ONS: 16 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French DM Le Drian said an African intervention to oust islamist militants from the north of Mali will start “in a matter of weeks.”
  • AMERICAS: The Cuban foreign ministry said Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel as of 14JAN13.
  • ASIA: Japan reported armed Chinese naval vessels in waters near the disputed islands.
  • EUROPE: Police in eastern France and Germany made 42 arrests in raids aimed at dismantling a network of Albanian heroin traffickers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The US said Hezbollah is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Assad’s “killing machine.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Kaspersky Lab said it found a program related to Flame dubbed “miniFlame” that can carry out more precise attacks on targets in the Middle East.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: US weighs options for response in Libya.
    • The White House put special operations strike forces on standby and moved drones into position to operate in Africa.
    • Secretary Clinton told US media that she will take the blame for any shortcomings in the handling of the attack on the US mission in Benghazi.
    • The Pentagon and State Department are helping the Libyan government create a new commando force to combat Islamist extremists.
    • Libyan security forces started a large-scale search in Tripoli after a mass prison break.
    • Coverage: NYT, Xinhua, AFP, AP, WSJ, BBC

AFRICA

  • Region: AQIM appointed a new deputy and relieved Mokhtar Belmokhtar, one of two top commanders in northern Mali. (AFP)
  • Mali: French DM Le Drian said an African intervention to oust Islamist militants from the north of Mali will start “in a matter of weeks.” (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunfire and 15 separate explosions hit the northeastern city of Maiduguri, long under siege by Boko Haram. (AP)
  • Sierra Leone: A group of 28 EU long-term observers from 22 member states and Norway are to be deployed throughout the country. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: A monitoring group said Sudanese security forces burned and looted a village in South Kordofan State in May and filmed the attack. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: President Fernandez dismissed Navy Chief of Staff Paz over Ghana’s seizure of an Argentine frigate. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: Protesters supporting Chile’s Mapuche Indians clashed with police, leaving sixteen people arrested and six police officers injured. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The chief of the FARC said all members of the group are “enthusiastic” about the coming round of peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: The foreign ministry said Cubans will no longer require an exit permit for foreign travel as of 14JAN13. (AP)
  • Mexico: Interior Minister Poire said Mexico is making progress in its fight against drug cartels. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan reported armed Chinese naval vessels in waters near the disputed islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An intelligence agent carried out a suicide attack that killed two Americans and four Afghans on 13OCT, making it the latest in a series of “insider” attacks. (AFP)
  • India: US PACOM ADM Locklear III encouraged a closer defense relationship between the US and India. (AP)
  • India: The government will address a rise in cyberattacks by training up to 500,000 computer specialists over the next five years. (DPA)
  • Korea, South: The ROK and the US are scheduled to hold high-level security talks over coordination of policy toward the DPRK. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Police in eastern France and Germany made 42 arrests in raids aimed at dismantling a network of Albanian heroin traffickers. (AFP)
  • Region: British PM Cameron and German Chancellor Merkel said “more work was needed” to reach deal on a European banking union. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Eleven people were injured in protests over a new austerity budget. (DPA)
  • Serbia: President Nikolic said Serbia will abandon its goal of joining the EU if it insists that Belgrade recognize Kosovo’s independence. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PKK rebels kidnapped four people in southeastern Turkey. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The US said Hezbollah is stepping up support for the Syrian government and has become part of President Assad’s “killing machine.” (AP)
  • Syria: New EU sanctions banned all government ministers from travelling to the EU and froze all of their assets in the bloc. (DPA)
  • Syria: Government planes launched pre-dawn air raids on rebel positions around Maaret al-Numan. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Government forces derailed a terrorist operation by al Qaeda militants in Aden. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Kaspersky Lab said it found a program related to Flame dubbed “miniFlame” that can carry out more precise attacks on targets in the Middle East. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Maria)
    • Location: 135 NM N of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Prapiroon)
    • Location: 285 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: WSW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Rafael
    • Location: 445 miles S of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNE at 16 mph
    • Winds: 85 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Paul
    • Location: 245 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NNE at 20 mph
    • Winds: 110 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17OCT)

  • Global: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
  • Europe: European Peoples Party Congress held in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Russia: Humanitarian PACE reporter visits Russia on the status of the southern Caucasus region.
  • Saudi Arabia: Anniversary of oil embargo – 1973.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole at the Port of Aden – 2000.

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