ONS: 23 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 23, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Suspected Nigerian Islamist gunmen killed 18 in a market in the northeast in one of the deadliest attacks in the last several weeks.
  • AMERICAS: The Venezuelan government and the opposition are staging rival demonstrations laying claim to the country’s democratic mantle.
  • ASIA: Japan will launch a new spy satellite to strengthen its monitoring capabilities amid concerns over future North Korean missile and nuclear weapons tests.
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron announced the government will hold a referendum by 2017 giving British people the choice to leave the EU or remain a member.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian polling stations opened across the country for the first parliamentary elections after the Arab Spring, which are being boycotted by Islamist opposition parties.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft will cease all research and development in Korea in a move to focus all Asia/Pacific R&D in its Beijing office, its largest outside the US.

TOP STORY

  • Israel: Parliamentary elections ended in a deadlock between PM Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc and center-left rivals.
    • With 99.8 percent of votes counted, each bloc has 60 of the Knesset’s 120 seats.
    • Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, a centrist party, emerged as the second-largest party in the Knesset after Netanyahu’s conservative bloc.
    • PM Netanyahu is expected to attempt to form a coalition government with parties of the center-left bloc.
    • Coverage: AP, WaPo, BBC, Time, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: A human rights lawyer stated the lawsuits for “insulting the president” has quadrupled in President Morsi’s first 200 days in office. (AFP)
  • Mali: Japan announced it would temporarily close its embassy in the country and evacuate its diplomatic staff to France in the wake of the Algerian hostage crisis. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Suspected Islamist gunmen killed 18 in a market town in northeast Nigeria in one of the deadliest attacks in the last several weeks. (Reuters)
  • South Africa: Police conducted overnight raids in a township near Sasolburg after a day of deadly protests and looting. (AFP)
  • Togo: The government announced it will increase its troop deployment to Mali from 500 to at least 733 as part of the international intervention force. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: The Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation announced the number of political prisoners in Cuban jails doubled in the last 10 months. (Miami Herald)
  • Guatemala: A court heard arguments over whether to prosecute Efrain Rios Montt for genocide against indigenous groups during his 1980s dictatorship. (AFP)
  • United States: Secretary Clinton will testify before Congress concerning the assault on the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya after several delays. (AP)
  • Venezuela: The government and the opposition are staging rival demonstrations laying claim to the country’s democratic mantle. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Sri Lanka and India have signed agreements to combat international terrorism and drug trafficking as well as double taxation during the eighth meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission. (Xinhua)
  • India: BJP, the main opposition party, elected Rajnath Singh to replace Nitin Gadkari, who resigned over a corruption scandal, as president of the party. (AFP)
  • Japan: The government will launch a new spy satellite to strengthen its monitoring capabilities amid concerns over future North Korean missile and nuclear weapons tests. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The government announced it will press claims against the US for damage done to reefs in the Sulu Sea by a naval vessel. (Xinhua)
  • Thailand: A court has sentenced an activist and magazine editor to 10 years in prison for publishing two articles defaming the monarchy. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Almost 500 intellectuals in Vietnam had signed an online petition calling for an end to the one-party system and for free elections. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: President Saakashvili said PM Ivanishvili’s attempt to establish a direct dialogue with the Russian leadership is dangerous. (Interfax)
  • Russia: FM Lavrov Moscow is prepared to retaliate against further American intrusion in the Russian legal system. (Xinhua)
  • Slovenia: Tens of thousands of public sector workers went on strike against austerity cuts, increasing the pressure on PM Jansa. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Two German soldiers were attacked in Hatay by a group of activists opposing the deployment of Patriot missile system in the country. (Xinhua)
  • United Kingdom: PM Cameron announced the government will hold a referendum by 2017 on EU membership. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Jordan: Polling stations opened for the country’s first parliamentary elections after the Arab Spring, which are being boycotted by Islamist opposition parties. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Police used smoke and stun grenades to scatter hundreds of protesters outside the capital after they gathered to demand the dissolution of parliament and fresh elections. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Activists said five members of one family, including three children, were killed when a missile hit their village near Aleppo. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A radical Islamist announced the second-in-command of AQAP has died. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Microsoft: The company will cease all research and development in Korea in a move to focus all Asia/Pacific R&D in its Beijing office, its largest outside the US. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 127 mi N of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: E at 3.5 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Twelve)
    • Location: 270 NE of Learmouth, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 4.6 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JAN)

  • Peru: Spanish President Rajoy will visit Peru to discuss bilateral relations with PM Humala.
  • Ukraine: A mission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Kyiv for talks with the authorities.
  • Islam: Birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.

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