ONS: 15 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2012


  • AFRICA: The African Union renewed calls for talks between the Sudan and South Sudan over the disputed Abyei region.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuela’s Foreign Ministry branded Obama’s criticism of President Chavez as a sign of “aggression and disrepect.”
  • ASIA: India and Pakistan have agreed upon a new visa regime.
  • EUROPE: Russian police arrested oppostion leaders at an unsanctioned anti-Putin rally.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptians began voting on a referendum for the new constitution proposed by President Morsi.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Defense Intelligence Agency will expand the use of mobile technology to access personal information.


  • USA: School shooting kills 26 in Newton, Connecticut
    • Suspected shooter Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook elementary school, beginning at 09:30; Lanza himself was shot and killed by either his own hand or by the police.
    • During his nationwide address, President Obama stressed the need to “take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this.”
    • Many world leaders expressed condolences for the shooting.
    • AFP, AFP-2, AP, NYT, Itar-Tass, Reuters


  • Region: Cameroon and Nigeria ended a meeting over the demarcation of their mutual boundary. (UN News)
  • Region: The African Union called for talks between the Sudan and South Sudan over the disputed Abyei region. (AFP)
  • Ghana: UNSG Ban Ki-moon released a statement congratulating Ghana for peaceful presidential and parliamentary elections. (Xinhua)


  • Region: Finance ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States met in Chile to discuss cooperation in developing a “new regional financial architecture” designed to back the region’s most vulnerable economies. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The Foreign Ministry branded Obama’s criticism of President Chavez as another sign of U.S. “aggression and disrepect.” (AP)
  • USA: Police shot and killed a soldier who fired a gun while sitting in his car in Fort Hood, Texas. (AP)


  • Region: India and Pakistan agreed on a new visa regime to make travel quicker between the two countries. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai said that foreign troops should withdraw from villages as soon as possible. (AP)
  • Philippines: The military declared an 18-day nationwide ceasefire with communist rebels; the rebels declared a separate ceasefire to allow unhampered humanitarian relief in provinces ravaged by a recent typhoon. (DPA)
  • Philippines: Police shot an alleged Islamic militant threatening to blow up a bomb in the city of Davao. (AFP)


  • Romania: US ambassador Mark Gitenstein said that the US expects Romania to adhere to the rule of law in order to avoid a “replay” of last summer’s political crisis. (AFP)
  • Russia: The Interior Ministry arrested opposition leaders at the Freedom March on Lubyanka Square, which was classified as an unsanctioned rally. (AFP)


  • Region: NATO commander Admiral Stavridis accused Syria of firing Scud missiles that landed near the Turkish border. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Egyptians began voting on the draft constitution proposed by President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist supporters. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A UN nuclear inspection delegation reported progress in negotiations with Iran, and has planned another meeting for January. (NYT)
  • Syria: Government troops launched a major attack on the rebel-held town of Daraya, south of Damascus. (AFP)


  • USA: The Defense Intelligence Agency wants to expand the use of “technical exploitation” tools that can efficiently access the data of people the military believes to be dangerous. (Wired)


  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 13.0 S, 175.6 W
    • Movement: 245 degrees at 10 KTs
    • Winds: 90 KTs
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Colombia: Anniversary of FARC and ELN agreement to fight the Uribe government – 2009.
  • Kazakhstan: Independence day celebrated – 1991.
  • Liberia: UN sanctions set to expire.


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