ONS: 13 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 13, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • 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.

TOP STORY

  • 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

AFRICA

  • 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)

AMERICAS

  • 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)

ASIA

  • 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)

EUROPE

  • 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)

MIDDLE EAST

  • 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)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Sanba)
    • Location: 650 NM S of Kadena AB, Japan
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 132 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 820 miles ENE of the Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: NW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • 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
    • Map
  • 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.

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