ONS: 13 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  Tribal clashes in Libya killed six
  • AMERICAS: Peru captured leader of Shining Path
  • ASIA: Pakistani Supreme Court indicted PM Gilani for contempt
  • EUROPE: Greek parliament approved austerity measures
  • MIDDLE EAST: China urged Iran to cooperate on the nuclear issue
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers took down Microsoft’s Indian retail website

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN mission proposed
    • The Arab League proposed a UN peacekeeping mission for Syria, a proposal rejected by the government.
    • Russian FM Lavrov declared that violence must cease before a peacekeeping mission would be acceptable.
    • The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed support for an Arab League mediation but not a UN peacekeeping mission.
    • Coverage: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan and South Sudan agreed to cooperate in the transfer of nearly 300,000 people to the South. (AFP)
  • DR Congo: A top advisor to President Kabila was killed in a plane crash near Bukavu. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The NTC announced Saif Gaddafi will be transferred to Tripoli within two months to be tried. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Six were killed in tribal clashes in the southeastern part of the country. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The former governor of Tamaulipas state is being scrutinized for ties to drug cartels. (WSJ)
  • Peru: Authorities captured “Comrade Artemio,” leader of the remaining Shining Path forces. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition voters selected Henrique Capriles to challenge President Chavez in upcoming elections. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO officials admitted an airstrike killed eight children last Wednesday. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: The Supreme Court formally indicted PM Gilani for contempt. (WaPo)
  • Turkmenistan: Incumbent President Berdymukhamedov won re-election. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Greece: The parliament approved austerity measures amid violent protests across the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Russia: Military officials announced that Russia will field a 5th generation stealth fighter in 2013. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Authorities arrested 100 on suspicion of ties to Kurdish rebels. (AFP, AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Riot police clashed with protesters across the country as King Hamad warned against disunity. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A Chinese envoy urged Iran to cooperate with the IAEA and resume talks on its nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The US Navy stated Iran expanded its naval forces in the Strait of Hormuz and has prepared boats for suicide attacks. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Chinese hacker group “Evil Shadow Team” shut down Microsoft’s retail website in India. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Giovanna
    • Location: 400 NM E of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: WSW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 140 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Jasmine
    • Location: 65 NM SW of Tonga
    • Movement: NE at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Costa Rica
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 33.6 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14FEB)

  • Bahrain: Anniversary of Bahrain protests beginning – 2011.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of Rafik Hariri assassination – 2005.
  • Mexico: International conference on drug criminalization and legalization.
  • The Netherlands: Russian FM Lavrov meets with Dutch PM Rutte.
  • United States: President Obama hosts Chinese Vice President Xi.

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