, to be replaced by the National Harmony Act safeguarding freedom of speech. (AP)
  • Philippines: The government declared the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group was getting smaller and that it would continue crushing its members. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Italy: The state statistics agency Istat threatened to stop putting out any official data if the government goes ahead with budget cuts. (AFP)
  • Romania: PM Ponta vowed to implement any EU recommendations regarding the hurried manner in which President Basescu was removed. (AP)
  • Russia: The Federal Security Service launched a special raid on militants in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia. (RIA Novosti)
  • Ukraine: Kiev’s high court granted a motion for former PM Tymoshenko’s appeal hearing to be postponed until August 16. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Egyptian President Morsi said he and Saudi’s King Abdullah held “fruitful” talks focused on regional stability. (AFP)
  • Iran: Opposition member and former Interior Minister Nouri called for a national referendum on the country’s nuclear program. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: The Israeli military fired artillery and launched aircraft strikes against Palestinian militants preparing to launch an antitank missile at the Israel-Gaza border. (AP)
  • Syria: The foreign ministry announced it officially “discharged” Nawaf Fares, the ambassador to Iraq who announced his defection on Wednesday. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: Sri Lanka Media Minister Rambukwella said the 1973 Press Council Act would be amended to include news websites, which will allow the government to fine and jail journalists who defy its orders. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Emilia
    • Location: 15.0°N 119.1°W
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: Max sustained, 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 100% chance of Tropical Cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles SSW of Manzanillo, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13 JUL)

  • Colombia: Anniversary of President Clinton signing aid package for Plan Colombia – 2000.

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