ONS: 23 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: EU governments proposed a radical “debt relief” offer for North African nations.
  • AMERICAS: EU Mission Representative Yanez pointed out irregularities in Nicaraguan election results.
  • ASIA: Pakistani jets destroyed four compounds near the Afghan border killing 15 Taliban insurgents.
  • EUROPE: German FM Westerwelle will arrive in Belgrade to press Serbian authorities to continue in talks with Kosovo.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Al Qaeda bombings throughout Baghdad killed at least 39.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama unveiled the “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.”

TOP STORIES

  • Afghanistan: Taliban involved in protests
    • Taliban encouraged the protesters in Kabul to kill “invaders.”
    • At least seven died and dozens were wounded in the third day of attacks.
    • Afghans threw rocks at a US military base in Mehterlam.
    • National Directorate of Security officers thwarted planned attacks on the presidential palace and US facilities in Kabul.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP-1, AP-2, DPA
  • Syria: Shelling continues following journalists’ deaths
    • Regime denied responsibility for the deaths of journalists.
    • China reiterated its refusal to attend a conference to discuss ending the violence.
    • The White House announced its involvement in unifying the opposition, but discredited calls to recognize the opposition as legitimate leaders.
    • Valerie Amos, head of UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, will investigate food, medicine, and other needs in Syria.
    • UN released a list of those suspected of “crimes against humanity.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, UPI, Kyodo, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: In an effort to reestablish cooperation on arms trafficking and Islamist insurgents, Algeria and Libya scheduled high-level visits. (Reuters)
  • Region: EU governments proposed a radical “debt relief” offer for North African nations. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: US Ambassador McCulley said the US has improved intelligence-sharing with the local government, but denied the US will send troops. (AP)
  • Somalia: The US considered imposing travel and visa bans on “spoilers” blocking political progress. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: Spanish Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Garcia-Margallo offered a softened EU relationship to Havana in exchange for more democracy and respect for human rights. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: EU Mission Representative Yanez pointed out irregularities and a lack of transparency in presidential election results from November. (AP)
  • United States: Lockheed Martin Corp. performed flight tests with the next-generation armed F-35 fighter jet in the Mojave Desert. (LA Times)

ASIA

  • Region: The ASEAN senior defense officials’ meeting discussed strengthening cooperation to bolster regional peace and security. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Amnesty International estimated 400 people are displaced daily as they flee fighting. (DPA)
  • Korea, Peninsula: North Korea denounced South Korea’s planned nuclear security summit as provocation. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Jets destroyed four compounds near the Afghan border killing 15 Taliban insurgents. (AFP)
  • Thailand: Authorities seized a large cache of firearms in the Surin province. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: German FM Westerwelle planned to visit Belgrade to press Serbian authorities to continue talks with Kosovo and comply with EU terms. (DPA)
  • Region: G20 Finance Ministers hoped this weekend’s meetings will result in progress to boost crisis funding. (Reuters)
  • Georgia: The Abkhaz parliament saw the assassination attempt on President Ankvab as a political crime focused on recent achievements. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: DM Yilmaz said Turkey planned to buy 100 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters worth $16 billion to meet future air force needs. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: China urged cooperation with UN inspectors, but refused to criticize the country for blocking access. (AP)
  • Iran: Police seized 646 kilograms of narcotics and arrested 10 smugglers in South Khorasan Province. (BBC)
  • Iraq: Al Qaeda attacks targeted police, killing at least 39 across Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Two car bombs targeting police patrols in Kirkuk killed two and wounded 20. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Iranian Cyber Army attacked the website of Azerbaijan’s state television station. (AFP)
  • Technology: President Obama unwrapped a new framework for privacy regulation, calling it the “Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.” (Ars Technica)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24FEB)

  • Bangladesh: Anniversary of mutiny by security guards – 2009.
  • Estonia: Independence day celebrated – 1918.
  • Iraq: Anniversary of al Qaeda in Iraq leader al Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman being killed in an operation – 2011.
  • Japan: Mongolian PM Batbold visits Japan to celebrate anniversary of ties.

United States: President Obama hosts Danish PM Thorning-Schmidt to discuss security cooperation.

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