ONS: 19 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 19, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US State Department advised Americans against all travel to Mali.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia the ELN kidnapped five gold prospectors doing exploratory drilling for a Canadian company.
  • ASIA: Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command.
  • EUROPE: Hundreds of Spaniards protested against corruption in Madrid amid a new political corruption scandal involving PM Rajoy’s centre-right Popular Party.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The UNSC president said the council is divided over whether to refer reports of war crimes in Syria to the ICC.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Air Force Space Command expects to add 1,000 new people, representing over 15 percent of its current team of cyber professionals for the 2014 fiscal year.

TOP STORY

  • Algeria: Hostage situation continues amid reported deaths
    • A senior Algerian government official said there were no talks planned with the militants.
    • Militants continued to hold at least 10 and possibly dozens of foreign hostages for a fourth day.
    • US Defence Secretary Panetta said that the US would “take all necessary steps to protect our people” from the threat of al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in north Africa.
    • The Romanian foreign affairs ministry said hostage Romanians were freed.
    • Japanese PM Abe ordered his government to do everything possible to ensure the safety of 10 Japanese nationals unaccounted for in the hostage crisis.
    • Coverage: AFPAFP-2AFP-3NYTReuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The US State Department advised Americans against all travel to Mali. (AP)
  • Central African Republic: The AU welcomed the appointment of the PM of the government of national unity. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: The UN Refugee Agency said that 2,744 Malian refugees have arrived in neighboring countries over the past week. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Secret police said they have arrested two people suspected of being the “masterminds” of a twin-bomb attack in November. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The Falkland Islands government scheduled a referendum on the islands’ political status and arranged for outside observers. (AP)
  • Colombia: The ELN kidnapped five gold prospectors doing exploratory drilling for a Canadian company. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested 158 police officers in two northern Mexican towns over alleged links to drug traffickers. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Senior Venezuelan officials pledged to push forward the socialist programs put in place by President Chavez. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The government is weighing a US government request to let a high-level DEA official visit the country. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan plans to release all Afghan Taliban prisoners still in its detention, including the group’s former second-in-command. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Two suicide bombers were killed as their explosive vests went off prematurely in Guzara district in Heart. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: Kachin rebels cast doubt over a government pledge to end a military offensive after weeks of intense fighting. (AFP)
  • China: US Secretary Clinton issued a veiled warning to China over disputed islands saying the US opposed any challenge to Japan’s rule over disputed islands. (AFP)
  • Philippines: All 79 officers and crew of a US Navy minesweeper stuck on a coral reef in the central Philippines have left the ship. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Police detained two men in connection with the killings of three female Kurdish activists in Paris. (AFP)
  • Spain: Hundreds of people protested against corruption in Madrid amid a new political corruption scandal. (AFP)
  • United Kingdom: Loyalist leaders called for an end to sectarian violence in Northern Ireland in a statement following talks among government leaders on the Union Flag crisis. (UPI)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The US said it was “deeply disappointed” by Iran’s response to a team from the IAEA, criticizing Tehran’s reluctance to provide access to Parchin. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Three people were killed in separate attacks in the north of the country. (DPA)
  • Syria: The UNSC president said the council is divided over whether to refer reports of war crimes in Syria to the ICC. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebels seeking to block a major supply route of the Syrian army attacked government forces near Aleppo’s main airport. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Gunmen blew up an oil pipeline that transports some 8,000 barrels per day to export terminals on the Gulf of Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US Air Force Space Command expects to add 1,000 new people, representing over 15 percent of its current team of cyber professionals for the 2014 fiscal year. (Xinhua)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20JAN)

  • Austria: Austria holds referendum on compulsory military service.
  • Colombia: FARC ceasefire with the Colombian government to end.

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