ONS: 23 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Eastern Kenyan ethnic clashes killed dozens.
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s cabinet resigned as part of President Santos’s plan to shuffle the government.
  • ASIA: Former Pakistani envoy to the US Husain Haqqani stated the two countries should end their alliance in an “amicable divorce.”
  • EUROPE: Clashes in Turkey’s southeast between Kurdish rebels and military forces  left 16 militants and five soldiers dead.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Fresh fighting in Lebanon’s Tripoli killed at least one, despite a ceasefire between clashing Sunni and Alawite groups.
  • TECHNOLOGY: American authorities seized three domain names involved in distributing pirated material.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Heavy fighting in Damascus; government using terror tactics; US, UK warn against chemical weapons
    • Opposition forces reported an intensified counter-insurgency program by government forces designed to spread fear in rebel-held or dominated neighborhoods.
    • Syrian army forces struck southern Damascus, killing at least 47.
    • The UK joined the US in issuing a warning to the Syrian government not to use chemical weapons.
    • Coverage: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, NYT

AFRICA

  • Ethiopia: A government spokesman stated that interim PM Desalegn will remain head of the country’s government until 2015. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: Ethnic clashes in the eastern part of the country killed over 50. (NYT)
  • Nigeria: Authorities raided two bomb factories in Kogi state, arresting five. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Four foreign oil and gas contractors kidnapped in early August were freed. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The cabinet resigned as part of President Santos’s plan to shuffle the government. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: The National Human Rights Commission opened a probe into violence in a Michoacan religious community. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez reportedly has a substantial money edge over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Authorities killed 15 Taliban militants and detained 11 during operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, North: State news reported the country’s figurehead leader Kim Yong-nam, not Kim Jong-Un as previously reported, would attend the NAM conference. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani stated the two countries should end their alliance in an “amicable divorce.” (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Authorities arrested 357 foreigners accused of involvement in online fraud. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: PM Samaras warned that if his country was ejected from the Eurozone it could trigger a wider domino effect of fiscal crisis. (AP)
  • Spain: The government will reportedly grant greater power to banking authorities to deal with troubled lenders. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Clashes between Kurdish rebels and military forces in the country’s southeast left 16 militants and five soldiers dead. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Despite American and Israeli pressure not to attend, UNSG Ban Ki-Moon will attend the NAM summit in Tehran. (Bloomberg)
  • Iraq: Al-Qaeda front group Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for dozens of deadly attacks in Anbar province in June and July. (AP)
  • Lebanon: Fresh fighting in Tripoli killed at least one, despite a ceasefire between clashing Sunni and Alawite groups. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: Authorities seized three website domain names involved in distribution of pirated Android phone apps, in the first such action involving mobile app marketplaces. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Bolaven
    • Location: 555 NM SE of Kadena Air Base
    • Movement: WNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Tembin
    • Location: 165 NM SSE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: WNW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 130 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Isaac
    • Location: 265 miles SE of San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Movement: W at 20 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Depression 10
    • Location: 1,045 miles W of the Cape Verde Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: W coast of Africa
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24AUG)

  • Americas: Organization of American States (OAS) foreign ministers meet to discuss Julian Assange’s asylum in Ecuador.
  • Brazil: Anniversary of the death of President Vargas – 1954.
  • Iran: Senior IAEA officials meet Iranian officials in Vienna.
  • Russia: Independence Day celebrated – 1991.
  • Russia: Anniversary of Moscow airplane bombings – 2004.
  • Ukraine: Independence Day celebrated – 1991.

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