ONS: 14 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 14, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan police arrested two people suspected to have links with al Shabab who were planning a major terrorist attack in Kenya.
  • AMERICAS: Two US senators released a new report detailing recommendations to prevent a future “security crisis” in the Caribbean.
  • ASIA: In India, the most senior Islamic cleric in Kashmir told all US citizens to “immediately leave” the region because of the privately-produced anti-Islam film.
  • EUROPE: Germany said it increased security at its diplomatic missions in the Muslim world in the wake of violent protests.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  IAEA director general Amano said Iran should finally “understand the message” that it needs to do more to address global concerns that it wants nuclear weapons.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The founder of Friendster launched a site for browsing the news that friends have shared on social networks.

TOP STORY

  • Muslim World: Fresh protests expected at US embassies.
    • At least 224 people were injured in clashes in front of the US embassy in Cairo.
    • Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said the US was not responsible for the anti-Islam film and called for demonstrations to remain peaceful.
    • Security forces in Yemen blocked streets surrounding the US embassy in Sanaa in anticipation of violent protests.
    • Approximately 10,000 protesters in Bangladesh burnt American and Israeli flags and tried to march to the US embassy.
    • Protestors outside of the US embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia said the anti-Islam film was a declaration of war.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, Xinhua, Reuters, NYT

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Police arrested two people suspected to have links with al Shabab who were planning a major terrorist attack in Kenya. (AFP)
  • Libya: All air traffic to Benghazi was temporarily suspended for security reasons. (Reuters)
  • Libya: PM Shagur said a “big advance” had been made in the probe into the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • South Africa: The government said it will no longer tolerate growing unrest in its key mining sector and will act against incitement and threats of violence. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Two US senators released a new report detailing recommendations to prevent a future “security crisis” in the Caribbean. (AP)
  • Argentina: Thousands of protesters took to the streets to protest against an initiative to change the constitution to allow President Kirchner to run for a third term in three years. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The government increased the defense budget up to USD14.4 billion for 2013 in order to achieve a peace agreement with the FARC. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Officials are carrying out “a massive evacuation of thousands of people” in five communities in response to a sizable eruption from the Volcano of Fire. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: British DS Hammond is considering bringing some British troops back from Afghanistan earlier than scheduled. (AFP)
  • China: Six government ships sailed into waters around disputed islands. (WaPo)
  • India: The most senior Islamic cleric in Kashmir told all US citizens to “immediately leave” the region because of the privately-produced anti-Islam film. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government issued a safety warning to its citizens in China after six “serious” cases of assault or harassment. (AFP)
  • Tajikistan: The government said frontier troops from Uzbekistan crossed into its territory this week prompting an exchange of gunfire. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The key participants in Europe’s debt crisis are gathering in Cyprus to discuss the latest developments in Spain and Greece. (AP)
  • Germany: The country increased security at its diplomatic missions in the Muslim world in the wake of violent protests. (AFP)
  • Russia: The lower house of parliament stripped a leading anti-Putin deputy of his mandate in an unusual move critics said was revenge for his criticism of the Kremlin. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Clashes between the government and the PKK left 75 militants and four government troops dead between 08SEP and 14SEP. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych promised the EU that the execution of the 28OCT parliamentary election will allay all its concerns about democracy in the country. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: IAEA director general Amano said Iran should finally “understand the message” that it needs to do more to address global concerns that it wants nuclear weapons. (AFP)
  • Iran: Ayatollah Khamenei called on the US to punish the producers of an anti-Islam video on YouTube that sparked protests in several countries. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu denied accusations he is interfering in the US presidential vote by pushing President Obama to take a tougher stand on Iran’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Syria: French DM Drian said France will not send weapons to the Syrian opposition. (AFP)
  • Syria: Turkish PM Erdogan said President Assad’s regime was nearing its “inevitable” end. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The founder of Friendster launched a site for browsing the news that friends have shared on social networks. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 17W (Sanba)
    • Location: 450 NM SSE of Kadena AB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: N at 11 mph
    • Winds: 172 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 765 miles NE of the northern Leeward Islands
    • Movement: NNW at 15 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Kristy
    • Location: 65 miles N of Socorro Island, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 800 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1650 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 3 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia
  • Volcanoes: Volcano of Fire, Guatemala
    • Significant eruption of lava and ash.
    • The aviation administration suspended all flights from the southern Mexican city of Tapachula to Guatemala City. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (15SEP)

  • Asia: Singapore and Australia end multilateral naval exercises – Kakadu.
  • Europe: Armenia hosts Interaction 2012 – CSTO Collective Rapid Reaction Forces.
  • El Salvador: Independence Day celebrated – 1821.
  • Guatemala: Independence Day celebrated – 1821.
  • Honduras: Independence Day celebrated – 1821.
  • Iran: Anniversary of earthquake that killed thousands – 1978.
  • Nicaragua: Independence Day celebrated – 1821.
  • Philippines: USS Frank Cable leaves Philippine port of Subic Bay.

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