ONS: 20 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Disputes between Tuareg rebels and the Malian army resulted in 47 deaths
  • AMERICAS: Peru announced it will send 216 soldiers to Haiti to assist the MINUSTAH operation
  • ASIA: An Afghan soldier killed four French ISAF members, prompting suspension of training
  • EUROPE: PM Erdogan denied reports that he has cancer
  • MIDDLE EAST: A US general and Israeli leaders opened discussions on Iran
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hacker group Anonymous took credit for attacks on industry groups

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Attack on international forces
    • A helicopter crashed in Helmand province, killing six US soldiers
    • The cause of the crash remained under investigation
    • Coalition forces reported that no enemy activity took place leading up to the crash
    • Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban militia, claimed the insurgents had shot down the helicopter
    • Coverage: AP, AFP, RFE/RFL

AFRICA

  • Region: Ethiopia blamed an attack on European tourists on its neighbor Eritrea, reigniting a war of words. (DPA)
  • Libya: Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said inspectors found undeclared chemical weapons. (AP)
  • Mali: Clashes between Tuareg rebels and the army resulted in at least 47 dead in two days, according to the government. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Colombian authorities seized 19 grenades near the Venezuelan border, likely to target the armed forces. (DPA)
  • Region: DM Luis Otarola announced that Peru will send 216 soldiers from its 15th blue beret contingent to the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Jailed dissident Wilmar Villar died after a 50-day hunger strike. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained nine people and interviewed 15 Irish nationals in an illicit adoption probe. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: US special envoy Grossman held a high-level meeting with Indian leaders to discuss bringing peace to Afghanistan. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A man clothed in an army uniform killed four French soldiers, prompting France’s suspension of training. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police arrested a man who impersonated a general for three years. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Masked gunmen kidnapped German and Italian aid workers in Multan. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian deputy premier Rogozin espoused claims that the US and its NATO allies have at least 1,000 interceptor missiles. (RIA Novosti)
  • Region: Turkish FM Davutoglu asked French senators to reject a bill criminalizing the denial of Armenian genocide. (AFP)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan denied he has cancer but remained under doctors’ orders following his November surgery. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: CJCS General Dempsey and Israeli leaders began closed talks focusing on how to handle Iran’s nuclear program. (AP)
  • Region: The Israeli army arrested the Palestinian parliamentary speaker Aziz Dweik. (AFP)
  • Iran: President Obama said US-led sanctions reduced Iran’s economy to “shambles.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: US officials announced they are working with President Saleh to find a new home, preferably not in the US. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Anonymous took credit for coordinated attacks on the Department of Justice, Recording Industry of America, Motion Picture of America and Universal Music following the shutdown of Megaupload. (Huffington Post)
  • Technology: Google teamed up with the World Bank to make Google Map Maker more accessible to government organizations. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Funso)
    • Location: 595 NM NE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: WSW at 08 knots
    • Winds: 75 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 07S (Ethel)
    • Location: 580 NM ENE of La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 10 knots
    • Winds: 70 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JAN)

  • Nothing to report.

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