ONS: 14 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Somalia’s Al Shebab accused Britain of “colonizing” the country.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian army deactivated 14 explosive devices planted by the FARC.
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials detained and released a US consulate employee at the Peshawar airport.
  • EUROPE: Serbs in Kosovo voted in a referendum on whether to recognize the government in Pristina.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian forces battered Homs in the heaviest shelling in days.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US and EU regulators approved Google Inc’s purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Bombs targeted Israeli diplomats in Georgia and India
    • A motorcyclist attached a bomb to the car of an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi.
    • In Tbilisi, Georgia, police defused a bomb planted in the car of an Israeli embassy employee.
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu accused Iran of being behind the twin attacks.
    • The attack methodology mirrored that of recent attacks against Iranian scientists.
    • The Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected Israel’s accusation, alleging Israel bombed its own embassies.
    • An Iranian man tossed two grenades in downtown Bangkok.
      • Thai police believed this was part of a string attacks against Israeli interests abroad.
    • Coverage: NYT, WSJ, WaPo, AP, Bloomberg, DPA

AFRICA

  • Region: A spokesman for Boko Haram threatened attacks on mobile telephone firms citing their complicity with security agents. (AFP)
  • Sierra Leone: President Koroma pressured the UN to cut mission chief von der Schulenburg’s visit short. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Al Shebab claimed Britain is trying to colonize Somalia in addressing crises in the Horn of Africa. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Warplanes dropped several bombs on South Sudanese territory, nullifying a non-aggression agreement signed two days ago with the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazilian FM Patriota and visiting German counterpart Westerwelle called for the signing of a free trade agreement between the EU and Mercosur. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The army deactivated two car bombs and over 12 explosive devices planted by alleged FARC members across the country. (DPA)
  • Haiti: A UN Security Council delegation arrived for a four-day visit to assess security needs before reducing the peace-keeping force. (Reuters)
  • United States: NYPD Intelligence Director warned NYC may be the target of an Iranian attack in a possible response to Iranian sanctions,. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK proposed holding a Red Cross meeting with the DPRK to discuss further rounds of cross-border family reunions for families separated by the Korean War. (AP)
  • Pakistan: An American consulate employee was detained and released in Peshawar’s airport for carrying bullets. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The cabinet expressed “full confidence” in PM Gilani as he prepares to go on trial for contempt of court. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Macedonia joined the regional civil protection mechanism that facilitates European cooperation in disaster response. (Xinhua)
  • Kosovo: Ethnic Serbs in northern Kosovo voted in a referendum on whether to recognize the government in Pristina. (Reuters)
  • Russia: The government signed contracts to sell 120 T-90C tanks to Algeria and 30 tanks to Turkmenistan. (Bloomberg)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: Forces loyal to President Assad battered Homs in the heaviest shelling in recent days. (AFP)
  • United Arab Emirates: Suspected drug dealers shot and killed two undercover police officers during an operation in Bani Yas. (AFP)
  • Yemen: While planting a bomb in a polling booth in Aden, an unknown man was killed when the bomb exploded. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Cryptome.org, a free speech and anti-surveillance site, reported that a PHP file logged the IP addresses of 3,000 users. (CNET)
  • Technology: US and EU regulators approved Google Inc’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Pinterest began to monetize its service by appending affiliate links to certain goods found at Amazon, eBay, Target, and thousands of other merchants. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Giovanna)
    • Location: 95 NM E of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: W at 15 knots
    • Winds: 95 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Jasmine)
    • Location: 50 NM W of Tonga
    • Movement: NNE at 07 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Near the East Coast of Honshu, Japan
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 54.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15FEB)

  • Africa: ECOWAS countries’ foreign ministers meet in Abuja, Nigeria.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of Liberation Day/Total Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan – 1989
  • Serbia: National day celebrated – 1804.

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