ONS: 17 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In South Africa, clashes between police and striking miners killed at least 30.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican activists expressed skepticism that authorities in Veracruz had solved the killing of five news workers.
  • ASIA: Four Afghan and seven American soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in the southern part of the country.
  • EUROPE: Germany’s top court ruled the military might be deployed within its territory during extraordinary circumstances
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, the death toll from a series of attacks across the country rose to 90.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  Twitter announced upcoming changes to its application programming interface restricting third-party applications.

TOP STORIES

  • Afghanistan: Green-on-Blue attacks took center stage
    • Taliban leader Mullah Omar issued a rare statement, claiming the militant group had great success at infiltrating the Afghan government.
    • An Afghan policemen in the country’s west killed two US soldiers.
    • A second green-on-blue attack took place in Kandahar, but no casualties were inflicted.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, AP-2, Reuters
  • Syria: Fighting continued in Aleppo, Brahimi took over Annan’s post, UN ends observer mission
    • Rebel and government forces continued to fight for Aleppo.
    • Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi has reportedly agreed to take Kofi Annan’s place as the UN’s lead envoy.
    • The UN ordered an end to its observer mission and will replace it with a smaller monitoring office.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, CNN, NYT

AFRICA

  • Gambia: The press union and an opposition party condemned the shutting down of a community radio station for providing a daily review of the independent press. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Gunmen attacked security posts, leaving at least five dead, and freed over 100 prisoners in a town west of Abidjan. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Kenyan forces reported killing 73 al Shabaab fighters during operations in the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: Clashes between police and striking miners killed at least 30. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: Clashes in Darfur killed six and injured 12. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos revealed a supposed FARC memo ordering his death. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The country granted political asylum to Julian Assange, triggering a diplomatic standoff with the UK. (WSJ)
  • Mexico: Activists expressed skepticism that authorities in Veracruz had solved the killing of five news workers. (LA Times)

ASIA

  • Region: The uncle of Kim Jong-Un held talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in the southern part of the country killed one NATO soldier. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Four Afghan and seven American soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in the southern part of the country. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: Police reported a clash with militants outside Almaty left nine dead. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The country could build an arsenal of up to 48 nuclear weapons if the country were able to step up its program unchecked. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia-Herzegovina: Germany will end its peacekeeping mission in the country on 27SEP. (DPA)
  • Germany: The country’s top court ruled the military might be deployed within its territory during extraordinary circumstances. (AFP)
  • Norway: National police commissioner Oystein Meland resigned his position following a report critical of police response to last year’s terror attack that left 77 dead. (WSJ)
  • Russia: Protests were held in cities around the world in support of opposition activist performers facing a verdict. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Tension increased between Iran and Israel due to open debate on an Israeli strike and incendiary comments by Iranian leadership. (AP)
  • Region: Arab countries started evacuating their citizens from Lebanon over a series of kidnappings of Sunni Muslim foreigners by a Lebanese Shiite clan demanding the release of one of its members held by Syrian rebels. (Reuters)
  • Bahrain: Prominent activist Nabeel Rajab was sentenced to three years in prison for involvement in anti-government protests. (NYT Lede Blog)
  • Iraq: The death toll from a series of attacks across the country rose to 90. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Twitter announced upcoming changes to its application programming interface restricting third-party applications. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Kai Tak
    • Location: 225 NM E of Hanoi
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Gordon
    • Location: 1,315 miles W of the Azores
    • Movement: E at 17 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Southeastern Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: WNW to NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Off the coast of Guinea Bissau and The Gambia
    • Movement: W at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression Hector
    • Location: 435 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 30 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18AUG)

  • Pakistan: Anniversary of President Musharraf’s resignation – 2008.

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