ONS: 12 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The AU moved its July summit to Ethiopia after Malawi refused to allow Sudan’s President al-Bashir to attend.
  • AMERICAS: President Hugo Chavez formally registered his candidacy for president with a ceremony designed to showcase his health.
  • ASIA: The US withdrew its negotiators working on reopening supply lines from Pakistan to Afghanistan.
  • EUROPE: Italian officials expressed fear that the Spanish bank rescue plan might not prevent financial crisis contagion from spreading to Italy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni troops entered the town of Jaar in the southern part of the country following the withdrawal of al Qaeda forces.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Researchers discovered identical code portions in the Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Civilians at risk from intense fighting across the country
    • UN observers reported heavy fighting between opposition and government forces throughout the country.
    • A mortar round struck a protest in Deir al Zour, killing at least ten.
    • A UN report alleged the Syrian army was committing human rights abuses against children.
    • Rebels reported attempting to smuggle civilians trapped by fighting out of Haffeh.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, Telegraph, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU moved its July summit to Ethiopia after Malawi refused to allow Sudan’s President al Bashir to attend. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: PM Odinga said Kenyan forces are preparing for a “final onslaught” on the Somali port town of Kismayo by August, when the U.N. mandate of Somalia’s transitional government expires, and asked for US and European help in the attack. (AP)
  • Libya: SITE monitoring service said an alleged Libyan jihadist group has claimed responsibility for last week’s bombing of the US consulate in Libya’s main eastern city of Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed 27 people in Zamgara province. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: Police and Salafi Islamists clashed in Tunis; authorities detained at least 86. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Former Venezuelan International Relations Minister Alí Rodríguez assumed the post of Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Two soldiers were killed in a FARC attack on a town in the northwestern part of the country. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities announced the capture of four leaders of an Acapulco drug ring. (AP)
  • Mexico: A candidate for a state assembly seat has been shot to death in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero, and a supporter of President Calderon’s National Action Party has died of a gunshot wound in the southern state of Chiapas. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez formally registered his candidacy for president with a ceremony designed to showcase his health. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: The US withdrew its negotiators working on reopening supply lines from Pakistan to Afghanistan. (WSJ)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Wardak killed at least five. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Ethnic violence continued in Rakhine state despite the government’s declaration of a state of emergency and troop deployment. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bombing targeting a tribal elder killed two bodyguards outside Peshawar. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A judicial commission stated the country’s former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, was behind a controversial memo asking for US aid against a possible coup in May 2011. (WaPo)

EUROPE

  • Region: Italian officials expressed fear that the Spanish bank rescue plan might not prevent financial crisis contagion from spreading to Italy. (NYT)
  • Region: EU Commission Chief Jose Manuel Barroso said European banks should be supervised by a cross-border authority providing bloc-wide deposit cover and a rescue pot funded by taxes on financial institutions. (AFP)
  • Albania: The parliament elected Interior Minister Bujar Nishani as the country’s new president, despite opposition lawmakers’ refusal to cast ballots in the vote. (AP)
  • Russia: Thousands of protesters assembled in Moscow for the first major protest against President Putin since his third term began. (AP)
  • Turkey: One village guard was killed and another wounded in an operation against PKK militants in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Officials confirmed an agreement had been reached with the EU on the content of upcoming negotiations on the country’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Iran: The US exempted seven countries from new sanctions on the country’s oil, leaving only China as a major importer subject to penalties beginning 28 June. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The UN envoy for Iraq, Martin Kobler, is concerned over the delayed process to relocate residents of Camp New Iraq, and urges immediate relocation of the remaining residents there. (Xinhua)
  • Oman: Riot police detained some 30 activists during a peaceful protest near police headquarters in Muscat to demand the release of prisoners and faster reforms. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Military troops entered the town of Jaar in the southern part of the country following the withdrawal of al Qaeda forces. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Researchers discovered identical code portions in the Stuxnet and Flame computer viruses. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 05W
    • Location: 210 NM SSW of Guam
    • Movement: W at 9 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JUN)

  • India: High-level annual talks between India and the US held.

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