ONS: 22 June 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on June 22, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Sudan, police fired tear gas against protesters in Khartoum.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican Navy said it detained the son of ‘El Chapo’ or Joaquin Guzman Loera from the Sinaloa cartel.
  • ASIA: The US was considering launching more covert raids into Pakistan to target the Haqqani network.
  • EUROPE: NATO will not reduce the number of its troops in Kosovo, announced Admiral Stavridis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, a bomb in a Baghdad market killed eight and wounded 50 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: AFP launched an “e-diplomacy hub” to measure the presence and influence of diplomats on Twitter.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban launched an attack against a Kabul hotel.
    • The insurgents took hostages, battling with Afghan security forces for about 12 hours.
    • Kabul’s police chief said 15 civilians, including hotel guests, died. All five insurgents were killed.
    • The Taliban attacked the hotel because foreigners there were drinking alcohol and participating in other activities banned by Islam, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said.
    • Coverage: CNN, LAT, BBC

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square as both Ahmed Shafiq and Mohammed Mursi claimed victory in presidential elections. (VOA)
  • Guinea Bissau: Military authorities in Guinea Bissau released the nation’s former navy chief, Rear Admiral Bubo Na Tchuto, who was arrested after the failed 26DEC11 coup. (Reuters)
  • Libya: A judge who had ordered the arrest of General Abdel Fatah Younes was killed. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: A key Boko Haram leader was killed amid clashes with the police. (DPA)
  • Sudan: Police fired tear gas against protesters in Khartoum. (Reuters)  

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: The Navy said it detained the son of ‘El Chapo’ or Joaquin Guzman Loera from the Sinaloa cartel. (NYT)
  • Paraguay: The Chamber of Deputies voted to impeach President Fernando Lugo. The Senate will vote on the impeachment today. (AFP)
  • Uruguay: A plan backed by President Mujica considered the legalization of marijuana to combat drug trafficking; however it was criticized by Colombian President Santos. (WSJ)

ASIA

  • Region: A UN panel found Chinese involvement in more than half of the suspected violations of the North Korean arms and luxury goods embargoes. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: The US and ROK held the largest joint drills since the Korean War. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was put forward as the nominee for Prime Minister. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The US has considered joint US-Afghan covert raids into Pakistan to target the Haqqani network. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Kosovo: NATO will not reduce the number of its troops in Kosovo, announced Admiral Stavridis. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: President Putin sought to reassure private investors of Russia’s commitment to economic reforms, privatization and political stability. (Reuters)
  • Spain: The US designated a detained ETA leader as a terrorist. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A bomb in a Baghdad market killed eight and wounded 50 others. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinians in the Gaza Strip fired two rockets today that hit Israel, a day after 12 were fired. There were no reports of casualties or damage. (AFP)
  • Syria: 170 people were killed in clashes yesterday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A top US aid official says the US plans to give Yemen an additional USD52 million in aid for areas hit hard by Yemen’s war on al Qaeda. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: AFP launched an “e-diplomacy hub” to measure the presence and influence of diplomats on Twitter. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Chris
    • Location: 39.9N, 44.8W
    • Movement: NW at 12 knots
    • Max Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Macquarie Island Region
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 9.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (23JUN)

  • Egypt: New Egyptian president named (after having been postponed from 21JUN).

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