ONS: 22 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 22, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian government requested $4.8 billion loan from the IMF.
  • AMERICAS: Ecuador called on the UK to retract a threat to arrest Julian Assange.
  • ASIA: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un will reportedly attend the NAM meeting in Tehran on Sunday, his first state visit.
  • EUROPE: Greek PM Samaras called for more time for the country to implement reforms and austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In northern Lebanon, the death toll from clashes between Sunnis and Alawites rose to at least 10.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Jury deliberations will begin Wednesday in the patent case between Apple and Samsung.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Deputy PM in Russia hints at negotiated exit for Assad, fighting continues in Aleppo, Russia reported confident Syria not to cross “red line”
    • During a visit to Russia, Deputy PM Jamil stated the government was prepared to discuss the exit of President Assad but it could not be a precondition for talks.
    • Rebel groups claimed to have made gains in Aleppo as heavy fighting continued.
    • The Russian foreign ministry was reported to be confident the Syrian government will not use chemical weapons, a day after US President Obama issued a warning that the use of such weapons would constitute a “red line” for intervention.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, BBC, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government formally requested a $4.8 billion loan from the IMF. (Reuters)
  • Mali: The newly formed unity government stated its top priority was regaining control over the northern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Togo: Police dispersed opposition protests in Lome with tear gas and rubber bullets. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Rebels bombed an electrical tower near the Venezuelan border, causing a large blackout. (Xinhua)
  • Dominican Republic: Dominican and US authorities seized a ton of cocaine and arrested four. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: The country called on the UK to retract a threat to arrest Julian Assange. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Four members of the Gulf cartel were captured by marines in Nuevo Leon. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Kazakhstan: A military helicopter crashed near Astana, killing four. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: Analysts reported the country had made significant progress in construction of the Yongbyon nuclear reactor. (NYT)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un will reportedly attend the NAM meeting in Tehran on Sunday, his first state visit as the country’s leader. (Telegraph)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed five militants in North Waziristan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Samaras called for more time for the country to implement reforms and austerity measures. (BBC)
  • Russia: The country will formally enter the WTO on Wednesday. (NYT)
  • Turkey: Protesters attacked a pro-Kurdish political party building in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israel asked Egypt to withdraw tanks from the Sinai peninsula, deployed as part of a crackdown on militants. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: The death toll from clashes between Sunnis and Alawites in the northern part of the country rose to at least 10. (Reuters)
  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad unveiled an upgraded version of the Fateh-110 ballistic missile. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Jury deliberations will begin Wednesday in the patent case between Apple and Samsung. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Isaac
    • Location: 345 miles E of Guadaloupe, Lesser Antilles
    • Movement: W at 18 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 90% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 650 miles WSW of Cape Verde
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Tengurahua, Ecuador
    • Local evacuations, spewing ash and smoke. (AP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23AUG)

  • Europe: French President Hollande meets with German Chancellor Merkel for euro talks in Berlin.
  • Mexico: Anniversary of a migrant massacre, killing 72 – 2010.

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