ONS: 21 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian deputy PM Desalegn will take over interim power following the death of PM Zenawi.
  • AMERICAS: US and Panamanian authorities seized approximately two tons of cocaine chloride in two operations coordinated by the Colombian navy.
  • ASIA: The Japanese government said it was considering taking measures beyond diplomatic action in its feud with the ROK over a group of disputed islands.
  • EUROPE: German GEN Halbauer will be the next commander of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian government forces stormed a rebel-held town outside of Damascus, killing at least 23 fighters.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Defense Information Systems Agency announced it had passed the half-million user milestone for the Department of Defense Enterprise E-mail program.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: President Obama expresses concern at increase of attacks on NATO troops by Afghan forces.
    • President Barack Obama said the US was watching with “deep concern” an increase in attacks on US troops by insiders in Afghan uniform.
    • President Obama emphasized that Afghan security forces must be trained to take over from withdrawing US and NATO troops.
    • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN Dempsey said Afghan leaders appear ready to take decisive action to curb unprecedented “insider attacks.”
    • Two insurgent rockets struck Bagram air field overnight, with one causing damage to the C-17 used by GEN Dempsey.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, AFP, AP, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The army arrested three militants, including a senior member of AQIM. (Xinhua)
  • DR Congo: The government rejected a proposal by an NGO that Angola, Zimbabwe and Namibia be excluded from an international neutral force. (Xinhua)
  • Ethiopia: Deputy PM Desalegn will take over interim power following the death of PM Zenawi. (AFP)
  • Mali: The new 31 member national unity government was made public. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: UNSG Ban called on the new parliament in Somalia to proceed promptly with the selection of a new federal president. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US and Panamanian authorities seized approximately two tons of cocaine chloride in two operations coordinated by the Colombian navy. (EFE)
  • Region: Colombian FM Holguín and Mexican FM Espinosa agreed to strengthen their fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: Hundreds of Ecuadorians rallied outside the presidential palace to support President Correa’s decision to grant political asylum to Assange. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Police found the bodies of two photographers inside an abandoned vehicle in Michoacan. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Japan: The government said it was considering taking measures beyond diplomatic action in its feud with the ROK over a group of disputed islands. (Reuters)
  • Kyrgyzstan: Security forces killed a fugitive border guard suspected of killing five people at a frontier post. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: One civilian was killed and 12 others injured by a car bomb targeting a paramilitary convoy in Quetta. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Divers recovered the body of the interior minister from the wreckage of a light aircraft that crashed into the sea. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan: President Ma Ying-jeou said Taiwan would not support China against Japan in its island territorial dispute. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: The president named a new foreign minister in an effort to improve relations with the EU and US. (AP)
  • Kosovo: German GEN Halbauer will be the next commander of the NATO peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. (DPA)
  • Russia: One serviceman was killed in an attack on an observation post in Dagestan. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The PKK said they were not responsible for a car bomb that killed nine people in Gaziantep. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The opposition party announced the first stage of impeachment of President Yanukovich for crimes against the Ukrainian people. (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Israeli media reported that premier Netanyahu sent an aide to meet the spiritual leader of ultra-orthodox Shas party to win his backing for an attack on Iran. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: Clashes between pro- and anti-Damascus regime supporters in Tripoli left 23 people wounded. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces stormed a rebel-held town outside of Damascus, killing at least 23 fighters. (AP)
  • Syria: The US reiterated its position that Syrian President Assad should step down. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Unidentified militants blew up a pipeline pumping liquefied gas to Belhaf export terminal, causing a complete halt in operations. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The Defense Information Systems Agency announced it had passed the half-million user milestone for the Department of Defense Enterprise E-mail program. (Ars Technica)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 16W (Bolaven)
    • Location: 390 NM S of Iwo To, Japan
    • Movement: WNW at 4 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon 15W (Tembin)
    • Location: 325 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: N at 9 mph
    • Winds: 126 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Nine
    • Location: 725 miles E of The Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 50% of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 380 miles SW of The Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Small ash eruption (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22AUG)

  • Asia: Japan signs a treaty to annex Korea – 1910.
  • Europe: Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the Eurogroup, visits Athens.
  • Colombia: President Santos welcomes experts to a forum to discuss reforming the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC).
  • Denmark: Anonymous hacked into Danish databases – 2011.
  • Egypt: IMF head Christine LaGarde visits Cairo to discuss a $3.2 billion loan for the country.
  • Turkmenistan: Declaration of State Sovereignty is celebrated – 1990.

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