ONS: 19 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 19, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: US Secretary Clinton denied that the US had been warned of an attack in Libya and said the US is taking “aggressive steps” to protect its embassies around the world.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said alleged drug boss Daniel Barrera was arrested in Venezuela.
  • ASIA: The US temporarily closed its consulate in Medan due to ongoing protests over the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.
  • EUROPE: The French government is to close its embassies and schools in approximately 20 countries due to fears of a hostile reaction to a magazine’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli defense officials said the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US State Department’s top lawyer said that cyber-attacks can amount to armed attacks triggering the right of self defense and are subject to international laws of war.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Rebels seize border crossing from government troops.
    • Rebels seized control of the Tal Abyan border crossing between Syria and Turkey.
    • The Iraqi government reopened a border crossing point with Syria near the city of al-Qaim.
    • The former head of Syria’s chemical arsenal said the regime plans to deploy chemical weapons against its own people “as a last resort”.
    • The FM of Iran arrived in Syria after proposing to send observers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Xinhua, AP, Reuters, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: US Secretary Clinton denied that the US had been warned of an attack in Libya and said the US is taking “aggressive steps” to protect its embassies around the world. (AFP)
  • Ethiopia: Acting PM Desalegn will be formally sworn into office on 21SEP. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Lonmin platinum mine workers ended their strike after a nearly six-week standoff that claimed 45 lives. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Germany sent a senior diplomat to Sudan to discuss “conditions” for bilateral ties. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said alleged drug boss Daniel Barrera was arrested in Venezuela. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Officials said they suspect the Zetas drug cartel orchestrated the mass tunnel escape inmates at a northern Mexico border prison. Officials said they found three of the escaped inmates. (AFP, AP)
  • Venezuela: The campaign of presidential candidate Capriles highlighted problems with Colombian rebels or other armed groups in areas near dozens of polling centers. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 1,000 protesters blocked a key road to Kabul in the latest demonstrations against the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. (AFP)
  • India: The military test fired the nuclear-capable Agni-IV missile from a defense base in Odisha. (Xinhua)
  • Indonesia: The US temporarily closed its consulate in Medan due to ongoing protests over the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. (AP)
  • Japan: The websites of at least 19 Japanese public and other institutions came under cyber attack. (Kyodo)
  • Kyrgyzstan: The Kyrgyz authorities blocked Internet access to the film Innocence of Muslims. (Itar-Tass)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: On 23SEP Belarus will elect a new parliament in polls largely boycotted by the opposition. (AFP)
  • France: The government is to close its embassies and schools in around 20 countries because of fears of a hostile reaction to a magazine’s publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. (AFP)
  • Russia: The foreign ministry accused the US of using its aid mission in Moscow to try to influence Russian politics and the outcome of elections. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Security forces killed five militants in Ingushetia. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: President Obama said he expected governments in the Muslim world to protect American diplomats. (AFP)
  • Iran: The EU said a meeting between foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili was “useful and constructive.” (AP)
  • Israel: Defense officials said the military is conducting its largest snap drill in years. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah ordered the blocking of all websites with access to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The US State Department’s top lawyer said that cyberattacks can amount to armed attacks triggering the right of self defense and are subject to international laws of war. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 225 miles SSW of the island of Flores in the Azores
    • Movement: N at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Depression Lane
    • Location: 1310 miles W of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Mount Soputan, Indonesia
    • Eruption of ash and smoke. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (20SEP)

  • Nothing to report.

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