ONS: 16 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Six Nigerian government officials died in a helicopter crash.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama picked Senator John Kerry to serve as Secretary of State.
  • ASIA: North Korea honored the one year anniversary of Kim Jong-Il’s death.
  • EUROPE: Turkish security forces seized $22.5 million in drugs and munitions after coordinated raids against the PKK.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian Islamists claimed victory in the first round of the two-round constitutional referendum.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The BVRio platform has been developed to help enforce Brazil’s environmental laws.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: The Pakistani Taliban launched an attack on Peshawar’s international airport
    • At least 10 militants launched a suicide and rocket attack which failed to destroy their intended target of jet fighters and gunship helicopters; 5 militants and 4 civilians were killed.
    • A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
    • Police killed five militants during a gunfight in the Pawakai area of the city.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, BBC, CNN, RFE/RL

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Union of Democratic Forces for Unity rebels attacked the town of Ndele, killing at least four and capturing 22 government troops. (AFP)
  • Ghana: The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in favor of Argentina that the Libertad should be freed; US investment firm NML stated that it would only accept the Ghanaian court’s ruling. (AFP)
  • Mali: Interim Prime Minister Diango Cissoko has formed a new government, which will include ministers with ties to coup leader Captain Amadou Sanogo. (AP)
  • Nigeria: A military helicopter crashed in Bayelsa state, killing six officials including state governor Patrick Yakowa and former national security adviser General Owoye Azazi. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: More than 500 people gathered in Montego Bay to protest nationwide crime. (Xinhua)
  • USA: President Obama picked Senator John Kerry to serve as Secretary of State. (AFP)
  • USA: Police shot and killed a man who opened fired in a Birmingham, Alabama hospital. (DPA)
  • USA: A gunman fired at least 50 shots in the parking lot of a Newport Beach shopping mall without causing any casualties. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A joint Afghan-NATO operation killed 11 Taliban militants in the Khakriz district. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Exit polls indicate that the opposition Liberal Democratic Party has won between 275 and 300 seats in the 480-member lower house of parliament, putting them back in power after three years as the main opposition party. (AP)
  • North Korea: Kim Jong-Un led thousands of officials in a memorial ceremony marking the first anniversary of his father Kim Jong-Il’s death. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Previously unreported deaths increased the death toll from the recent typhoon to more than 1000. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkish FM Akhmet Davutoglu said that the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation should implement concrete programs to fight against organized crime. (Itar-Tass)
  • Portugal: Several thousand protested against austerity cuts in Lisbon. (AFP)
  • Russia: 600 opposition members participated in the St. Petersburg Freedom March. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Security forces seized $22.5 million worth of marijuana, guns and ammonium nitrate from the PKK near the city of Diyarbakir. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Syrian army forces exchanged fire with unidentified armed men across the Lebanon-Syria border. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Islamists claimed victory after the first round of the two-stage referendum on President Morsi’s proposed draft constitution. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian warplanes bombarded a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus. (AFP)
  • Syria: Army forces launched a series of artillery attacks against the Assali district of Damascus, and the rebel-held towns of Irbin and Harasta. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unknown saboteurs blew up a gas pipeline in the Al-Zahira area of Shabwa province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Brazil: Landowners and environmentalists will use privately-developed BVRio to help enforce national environmental laws. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 14.9 S, 179.9 W
    • Movement: 235 degrees at 12 KTs
    • Winds: 105 KTs
    • MAP

 

  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Papua New Guinea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 55.8 km
    • MAP
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Bermuda: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Italy: Syrian opposition meeting held in Rome.
  • Korea, North: Anniversary of death of Kim Jong Il – 2011.
  • Russia: Polish FM Sokorski visits Russia to discuss bilateral issues.
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of Mohamed Bouaziz’s self-immolation – 2010.
  • Uzbekistan: Russian FM Lavrov visits to discuss bilateral and regional issues.

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