ONS: 17 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Rwanda, a UN expert panel reported traders in Rwanda profiting from smuggled DRC ore are helping fund a rebels in the DRC.
  • AMERICAS: In Canada, the Peace Arch border crossing on the US-Canada border was closed after a Canadian agent was shot.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a suicide car bomb near the gate of a US-Afghan combat outpost wounded at least ten Afghan troops.
  • EUROPE: Greeks opposing a new round of austerity cuts began two days of strikes and protests ahead of an EU summit this week.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen, al Qaeda militants killed six pro-government militiamen and wounded eight in an attack on a checkpoint.
  • GLOBAL: The UNODC unveiled a digest of more than 200 case analyses and knowledge from more than 50 experts that countries can use to understand different crime-fighting experiences and integrate them into their own strategies.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The data mining trade group the Direct Marketing Association launched a one million public relations campaign to forestall regulation of the consumer data-mining industry.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government rejects Eid ceasefire proposed by UN-Arab League envoy.
    • The government said the UN-AL envoy Brahimi’s call for a holiday cease-fire was pointless because the rebels have no unified leadership to sign it.
    • Brahimi arrived in Lebanon on the latest leg of his second regional tour aimed at finding a solution to the Syria conflict.
    • A UN commission investigating rights abuses in the country said foreign militants fighting in Syria could contribute to an increased “radicalization” of the conflict.
    • The PKK said it would retaliate to any Turkish attacks on Kurds in Syria.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, Reuters, CNN

AFRICA

  • Libya: Human Rights Watch reported new evidence implicating militias in executions after Gaddafi was captured and killed in Sirte. (AFP)
  • Libya: President Obama assumed responsibility for the terror attack in Benghazi shortly after Secretary Clinton sought to take responsibility.  (AP)
  • Nigeria: Gunfire and multiple explosions hit the city of Potiskum. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: A UN expert panel reported traders in Rwanda are profiting from smuggled DRC ore that helps fund rebels in the DRC. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Inter American Press Association said violence and authoritarian governments are the main problems for independent press outlets in Latin America. AP)
  • Canada: The Peace Arch border crossing on the US-Canada border was closed after a Canadian agent was shot. (AP)
  • Mexico: A regional boss of Los Zetas drug cartel along with four other suspected members were arrested by Mexican marines in the northern state of Coahuila. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization said Nicaragua is the only Latin American country that has made progress in food security in the past two years. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: New Zealand and China Customs agreed to work more closely to fight the smuggling of pharmaceutical products used to make methamphetamine. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bomb near the gate of a US-Afghan combat outpost wounded at least ten Afghan troops. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO forces expressed regret for the deaths of three Afghan civilians during an operation against insurgents on 14OCT. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The ROK’s coast guard is holding 23 Chinese fishermen in custody for questioning after a violent clash in the Yellow Sea. (AFP)
  • Philippines: President Aquino said there is an effort to revive stalled peace talks with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Estonia: Russia and Estonia may start consultations on a border treaty the week of 22OCT. (Interfax)
  • Georgia: President Saakashvili said he and his party will cooperate with the new government. (Interfax)
  • Greece: Those opposing a new round of austerity cuts began two days of strikes and protests ahead of an EU summit this week. (AFP)
  • Moldova: A former adviser to the defense minister denied Transdniestria’s claims that Moldova is preparing to host a NATO base on its territory. (Interfax)
  • Turkey: Kurdish militants attacked military outposts killing three Turkish soldiers. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Economic sanctions imposed by the West have the potential to create a currency shortage in the country. (NYT)
  • Israel: Public radio reported PM Netanyahu wants to adopt parts of a report which proposes legalizing unauthorized settler outposts. (AFP)
  • Israel: The country’s UN envoy asked the UN to persuade a Swedish ship carrying rights activists not to try to break the blockade of the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Israeli planes carried out a sortie in the Gaza Strip after a rocket from the territory exploded in southern Israel. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Al Qaeda militants killed six Yemeni militiamen and wounded eight in an attack on a checkpoint. (AFP)

GLOBAL

  • Drug Trafficking: The UNODC unveiled a digest of more than 200 case analyses and knowledge from more than 50 experts that countries can use to understand different crime-fighting experiences and integrate them into their own strategies. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The data mining trade group the Direct Marketing Association launched a one million dollar public relations campaign to forestall regulation of the consumer data-mining industry. (Bits NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 23W (Maria)
    • Location: 430 NM SE of Tokyo, Japan
    • Movement: ENE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 22W (Prapiroon)
    • Location: 150 NM SSE of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NNE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Rafael
    • Location: 135 miles E of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNE at 33 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Paul
    • Location: 60 miles SE of Punta Abreojos, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Celebes Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 337.4 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18OCT)

  • Europe: EU leaders meet to discuss bailouts for Greece and Spain.
  • Azerbaijan: Anniversary of declaration of independence from the USSR – 1991.
  • East Germany: Anniversary of Communist leader Honecker’s forced resignation – 1989.
  • Pakistan: Sindh general elections held.

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