ONS: 19 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The German cabinet approved sending 330 troops to Mali as part of an EU training mission and to provide air transport.
  • AMERICAS: Caribbean leaders met in Haiti for a trade summit and sought the United States’ help in ensuring an international treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade.
  • ASIA: Nepali political parties agreed to form an interim government led by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and to hold elections in June ending a political deadlock that has paralyzed the country.
  • EUROPE: Turkish police launched a large-scale crackdown on the radical Marxist group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the US embassy in Ankara.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Gaza military court accepted an appeal by two militants convicted of kidnapping and murdering an Italian national, cutting their sentences to 15 years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The European data protection agencies are set to move against Google for failing to comply with EU privacy and confidentiality laws.

TOP STORY

  • China: A US-based security firm, Mandiant, traced cyberattacks on a number of companies and government offices back to a Chinese military unit near Shanghai.
    • Mandiant said the group called APT1 was behind most of the attacks and conducted most of its espionage from a building in Shanghai with hundreds of English proficient speakers who have advanced computer security and networking skills.
    • The unit of the People’s Liberation Army, Unit 61398, was found to be in the same area as APT1, which has been linked to attacks on 141 organizations dating back to 2006.
    • The Chinese government called the accusation “groundless,” saying China had strict laws outlawing hacking and had itself been a victim of such attacks.
    • Coverage: WaPo, NYT, BBC, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Mali: The German cabinet approved sending 330 troops to the country as part of an EU training mission and to provide air transport. (AP)
  • Sudan: Fighting broke out in the border Blue Nile state between the military and rebels trying to overthrow President Bashir. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The nomadic Arab Misseriya tribe clashed with the South-Sudanese Nuer tribe during Misseriya’s yearly southern migration leaving many casualties. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: PM Jebali announced he was seeking “another solution” after his attempt to create a technocratic government failed. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Caribbean leaders met in Haiti for a trade summit and sought the United States’ help in ensuring an international treaty aimed at regulating the global arms trade. (Miami Herald)
  • Bolivia: A Spanish infrastructure company is seeking USD90 million from the government in compensation for the nationalization of one of its subsidiaries. (DPA)
  • Ecuador: President Correa hopes to follow up his landslide reelection with a sweeping legislative win, paving the way for deeper socialist reform. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Japan: The ruling and opposition parties agreed to amend the election law in the first step to remove the ban on online electioneering. (Kyodo)
  • Korea, South: The military conducted a series of naval exercises involving submarines, warships, and American surveillance aircraft.  The exercises will continue for six days. (AFP)
  • Maldives: The main opposition party condemned a new move to arrest former President Nasheed who took refuge in the Indian embassy.
  • Nepal: Political parties agreed to form an interim government led by the Supreme Court Chief Justice and to hold elections in June ending a political deadlock that has paralyzed the country. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Armenia: President Sarkisian won reelection as opposition parties alleged electoral fraud, including bribing voters in several cities. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: Armed men stole a 22 lb shipment of diamonds valued at USD50 million from the Brussels airport as it was being loaded onto a Swiss airplane. (Courier)
  • Greece: Journalists began a 24-hour strike to protest austerity measures, ignoring a court ruling the strike illegal for those employed by state media. (AP)
  • Turkey: Police launched a large-scale crackdown on the radical Marxist group that claimed responsibility for the attack on the US embassy in Ankara. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said the upcoming 5+1 nuclear talks in Kazakhstan could be resolved quickly if their rights to enrich uranium were accepted. (DPA)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Gaza military court accepted an appeal by two militants convicted of kidnapping and murdering an Italian national, cutting their sentences to 15 years. (AFP)
  • Syria: Russian officials stepped up evacuation efforts for Russian citizens living in Syria who wished to leave, dispatching two emergency ministry planes to the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A military aircraft crashed into a building in a residential neighborhood in Sana’a, killing at least 11. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google: The European data protection agencies are set to move against the search giant for failing to comply with EU privacy and confidentiality laws. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 16S (Sixteen)
      • Location: 385 mi W of Antananarivo, Madagascar
      • Movement: SE at 3.5 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Depression 02W (Two)
      • Location: 316 mi SE of Zamboanga, Philippines
      • Movement: W at 13 mph
      • Winds: 219 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake:
    • 69 mi NE of L’Esperance Rock, New Zealand
      • Magnitude: 6.1
      • Depth: 21.2 mi
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20FEB)

  • Global: UN World Day of Social Justice – 2009.
  • Brazil: Russian PM Medvedev will visit Brazil to discuss partnership and cooperation with President Rousseff.
  • Russia: Chinese FM Yang Jiechi will visit Moscow to meet with Russian FM Lavrov (to 22FEB).
  • Russia: Russian-Arab Cooperation forum in Moscow.
  • Hinduism: Festival of Shivratri dedicated to the worship of Lord Shiva celebrated in India.

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