ONS: 13 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ivorian authorities prevented a coup plot by military officers loyal to ousted President Gbagbo.
  • AMERICAS: US law enforcement officials accused Mexico’s Zetas cartel of laundering money through US horse races.
  • ASIA: China was reported to have shipped ballistic missile launch vehicles to North Korea in 2011.
  • EUROPE: Spain’s borrowing costs rose to the highest the country has seen since it entered the Eurozone, due to market skepticism over the bank bailout.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  In Iraq, a coordinated series of bombings targeted Shiite pilgrims, killing at least 63.
  • TECHNOLOGY: NATO SG Rasmussen warned that the Australian government was a regular target of cyberattacks.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Country in civil war
    • The UN’s head of peacekeeping operations stated that the country was in civil war. The government issued a statement denying a civil war was taking place.
    • US Secretary of State Clinton expressed concern that Russia is sending attack helicopters to the Syrian government.
    • Opposition forces reported the army launching an intense assault on Haffeh.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NYT, Reuters-2, Reuters-3, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: The AU asked the UNSC for a resolution allowing military intervention in Mali. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Authorities prevented a coup plot by military officers loyal to ousted President Gbagbo. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The government imposed curfews in eight areas of the country following riots by Salafi Islamists over an art exhibition. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US law enforcement officials accused Mexico’s Zetas cartel of laundering money through US horse races. (LA Times)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered 14 dismembered bodies in Veracruz – apparent victims of inter-cartel violence. (AFP)
  • Peru: Police seized 195 kg of cocaine on a highway near Lima. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: China was reported to have shipped ballistic missile launch vehicles to North Korea in 2011. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: US troops were deployed to an isolated part of Nuristan province to intercept a possible Taliban offensive there. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Military forces patrolled the riot-stricken town of Sittwe enforcing a state of emergency. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Officials suggested the country might seek an international bailout before the end of this month. (Reuters)
  • Italy: PM Monti called for political support for his government’s efforts to avoid a financial crisis. (WSJ)
  • Spain: The government’s borrowing costs rose to the highest the country has seen since it entered the Eurozone, due to market skepticism over the bank bailout. (Al Jazeera)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The International Energy Agency reported that the country’s oil exports had fallen by 40% due to sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: A coordinated series of bombings targeting Shiite pilgrims killed at least 63 across the country. (NYT, AP)
  • Yemen: A US drone strike against Al Qaeda militants in the country’s southeast killed nine. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: NATO SG Rasmussen warned that the Australian government was a regular target of cyberattacks. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Guchol
    • Location: 135 NM E of Yap
    • Movement: W at 7 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 400 miles S of Guatemala/El Salvador border
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles S of Acapulco
    • Movement: Little
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14JUN)

  • Europe: New Serbian President Nikolic visits Brussels for talks with the EU.
  • Tajikistan: Peace Mission 2012 (SCO member states’ anti-terror drill) ends.

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