ONS: 20 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: West African leaders sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the UN for a regional force in Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said FARC honoured its own ceasefire “with exceptions” over the past two months ahead of the truce’s expiry.
  • ASIA: The Chinese government said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with comments made by US Secretary Clinton.
  • EUROPE: In Greece, hundreds of people held a rally against racism and fascism in central Athens.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian FM said any discussion of President Assad’s future was “unacceptable.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikileaks claimed that late Internet activist and hacker Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source for the organization.

TOP STORY

  • Algeria: Hostage crisis ends in violence
    • Algerian troops stormed a remote gas plant to end a hostage crisis that killed 23 foreigners and Algerians, seven of them executed by their Islamist captors.
    • Thirty-two kidnappers were also killed, and special forces were able to free 685 Algerian workers and 107 foreigners.
    • President Barack Obama said the US is ready to provide whatever assistance officials need in the aftermath of the terrorist attack.
    • The State Department warned American citizens about the risks of travel to Algeria and authorized the families of State Department staff to leave the country.
    • Algerian Communications Minister Mohamed said that the death toll may rise.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Region: West African leaders sought urgent financial and logistical aid from the UN for a regional force in Mali. (AFP)
  • Libya: An armed militia group besieged the city of Ghadames. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Radical Islamists have now fled a key Malian town that had been under their control for nearly a week. The Islamists who rule northern Mali had descended upon the city of Diabaly. (AP)
  • Mali: Residents of the islamist-held town of Gao killed a local jihadist leader to avenge the murder of a journalist. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said FARC honoured its own ceasefire “with exceptions” over the past two months ahead of the truce’s expiry. (DPA)
  • Colombia: Two drug kingpins operating from the Colombian island of San Andres were captured in Honduras and Panama. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Authorities say a drug trafficking suspect is in jail in Arizona following his arrest in Mexico. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Obama administration is nearing completion of a detailed counterterrorism manual designed to establish clear rules for targeted-killing operations. (WaPo)
  • Afghanistan: Up to four local Taliban leaders and several armed insurgents were arrested in separate military operations. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: ISAF stopped transferring detainees to some Afghan prisons because of concerns about treatment. (UPI)
  • China: The government said it was “strongly dissatisfied” with comments made by US Secretary Clinton. (AFP)
  • India: The government said it is reviewing future ties with Pakistan in the light of the killing of two of its soldiers by Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: The Turkish minority party leader Ahmed Dogan resigned as scheduled after escaping an assasination attempt earlier in the day. (AFP)
  • Greece: Hundreds of people held a rally against racism and fascism in central Athens. (AFP)
  • Greece: Police said a bomb exploded at a shopping mall in Athens slightly wounding two security guards. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: Authorities announced the arrest of Mohammed al-Khushman, a prominent candidate and party leader, days ahead of parliamentary elections. (DPA)
  • Lebanon: The UN Higher Refugees Council announced that the number of Syrian and Palestinian refugees in the country has exceeded 212,000. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Malaysian PM Razak is to visit Gaza this week. (AFP)
  • Syria: The FM said any discussion of President Assad’s future was “unacceptable.” (Reuters)
  • Yemen: A total of nine insurgents with suspected ties to al-Qaeda were killed in US drone strikes. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Wikileaks claimed that late Internet activist and hacker Aaron Swartz was an ally and possible source for the organization. (Mashable)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21JAN)

  • Global: Conference on Disarmament Part One (to 29MAR).
  • Europe: Eurozone finance ministers meet in Brussels.
  • Middle East: Arab Economic Summit to promote trade between Arab League members (to 22JAN).
  • Iran: Anniversary of Iran freeing US hostages – 1981.
  • United States: Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
  • United States: Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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