ONS: 17 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan authorities seized rockets that may have been intended for attacks.
  • AMERICAS: Honduras received a US ATF team to help probe the prison fire.
  • ASIA: Pakistani President Zardari pledged support for Iran if it is invaded by foreign forces.
  • EUROPE: German President Wulff resigned amid allegations of a fiscal scandal.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel said Iran and Hezbollah are planning new attacks on Israelis overseas.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sen. McCain said the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would be ineffective without assigning infrastructure security to the NSA.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN General Assembly approves resolution on Syria
    • The resolution backed an Arab League plan calling for Assad to step down, and condemned the regime.
    • The vote was 137-12, with 17 abstentions.
    • Russian Ambassador to the UN Churkin said the resolution “reflects the worrying trend.”
    • Syrian security forces carried out heavy attacks on Homs and Daraa in the wake of the vote.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, AFP, Washington Post

AFRICA

  • Libya: Authorities in Benghazi seized rockets believed to have been prepared for attacks on the first anniversary of the revolt. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen killed two police offers and wounded one at a checkpoint in Minna. (AP)
  • South Africa: Police used water cannons and tear gas on hundreds of protesters trying to disrupt work at a platinum mine. (AP)
  • Zimbabwe: The EU lifted sanctions on 51 people and 20 entities in Zimbabwe, including the justice and foreign ministers. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police arrested nine alleged guerrillas that were guarding the FARC’s hostages. (EFE)
  • Haiti: US Ambassador to the UN Rice called on Haiti’s political leaders to put aside their differences and work together. (AP)
  • Honduras: The US sent a team of ATF experts to probe the fire at the Comayaguase prison. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistani President Zardari pledged support for Iran if it is invaded by foreign forces. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said the Taliban cannot open an office in Qatar. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: Ousted President Nasheed welcomed early elections, but will go forth with today’s planned rallies. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: FM Khar warned Afghanistan that it would be “preposterous” to expect Islamabad to deliver Taliban leader Mullah Omar for peace talks. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide blast in a market in Kurram killed fifteen people and injured ten others. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: US military will withdraw more than 11,000 troops from Germany and Italy. (AFP)
  • Germany: President Wulff resigned amid allegations of a fiscal scandal. (AFP)
  • Russia: Thirteen troops were killed and at least 17 others wounded in five days of clashes with Islamic insurgents in Chechnya and Dagestan. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The parliament passed a controversial bill requiring the PM to authorize any court cases against intelligence officials. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli counter-terrorism official said Iran and Hezbollah are planning new attacks on Israelis overseas. (AP)
  • Iraq: The EU called on Iraqi authorities to guarantee the security of National Council of Resistance in its transfer from Ashraf to Camp Liberty near Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu said sanctions are not halting Iran’s nuclear development. (UPI)
  • Yemen: Clashes between a Shiite rebel group and Sunni fundamentalists in Saada left 15 dead. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Adobe resolved a universal XSS vulnerability in its Flash media player that attackers exploited to control webmail. (Ars Technica)
  • Cybersecurity: Sen. McCain said the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would be ineffective without assigning infrastructure security to the NSA rather than DHS. (Threat Level)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Giovanna)
    • Location: 465 nm SSW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: ESE at 5 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Thirteen)
    • Location: 660 nm SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18FEB)

  • Niger: Anniversary of coup – 2010.
  • Palestinian Territories: Fatah and Hamas to announce unity government.
  • Russia: Third pro-Putin rally scheduled by All Russian Popular Front.
  • The Gambia: Independence day celebrated – 1965.

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