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