ONS: 22 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Tunisian Islamist Ennahda party put forward current Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its candidate for PM after Hamadi Jebali stepped down.
  • AMERICAS: The Cuban and Russian governments signed two agreements in which Russia agreed to provide Cuba with eight planes worth USD650 million.
  • ASIA: Indonesian national police sent a brigade of officers to the restive Papua province after rebels shot at a helicopter attempting to evacuate soldiers wounded in an ambush.
  • EUROPE: A new Turkish constitution hopes to curb the military’s long-standing influence in politics.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu continues to struggle to form a coalition government nearly a month after his right-wing coalition narrowly won at the polls.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security experts warned that Congress is vulnerable to cyberattacks from digital intruders like hacker group Anonymous and China.

TOP STORY

  • India: 16 were killed and over 100 injured when two bombs exploded simultaneously in a market in Hyderabad, a major IT hub.
    • Two days before the attack intelligence agencies warned of a possible terrorist threat in Hyderabad, Bangalore, and elsewhere.
    • Pakistan was quick to condemn the attack citing past experience with terrorist attacks.
    • Police have yet to implicate an individual or group responsible, nor has an individual or group come forward to claim responsibility.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, VoA, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Malawi: The two-week strike of public servants that paralyzed the country came to an end after the government agreed to raise salaries by 60%. (AP)
  • Mali: Five were killed when two suicide bombers detonated car bombs in Gao after fierce gunfights between Islamist rebels and coalition forces left 20 Islamists dead. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The Islamist Ennahda party put forward current Interior Minister Ali Larayedh as its candidate for PM after Hamadi Jebali stepped down. (AFP)
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe turned 89, becoming Africa’s oldest leader as he gears up for a reelection campaign despite speculation about his physical and mental capacity. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The government and Russia signed two agreements in which Russia agreed to provide eight planes, worth USD650 million. (RIA Novosti)
  • Guatemala: Authorities are investigating whether Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman was killed in an armed clash near the Mexican border. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Armed vigilante groups have spread throughout the country in response to the police’s failure to curb drug violence and corruption. (AFP)
  • United States: Chuck Hagel secured the necessary votes to be confirmed by the Senate as the next Secretary of Defense after being delayed by Republicans. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan held a ceremony celebrating “Takeshima Day,” in honor of a group of disputed islands currently administered by South Korea, which sparked protests in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. (Kyodo)
  • Bangladesh: Police fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse roughly 2,000 Islamist protestors demonstrating against the conviction of a prominent Islamist politician for war crimes. (Reuters)
  • Indonesia: National police sent a police brigade to the restive Papua province after rebels shot at a helicopter attempting to evacuate soldiers wounded in an ambush. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: The al-Qaeda linked militant group Abu Sayyaf released a Filipino hostage, but are still holding a number of foreign hostages taken last month. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Spain: The government is expected to fall significantly short of required budget cuts with its deficit predicted to hit 7.2% of GDP in 2014. (DPA)
  • Turkey: A new constitution hopes to curb the military’s long-standing influence in politics. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Parliament resumed session after nearly three weeks of paralyzing protests by the opposition. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: A 20-year-old protestor died from wounds sustained during clashes with security forces on 14FEB, the second protestor to die this year. (AP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen executed seven anti-al-Qaeda militiamen and wounded one at a checkpoint northeast of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu continues to struggle to form a coalition government nearly a month after his right-wing coalition narrowly won at the polls. (AFP)
  • Syria: Government forces began shelling rebel positions near the international airport in Damascus but there have been no reported casualties. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Security experts warned that Congress is vulnerable to cyberattacks from digital intruders like hacker group Anonymous and China. (The Hill)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Haruna)
    • Location: 328 mi SW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: E at 7 mph
    • Winds: 104 mph
    • Map
  • Hurrianes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23FEB)

  • Guyana: Republic Day – 1970.
  • Russia/Ukraine/Belarus: Defender of the Fatherland Day – 1918.
  • Tajikistan: Tajik National Army Day – 1993.

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