ONS: 14 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Iranian government denied UNSC allegations that they had shipped arms and ammunition to Somali Islamist militants, violating international sanctions.
  • AMERICAS: The US Senate voted to postpone the confirmation vote to name John Brennan as the next CIA Director for at least two weeks to review more information on the administration’s drone strike campaign.
  • ASIA: The South Korean military staged large-scale military drills involving nearly 20 warships off the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula.
  • EUROPE: Azerbaijani authorities arrested a former lawmaker from President Aliyev’s ruling party over a 2012 corruption scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: IAEA and Iranian negotiators failed to come to an agreement on an international monitoring regime and have not set dates for renewed talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Time Warner is in early talks with the Meredith Corporation to sell off its publishing division while withholding its three main magazines: Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: SNC leadership met in Cairo; Many in the opposition don’t want negotiations until Assad leaves; Transitional government discussed; Arab League rejects handing embassies over to the opposition; Rebels take control of eastern town.
    • The SNC leadership met in Cairo to discuss the al-Khatib’s offer to negotiate with the regime which came under fire from other members of the organization.
    • Many members of the opposition insisted there must be no negotiations until Assad leaves power.
    • The meeting also discussed the possibility of forming a transitional government.
    • In the wake of Qatar’s handing over the Syrian embassy in Doha to the opposition, the Arab League ruled out a similar move.
    • Rebel forces took control of al-Shaddadeh, a key town in the country’s oil producing east.
    • Coverage: DPA-1, DPA-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The UNSC unanimously adopted a resolution to extend the mandate of the UN peacebuilding office in the country for another year. (Xinhua)
  • Ivory Coast: A court ordered the release of a former aide to ex-President Gbagbo but restricted his movement to his home region for one year. (AFP)
  • Mali: The leader of the March coup that ousted Mali’s government was sworn in as head of a military reform committee. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The Iranian government denied UNSC allegations that they had shipped arms and ammunition to Islamist militants, violating international sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The government denied the rebels who had entered the Darfur region through the Central African Republic were Malian Islamists fleeing the coalition troops. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police continued to search for the five hostages released by the ELN who had been held captive since 18JAN. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: President Castro met with the executive secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean about opportunities for the region. (Xinhua)
  • United States: The Senate voted to postpone the confirmation vote to name John Brennan as the next CIA Director for at least two weeks to review more information on the administration’s drone strike campaign. (AP)
  • United States: Authorities announced they had discovered a drug smuggling tunnel in southern Arizona and seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and Indonesia held a joint anti-piracy drill in waters off Jakarta amid an increasing number of piracy acts there. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: ISAF Commander General Dunford met with President Karzai to express his regret over the deaths of 10 Afghan civilians in a night raid. (Xinhua)
  • India: The government has put a USD750 million deal with an Italian defense firm on hold until a corruption probe can be completed. (DPA)
  • Korea, South: The military staged large-scale military drills involving nearly 20 warships off the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Security forces surrounded 100 gunmen that they claim are members of a breakaway rebel faction from the Southern Philippines. (Reuters)
  • Sri Lanka: The government is against the internationalization of the post-war reconciliation process in the country. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russia issued an arrest warrant for a Georgian politician allied to President Saakashvili accused of funding last year’s street protests against President Putin. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: Authorities arrested a former lawmaker from President Aliyev’s ruling party over a 2012 corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • Greece: The governor of the Bank of Greece claimed the risk of the country leaving the Eurozone had subsided substantially while highlighting the need for aggressive implementation of structural reform to the economy. (AFP)
  • Russia: The government announced its willingness to consider US proposals for reductions to both countries’ nuclear arsenals when it formally receives one. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: EU Affairs Minister Bagis said Turkey is committed to joining the EU despite mounting frustration over decades of talks on the issue, but has little appetite for adopting the euro currency. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A protestor was killed during clashes with the police in a Shiite village near Manama, marking the second anniversary of the 2011 uprising. (Reuters)
  • Iran: IAEA and government negotiators failed to come to an agreement on an international monitoring regime and have not set dates for renewed talks. (AFP)
  • Israel: The government admitted it secretly held a foreign national who committed suicide while in custody in 2010 after Australian media claimed the man was a Mossad agent. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Iranian Gen. Hassan Shateri, a senior official in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, was killed near the Syrian border reportedly by Syrian rebels. (NYT)
  • Palestinian Territories: Japan hosted an East Asian donors’ conference for Palestinian aid where PM Fayyad urged donors to share their wealth and knowledge for nation-building efforts in his troubled region. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Print Media: Time Warner is in early talks with the Meredith Corporation to sell off its publishing division while withholding its three main magazines: Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Gino)
    • Location: 1139 mi SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: S at 10 mph
    • Winds: 97 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15FEB)

  • Afghanistan: Liberation Day/Total Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan – 1989.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Last day of Logex 13 military exercises organized by the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces of BiH (AFBiH) in cooperation with U.S. Joint Staff Command and NATO Allied Command Transformation.
  • Ghana: UK military command has promised to provide an aircraft that would airlift about 120 Ghanaian military men, mostly from the 69 Engineers Regiment, to Mali (to 16FEB).
  • Serbia: National Day celebrated – 1804.
  • Trinidad and Tobago: Indirect presidential elections held.
  • United States: Italian President Napolitano will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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