ONS: 21 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The UNSC unanimously approved sending an African-led intervention force to help Mali’s army re-conquer much of the country from militants.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian defense ministry launched an investigation into drug trafficking by the military after seven soldiers were arrested with more than 100 kilos of marijuana.
  • ASIA: The DPRK confirmed it had arrested a US citizen in November, saying legal action would be taken against him but giving no details of the charges.
  • EUROPE: President Obama formally granted “permanent normal trade relations” to Russia.
  • MIDDLE EAST: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen confirmed the Syrian government forces were continuing to launch Scud missiles.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Officials of Israel Security Agency Shin Bet said Iranian hackers have been engaged in “high-level” cyber attacks against Israel’s critical infrastructure in recent weeks.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Multiple rallies ahead of vote on controversial constitutional referendum
    • Last-minute campaigning occurred in Alexandria ahead of the final round of a referendum on a new, Islamist-backed constitution that has plunged the country into crisis.
    • The Muslim Brotherhood called for the mass gathering after a violent confrontation between Islamists and the liberal secular opposition during the week of 09DEC
    • The first day of voting on 15DEC resulted in a 57 percent majority in favor of the constitution.
    • The second stage on 22DEC is expected to produce another “yes” vote as it covers regions seen as more conservative.
    • The military deployed tanks around the palace and provided 120,000 troops to help maintain security during the referendum.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, DPA, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Rebels suspended fighting to attempt negotiations with the government. (AFP)
  • Ivory Coast: Armed men attacked a gendarmerie barracks in Abidjan overnight. (AFP)
  • Kenya: At least 28 people have been killed in clashes in the south-east of the country. (AP)
  • Libya: HRW called on the government to suspend the trial of former interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil before a military court and stop civilian cases in such tribunals. (AFP)
  • Mali: The UNSC unanimously approved sending an African-led intervention force to help Mali’s army re-conquer much of the country from militants. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The defense ministry launched an investigation into drug trafficking by the military after seven soldiers were arrested with more than 100 kilos of marijuana. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Drug-trafficking organization Los Caballeros Templarios offered to disarm if President Nieto takes effective action to curb violent crime in Michoacan. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A civic organization released a database it said contains official information on more than 20,000 people who have disappeared in Mexico over the past six years (AP)
  • United States: The US House passed a USD633 billion defense authorization bill that includes fresh sanctions against Iran and funds the war in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Aides reported President Chavez is making steady progress in his recovery. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China sent ships into disputed waters in the South China Sea for the first time since Japan elected a new government. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: British PM Cameron visited British troops serving in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK confirmed it had arrested a US citizen in November, saying legal action would be taken against him but giving no details of the charges. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UN General Assembly adopted by consensus for the first time on an annual resolution pressuring the DPRK to tackle human rights abuses. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus:  The IMF said talks on a bailout for Cyprus are not expected to conclude this year. (AFP)
  • Moldova: President Timofti assured the president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly that Moldova is willing to discuss any proposal for a negotiated resolution of its conflict with its breakaway Transdniestria region. (Interfax)
  • Russia: President Obama formally granted “permanent normal trade relations” to Russia. (Reuters)
  • Serbia: The government said it wants its Serb minority in breakaway Kosovo to have a “high degree of autonomy” modeled on Spain’s Catalan region. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to rebuke Syria and Iran for human rights abuses. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: A visiting EU delegation urged the Bahraini government to release all prisoners of conscience to create an atmosphere for a national dialogue. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Nine of the finance minister’s guards were arrested on terrorism charges. (AP)
  • Syria: NATO Secretary General Rasmussen confirmed the Syrian government forces were continuing to launch Scud missiles. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: An activist group reported Syrian rebels tried to storm a base protecting a military industrial compound in the north. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Officials of Israel Security Agency Shin Bet said Iranian hackers have been engaged in “high-level” cyber attacks against Israel’s critical infrastructure in recent weeks. (Xinhua)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22DEC)

  • Global: Nothing to report

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