ONS: 14 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian opponents and proponents of a divisive constitutional referendum staged rallies throughout the country.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan officials reported President Chavez had suffered “complications” during his surgery in Cuba.
  • ASIA: North Korea staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate its successful rocket test.
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities hit prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a new round of fraud charges.
  • MIDDLE EAST: After talks in Tehran the IAEA reported some progress had been made on inspections of Iran’s nuclear program.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US rejected a proposed treaty on international internet regulations.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia sent mixed signals on its confidence in regime; NATO official predicts Assad downfall; fighting continued around Damascus
    • Russia’s foreign ministry walked back statements by Deputy FM Bogdanov that expressed doubt the regime would be able to maintain its grip on power and that the country’s policy to Syria was unchanged.
    • Senior NATO official Gen. Bartels stated he believed it likely Assad will lose power.
    • Activists reported heavy bombardment around Damascus by regime forces.
    • Al Jazeera, WaPo, NYT, Reuters-1, AFP, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The UN initiated a review of its peacekeeping mission in the country following criticism of its performance during the rebel capture of Goma. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Opponents and proponents of a divisive constitutional referendum staged rallies throughout the country. (AP)
  • Kenya: Insurgents in Kenya’s giant Dadaab refugee camp set off a bomb at a centre registering voters for Kenya’s March 2013 elections. (AFP)
  • Libya: US counterterrorism officials told lawmakers that uncooperative or less-than-capable local law enforcement in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia is slowing the search for suspects in the death of the US ambassador and three other Americans in Libya on 11SEP. (AP)
  • Mali: Dozens of al Qaeda linked militants were reported gathering in Timbuktu ahead of negotiations with the government. (AP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s finance minister’s mother, kidnapped on Sunday, was freed in the southeastern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Police reported a car bombing in Mogadishu killed at least three. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cayman Islands: Premier Bush rejected calls to resign over his arrest on suspicion of corruption, calling the investigation a plot by political enemies who are trying to weaken him and smear his reputation. (AP)
  • Cuba: Raul Castro stated the country was open to talks with the US. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Officials reported President Chavez had suffered “complications” during his surgery in Cuba. (AP)
  • Venezuela: A possible power struggle was reportedly observed amongst Chavez supporters following increasingly ominous indications about his health. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean unification minister stated he believed there was a “high probability” the North would stage a nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Region: China’s foreign ministry defended sending reconnaissance aircraft over the disputed Senkaku Islands. (Xinhua)
  • Region: The US called in Pakistan to cut down the production of a fertilizer used to make bombs often employed against coalition forces in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing struck Kandahar Air Base, killing three. (NYT)
  • Korea, North: The country staged a mass rally in Pyongyang to celebrate its successful rocket test. (BBC)
  • Pakistan: The military denied an Amnesty International report alleging widespread human rights abuses in the northwestern part of the country. (Al Jazeera)
  • Philippines: A clash between security forces and leftist rebels left one dead. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: The government vowed to increase protection for teachers following continued threats by militant groups against them in the country’s south. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Georgia and Russia hold first direct talks since their 2008 war in Geneva. (AFP)
  • Russia: Prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny was hit with a new round of fraud charges. (BBC)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy stated the country did not currently require a bailout. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: US Defense Secretary Panetta ordered two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 soldiers to the country as part of a NATO defense force. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The IAEA reported some progress had been made in talks with Tehran on inspections of the country’s nuclear program. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The HRW reported the number of Iranians seeking asylum abroad has risen since the protests over the disputed election of President Ahmadinejad in 2009. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Eleven people were killed, mostly security personnel, in attacks in several cities. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • World: The US rejected a proposed treaty on international internet regulations. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 135 NM NW of Pago Pago, American Samoa.
    • Movement: W at 5 mph
    • Winds: 125 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: 273 km SSW and 142 km SW of Avalon, California
    • Magnitude: 6.4, 6.1
    • Depth: 20 km, 11 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Plosky Tobalchik, Kamchatka
    • Eruption continued. No casualties. (Telegraph)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15DEC)

  • Global: IAEA international ministerial meeting held in Tokyo.
  • Europe: Anniversary of the Anglo-Irish peace pact – 1993.
  • Egypt: Referendum on Constitution held.

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