ONS: 20 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The election of a new Somali president was delayed by the parliament.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan police seized 405 kilograms of cocaine and detained 12 suspected smugglers at La Aurora international airport.
  • ASIA: The US and ROK forces began their annual joint military exercise “Ulchi Freedom Guardian” near the Korean peninsula.
  • EUROPE: Turkey stated that it cannot handle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and proposed a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli army deployed an Iron Dome air defence system near the border with Egypt.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A well-known hacker claims to have found a significant security flaw in iOS, allowing SMS messages to be spoofed.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff arrives in Afghanistan amid force restructuring.
    • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will hold meetings with the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan Gen. John Allen, and USCENTCOM commander Gen. James Mattis.
    • US and Afghan special operations forces have been combined under a single command in an effort to improve coordination.
    • A NATO diplomat stated that Afghanistan will not unravel into a civil war after the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in two years, or return to Taliban rule.
    • New Zealand said it was considering an early withdrawal from Afghanistan after three of its soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, USA Today, NYT

AFRICA

  • Gambia: President Jammeh announced his government’s plan to carry out death sentences in mid- September to curb crimes and terrorism. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The election of a new Somali president was delayed by the parliament. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Parliament will convene for its inauguration under the protection of African Union troops inside Mogadishu’s airport. (AFP)
  • South Africa: Miners will be fired if they do not return to work at platinum mine which was the site of violence, that led to the deaths of 44 people in a week. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Guatemala: Police seized 405 kilograms of cocaine and detained 12 suspected smugglers at La Aurora international airport. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: The media reported that President Calderon was warned during the early years of his administration of a credible threat to assassinate him. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The army rescued 77 illegal immigrants who were being held captive at a house in Tamaulipas. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The federal police have replaced all 348 officers responsible for security at the capital’s biggest airport after three agents were killed by corrupt colleagues. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An Afghan in police uniform shot and killed a NATO soldier, bringing the death toll from insider attacks this year to 40. (AFP)
  • Burma: The information ministry announced that the government had abolished censorship of the media. (AP)
  • Japan: The government rejected Chinese protests over the raising of a Japanese flag on a disputed island, but called for progress in “mutually beneficial” relations with Beijing. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The US and ROK forces began their annual joint military exercise “Ulchi Freedom Guardian.” (AP)
  • Tajikistan: US Secretary Clinton will visit Tajikistan on OCT22-23 for talks on regional security. (Itar-Tass)

EUROPE

  • Region: Greek and German foreign ministers will meet Monday to open new round of financial diplomacy regarding the Euro. (AP)
  • Italy: A man died on Sunday after setting himself on fire outside the Italian parliament last week to highlight his struggle with unemployment. (Reuters)
  • Turkey:  An operation by security forces left at 15 members of the PKK dead. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: The government stated that it cannot handle more than 100,000 Syrian refugees and proposed a UN buffer zone inside Syria to shelter them. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government said that the UNSCG decision stay away from the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran would sideline the role of the UN. (DPA)
  • Israel: The army deployed an Iron Dome air defence system near the border with Egypt. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israeli and American naval counterparts concluded joint search-and-rescue exercises in the Mediterranean Sea. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: The mandate of the UN Supervision Mission in Syria expired after a four-month deployment. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A well-known hacker claims to have found a significant security flaw in iOS, allowing SMS messages to be spoofed. (TG Daily)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon 15W Tembin
    • Location: 320 NM NE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: NNW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 109 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 16W (Bolaven)
    • Location: 420 NM S of Iwo To
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Gordon
    • Location: 20 miles N of Santa Maria Island
    • Movement: ENE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1250 miles E of Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W at 20 to 25 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Near the North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G.
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 77.3 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Tungurahua Volcano, Ecuador

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21AUG)

  • Europe: USSR invades Czechoslovakia – 1968.

 

  • Europe: Black Sea countries begin naval exercises codenamed Confidence-2012.
  • Iran: Bushehr, a nuclear power plant, began operations – 2010.

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