ONS: 21 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, tribal clashes over the last week have left 105 people dead.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon was placed in intensive care after suffering a stroke.
  • ASIA: In Australia, a boat carrying 200 asylum seekers sunk off the coast off Christmas Island.
  • EUROPE: In Sweden, explosives were discovered on a truck near a nuclear plant; security was subsequently tightened at all nuclear plants.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In southern Turkey, CIA officials are channeling weapons away from al Qaeda and towards the Syrian opposition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Emerging details about the Flame virus suggested it had mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks to slow its nuclear program.

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: A local court issued an arrest warrant for Makhdoom Shahabuddin, the nominee for Prime Minister.
    • Shahabuddin, from the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, had been slated to replace Yousuf Raza Gilani.
    • The arrest warrant is linked to a case into the illegal importing of the drug ephedrine, while he was health minister.
    • The National Assembly will vote Friday on whether to install him as prime minister.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Angola: Police fired teargas at a protest of war veterans demanding payment of overdue subsidies. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The results of the presidential vote were delayed, and protests in Tahrir Square continued. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Tribal clashes over the last week have left 105 people dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The US is expected to formally designate Boko Haram as a “foreign terrorist” group today. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: Military police were deployed after a strike from the truck-drivers union. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Vice President Angelino Garzon was placed in intensive care after suffering a stroke. (EFE)
  • Ecuador: The government is expected to reach a decision on Julian Assange’s request for extradition today. (The Guardian)
  • Peru: Representatives from nearly 70 nations and international organizations are expected to attend an anti-drug conference here next week. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: The US, Japan and South Korea began their joint naval drill in waters south of the Korean Peninsula. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: President Karzai said the number of insurgent attacks had increased in the last month, and indicated about USD4 billion would be pledged to Afghanistan at the Tokyo conference next month. (Reuters)
  • Australia: A boat carrying 200 asylum seekers sunk off the coast off Christmas Island. (AFP)
  • Indonesia: Six people were killed after an Indonesian air force plane crashed in Jakarta. (Bloomberg)

EUROPE

  • Moldova: Transdniestrian leader Shevchuk urged Moldova to step up work to remove artificial barriers created over recent years between the two banks of the Dniester River. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: An attack on a police truck in Dagestan killed four. (Interfax)
  • Russia: 450 kilograms of explosives were discovered in Ingushetia. (Interfax)
  • Spain: The constitutional court ruled a previously banned Basque independence party with links to the armed separatist group ETA can reform. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Explosives were discovered on a truck near a nuclear plant; security was subsequently tightened at all nuclear plants. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST AND IRAN

  • Region: Rockets landed in Israeli territory, fired from Gaza. No one was injured. (CNN)
  • Bahrain: Police arrested five out of 20 people wanted over “terror attacks” including for alleged bombings and causing harm to civilians and security personnel. (AFP)
  • Iran: The third round of nuclear talks failed to yield any progress, leading Israel to indicate “all options” were on the table. (Reuters)
  • Syria: CIA officials are operating in southern Turkey to channel weapons away from al Qaeda and towards the Syrian opposition. (NYT)
  • Yemen: The US is making plans to send military aircraft to Yemen to help move government troops and supplies more quickly into battle against Islamic militants. (LAT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Emerging details about the Flame virus suggested it had mapped and monitored Iran’s computer networks to slow its nuclear program. (Washington Post)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Talim
    • Location: 100 NM northeast of Taipei
    • Movement: 70 degrees at 15 knots
    • Winds: 25 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Chris
    • Location: 39.9N, 44.8W
    • Movement: ENE at 20 mph
    • Max Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression
    • Location: Southeastern Gulf of Mexico
    • Movement: Northwest
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22JUN)

  • Pakistan: President Zardari summons the national assembly to elect a new prime minister.
  • United States: Anniversary of two metro trains colliding in Washington, DC – 2009.

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