ONS: 22 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 22, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: South Sudan’s army shot down a UN helicopter, killing all four Russian crew members on board and bringing fierce UN condemnation.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state.
  • ASIA: President Karzai charged the countries that fund his government and military with enabling the widespread corruption that undermines his efforts to establish rule of law.
  • EUROPE: Italian President Napolitano is to consult political leaders before dissolving parliament following Monti’s resignation as prime minister.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Polls opened in Oman for the first ever local elections, but the 192 elected councillors will have only advisory powers.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An executive order from President Obama aimed at protecting the nation from cyberattacks is likely to be issued in early 2013, and perhaps as soon as January.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Voting begins on new constitution
    • 250,000 security personnel were deployed to keep order after clashes continued in Alexandria ahead of the divisive vote.
    • More than 6,700 polling stations in 17 provinces opened to nearly 26 million potential voters.
    • Egypt’s draft constitution is made up of an introduction, an 11-part preamble and 236 articles.
    • The opposition said voting in the first round was littered with abuses, however, officials overseeing the poll said there were no major irregularities.
    • If the constitution is approved, a parliamentary election will follow in approximately two months.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, CNN, Reuters, The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Burkina Faso: The constitutional council confirmed a landslide electoral victory by parties backing President Compaore. (AFP)
  • Mali: UNSG Ban Ki-moon pressed the interim government to hold free elections as soon as possible as part of preparations for an international intervention force. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A suspected suicide bomber rammed his car into the office gate of a major mobile phone company in Kano. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: South Sudan’s army shot down a UN helicopter, killing all four Russian crew on board and bringing fierce UN condemnation. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: Finance Minister Tendai Biti said the country cannot afford to hold elections next year and appealed to the international community for aid. (DPA)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Both sides in talks between the government and FARC rebels have reported that they have made some progress ahead of a holiday break. (Reuters)
  • Puerto Rico: Authorities seized 3,500 pounds of marijuana worth $3 million. (AP)
  • United States: Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory said they have been ordered to increase security, but the cause has not yet been publicisized. (AP)
  • United States: President Obama nominated Sen. John Kerry as his next secretary of state. (NYT)
  • Venezuela: The opposition mocked President Chavez’s chosen successor Nicolas Maduro as a “poor copy” of his boss. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai charged the countries that fund his government and military with enabling the widespread corruption that undermines his efforts to establish rule of law. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Spain’s PM Rajoy arrived in Afghanistan for talks with President Karzai. (AFP)
  • Burma: The military chief said the country plans to use nuclear technology for medical, research, and energy purposes but will not develop atomic weapons. (AP)
  • Japan: The incoming premier pledged to seek to repair ties with China. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The govenrment said it would never share power with rebels after they proposed an alliance in a bid to end the insurgency. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: President Napolitano is to consult political leaders before dissolving parliament following Monti’s resignation as prime minister. (AP)
  • Romania: The new centre-left government headed by PM Ponta won a vote of confidence in parliament. (AFP)
  • Slovenia: Thousands of people across the country protested against the center-right government and its austerity measures. (AP)
  • Turkey: The SNC Executive Committee said the number of Syrians fleeing clashes in their country and residing in Turkey has exceeded 200,000. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Foreign Ministry criticized the recent UN resolution on the human rights situation in Iran. (Xinhua)
  • Oman: Polls opened for the first ever local elections, but the 192 elected councillors will have only advisory powers. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: Five Palestinians were wounded by Israeli army gunfire near the security fence east of Jabalia. (AFP)
  • Syria: The Syrian regime deployed additional forces on a road near Damascus airport in a bid to stop an advance by opposition rebels. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Suspected al-Qaeda linked gunmen kidnapped two Finns and an Austrian in Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An executive order from President Obama aimed at protecting the nation from cyberattacks is likely to be issued in early 2013, and perhaps as soon as January. (Hillicon Valley)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Vanuatu
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 207.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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