ONS: 23 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US condemned “in the strongest terms” a tribal attack in the southeast of Kenya that left 45 dead.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian police seized 800 kilos of cocaine chlorohydrate that was being shipped to the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico by way of Honduras.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan  a suicide bomber killed nine people, including a provincial government official at a political rally.
  • EUROPE: NATO said it would be deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey over the coming weeks to defend against any threats from neighbouring Syria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A senior Israeli defense official said Syria’s chemical weapons are still secure.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Tajikistan ordered local Internet providers to block Twitter, one of more than 100 sites including popular Russian-language social networks starting next week.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood claims that constitution passes.
    • Unofficial tallies given by President Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood and state media said 64 percent of those who voted backed the constitution.
    • Combined turnout from both rounds was 32 percent, according to the Muslim Brotherhood.
    • Official results are due on 24DEC.
    • Morsi appointed 90 additional senators, including eight women and 12 Christians, to further “national dialogue.”
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: Rebels said they had seized another town in a push towards the capital Bangui in defiance of calls from regional leaders to halt their advance and accept peace talks. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: The US condemned “in the strongest terms” a tribal attack in southeast of the country that left 45 dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Four South Korean construction workers and a Nigerian colleague who were kidnapped have been freed. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Hundreds of supporters of the islamist ruling party attacked members of a secular opposition party and besieged the hotel where they were meeting. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Police seized 800 kilos of cocaine chlorohydrate that was being shipped to the Los Zetas cartel in Mexico by way of Honduras. (EFE)
  • Dominican Republic: Authorities arrested seven suspects and seized several kilograms of cocaine and heroin. (AP)
  • Mexico: A former US marine who was jailed after illegally crossing the border with an antique shotgun was released. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: The government said President Chavez’s condition is becoming increasingly stable after a cancer-related operation in Cuba. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s army chief has made reconciling warring factions in Afghanistan a top priority. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: Police killed four Taliban militants during series of operations in different provinces. (Xinhua)
  • India: Police banned protests in central New Delhi following a wave of violent demonstrations. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK’s defence ministry said the DPRK’s recent rocket launch amounted to the test of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half-tonne payload as far as the US west coast. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A suicide bomber killed nine people, including a provincial government official at a political rally. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Outgoing PM Monti said in an interview he was unsure about whether to run in elections due in February. (AFP)
  • Germany: Finance Minister Schaeuble warned the UK against “blackmailing” its EU partners in a bid to bring powers back home from Brussels. (AFP)
  • Turkey: NATO said it would be deploying Patriot missiles in Turkey over the coming weeks to defend against any threats from neighbouring Syria. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad said Iran is engaged in a “smart economic war” with Western powers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: An explosion in a town northeast of Baghdad killed 4 people. (AP)
  • Iraq: 2,000 Iraqi protesters demanding the ouster of premier Nuri al-Maliki blocked a highway in western Iraq leading to Syria and Jordan. (AFP)
  • Syria: A senior Israeli defense official said Syria’s chemical weapons are still secure. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Finnish diplomat liaised with authorities in Yemen for the release of two Finnish nationals abducted in the country. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Tajikistan ordered local Internet providers to block Twitter, one of more than 100 sites including popular Russian-language social networks starting next week. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Four)
    • Location: 470 NM ESE of Cape Guardafui, Somalia
    • Movement: W at 17 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Copahue Volcano, Chile
    • Ash plumes on the border of Argentina and Chile. (AFP)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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