ONS: 22 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 22, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Congolese Officials accused a rebel force of replacing traditional leaders and extorting heavy taxes while peace talks take place in Uganda under a ceasefire.
  • AMERICAS: The FARC rejected the Colombian government’s proposal to speed up the pace of peace talks.
  • ASIA: Fifteen Afghan Taliban militants were killed in a drone strike on a suspected compound in a remote section of the Bazgul area in the eastern province of Nuristan.
  • EUROPE: Dutch Patriot missile batteries arrived at the Turkish port of Iskenderun.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli polls opened for early parliamentary voting with opinion polls predicting a win for a right-wing union led by PM Netanyahu.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US Library of Congress will begin archiving billions of American tweets

TOP STORY

  • Mali: French and Malian troops continued advancing north against Islamist strongholds.
    • Allied forces forced rebels out of Diabali, Konna and Douentza, which had fallen under Islamist control shortly after the French intervention began.
    • The government extended the state of emergency for a further three months.
    • British defense chiefs contemplated ways Britain could support the international intervention in the wake of the Algerian hostage crisis.
    • The US began transporting French soldiers and equipment to Mali as part of its logistical aid to French forces.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP2, AFP3, Reuters, NYT, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The PM offered an unapologetic defense of the country’s actions to end the hostage crisis, saying the army saved many by attacking. (NYT)
  • Congo, Democratic Republic: Officials accused a rebel force of replacing traditional leaders and extorting heavy taxes while peace talks take place in Uganda under a ceasefire. (AFP)
  • Eritrea:  The government said all “mutineers” in the Information Ministry in Asmara had been cleared out. (AP)
  • The Gambia: A special criminal court sentenced Ensa Badjie, a former police chief who is already serving a life term for robbery, to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: President Rousseff said authorities seized more than 3,650 tons of drugs and 2,200 firearms along the country’s borders in the last year and a half. (Xinhua)
  • Chile: President Pinera pledged to work with “maximum urgency” on a bill that would grant constitutional recognition to the country’s indigenous groups. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The FARC rejected the government’s proposal to speed up the pace of peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: President Correa said Washington still pursues “double standards” in its policy toward Latin America. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez’s followers confirmed they will rally on Democracy Day to show support for the ailing leader. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fifteen militants were killed in a drone strike on a suspected compound in a remote section of the Bazgul area in Nuristan. (Xinhua)
  • India: Officials in Indian-controlled Kashmir are warning residents to build bomb-proof basements, collect two weeks’ worth of food and water and be prepared for a possible nuclear war. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Abe held out an olive branch to China after months of diplomatic tussles over the sovereignty of a disputed island chain in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The UNSC will order sanctions against the DPRK’s space agency condemning the secretive state’s ballistic launch. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Seven soldiers were injured in an ambush by Abu Sayyaf and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front forces. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: President Saakashvili said he is and always has been open to negotiations on resuming Russian-Georgian relations. (Interfax)
  • Greece: Striking subway workers defied a court order to return to work and continued their protest against new pay cuts for a sixth day. (AP)
  • Poland: President Komorowski said Poland should not decide whether to adopt the euro until after elections in 2015. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: Dutch Patriot missile batteries arrived at the port of Iskenderun. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Arab leaders pledged to remove obstacles to finalising a free trade zone this year and agreed to facilitate capital flows. (AFP)
  • Iran: IRIB TV announced the next round of nuclear talks between the government and the IAEA was rescheduled for 13FEB. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A suicide car bomb killed at least 18 and wounded at least 14 at an army checkpoint south of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Israel: Polls opened for early parliamentary voting with opinion polls predicting a win for a right-wing union led by PM Netanyahu. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: UN agencies and other aid organizations are appealing for USD716 million in donations to help Yemen deal with widespread malnutrition. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: The Library of Congress will begin archiving billions of American tweets. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 161 mi north of American Samoa
    • Movement: ESE at 8 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: White Island, New Zealand
    • Elevated levels of volcanic tremor and hydrothermal activity.
    • Coverage: Radio New Zealand

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JAN)

  • Global: World Economic Forum Annual Conference (to 27JAN).
  • Global: Defense Logistics Forum 2013 (to 24JAN).
  • Jordan: General elections held.
  • Russia: FM Lavrov to give annual news conference.
  • Slovenia: Trade unions plan a general strike to protest the government’s austerity measures.
  • Thailand: Red Shirt activist Somyot Prueksakasemsuk to hear verdict over allegations of insulting Thai monarchy.
  • Venezuela: Pro-Chavez rally held to counter the one convened by the opposition party.

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