ONS: 14 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Clashes between South African rival unions left nine dead northwest of Johannesburg.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s ELN rebels freed two pipeline workers kidnapped last month.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Panetta stated Pakistan planned to launch an offensive against militants in a tribal area near the Afghan border.
  • EUROPE: Russian PM Medvedev suggested thinking about working out a more flexible mechanism for penalizing for drug proliferation that would exclude the possibility of manipulating legislation.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s foreign ministry dismissed talk of an Israeli strike, stating Israel would not launch a “stupid” attack.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Rappler’s Mood Meter allows users to choose how an article made them feel after reading it.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Battle of Aleppo continued, rebels claimed they shot down a jet, regime to use Russian connection to dodge sanctions, regime faced isolation from OIC
    • Fresh fighting erupted in Aleppo as heavy shelling by government forces continued.
    • Opposition forces claimed to have shot down a warplane and released a video allegedly showing the captured pilot.
    • The regime reportedly made plans to use Russian banks to sidestep international sanctions.
    • Leaders attending an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Mecca reportedly agreed on a resolution suspending Syria.
    • Coverage: WSJ-1, WSJ-2, Reuters, NYT, Al Jazeera, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: The wreckage of two Ugandan helicopters missing in Kenya was discovered. (BBC)
  • Egypt: Gunmen attacked a checkpoint in the Sinai, but inflicted no injuries. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunmen attacked a border post in the western part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Mali: Residents of Gao, one of the three main towns in northern Mali occupied by armed Islamists since late March, are fighting back against radicals who brutally apply strict sharia law. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Clashes between rival unions left nine dead northwest of Johannesburg. (Al Jazeera)
  • Zambia: The main opposition leader was arrested and charged with publishing false information after he claimed that ruling party youth were being trained by Sudanese militia. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: ELN rebels freed two pipeline workers kidnapped last month. (EFE)
  • Honduras: The country’s FM stated his nation was cooperating with US investigators in a human rights probe. (AP)
  • Mexico: A suspected boss of the Nueva Generacion cartel in Jalisco was captured by authorities. (EFE)
  • Peru: A soldier died in a firefight with an armed group over the weekend in Peru’s Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers, or VRAEM, the Armed Forces Joint Command said. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China said it signed agreements with North Korea pushing forward their joint development of economic zones, as the new leader in Pyongyang seeks to improve his country’s impoverished economy. (AFP)
  • Region: Clashes were reported between Afghan and Pakistani forces in Kunar province. (BBC)
  • Region: Japanese officials stated talks with North Korea would take place later this month. (AFP)
  • Region: Pakistan denied reports that an Afghan delegation had met with a detained Taliban leader. (AP)
  • India: Authorities beefed up security at vital installations across the country ahead of its Independence Day Wednesday. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: US Defense Secretary Panetta stated the country planned to launch an offensive against militants in a tribal area near the Afghan border. (AP)
  • Pakistan: President Zardari said local self-government is to be introduced in Pakistan’s militancy-plagued tribal areas along the Afghan border. (RFE/RL)

EUROPE

  • France: 16 police were wounded in clashes with youth gangs in Amiens. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The economy remained in deep recession, likely impeding efforts by the coalition government to gain approval for its adherence to austerity measures required to receive further bailouts. (WSJ)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev suggested thinking about working out a more flexible mechanism for penalizing for drug proliferation that would exclude the possibility of manipulating legislation. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Police seized over 106 kg of heroin in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran’s foreign ministry dismissed talk of an Israeli strike, stating Israel would not launch a “stupid” attack. (AFP)
  • Region: Bahrain’s ambassador to Iran returned to that country, 17 months after he was withdrawn in protest against a crackdown on anti-government protests. (AP)
  • Iran: Vice-President Rahimi stated the country would not accept foreign earthquake relief assistance. (VoA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Rappler: The Philippine-based news startup, after thinking about the overlap between emotion and social interaction in the news, launched an application, the Rappler Mood Meter, gives readers the opportunity to click on the emotion that any given Rappler story made them feel. (Nieman Journalism Lab)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Kai-Tak
    • Location: 305 NM NE of Manila
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: West central Caribbean sea
    • Movement: W at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1100 miles SE of Bermuda
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Hector
    • Location: 400 miles SSW of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 6 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Sea of Okhotsk
    • Magnitude: 7.7
    • Depth: 625.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15AUG)

  • Global: Japan surrenders, ending WWII – 1945.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of a Taliban attack on NATO forces – 2009.
  • Bahrain: Independence from the UK celebrated – 1971.
  • Burma: Anniversary of anti-government protests – 2007.
  • Congo, Republic of: Independence Day celebrated – 1960.
  • India: Independence Day celebrated – 1947.
  • Korean Peninsula: Anniversary of Korean Liberation Day – 1945.
  • Peru: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake that killed 519 and injured over 1000 – 2007.
  • Turkey: Anniversary of PKK starting armed campaign against Turkish military – 1984.

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