ONS: 17 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: ECOWAS defense and foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in the Ivorian capital Abidjan on the political and security crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, drug enforcement agents seized more than 12 tons of cocaine and marijuana during a three-day operation in several regions.
  • ASIA: US Defense Secretary Panetta said US and Japanese officials agreed to put a second missile defense system in Japan.
  • EUROPE: Judges and hospital doctors in Greece have begun what they intend to be lengthy protests against planned austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A suicide bomber on killed seven people and wounded an MP in an attack at an entrance to Baghdad’s Green Zone.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Mexican hackers took over more than a dozen websites belonging to political parties and local governments and posted a message criticizing the government on the nation’s Independence Day.

TOP STORY

  • Asia: Resumption of violent protests near US embassies.
    • In Kabul near the NATO and US military bases, more than a 1,000 Afghans protested violently by setting fire to cars and storage containers.
    • In Karachi, one demonstrator was killed and more than a dozen injured in clashes with police as protesters broke through a barricade near the US consulate in Karachi.
    • Indonesians clashed with police outside the US embassy in Jakarta, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and burning tires outside the mission.
    • The US said it would close its embassy in Bangkok in response to a planned protest by “several hundred people” over the anti-Islam film.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: ECOWAS defense and foreign ministers will hold an emergency meeting in the Ivorian capital Abidjan on the political and security crises in Mali and Guinea Bissau. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US and Libya offered different accounts on whether the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was spontaneous or planned. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: The South Sudanese military sank a boat carrying 170 of its own soldiers on the Nile River, killing at least 10, after mistaking them for enemy forces. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The US Ambassador Jacob Walles said security measures for the US embassy in Tunis were “not adequate” during the anti-US protests. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Key West is hosting naval exercises for more than a dozen ships from seven countries. (AP)
  • Colombia: Soldiers captured 10 suspected FARC and ELN guerrillas in the southwest of the country. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Drug enforcement agents seized more than 12 tons of cocaine and marijuana during a three-day operation in several regions. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Seventeen bodies were found dumped along a road in western Mexico in what appeared to be a drug gang killing. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: US Defense Secretary Panetta called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a worsening territorial issue between Japan and China. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: US Defense Secretary Panetta said he is very concerned about insider attacks but he sees them as the “last gasp” of a Taliban insurgency. (AP)
  • China: US President Obama will launch a trade complaint against China over unfair government backing of its auto industry. (Reuters)
  • Japan: US Defense Secretary Panetta said US and Japanese officials agreed to put a second missile defense system in Japan. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The military said it successfully test-fired a cruise missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Five of the EU’s newest members urged Georgia to show democratic progress in upcoming elections. (AFP)
  • Greece: Judges and hospital doctors in Greece began what they intend to be lengthy protests against planned austerity measures. (AP)
  • Greece: Finance minister Stournaras said he was “more optimistic” about Greece’s prospects following the meeting in Cyprus. (Guardian)
  • Russia: The Central Bank said it will sell part of its majority stake in the state-controlled Sberbank. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s nuclear chief is to address a 155-nation meeting of the IAEA that will focus on the country’s atomic program. (AP)
  • Iraq: A suicide bomber killed seven people and wounded an MP in an attack at an entrance to Baghdad’s Green Zone. (AFP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb killed one mourner and wounded 15 other people near a funeral procession south of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Security officials say four missiles fired by two Syrian warplanes landed on Lebanese territory. (AP)
  • Syria: Human Rights Watch says members of  the armed opposition have subjected detainees to torture and committed extrajudicial or summary executions in several areas. (AP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of students demonstrated calling for the expulsion of the US ambassador and condemning the deployment of US Marines to protect his embassy. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Mexican hackers took over more than a dozen websites belonging to political parties and local governments and posted a message criticizing the government on the nation’s Independence Day. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 17W (Sanba)
    • Location: 110 NM NW of Taegu, South Korea
    • Movement: NNE at 23 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 775 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: ENE at 17 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression Kristy
    • Location: 610 miles WNW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Lane
    • Location: 1170 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: El Hierro Island, Spain
    • Seismic activity resumed. (EFE)
  • Volcanoes: Mount Gamalama in the Molucca Islands, Indonesia
    • Ash eruptions, some lava. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18SEP)

  • Global: 67th Session of the UN General Assembly opens in New York.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of parliamentary elections taking place – 2010.
  • Chile: Celebration of Fiestas Patrias (the first day of Chilean War of Independence) – 1810.
  • Chile: Anniversary of the civil war ending – 1891.
  • Pakistan: President Zardari, Army chief Kayani, and FM Khar begin a three-day visit to Washington.

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