ONS: 13 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A raid by Nigerian military forces on a Boko Haram hideout in Maiduguri left 20 militants and at least one soldier dead.
  • AMERICAS: The mayor-elect of Matehuala was found shot dead in northern Mexico.
  • ASIA: South Korea abandoned controversial construction plans for islets disputed with Japan.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish army launched an operation to rescue a kidnapped Kurdish lawmaker.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition groups called for a no-fly zone as heavy fighting continued in Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The South Korean government was criticized for a crackdown on internet freedom.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: President Morsi shook up army leadership.
    • The MoD, the army chief of staff and other senior generals were forced to resign by President Morsi in a major upheaval of the country’s leadership.
    • President Morsi also nullified a constitutional declaration issued by the military before he took office that had limited the power of the presidency.
    • Large crowds gathered in Tahrir Square expressing support for President Morsi’s overhaul.
    • CoverageBBCAl JazeeraNYTWSJReuters

AFRICA

  • Region: A number of Ugandan military helicopters went missing in Kenya en route to Somalia. (Reuters)
  • Region: Sudan’s second vice president stated his country was “very optimistic” about a border agreement with South Sudan. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Gunmen killed a tribal leader in the Sinai. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore called for interim PM Diarra to form a unity government within three days. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A raid by military forces on a Boko Haram hideout in Maiduguri left 20 militants and at least one soldier dead. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Defense Minister stated the army has intensified its operations against the FARC in the southwest. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The mayor-elect of Matehuala was found shot dead in the northern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: An opposition lawmaker stated the country was planning a ‘guerrilla army’ to resist a US invasion. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Afghan government representatives held talks with a Taliban leader detained in Pakistan. (AFP)
  • Region: South Korea abandoned controversial construction plans for islets disputed with Japan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A bomb attack in the northern part of the country killed a mayor, a peace council member and at least three others. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: UNSG Ban Ki Moon stated he hoped to ease tensions between North and South Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing killed three soldiers in North Waziristan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A senior ally of German Chancellor Merkel issued a warning to Greece on adherence to bailout conditions. (Reuters)
  • Russia: One serviceman was killed and another wounded in an attack by gunmen in Ingushetia. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Turkey: The army launched an operation to rescue a kidnapped Kurdish lawmaker. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The death toll from Saturday’s two earthquakes exceeded 300. (AP)
  • Iraq: Attacks across the country killed 14. (AFP)
  • Syria: Opposition groups called for a no-fly zone as heavy fighting continued in Aleppo. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • South Korea: The government was criticized for a crackdown on internet freedom. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
    • Location: 345 NM ENE of Manilla
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
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  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1100 miles WNW of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 20 mph
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  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Central Caribbean sea
    • Movement: W near 20 mph
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  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Hector
    • Location: 335 miles S of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
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  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southwest of the Gulf of Tehuatepec
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Xinjiang-Xinzang Border Region
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 11 km
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  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14AUG)

  • Global: World Youth Day celebrated.
  • Middle East: Anniversary of the end of the Israel-Hezbollah War – 2006.
  • Middle East: Emergency Islamic summit opens in Mecca, Pakistani President Zardari attends.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the Yezidi bombings that killed at least 175 Iraqis – 2007.
  • Pakistan: Independence Day celebrated – 1947.

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