ONS: 20 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 20, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AQIM threatened to kill French hostages it kidnapped in Niger two years ago, accusing Paris of backing plans for an invasion of Islamist-held northern Mali.
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia the leader of the FARC said peace negotiations with the government would not be bound by a deadline.
  • ASIA: All US diplomatic missions in Indonesia will be closed 21SEP amid the threat of “significant demonstrations”.
  • EUROPE: Turkish Economy Minister Caglayan sharply criticized the EU’s attitude toward Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian rebel fighters shot down a helicopter near Damascus as Syria’s opposition declared parts of the capital a “disaster area.”
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Defense Secretary Panetta said he raised the issue of ongoing Chinese cyber attacks at every session during his diplomatic trip to China, and came away with only agreements to talk again.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Fresh protests against French cartoon and Innocence of Muslims.
    • Hundreds of Afghans protested for the first time against cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published in France.
    • Up to 100 people protested in front of France’s embassy in Tehran.
    • Riot police were deployed to protect the paper’s Paris offices.
    • France said that on 21SEP it would its shutter diplomatic missions, cultural centers and French schools in around 20 Muslim countries for fear of violent protests.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AFP, AP, BBC

AFRICA

  • Region: Sudan’s First VP Taha and Egyptian PM Qandil held joint talks on strategic issues.  (Xinhua)
  • Libya: A senior US official said the assault on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi was a “terrorist attack” but probably not a pre-planned operation. (AFP)
  • Niger: AQIM threatened to kill French hostages it kidnapped in Niger two years ago, accusing Paris of backing plans for an invasion of Islamist-held northern Mali. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: The Congress of South African Trade Unions said a governing party councilor shot by police firing rubber bullets at the scene of a mine strike has died. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The Colombian Navy seized a semi-submersible with the capability to transport 4 tons of cocaine which was used by a drug trafficking gang that operated near the border with Ecuador. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The leader of the FARC said peace negotiations would not be bound by a deadline. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Agents of the National Civil Police arrested 19 police officers suspected of committing organized crimes such as kidnapping, blackmailing and armed smuggling. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: A judge ordered the detention of 16 prison guards in connection with possibly aiding inmates in the recent mass prison break. (AP)

ASIA

  • Burma: The US lifted sanctions on President Sein and parliament speaker Thura. (AFP)
  • China: Premier Wen Jiabao demanded the EU lift a two-decade old arms embargo against Beijing as the China-EU summit began. (AFP)
  • Fiji: A UN International Labour Organization delegation was ordered out of Fiji while investigating claims that workers’ rights were being ignored. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: All US diplomatic missions in Indonesia will be closed 21SEP amid the threat of “significant demonstrations”. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK said a US plan to build a new radar base in Japan would escalate an arms race and leave the DPRK no option but to develop “more powerful nuclear weapons”. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: Belarus denied visas to two observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. (AP)
  • Italy: The country’s top court confirmed guilty verdicts against 23 CIA agents for the 2003 abduction of an Egyptian imam in Milan. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Economy Minister Caglayan sharply criticized the EU’s attitude toward Turkey. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Militants assaulted a police station north of Baghdad killing a policeman, while five people were killed in other attacks. (AFP)
  • Israel: The foreign ministry said Israel will not attend a conference on the creation of a nuclear-free Middle East scheduled to take place in Finland. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebel fighters shot down a helicopter near Damascus as Syria’s opposition declared parts of the capital a “disaster area.” (AFP)
  • Syria: Diplomats from more than 60 countries are to meet near The Hague to discuss economic sanctions against Syria’s ruling regime. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: US Defense Secretary Panetta said he raised the issue of ongoing Chinese cyber attacks at every session during his diplomatic trip to China and came away with only agreements to talk again. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 160 miles S of the Island of Flores in the Azores
    • Movement: ESE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 450 miles E of Bermuda
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: a few hundred miles S of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: W at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21SEP)

  • Armenia: Celebration of Independence Day – 1991.
  • Belize: Independence Day celebrated – 1981.
  • Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi accepts an award from the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC.
  • Malta: Celebration of independence as a nation (1964) and from the Queen of England (1974).

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