ONS: 12 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ugandan Lords Resistance Army rebels killed one soldier and wounded six others in an ambush of a CAR army convoy.
  • AMERICAS:  In Guatemala, the director of a UN commission investigating and prosecuting corruption says the team will extend its work three more years.
  • ASIA: The ROK scrambled naval vessels after seven DPRK fishing boats violated their disputed Yellow Sea border.
  • EUROPE: The German Constitutional Court overturned a raft of legal challenges aimed at preventing President Gauck from signing two crucial Euro zone crisis-fighting tools into law.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned of a spillover of the Syrian turmoil into the countries it neighbors saying the risk is “looming closer.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube is being reprogrammed for the iPhone and iPad amid the latest fallout from the growing hostility between Google and Apple.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Officials report US ambassador to Libya killed in rocket attack following an attack on the consulate.
    • The US ambassador, Christopher Stevens, had been on his way to a safer venue after protesters attacked the US Consulate in Benghazi and killed a staff member.
    • The three Libyan officials who confirmed the deaths were Deputy Interior Minister for Eastern Libya Wanis al-Sharaf; Benghazi Security Chief Abdel-Basit Haroun; and Benghazi City Council and Security Official Ahmed Bousinia.
    • The officials said the ambassador and three other staff were killed when gunmen fired rockets at his car.
    • The assault followed a protest in Egypt where demonstrators scaled the walls of the US embassy, tore down the American flag and burned it during a protest over the same film which they said insulted the Prophet Muhammad.
    • Coverage: Reuters, CNN, CNN-2, WaPo, AFP, WSJ, AP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Ugandan Lords Resistance Army rebels killed one soldier and wounded six others in an ambush of a CAR army convoy. (Reuters)
  • Liberia: UNSG Ban Ki-moon said in a report that Liberia is showing only limited commitment to efforts to stop the trade in blood diamonds. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The government said it is ready to assist Zimbabwe in conducting free, fair and acceptable elections. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Up to 11 civilians were killed and six others injured in two separate attacks in North Darfur state. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Army killed a FARC guerrilla accused of staging two attacks that left 13 police officers dead. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Naval units found more than a ton of cocaine on a high-speed boat near San Andres Island. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: The director of a UN commission investigating and prosecuting corruption in Guatemala says the team will extend its work for three more years. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities said they extradited to the US a founding member of the Zetas drug cartel suspected of involvement in the killing of a US customs agent. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The first UN report analyzing a new sanctions regime on the Taliban says it has encouraged overtures by the militant group’s leaders. (AP)
  • China: The government bought the rights to use a DPRK port. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK scrambled naval vessels after seven DPRK fishing boats violated their disputed Yellow Sea border. (AFP)
  • Nepal: The US urged Nepal to work harder to pursue war criminals from the country’s 10-year civil war. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: EC Chief Barroso said the EU must evolve into a “federation of nation states” if it is to overcome its economic and political crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: The German Constitutional Court overturned a raft of legal challenges aimed at preventing President Gauck from signing two crucial Euro zone crisis-fighting tools into law. (AFP)
  • Netherlands: Polls opened in parliamentary elections. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Clashes left at least 25 members of the PKK and two government soldiers dead in Hakkari province. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The five permanent UNSC members and Germany agreed to push Iran to cooperate with UN nuclear inspections. (AP)
  • Israel: US President Obama and PM Netanyahu spoke by phone and are “united” in efforts to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. (AFP)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II warned of a spillover of the Syrian conflict into neighboring countries, saying the risk is “looming closer.” (AFP)
  • Syria: Government troops battled rebel fighters near the international airport at Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi sacked top security chiefs considered loyal to ousted leader Ali Abdullah Saleh. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: YouTube is being reprogrammed for the iPhone and iPad amid the latest fallout from the growing hostility between Google and Apple. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 17W (Sanba)
    • Location: 590 NM E of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 92 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 1080 miles E of the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 100% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: A few hundred miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico.
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Sakurajima volcano, Japan

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13SEP)

  • Europe: Egyptian President Morsi visits Brussels to meet EU President Van Rompuy.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of Israeli PM Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat meeting at the White House – 1993.

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