ONS: 17 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 17, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya, gunmen attacked a hotel restaurant in Garissa killing four and wounding at least six.
  • AMERICAS: FARC rejected accusations from an Ecuadorian general that they allegedly bought weapons and ammunition on the black market.
  • ASIA: The Indian and Pakistani armies agreed to a ceasefire, halting deadly cross-border firing in Kashmir.
  • EUROPE: Aslan Usoyan, one of Russia’s biggest mafia bosses, was shot and killed with a sniper rifle in central Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli forces removed Palestinian protest tents from land earmarked for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google.org announced it will fund two new tech projects on Wednesday, one $2.1 million grant to encourage civic innovation and a second $1.6 million grant to open government data.

TOP STORY

  • Algeria: Algerian army besieges gas facility as hostage crisis continues.
    • Islamist extremists demanded the army withdraw from the location before negotiations can begin.
    • Officials said at least two people, including a British citizen, were killed in the assault.
    • Kidnappers said taking hostages was in retaliation for French military intervention in Mali.
    • 15 foreign and 30 Algerian hostages fled captivity.
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP, NYT, CNN, The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Benin: The director of a private television channel was jailed for airing a program claiming corruption in the presidential palace. (AFP)
  • Chad: FM announced the country will send 2,000 soldiers to join military operations in Mali. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Gunmen attacked a hotel restaurant in Garissa, an eastern Kenyan town bordering Somalia, killing four and wounding at least six. (AFP)
  • Niger: Nearly 50,000 new refugees from Mali have fled the conflict into Niger. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rejected accusations from an Ecuadorian general that they allegedly bought weapons and ammunition on the black market. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Hackers attacked the Defense Ministry website, posting a manifesto from the Zapatista rebel group for two hours. (AFP)
  • United States: The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Hagel’s confirmation on 31JAN.
  • Venezuela: President Chavez sent a message thanking the military’s “love and support” from Havana after surgery. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Cambodia: The Asian Development Bank will provide USD230 million to Cambodia aiming at promoting inclusive growth and reducing poverty in Cambodia. (Xinhua)
  • India: The Indian and Pakistani armies agreed to a ceasefire, halting deadly cross-border firing. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Massive flooding in Jakarta has paralyzed the city, killing at least four and causing the evacuation of at least 20,000. (AP)
  • Thailand: A leader of the Red Shirt political movement was sentenced to two years in prison for a speech judged to have insulted the country’s monarchy. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: The government and Slovenia signed a number of documents strengthening bilateral cooperation in economics and other fields. (Xinhua)
  • Romania: Prosecutors want to arrest two Bulgarians suspected of running one of Europe’s largest cocaine trafficking rings from Colombia to Europe. (AP)
  • Russia: Aslan Usoyan, one of Russia’s biggest mafia bosses, was shot and killed with a sniper rifle in central Moscow. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: London’s Victoria Station was briefly evacuated during the Thursday rush hour due to a fire under a train. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Nuclear officials and the International Atomic Energy Agency have extended their talks to Thursday in Tehran. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: The government and the UN are seeking additional funding to support the 300,000 Syrian refugees in the country. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli forces removed Palestinian protest tents from land earmarked for Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Rebels cut supply routes ahead of simultaneous assaults on regime bases near Aleppo. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: Google.org announced it will fund two new tech projects on Wednesday, one $2.1 million grant to encourage civic innovation and a second $1.6 million grant to open government data. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Emang)
    • Location: 510 NM SSE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Global: UNU Conference on Earth System Governance in Japan begins (ends 31JAN).
  • Iran: The National Conference on the Caspian Seain Mazandran (ends 19JAN).
  • Ukraine: Trial against former Ukrainian PM Yulia Timoshenko resumes.
  • United States: Japanese FM Kishida holds talks with Secretary Clinton.

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