ONS: 16 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Egypt, the Salafi Jihad militant group warned the military that its crackdown in the Sinai might force it to retaliate.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico deployed 400 more federal police officers to Michoacan to fight drug trafficking.
  • ASIA: Pakistani militants attacked the Minhas air base in Kamra, leaving eight militants and one soldier dead.
  • EUROPE: Spanish authorities seized three tons of cocaine and arrested 31 on a ship off the country’s coast.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, five bombings in the north and central part of the country killed at least 19 and injured 104.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices with regard to facial recognition software.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Airstrike kills dozens, unrest spilled over into Lebanon, further diplomatic isolation for the regime
    • An air raid on the rebellious town of Azaz left dozens dead.
    • Kidnappings in Lebanon fueled fears the conflict will spread beyond the country’s borders.
    • The OIC suspended Syria’s membership.
    • Coverage: Reuters-1, Reuters-2, Al Jazeera, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: Four militants were killed during a one-week combing operation conducted by the Algerian army in the Algerian-Tunisian border area. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The Salafi Jihad militant group warned the military that its crackdown in the Sinai might force it to retaliate. (Reuters)
  • Gabon: Clashes between police and opposition protesters in Libreville left three dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen kidnapped a university rector in the country’s southeast. (AFP)
  • Uganda: President Museveni carried out a mini reshuffle of cabinet ministers replacing vacant places, dropping some of his ministers and creating new ministries. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: The country accused the UK of threatening to storm its embassy in London in pursuit of Julian Assange. (AP)
  • Guatemala: Interior Minister Lopez said Guatemala is no longer just a conduit for illegal drugs, but a center of production. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The government deployed 400 more federal police officers to Michoacan to fight drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • United States: The test flight of an experimental unmanned hypersonic jet failed. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A key Taliban leader, Mullah Agha Jan Motasim, called for an end to the war. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Baghland killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded three others. (AP)
  • India: Thousands of people from northeast India fled the southern Indian city Bangalore after receiving rumors through cell phone and internet that they will be attacked. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The OIC will bring the issue of Muslim Rohingyas displaced by deadly sectarian violence. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Militants attacked the Minhas air base in Kamra, leaving eight militants and one soldier dead. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen killed at least twenty Shiites travelling in the northern part of the country. (AP)
  • Philippines: A clash between soldiers and Abu Sayyaf militants in the country’s south killed four. (AP)
  • Thailand: The government stated it was holding peace talks with some Muslim militant groups in its south. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: A man was shot dead during an operation to arrest people suspected of links with Georgian secret services in Abkhazia’s Gali District. (Interfax)
  • Greece: The country increased its issuance of T-Bills in a bid to raise funds. (Reuters)
  • Romania: Interim president asked prosecutors to provide more information on their probe into the vote to impeach his rival Basescu, calling the move “unacceptable.” (AFP)
  • Spain: Authorities seized three tons of cocaine and arrested 31 on a ship off the country’s coast. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The Turkish military bombed Kurdish rebel targets in Iraq. (AFP)
  • Iran: The country requested South Korea increase the interest paid on billions in Iranian dollars stored in South Korean government-owned banks. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: Five bombings in northern and central Iraq killed at least 19 and injured 104. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country concluded a test of an SMS-based missile warning system. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: President Suleiman warned against any attempt to tamper with his country’s civil peace and threaten its citizens and foreign residents’ safety. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: The High Security Committee said 62 officers and soldiers loyal to ex-President Saleh’s son were charged with resisting authorities and mutiny after trying to storm the ministry of defense. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Facebook: Germany reopened an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices with regard to facial recognition software. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Kai-Tak
    • Location: 245 NM SE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: W at 16 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Gordon
    • Location: 550 miles E of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 14 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Western Caribbean Sea
    • Movement: WNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression Hector
    • Location: 455 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: N at 6 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17AUG)

  • Africa: Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit begins.
  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of terrorist bombings – 2005.
  • Gabon: Independence Day celebrated – 1960.
  • Indonesia: Independence Day celebrated – 1960.
  • Israel: Anniversary of hostage attempt at Turkish Embassy – 2010.
  • Turkey: Anniversary of a 7.4 magnitude earthquake that killed over 17,000 people – 1999.

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