ONS: 13 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian opposition groups urged supporters to vote “no” on a divisive constitutional referendum.
  • AMERICAS: The government reported President Chavez was in a “delicate” state following his cancer surgery in Cuba.
  • ASIA: Japan accused China of airspace violation over the disputed island chain.
  • EUROPE: Eurozone ministers reached an agreement on bank supervision by the ECB.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An IAEA team met Iranian officials in Tehran for talks on the country’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google released its Maps program for the iPhone, in the wake of widespread criticism over Apple’s counterpart.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Regime escalates to Scud missiles; bombings wound interior minister; government rejects foreign recognition of opposition
    • US officials stated the government fired Scud ballistic missiles at rebel forces in the northern part of the country.
    • Senior officials rejected the decision by the US and others to recognize the opposition coalition at the summit in Morocco.
    • Three bombings struck the Interior Ministry compound, killing at least five and wounding 23, including Interior Minister al Shaar.
    • Al Jazeera, NYT, WaPo, BBC, AFP, CNN

AFRICA

  • Region: The Rwandan army denied any of its soldiers were arrested in DR Congo. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Opposition groups urged supporters to vote “no” on a divisive constitutional referendum. (WaPo)
  • Liberia: The UNSC voted to renew its arms embargo and other sanctions on the country for another year. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: New PM Cissoko vowed to prioritize the country’s problems in the north after his predecessor was forced out of office and placed under house arrest by soldiers responsible for a military coup earlier this year. (AP)
  • Sudan: The country’s FM warned of possible new conflict over the disputed Abyei region if the matter is sent to the UN. (AFP, Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Canada: The country stated it would reconsider plans to buy F-35 fighter aircraft due to high costs. (NYT)
  • Colombia: Authorities seized almost a ton of explosives from a FARC stockpile. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: The Congress voted to dismiss four Supreme Court justices after they rejected a plan by President Porfirio Lobo to clean up the corrupt national police. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government reported President Chavez was in a “delicate” state following his cancer surgery in Cuba. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan accused China of airspace violation over the disputed island chain. (BBC)
  • Region: Pakistan granted a six-month extension of refugee status for Afghans within the country. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The US and allies began a push for a new round of sanctions on the country in response to its rocket launch. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: Amnesty International accused the country’s military of widespread human rights abuse. (AP)
  • South Korea: The country’s navy launched an operation to recover debris from North Korea’s rocket launch. (AFP)
  • Tajikistan: Authorities reported seizing a quarter ton of drugs from Afghanistan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Eurozone ministers reached an agreement on bank supervision by the ECB. (BBC)
  • Region: The 22nd round of the mediated Geneva Discussions between Russia and Georgia ended without substantial outcomes, despite the debut of the new head of the Georgian delegation. (Xinhua)
  • Greece: The country is due to receive the latest bailout fund tranche. (BBC)
  • Russia: A counterterrorist operation killed two militants in the North Caucasus. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The government lifted a ban on protest demonstrations that had been imposed in October. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: An IAEA team met officials in Tehran for talks on the country’s nuclear program. (RFE\RL)
  • Israel: Security forces clashed with protesters in the West Bank after a teenager was shot dead by soldiers. (Al Jazeera, AP)
  • Syria: A car bombing in Qatana killed at least 16. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Google released its Maps program for the iPhone, in the wake of widespread criticism over Apple’s counterpart. (BBC)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Claudia
    • Location: 1215 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 18 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 50 NM WNW of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: NE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 95 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Plosky Tolbachik, Kamchatka
    • 4 km ash cloud. (ITAR-TASS)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14DEC)

  • Asia: US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Grossman resigns.
  • Europe: Anniversary of the Dayton Peace agreement – 1995.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of Saddam Hussein’s capture – 2003.
  • Israel: Anniversary of the annexation of the Golan Heights – 1981.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of the foundation of Hamas – 1987.

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