ONS: 13 November 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on November 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Mali, French DM Le Drian said neither France nor Europe will intervene militarily, not even with the use of air power, to aid Mali in their fight against al Qaeda and its allies in the north.
  • AMERICAS: In the US, the FBI probe into CIA Director Petraeus expanded to General Allen after the FBI uncovered pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, a 37-year-old Tampa woman.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, the Haqqani network said it would take part in peace talks with the US only if the talks were held under the direction of their Afghan Taliban leaders.
  • EUROPE: Russia and NATO began the Vigilant Skies 2012 two-day command-staff exercise to test the information exchange system for the prevention of terrorist threats from the air.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip three times, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants.  Gazan militants responded with rocket fire into southern Israel after Gaza said it was ready for a ceasefire.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Norwegian security researchers found evidence of an extensive spy network aimed at both Israeli and Palestinian targets during their investigation of a late-October cyberattack that forced Israel to take its police force offline.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government remains defiant; Arab and EU foreign ministers pledge support to opposition; military fighter jets bomb region near Turkey; car bomb exploded in front of northern church; clashes killed 10 near Damascus; government has enough weapons to fight the opposition.
    • Syrian Information Minister al Zoubi said “no power in the world could defeat Syria.”
    • Arab League and EU foreign ministers pledged to support the Syrian opposition after recent steps to unite their ranks.
    • Syrian fighter jets bombed an opposition-held region five times near the border with Turkey.
    • A booby-trapped car exploded in front of al Bishara Church in Syria’s northern province of al Raqqa killing at least two people.
    • Clashes between Syrian regime forces and rebels near Damascus today killed 10 soldier and rebels.
    • Igor Korotchenko, a retired colonel of Russia’s military general staff and now editor of National Defense magazine, said Syria has more than enough weapons to fight the opposition.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, Reuters, XIN

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSG Ban Ki-moon met with the UN special envoy to the Sahel region regarding his mandate focused on the development and implementation of UN regional strategy on the crisis affecting the region. (XIN)
  • Kenya: At least 42 police officers were killed in an ambush by cattle rustlers using sophisticated weapons who claim to have been defending themselves after attacks by security personnel patrolling their village. (BBC)
  • Libya: French FM Fabius said France can help Libya tackle security issues by helping build an army and police forces. (AFP)
  • Mali: French DM Le Drian said neither France nor Europe will intervene militarily, not even with the use of air power, to aid Mali in their fight against al Qaeda and its allies in the north. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The leaders of Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Belize called on the UN to hold a special session by 2015 to review the “success and limits” of current strategies against drug trafficking following votes to legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington. (AFP)
  • Haiti: The UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Catherine Bragg requested an additional USD30 million be allocated to help Haiti recover from Hurricane Sandy. (XIN)
  • United States: The FBI probe into CIA Director Petraeus has expanded to General Allen, head of US forces in Afghanistan, after the FBI uncovered pages of “potentially inappropriate” emails between Allen and Jill Kelley, the woman who was reportedly being harassed by Petraeus’ mistress. (WaPo)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The Haqqani network said it would take part in peace talks with the US only if the talks were held under the direction of their Afghan Taliban leaders. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Three rockets were fired into Kabul early in the morning killing one civilian and injuring two. (XIN)
  • Indonesia: Police detained 49 students and a teacher, and seized firearms and sharp weapons from an Islamic boarding school in Java’s Nganjuk district. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A bicycle bomb targeting a paramilitary vehicle in Pakistan’s southwestern province of Balochistan killed two and wounded eight people. (XIN)
  • Timor-Leste: Finn Reske-Nielsen, head of the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste, said peacekeepers are on track to leave East Timor by year’s end. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia and NATO began the Vigilant Skies 2012 two-day command-staff exercise to test the information exchange system for the prevention of terrorist threats from the air. (Itar-Tass)
  • Georgia:  President Saakahvili expressed concern over Georgia’s entry into NATO after NATO Secretary General Rasmussen made critical comments about developments in Georgia. (Interfax)
  • Georgia: New charges are being leveled against former Cabinet minister Bacho Akhalaia including illegal imprisonment and torture of 17 servicemen. (AP)
  • Ukraine: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton said the vote counting process during the parliamentary elections in Ukraine involved falsifications. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: British PM Cameron defended his attempts to sell Typhoon jets to the gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Oman, saying it was vital for British business. (AFP)
  • Region: An Israeli aircraft struck the Gaza Strip three times, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants.  Gazan militants responded with rocket fire into southern Israel after Gaza said it was ready for a ceasefire. (Reuters)
  • Iran: State TV broadcast footage said to be a military drill showcasing a new air defense system modeled after the US Hawk system. (AP)
  • Israel: US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon met with senior Israeli officials yesterday for consultations about Syrian, Iran and a range of other regional security issues. (AFP)
  • Israel: According to defense officials, Israel is considering resuming its practice of assassinating militant leaders in the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to rocket attacks on Israel’s south. (AP)
  • UAE: The UAE issued a new law toughening penalties for online dissent including jail time for anyone who calls for regime change or mocks its rulers. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Norwegian security researchers found evidence of an extensive spy network aimed at both Israeli and Palestinian targets during their investigation of a late-October cyberattack that forced Israel to take its police force offline.  The network has the potential to receive remote commands, transmit data, steal passwords and tap into a machine’s camera or microphone. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Gulf of Alaska, 180 miles SW of Yakutat, AK
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 55.2 km
    • Map
  • Earthquake: 210 miles W of Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 9.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14 NOV)

  • Africa: Anniversary of Ethiopia’s annexation of Eritrea – 1962.
  • Spain: Nationwide strike held by unions.

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