ONS: 18 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 18, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AQIM urged Muslims to kill representatives of the US government in the region in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico, at least 132 convicts escaped from a prison near the US border through a tunnel they dug in the old carpentry workshop.
  • ASIA: Chinese DM Liang Guanglie said his country reserved the right to take “further actions” to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin urged an increase to defense capabilities amid the “growing use of force in international affairs.”
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Foreign Ministers from the regional “contact group” on Syria agreed at talks in Cairo to hold more consultations in New York later this month.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a new zero-day exploit.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul and ongoing violent protests.
    • A suicide car bomber killed 12 people, nine of them foreigners, in an attack claimed by a militant group insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami.
    • The group said the attack was in retaliation for the anti-Islam film.
    • Several hundred Afghan university students clashed with police and set fire to photographs of US President Obama in another protest in Kunduz.
    • NATO scaled back operations with Afghan soldiers and policemen to lower the risk of insider attacks and reduce local tensions over the anti-Islam film.
    • Protests continued in other countries in the region, with clashes between police and protesters in Kashmir.
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, AFP, NYT, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: AQIM urged Muslims to kill representatives of the US government in the region in retaliation for a film that mocks Islam. (Reuters)
  • Region: An ECOWAS envoy to the UNSC said West African nations need fighter jets and other international military support to beat the Islamists who seized northern Mali. (AFP)
  • Libya: A State Department official refused to call the attack on the US mission in Benghazi “an act of terror,” saying a full investigation had to be completed first. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UN human rights commissioner said Islamists in northern Mali have committed serious human rights violations and possibly war crimes. (AP)
  • Somalia: Forces battling Islamist fighters advanced on the key insurgent bastion of Kismayo. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Negotiators seeking to end a damaging South African miners’ strike have hopes of a solution by the end of the week. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: At least 132 convicts escaped from a Mexican prison near the US border through a tunnel they dug in an old carpentry workshop. (AFP)
  • Peru: The National Police seized a Bolivian-flagged light aircraft loaded with 349 kg of cocaine. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Authorities isolated and searched two planes at John F. Kennedy International Airport after receiving hijack threats, but found no explosives. (Xinhua)
  • United States: Louisiana State University was temporarily evacuated yesterday after a bomb threat was called in. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO said it arrested a Taliban leader wanted for an attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand province. (AFP)
  • China: DM Liang Guanglie called for more efforts to promote improved military ties between China and the US. US Defense Secretary Panetta invited China to send a ship to participate in the RIMPAC 2014 exercise. (Xinhua, Xinhua-1)
  • China: DM Liang Guanglie said his country reserved the right to take “further actions” to resolve a territorial dispute with Japan. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The military will host a multinational navy drill aimed at curbing trafficking in weapons of mass destruction. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: About 60 political prisoners have been freed a day after the government announced amnesty for hundreds of detainees. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government and the MILF insurgents are drafting a preliminary peace agreement that can be signed this year, but the insurgents say they won’t disarm until a final pact is concluded in a few years. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian DM Serdyukov will discuss prospects for military cooperation with Armenian DM Oganyan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: The IMF acknowledged the rules of the EU currency zone created “serious challenges” for designing bailout programs. (Reuters)
  • Macedonia: The EU cautioned Macedonia to build constructive and compassionate relations with its neighbors in order to aid its accession to the 27-member bloc. (Xinhua)
  • Moldova: PM Filat will meet with President Shevchuk of the unrecognized Trans-Dniester republic before the end of the week to discuss the Dniester conflict. (Itar-Tass)
  • Romania: EC President Barroso called on PM Ponta to “remove all doubts” on his government’s commitment to judicial independence. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Putin urged Russia to increase its defense capability amid the “growing use of force in international affairs.” (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country proposed it, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Turkey dispatch observers to its ally Syria in an effort to quell the violence. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The leader of the militant Hezbollah group exhorted hundreds of thousands of supporters to keep up the campaign against an anti-Islam video. (AP)
  • Syria: Foreign Ministers from the regional “contact group” on Syria agreed at talks in Cairo to hold more consultations in New York later this month. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Hundreds of citizens demonstrated against an anti-Islam film and rejected the arrival of an extra 50 US Marines for embassy protection. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Microsoft urged users of Internet Explorer 9 and earlier versions to deploy a toolkit that could help protect against a new zero-day exploit. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 490 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: NE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Lane
    • Location: 1180 miles WSW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19SEP)

  • Asia: Russian President Putin visits Kazakhstan to participate in the 9th Russian-Kazakh Inter-Regional Cooperation Forum.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of 8.0 earthquake in Mexico City – 1985.

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