ONS: 14 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 14, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, an al Shebab spokesman said a French soldier died of his wounds in a failed commando raid to free a French hostage.
  • AMERICAS: A Cuban law allowing citizens to travel abroad without special permits went into effect.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai said a national meeting of elders should be called to decide whether US troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014 would be immune from prosecution under Afghan law.
  • EUROPE: A Greek gunman fired a spray of bullets at the headquarters of the governing center-right New Democracy party near central Athens.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW said Syria’s regime has resorted to firing rockets containing cluster bombs.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Angry activists spoke out against prosecutors for leading an overzealous campaign against internet activist Aaron Swartz.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: French operations expand as African states prepare to send troops
    • French FM Fabius said French jets bombarded rebel bases in northern Mali after halting the rebels advance in the center of the country.
    • A spokesman for the French UN Mission said the UNSC will meet at France’s request to discuss Mali.
    • Islamists based in northern Mali vowed to launch attacks on French soil.
    • The AU said it will hasten the deployment of African troops in Mali and will organize a donor’s conference.
    • FM Fabius said the US is providing communications and transport help for the international military intervention.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Opposition leaders and rebels failed to strike a deal on naming a new PM to share power with embattled President Bozize. (AFP)
  • Somalia: An al Shebab spokesman said a French soldier wounded in a failed commando raid to free a hostage in Somalia has died.  (AFP)
  • South Africa: Police fired stun grenades to disperse a pre-dawn protest as labor unrest resumed after a weekend hiatus. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Armed men kidnapped four Chinese nationals and five Sudanese workers engaged in road construction in Darfur. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government said it wants to increase the pace of its peace negotiations with FARC rebels. (AFP)
  • Cuba: A law allowing Cubans to travel abroad without special permits went into effect. (AFP)
  • Grenada: The country is to hold parliamentary elections 19FEB. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Mixed signals from officials in the country sparked confusion over the condition of cancer-stricken President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: India’s army chief accused Pakistan of detailed planning of an attack along Kashmir’s de factor border and said India reserved the right to retaliate. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said a national meeting of elders should be called to decide whether US troops staying in Afghanistan after 2014 would be immune from prosecution under Afghan law. (AP)
  • Burma: Kachin rebels said three civilians were killed and six wounded in the first direct attack by Myanmar forces on their northern stronghold. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government will deploy two more patrol ships to boost its defense of islands at the centre of a territorial row with China. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pillay said nations must mount “a full-fledged international inquiry” into the human rights situation in the DPRK. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: According to a draft euro zone proposal, euro zone countries seeking future aid from the region’s rescue fund to prevent their banks collapsing will have to share the cost burden. (Reuters)
  • Greece: A gunman fired a spray of bullets at the headquarters of the governing center-right New Democracy party near central Athens. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: Northern Ireland’s first minister insisted the political process is the only way forward amid ongoing violence. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US envoy to Yemen said Iran is working with southern secessionists in Yemen to expand its influence and destabilize the strategic region around the Straits of Hormuz. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: The finance minister, who has been locked in dispute with PM al Maliki, escaped an apparent assassination attempt when his convoy was struck by a roadside bomb. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Hundreds of opposition supporters demonstrated to demand the dissolution of the parliament. (AFP)
  • Syria: HRW said Syria’s regime has resorted to firing rockets containing cluster bombs. (AFP)
  • Syria: At least 55 countries are to demand the UNSC refer the Syria conflict to the ICC for a war crimes investigation. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: Angry activists spoke out against prosecutors for leading an overzealous campaign against internet activist Aaron Swartz. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Emang)
    • Location: 500 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 3 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Narelle)
    • Location: 310 NM SW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 12 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15JAN)

  • Global: International Water Summit in Abu Dhabi.
  • Global: Intersec Security meeting in Dubai.
  • Global: Opening of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi (to 17JAN).
  • Europe: The Transatlantic Relations meeting in Denmark to discuss the next Obama Administration.
  • Philippines: End of the ceasefire declaration between the Communist Party of the Philippines and the rebels.
  • Spain: Spain Investors Day (to 16JAN).
  • Ukraine: The Ukrainian Navy will start an active service in the Black Sea starting in the middle of January to ensure navigation safety and control.
  • Ukraine: Doctors from the Berlin-based Charite clinic plan to visit Ukraine to meet with former PM Tymoshenko.

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