ONS: 23 April 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on April 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Libya, a car bombing at the French embassy in Tripoli injured at least two guards.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos stated he was no longer considering a run for a shorter term as president in 2014.
  • ASIA: The Afghan Taliban stated civilians captured following a helicopter crash in the eastern part of the country were being ‘well looked after.’
  • EUROPE: NATO and Russian foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss issues ranging from Afghanistan to Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iraq, clashes between protesters and security forces in a northern Sunni town, left scores dead.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A report by the US government and industry investigators contends that hackers based in China were the most successful and prolific in the world.

 

TOP STORY

  • Canada: Terror attack thwarted, al Qaeda in Iran involvement claimed
    • Authorities reported thwarting a terror plot against a passenger train in Toronto.
    • The two men arrested, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, lived in Montreal.
    • US and Canadian officials alleged the plot had been supported by al Qaeda in Iran, though the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said there was no indication the attempt attack was state-sponsored.
    • Iran denied the allegations.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, BBC, NYT, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Libya: A car bombing at the French embassy in Tripoli injured at least two guards. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: The government announced a probe into the Army’s conduct during a battle with Boko Haram militants in the northeast town of Baga. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Military forces and rebels clashed in southern Darfur, reporting heavy losses. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Government and South Kordofan rebels begin negotiations in Addis Ababa. (Xinhua)

 

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Authorities reported five FARC rebels, a policeman and a soldier were killed in recent days. (AFP)
  • Colombia: President Santos stated he was no longer considering a run for a shorter term as president in 2014. (Reuters)
  • Venezuela: President Maduro’s new cabinet was sworn in. (Xinhua)

 

ASIA

  • Region: A visit by Japanese lawmakers to a war shrine in Tokyo exacerbated ongoing diplomatic tension in the region. (Reuters)
  • Region: India asked China to withdraw troops accused of crossing into disputed territory in the Himalayas. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban stated civilians captured following a helicopter crash in the eastern part of the country were being ‘well looked after.’ (BBC)
  • Korea, North: The country demanded global recognition of its status as a nuclear state. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: The EU lifted sanctions in response to ongoing political reforms within the country. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf appeared in court over the killing of Benazir Bhutto. (AFP)

 

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO and Russian foreign ministers met in Brussels to discuss issues ranging from Afghanistan to Syria. (AP)
  • Russia: The defense ministry stated it would commission three additional strategic submarines this year. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Authorities in eastern Zaragoza province arrested two suspects believed to be linked to al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. (Reuters)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: A top government official stated sanctions would not impede the country’s nuclear program. (WaPo)
  • Iraq: Clashes between protesters and security forces in a northern Sunni town left at least 27 dead. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two roadside bombings targeting Sunnis in south Baghdad killed at least four. (AFP)
  • Syria: A senior Israeli military official stated President Assad was employing chemical weapons. (AFP)
  • Syria: State media reported two Bishops were kidnapped by gunmen north of Aleppo. (Reuters)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A report by the US government and industry investigators contends that hackers based in China were the most successful and prolific in the world. (WaPo)

 

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24APR)

  • Asia: 22nd ASEAN Summit will begin in Brunei (to 25APR).
  • China: US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visits China (to 25APR).
  • Iran: Russian Deputy FM Mikhail Bogdanov will pay an official visit to Iran to discuss regional issues, particularly Syria.
  • Russia: Trial of opposition leader Alexei Navalny adjourned until 24APR.

 

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