ONS: 16 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 16, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, al Shabaab militants sentenced a French agent to death several days after an attempt by French armed forces to rescue him failed.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan VP Maduro announced President Chavez appointed Elias Jaua Milano as the new FM.
  • ASIA: Afghan Taliban militants attacked the headquarters of the National Directorate of Security, detonating a car bomb, killing two and wounding more than 30.
  • EUROPE:  Russian police said a senior judge was gunned down in Dagestan in a suspected retaliation for his recent rulings.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A wave of attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq killed at least 23 and wounded more than 200.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Chinese shipments of smartphones totaled 224 million units in 2012, making the country the world’s largest smartphone producer.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: France Pledges to Fight Until Mali’s Islamists Are Wiped Out
    • Islamist insurgents have hunkered down after an all-night aerial bombardment by French forces.
    • US law prohibits direct military aid to Mali because the fledgling government seized power in a coup.
    • Islamists in Mali cut telecommunication links to Gao to stop residents from passing information to the French and Malian armies.
    • Coverage: The Guardian, The New York Times, CNN, AFP

AFRICA

  • Libya: A car bomb killed a police officer in Benghazi. (AFP)
  • Mali: French and regional forces prepared to drive Islamist forces out of Diabaly.. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab militants sentenced a French agent to death several days after an attempt by French armed forces to rescue him failed. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police reported the seizure of 3.8 tons of marijuana from FARC’s Sixth Front in southwestern Colombia with a value of close to USD 680,000. (DPA)
  • United States: The US House of Representatives approved more than USD50 billion in short- and long-term aid to victims of storm Sandy. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro announced ailing President Chavez appointed Elias Jaua Milano as the new FM. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Six militants attacked the intelligence agency headquarters in Kabul, wounding more than 30. (AP)
  • North Korea: A US diplomat warned North Korea against any preparation for a nuclear test. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The government reported another of its troops had been killed by Indian troops along the Line of Control in Kashmir. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Tens of thousands of followers of Cleric Tahir-ul Qadri rallied for a third day to call for the resignation of the government. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Police said a senior judge was gunned down in Dagestan in a suspected retaliation for his recent rulings. (AP)
  • Spain: Crown Prince Felipe and Secretary Panetta discussed bilateral cooperation on defense, the war on terrorism in Mali, and the start of Spanish troop withdrawals from Afghanistan. (EFE)
  • United Kingdom: Two people were killed and nine others wounded when a helicopter crashed during rush hour in central London after hitting a construction crane on top of a building. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A wave of attacks in Baghdad and northern Iraq killed at least 27 and wounded more than 200. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israel issued tenders for 198 new residential settlements in the southern West Bank. (AFP)
  • Syria: The US government brushed aside a leaked State Department cable indicating the Syrian government had used chemical weapons against rebel forces. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Chinese shipments of smartphones totaled 224 million units in 2012, making the country the world’s largest smartphone producer. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Emang)
    • Location: 580 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SSE at 4.6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Pacific-Antarctic Ridge
    • Location: 1600 miles SSE of Dunedin, New Zealand
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 10km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17JAN)

  • Global: NATO chiefs of defense to meet.
  • Middle East: ASIS 4th Middle East Security Conference & Exhibition in Dubai (to 19JAN)
  • Europe: First Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense format at NATO headquarters, involving NATO and partners’ chiefs of defense
  • Armenia: Georgian PM Ivanishvili visits Armenia.
  • China: Security Summit (to 18JAN).
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egyptian self-immolation outside Egyptian Parliament – 2011.
  • Ghana: Extradition hearing for ex-Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo resumes.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of the beginning of Operation Desert Storm – 1991.
  • Turkey: Trial resumes for two ailing generals over the 1980 military coup.

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