ONS: 18 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 18, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The ICC acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo for suspected war crimes in Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Mexico will create a new police force to fight drug cartels.
  • ASIA: The majority of Japan’s new parliamentary MPs support revising the constitution.
  • EUROPE: Ukrainian President Yanukovych postponed a visit with Russian President Putin to discuss a gas pricing dispute.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rebels fight pro-regime Palestinian militias for control of the Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: IBM announced future computing devices will develop capacities to mimic human senses.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Gunmen kill 6 polio workers in Pakistan
    • Taliban attacks killed six polio vaccination workers in Karachi and Peshwar, four of whom were women.
    • The Taliban spoke out against polio vaccination, claiming the health workers are acting as U.S. spies and the vaccine causes harm.
    • The World Health Organization halted its vaccination campaign following the attacks.
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, Kyodo, RFE/RL

AFRICA

  • Region: French President Francois Hollande flew to Algeria to convice its leaders to back armed intervention in Mali. (UPI)
  • Central African Republic: The Seleka rebel coalition took over the mining town of Bria. (AFP)
  • DRC: The ICC acquitted Mathieu Ngudjolo of responsibility for suspected war crimes that killed 200 people in 2003. (AP)
  • Sudan: President al Bashir said he will cement cooperation with China in the oil sector. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: SPLM-North claimed to shoot down a government Antonov military bomber in South Kordofan. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: The IMF’s executive board stated it is unlikely to consider any possible action against Argentina until late January. (AFP)
  • Mexico: President Nieto announced the creation of a new police force to fight nationwide drug cartels. (AFP)
  • USA: President Obama directed his Cabinet to formulate a set of proposals to curb gun violence, which could include reinstating a ban on assault rifles. (WaPo)

ASIA

  • Japan: PM Abe and President Obama reaffirmed the strategic alliance between their two countries. (AP)
  • Japan: The majority of the parliament’s new 454 members support a revision of the country’s pacifist constitution, including the ban on collective self-defense. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Two men on a motorcycle threw hand grenades at an army recruiting center in Risalpur, injuring ten. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The Pentagon notified US Congress it would reimburse Pakistan USD688 million for cost of stationing 140,000 troops on the border with Afghanistan. (NYT)
  • Thailand: Unknown assailants attacked opposition spokesman Ramet Ratanachaweng, who remains in intensive care. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Georgian Special Envoy Abashidze said dialogue is possible with Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Ukrainian President Yanukovych postponed a visit with Russian President Putin to discuss a gas pricing dispute. (Reuters)
  • Greece: The government will receive all of its USD45.2 billion loan tranche from the EU and IMF by Wednesday. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Opposition rallied in Tahrir Square and outside of the presidential palace to protest the first-round of the referendum count. (AFP)
  • Iran: FM Salehi said a way must be found to end the standoff between Tehran and the international community over his country’s nuclear program. (AFP)
  • Iraq: President Talabani was hospitalized in Baghdad due to a “health emergency,” possibly a stroke. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels fight pro-regime Palestinian militias for control of the Yarmuk refugee camp south of Damascus. (UPI)
  • Yemen: The military intelligence chief of Hadramout province survived an assassination attempt by al Qaeda. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Computing: IBM announced future computing devices will develop capacities to mimic human abilities to see, smell, taste, touch, and hear. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Evan
    • Location: 524 NM N of Kingston, Australia
    • Movement: 170 degrees True at 07 KTs
    • Winds: 95 KTs
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Americas: OAS general meeting held in Washington, DC.
  • Europe: CSTO summit held in Moscow.
  • China: UK signs Hong Kong over to China – 1984.
  • Israel: Construction for new neighborhood begins near Jerusalem.
  • Korea, South: Presidential elections held.

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