ONS: 15 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 15, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA:  The Egyptian health ministry announced a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo killing 19 and wounding 107.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan Vice President Maduro is to deliver the annual state of the nation address to lawmakers in place of cancer-stricken President Chavez.
  • ASIA: Pakistani security forces fired shots to quell supporters of a populist Muslim cleric, Tahir ul Qadri, calling for the resignation of the government.
  • EUROPE: French security official said the country is ready to prevent terror attacks after its military operations in Mali.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian warplanes intensified their strikes on rebel-held areas in Aleppo and the outskirts of the capital
  • TECHNOLOGY: China’s population of Internet users rose 10% to 564 million, driven by explosive growth in the popularity of mobile Web surfing.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: French President Hollande expects African troop deployment to take a week
    • French President Hollande said a total of 750 French troops have joined the offensive against Islamist rebels in Mali where overnight strikes “achieved their goal.”
    • Australia is considering providing military equipment and funding to speed up the deployment of African troops to Mali amid fears the West African nation could become a haven for terrorism.
    • The US said it was ready to share intelligence and provide logistical support to French forces.
    • Eighty-six people were hospitalized in Mopti and in Gao with injuries sustained in the French offensive.
    • Coverage: AFP, The Sydney Morning Herald, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The defense ministry said three militants were killed and two were wounded when they attempted to cross the southeastern desert border near Niger and Libya. (AP)
  • Egypt: The health ministry announced a train carrying military conscripts derailed southwest of Cairo killing 19 and wounding 107. (AFP)
  • Libya: A security official said two Libyan policemen were wounded when an improvised bomb hit their patrol car in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The FM said Rwanda will not support UN plans to use surveillance drones against rebels in the DRC unless legal and security questions around their deployment are answered. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government and FARC rebels will resume peace talks in Cuba after a three-week break. (AP)
  • Dominican Republic: US and Dominican authorities seized approximately 984 pounds of cocaine thrown off a speedboat. (AP)
  • Peru: Interior Minister Pedraza announced the government aims to eradicate a record 54,400 acres of illegal coca crops in 2013. (Bloomberg)
  • Venezuela: Vice President Maduro is to deliver the annual state of the nation address to lawmakers in place of cancer-stricken President Chavez, who is convalescing in Cuba. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Australian DM Smith said Australian troops will withdraw sooner than expected, completing the transition in Uruzgan Province by the end of 2013. (Xinhua)
  • China: The government will carry out a geographical survey of islands in the East China Sea at the center of a territorial dispute with Japan. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Security forces fired shots to quell supporters of a populist Muslim cleric, Tahir ul Qadri, calling for the resignation of the government while the interior minister dismissed his demands as unconstitutional. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: The president completed the impeachment of the chief justice by choosing a successor. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: A security official said the country is ready to prevent terror attacks after its military operations in Mali. (AP)
  • Greece: The US State Department condemned the recent violence in Greece which targeted journalists and political parties. (Xinhua)
  • Ukraine: Convicted former PM Tymoshenko has been partially refusing treatment since she declared a personal “civil disobedience” action a week ago. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: In the latest round of sectarian clashes in Belfast, rioters bombed police and hijacked a bus. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A spokesman for the foreign ministry said a religious decree issued by the Supreme Leader banning nuclear weapons is binding for the Iranian government. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A teenager was shot dead by Israeli troops in the northern West Bank near the separation barrier. (AP)
  • Syria: Warplanes intensified their strikes on rebel-held areas in Aleppo and the outskirts of the capital. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and the first International Water Summit started in Abu Dhabi. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • China: The population of internet users rose 10% to 564 million, driven by explosive growth in the popularity of mobile Web surfing. (AP)
  • Mexico: Tycoon Carlos Slim said his foundation is funding the translation of thousands of Khan Academy online classes into Spanish. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S
    • Location: 515 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JAN)

  • Global: Aviation Security Summit in Dubai.
  • Asia: ASEAN FM retreat in Brunei (ends January 18, 2013).
  • Europe: NATO-Russia Council meeting in Brussels.
  • Algeria: Anniversary of Algerian self-immolation, signifying Tunisian revolution spreading across region – 2011.
  • Benin: Trial of Lionel Agbo, former spokesman of Benin President Boni Yayi.
  • Chile: Anniversary of the Chilean Civil War – 1891.
  • El Salvador: Anniversary of the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords, bringing an end to the civil war – 1992.
  • France: Mali’s Interim President Traore will meet with President Hollande in Paris.
  • Iran: UN Nuclear team to resume talks on Iran.
  • Japan: PM Abe will visit Vietnam and Thailand from January 16-19.
  • Serbia: Anniversary of the founding of the Republika Srpska – 1992.

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