ONS: 18 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian authorities reported seven foreign workers were abducted by gunmen in the northern part of the country
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez announced via Twitter he had returned to the country following cancer treatment in Cuba.
  • ASIA: An attack on a Pakistani government office in Peshawar left at least five dead.
  • EUROPE: Armenian elections were held, with incumbent President Sarksyan expected to win.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a series of Baghdad car bombings that killed at least 37.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Pew Research survey indicated Pinterest had a larger share of US social networking activity than previously believed.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN reported violence is growing; Rebel forces claimed gains; President Assad claimed regime will win
    • UN investigators stated that violence within the country was mounting and it had assembled a list of individuals from the government and opposition forces suspected of war crimes.
    • Rebel forces reported seizing an army checkpoint north of the Aleppo airpoint.
    • President Assad reportedly stated his troops will win the war against opposition forces.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Al Jazeera, NYT, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Protests in Port Said closed Suez Canal administrative buildings. (NYT)
  • Mali: EU ministers meeting in Brussels launched a training mission for the country’s military. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities reported seven foreign workers were abducted by gunmen in the northern part of the country. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The government offered a USD50,000 reward for information on those involved in killing journalists. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: President Correa won re-election. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced via Twitter he had returned to the country following cancer treatment in Cuba. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua stated his country was open to improved ties with the US. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s coastguard reported Chinese government ships entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO reported an Afghan insurgent behind the death of an American soldier in an insider attack was killed in a raid last Wednesday. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Clashes between police and protesters amid a nationwide strike by the country’s main Islamic opposition party killed one. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Shiite groups demanded improved protection from the government in the wake of a bombing in Quetta that killed 85. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: An attack on a government office in Peshawar left at least five dead. (Al Jazeera)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Elections were held in Armenia, with incumbent President Sarksyan expected to win. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: PM Borisov sacked finance minister Dyankov in the wake of widespread protests against energy costs. (AP)
  • Cyprus: The Presidential election ended without an outright winner, resulting in a runoff election set for 24FEB. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Israeli PM Netanyahu stated North Korea’s nuclear test indicated sanctions alone would not stop Iran. (AP)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings that killed at least 37. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A bomb attack on a refugee center in Tripoli wounded three. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A major faction of the secessionist Southern Movement has agreed to take part in the country’s upcoming National Dialogue Conference. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A Pew Research survey indicated Pinterest had a larger share of US social networking activity than previously believed. (SlashGear)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19FEB)

  • Asia: Second US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue will take place in New Dehli to focus on cooperation among the three nations after the planned draw-down of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
  • Asia: Japan will send a ranking FM official to Beijing for three days to hold talks with Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, on a response to North Korea (to 22FEB).
  • Armenia: Fifth anniversary of 2008 presidential election protests.
  • Belgium: Russian FM Lavrov will meet with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ashton.
  • Greece: French President Hollande will visit Greece in a show of support for the debt-ridden country.
  • Grenada: Parliamentary elections.
  • Nepal: National Democracy Day.
  • Pakistan: A meeting of Pakistan Cabinet’s Committee on Defense (CCD) will convene to discuss external and internal matters of importance.

END

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian authorities reported seven foreign workers were abducted by gunmen in the northern part of the country
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez announced via Twitter he had returned to the country following cancer treatment in Cuba.
  • ASIA: An attack on a Pakistani government office in Peshawar left at least five dead.
  • EUROPE: Armenian elections were held, with incumbent President Sarksyan expected to win.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a series of Baghdad car bombings that killed at least 37.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Pew Research survey indicated Pinterest had a larger share of US social networking activity than previously believed.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN reported violence is growing; Rebel forces claimed gains; President Assad claimed regime will win
    • UN investigators stated that violence within the country was mounting and it had assembled a list of individuals from the government and opposition forces suspected of war crimes.
    • Rebel forces reported seizing an army checkpoint north of the Aleppo airpoint.  
    • President Assad reportedly stated his troops will win the war against opposition forces.
    • Coverage: AFP-1, AFP-2, Al Jazeera, NYT, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Protests in Port Said closed Suez Canal administrative buildings. (NYT)
  • Mali: EU ministers meeting in Brussels launched a training mission for the country’s military. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities reported seven foreign workers were abducted by gunmen in the northern part of the country. (BBC)
  • Somalia: The government offered a USD50,000 reward for information on those involved in killing journalists. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: President Correa won re-election. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez announced via Twitter he had returned to the country following cancer treatment in Cuba. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua stated his country was open to improved ties with the US. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan’s coastguard reported Chinese government ships entered disputed waters around the Senkaku Islands. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO reported an Afghan insurgent behind the death of an American soldier in an insider attack was killed in a raid last Wednesday. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Clashes between police and protesters amid a nationwide strike by the country’s main Islamic opposition party killed one. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Shiite groups demanded improved protection from the government in the wake of a bombing in Quetta that killed 85. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: An attack on a government office in Peshawar left at least five dead. (Al Jazeera)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: Elections were held in Armenia, with incumbent President Sarksyan expected to win. (Reuters)
  • Bulgaria: PM Borisov sacked finance minister Dyankov in the wake of widespread protests against energy costs. (AP)
  • Cyprus: The Presidential election ended without an outright winner, resulting in a runoff election set for 24FEB. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Israeli PM Netanyahu stated North Korea’s nuclear test indicated sanctions alone would not stop Iran. (AP)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed responsibility for a series of car bombings that killed at least 37. (AP)
  • Lebanon: A bomb attack on a refugee center in Tripoli wounded three. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A major faction of the secessionist Southern Movement has agreed to take part in the country’s upcoming National Dialogue Conference. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A Pew Research survey indicated Pinterest had a larger share of US social networking activity than previously believed. (SlashGear)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19FEB)

  • Asia: Second US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue will take place in New Dehli to focus on cooperation among the three nations after the planned draw-down of US forces from Afghanistan in 2014.
  • Asia: Japan will send a ranking FM official to Beijing for three days to hold talks with Wu Dawei, China’s special representative for Korean Peninsula affairs, on a response to North Korea (to 22FEB).
  • Armenia: Fifth anniversary of 2008 presidential election protests.
  • Belgium: Russian FM Lavrov will meet with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Ashton.
  • Greece: French President Hollande will visit Greece in a show of support for the debt-ridden country.
  • Grenada: Parliamentary elections.
  • Nepal: National Democracy Day.
  • Pakistan: A meeting of Pakistan Cabinet’s Committee on Defense (CCD) will convene to discuss external and internal matters of importance.

END

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