ONS: 17 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 17, 2013

 

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

17 February 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A car bomb in Mogadishu killed one and injured three.
  • AMERICAS: FARC guerillas released a captured Colombian soldier, after three weeks of captivity.
  • ASIA: A series of bombings in southern Thailand killed two and wounded 18.
  • EUROPE: Russian authorities reported three suspected militants were killed by police in Dagestan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi officials reported a series of bombings in Shiite areas of Baghdad killing at least 23 and wounding dozens.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Infamous US hacker Kevin Mitnick’s computer security company was reportedly assisting the Ecuadorian elections.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Quetta market bombing death toll rose; government accused of incompetence; LeJ group claimed responsibility
    • The death toll from a suicide bombing targeting Hazara Shias in Quetta rose to at least 84, with more than 200 injured.
    • A Baluchistan province governor accused the government’s intelligence and security agencies of failure to prevent sectarian attacks.
    • Sunni extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bombing.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, NYT, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Authorities seized a weapons cache in the Sinai. (DPA)
  • DR Congo: The UN stated a delayed peace deal in DR Congo is due to be signed on 24FEB. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: A bomb blast at a northeastern town killed one, possibly the bomber killed during a school assembly. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A bombing in Mogadishu killed at one and injured three. (Al Jazeera)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC guerillas released a captured Colombian soldier, after three weeks of captivity. (AFP)
  • Ecuador: President Correa was expected to win re-election in Sunday elections. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Authorities ordered opposition politician Leopoldo Lopez to face charges for “irregularities” dating back to 1998. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: US General Dunford, the commander of NATO forces in the country,  stated he would comply with President Karzai’s order forbidding Afghan forces from calling for NATO air support. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai ordered interrogation facilities to be equipped with cameras in a bid to prevent the use of torture. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A series of bombings in southern Thailand killed two and wounded 18.

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Presidential elections began, with right-wing Disy party expected to win a victory, possibly without a run-off election required. (AFP)
  • Russia: Authorities reported three suspected militants were killed by police in Dagestan. (RIA Novosti)
  • Portugal: Thousands gathered to protest austerity measures in Lisbon. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Authorities reported the arrest of eight members of a suspected terrorist cell. (AP)
  • Iran: State news announced plans for a new naval base near the Pakistani border along the Sea of Oman. (AP)
  • Iraq: Officials reported a series of bombings in Shiite areas of Baghdad killed at least 23 and wounded dozens. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebel forces claimed the capture of a military airbase in the country’s north. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Lakhdar Brahimi called for talks between the country’s opposition and an “acceptable delegation” from the government. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Infamous US hacker Kevin Mitnick’s computer security company was reportedly assisting the Ecuadorian elections. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18FEB)

  • Global: UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, tenth session in Geneva (to 22FEB).
  • Africa: Egypt and Tunisia will reopen their borders with Libya.
  • Armenia: Scheduled presidential elections. **NOTE: These might be rescheduled after presidential candidate, Paruyr Hayrikyan was shot in the shoulder on 31 January 2013.
  • Bulgaria: Bulgaria will announce its position and the actions to be taken towards Hezbollah in the wake of the 2012 bus bombing that killed five Israeli soldiers and their Bulgarian driver.
  • Gambia: Independence Day – 1965.
  • Kenya: The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission holds a mock election in all 1,450 wards in the country.
  • Transdniestria/Moldova: Talks on the Transdniestrian settlement will take place in Lviv, Ukraine (to 20FEB).
  • United States: President’s Day.

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