- AFRICA: President Obama called the presidents of Libya and Egypt and urged them to continue working with the US to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel.
- AMERICAS: The Mexican navy said it has detained Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, the leader of the Gulf drug cartel in Tamaulipas.
- ASIA: President Karzai postponed a visit to Norway fearing a violent backlash at home over an anti-Islam film that sparked riots killing the US ambassador in Libya.
- EUROPE: Russian Deputy FM Grushko said NATO should give Moscow legal guarantees on the missile defense issue before serious talks could be launched.
- MIDDLE EAST: British FS Hague said President Assad’s regime is “doomed” and should not survive.
- TECHNOLOGY: YouTube blocked access to a controversial riot generating anti-Islamic video in Egypt and Libya, but kept the video online.
- Middle East: Assaults on US embassies spread and escalate.
- Security forces in Yemen drove out protesters who stormed the US embassy in Sanaa.
- At least 30 people were injured in clashes in front of the US embassy in Cairo.
- US embassies in at least seven countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Caucuses are warning of possible anti-American protests.
- Egyptian President Morsi called on citizens to not to violate Egyptian law and not to assault embassies.
- Libya set up an independent judicial committee to probe an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.
- Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, AP, AP-2, Reuters
- Region: US President Obama called the Libyan and Egyptian presidents and urged them to continue working with the US to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel. (AP)
- Libya: US officials said the Pentagon is moving two warships to the Libyan coast. (AP)
- Libya: Members of the national assembly elected technocrat Mustafa Abu Shagur as the country’s new PM in a close vote. (AFP)
- Sierra Leone: The UNSC decided to extend the mandate of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone until 31MAR13. (Xinhua)
- Colombia: DM Pinzón said the government created eight military battalions with more technology and better teams in order to stop terrorist attacks by guerrillas against the country’s infrastructure. (EFE)
- Guatemala: Interior Minister Bonilla said police arrested an alleged Mexican drug trafficker linked to a big methamphetamine lab and seized meth and chemicals worth USD12 million. (AP)
- Mexico: The Mexican navy said it has detained Eduardo Costilla Sanchez, the leader of the Gulf drug cartel in Tamaulipas. (AP)
- Mexico: Federal Police captured the suspected “leader and founder of the La Resistencia criminal organization.” (EFE)
- Afghanistan: President Karzai postponed a visit to Norway fearing a violent backlash at home over the anti-Islam film that sparked riots across the world. (AFP)
- Pakistan: An American aid worker kidnapped over a year ago in Pakistan asked Israel’s PM for help in meeting al Qaeda’s demands. (AP)
- Philippines: Soldiers captured two Abu Sayyaf militants allegedly involved in the 2001 Dos Palmas kidnapping. (Xinhua)
- Taiwan: Two coastguard ships set sail for waters near disputed Diaoyu archipelago in the East China Sea. (AFP)
- Vietnam: The PM ordered a fresh crackdown on bloggers who post articles critical of the government. (AP)
- Netherlands: PM Rutte’s ruling Liberal party edged out the opposition Labor party to win early parliamentary elections. (Reuters)
- Russia: Deputy FM Grushko said NATO should give Moscow legal guarantees on the missile defense issue before serious talks could be launched. (Xinhua)
- Russia: Federal troops used drones to discover a group of militants in woodland areas on the administrative border of Ingushetia and North Ossetia. (Interfax)
- Russia: The defense ministry announced the northern fleet’s missile cruiser Peter the Great will conduct a series of exercises in the Arctic zone of the Northern Sea Route. (Interfax)
- Iran: As many as 500 people protested in Tehran over the anti-Islam film made in the US. (AFP)
- Israel: The opposition leader accused PM Netanyahu of “meddling” in the US presidential election and harming Israel’s ties with Washington. (AFP)
- Syria: British FS Hague said President Assad’s regime is “doomed” and should not survive. (AFP)
- Syria: Two separate rebel attacks left at least 30 Syrian soldiers dead a day before UN/AL Envoy Brahimi visits Damascus. (Xinhua)
- Syria: The foreign ministry slammed the UNSC’s stance that blocked the Russian condemnation of terrorist acts in Syria. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
- Communications: YouTube blocked access to a controversial riot generating anti-Islamic video in Egypt and Libya, but kept the video online. (Reuters)
- Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Sanba)
- Location: 650 NM S of Kadena AB, Japan
- Movement: NNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 132 mph
- Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
- Location: 820 miles ENE of the Lesser Antilles
- Movement: NW at 16 mph
- Winds: 70 mph
- Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Kristy
- Location: 375 miles SSE of the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula
- Movement: WNW at 10 mph
- Winds: 50 mph
- Earthquakes: nothing to report
- Volcanoes: nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (14SEP)
- Europe: Anniversary of the USSR expelling two spies in row with Great Britain – 1985.
- Congo: Anniversary of violence following army coup – 1960.
- Lebanon: Pope Benedict XVI visits Beirut to preach peace and unity in the Middle East.