ONS: 14 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US was reported to be expanding its covert intelligence operations network throughout Africa.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez stated the country was manufacturing unmanned surveillance drones for its military
  • ASIA: Afghanistan hosted a one-day meeting of 15 of the country’s neighbors and regional partners in Kabul to discuss cooperation the country’s instability.
  • EUROPE: German police raided dozens of locations across the country in a crackdown on Salafi Islamists
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian and Saudi representatives to OPEC stated they had reached an agreement to maintain present oil production levels.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  ICANN revealed the applications and applicants for new top-level domains.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Evidence of war crimes mounts, international community deadlocked
    • Amnesty International accused the government of organized attacks on the civilian population in a report.
    • China expressed opposition to a French proposal to allow the UN to directly enforce Kofi Annan’s peace plan with a no-fly zone, additional sanctions, and other measures.
    • US officials elaborated on Secretary Clinton’s accusation that Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria, stating the shipments might be of older helicopters repaired or refurbished rather than new.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, NYT, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Region: The US was reported to be expanding its covert intelligence operations network throughout Africa. (WaPo)
  • Egypt: The government established martial law ahead of a court ruling on Thursday that could delay upcoming presidential elections. (NYT)
  • Guinea Bissau: The UN and AU issued a joint statement calling for coup leaders in the country to give up power.(Reuters)
  • Libya: State news reported tribal clashes in the western part of the country killed at least 15. (AP)
  • Libya: NATO called for the government to release ICC delegates who had been detained in Zintan. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Kirchner today leads an Argentine task force to UN headquarters to reopen diplomatic hostilities with Britain with regards to the Falkland Islands. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Calderon claimed drug violence was declining and that the country was making progress against drug cartels. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: Police arrested 52 suspected Zetas cartel employees in Nuevo Leon. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez stated the country was manufacturing unmanned surveillance drones for its military. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A one-day meeting of 15 of the country’s neighbors and regional partners was held in Kabul to discuss cooperative measures for the country’s instability. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A bombing in northern Afghanistan injured 11. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The death of an independence activist sparked riots in Papua. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi began a trip to Europe. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least three suspected militants in North Waziristan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German and Italian officials warned US lawmakers that their plans to cut off funding for a ground-based NATO missile defense program built by Lockheed Martin Corp would endanger US ties with their countries. (Reuters)
  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel called for international cooperation in preventing a sovereign debt crisis in Europe, stating it would be the primary topic at the upcoming G-20 summit. (WSJ)
  • France: Authorities disrupted a counterfeiting ring, reportedly the largest in the country’s history. (AFP)
  • Germany: Police raided dozens of locations across the country in a crackdown on Salafi Islamists. (Reuters)
  • Kosovo: The EU mission in Kosovo said its prosecutors launched an investigation into one of the worst atrocities of the 1998-1999 war. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iranian and Saudi representatives to OPEC stated they had reached an agreement to maintain present oil production levels ahead of a meeting scheduled for Thursday. (WSJ)
  • Israel: Fifty international aid groups and UN agencies issued a joint appeal calling on Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Airstrikes and clashes with government forces killed at least 17 al Qaeda linked militants in the southern part of the country. (AP)
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda linked militants withdrew from the southern town of Shakra. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • The Internet: ICANN revealed the applications and applicants for new top-level domains. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Guchol
    • Location: 215 NM N of Palau
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression Three-E
    • Location: 470 miles SSE of Puerto Angel, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15JUN)

  • Philippines: Independence Day.
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah Abdul Aziz al Saud came to power in 2006.

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