ONS: 15 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 15, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Somali government reported that 500 al shabaab fighters had defected.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s congress approved a law establishing a framework for peace talks with the FARC and the ELN.
  • ASIA: Afghanistan’s President Karzai called for more international support and cooperation for stability efforts in his country.
  • EUROPE: NATO SG Rasmussen stated the eurozone debt crisis posed no significant security risk to Europe.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni military forces captured Shaqra, the third southern city previously held by al Qaeda militants to fall this week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft released a security update to Windows 7 in response to the Flame computer virus.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Nascent democracy in turmoil after court ruling
    • The country’s supreme court ruled to dissolve parliament, only two days before presidential elections.
    • The court also approved the candidacy for president of former Mubarak PM Ahmed Shafik.
    • Opposition groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, condemned the ruling and called for protests.
    • Coverage: ReutersCNNReuters-2NYTNYT-2Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: The US military outsourced spying operations to private contractors to help process electronic intelligence collected from the airspace over Uganda, Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic. (WaPo)
  • Region: Sudan agreed to resume peace negotiations with South Sudan next week. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The government reported 500 al Shabaab fighters defected to the government. (AP)
  • Uganda: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon warned the US-backed AU force hunting renegade warlord Joseph Kony lacked the resources to succeed. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Costa Rican President Chinchilla and Colombian President Santos meet today in San José to launch free trade agreement negotiations. (EFE)
  • Argentina: President Fernandez called for negotiations with the UK over the status of the disputed Falklands Islands. (CNN)
  • Colombia: The congress approved a law establishing a framework for peace talks with the FARC and the ELN. (BBC)
  • Mexico: A crime reporter in Veracruz was found dead, an apparent victim of the Zetas cartel. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The UNHCR urged Bangladesh to provide a safe haven for people fleeing unrest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after authorities refused entry to boatloads of refugees. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai called for more international support and cooperation for stability efforts in his country. (VoA)
  • China: The country’s intelligence network in the US was reportedly compromised by a ministry of state security official arrested this year. (Reuters)
  • India: Finance Minister Mukherjee will step down on 24JUN to run for president. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan:  FM Khar reiterated calls for an apology from the US over the Salala air strike. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO SG Rasmussen stated the eurozone debt crisis posed no significant security risk to Europe. (WSJ)
  • Russia: The poor performance by local authorities and the shadow economy are major factors stimulating the development of illegal armed groups in North Caucasus. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Four PKK rebels were killed in clashes with security forces in the country’s south. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Authorities detained eight people suspected of ties with al Qaeda. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Oil Minister Qasemi warned sanctions would result in higher prices for Europe ahead of an upcoming OPEC meeting in Vienna. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: US Secretary Clinton reiterated US support to the “steps taken by the Lebanese government and the efforts of its army.” (Xinhua)
  • Syria: UN observers entering the town of Haffeh reported widespread destruction. (LA Times)
  • Syria: Russia denied it was selling new attack helicopters to Syria, stating it was only involved in repairing ones sold previously. (RFE\RL)
  • Yemen: The military captured Shaqra, the third southern city previously held by al Qaeda militants to fall this week. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft released a security update to Windows 7 in response to the Flame computer virus. (SlashGear)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Guchol
    • Location: 667 miles ESE of Manilla
    • Winds: 90 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Carlotta
    • Location: 220 miles SSE of Puerto Angel, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (16JUN)

  • Egypt: Second round of presidential elections between Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq.

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