ONS: 18 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 18, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian army retook full control of the city of Konna from Islamist militants after several days of fighting.
  • AMERICAS: At least one Honduran died in the first anti-narcotics raid using US radar intelligence following a five-month suspension of intelligence cooperation.
  • ASIA: The South Korean government announced plans to deploy Israeli-made precision guided missiles near its sea border with North Korea next month.
  • EUROPE: Russian narcotics police seized more than 90 kilograms of Afghan heroin near Moscow.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Clashes raged in the northern Syrian city of Ras al-Ain between jihadists and Kurdish fighters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Gen William Shelton, who oversees US cyber-operations, said repeated attacks have provoked Iran to improve its cyber-capabilities.

TOP STORY

  • Algeria: Foreigners still missing after Sahara hostage assault.
    • Algeria came under mounting international criticism as fears grew for dozens of foreign hostages still unaccounted for after a raid by Algerian Special Forces.
    • Britain said it was possible that some hostages were still being held by Islamist gunmen.
    • American and European officials stated the raid had been launched without their input or knowledge.
    • A few Islamist militants were still holed up with hostages after the raid.
    • Coverage: Reuters, NBC, AFP, NYTimes

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Incoming PM Nicolas Tiangaye said he needed more time to form a national unity government. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The army retook full control of the city of Konna from Islamist militants. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Military forces killed two Islamist gunmen and arrested five others linked with Boko Haram in the northern city of Kano. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A local radio journalist was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Mogadishu. (Xinhua)
  • Zimbabwe: The US called on Zimbabwe to ensure the safety of its diplomatic staff, after the US ambassador was prevented from giving a speech in the eastern city of Mutare. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: President Pinera announced Chile would seek to expand bilateral economic ties with China, including expanding a free trade agreement. (Xinhua)
  • Honduras: At least one man died in the first Honduran anti-narcotics raid using U.S. radar intelligence following a five-month suspension of intelligence cooperation. (AP)
  • Mexico: The US Department of Treasury decided to slap sanctions on the Meza Flores drug trafficking organization from Mexico. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: FM Jaua stated President Chavez’s signature on a presidential decree naming him to his new post was evidence that Chavez is still running the country. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Indonesia: Flood waters began to recede in some parts of Jakarta as the death toll was at 11. (DPA)
  • Japan: PM Abe cancelled part of his trip in Southeast Asia due to the hostage crisis in Algeria. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: Parliament demanded a halt to fighting between the military and rebels in the northern state of Kachin, which has marred optimism about the country’s political reforms. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Shops, businesses, and schools in Karachi braced for further unrest after the murder of a politician and a night of sporadic shootings. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The government announced plans to deploy Israeli-made precision guided missiles near its sea border with North Korea next month. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Narcotics police seized more than 90 kilograms of Afghan heroin near Moscow. (RIA Novosti)
  • Serbia: PM Dacic and Kosovar PM Thaci agreed on the collection of customs duties and other taxes at a meeting in Brussels. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police launched a major nationwide crackdown against a banned Marxist group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Front (DHKP-C), arresting 85 people, among them 15 attorneys. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Ex-PM Tymoshenko is in grave medical condition and is unable to appear in court. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: The government and the Australian government signed a defense agreement that included cyber security and other equipment programs. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: The toll from a spate of attacks across Iraq rose to 29 dead and 120 wounded. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Gunmen ambushed the convoy of Lebanese Minister of Sports and Youth, Faisal Karami, in the northern city of Tripoli, wounding three people and riddling a security patrol car with bullets, medics and witnesses said. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Officials view PM Netanyahu’s expected re-election with despair, fearing ambitious plans for settlement construction could derail a future Palestinian state. (AP)
  • Syria: Clashes raged in the northern city of Ras al-Ain between jihadists and Kurdish fighters. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The interior ministry said it has tightened security around the French embassy in the capital of Sanaa, after a French-backed ground offensive against Islamist militants in Mali. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber-Warfare: GEN William Shelton, who oversees US cyber-operations, said repeated attacks have provoked Iran to improve its cyber-capabilities. (BBC)
  • Telecom: China Mobile is seeking support from Taiwanese chip and handset makers to back the fourth generation high-speed mobile network co-developed by the state-owned Chinese telecom operator. (AP)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JAN)

  • Greece: Left-wing parties hold an anti-racism demonstration to protest against mounting violence towards migrants.
  • United States: Nation-wide burning of Effigies and Images of President Obama, hosted by Stand Up America Now and Pastor Terry Jones.
  • Africa: Leaders from West African bloc ECOWAS hold emergency summit on Mali.

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