ONS: 23 July 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on July 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Madagascar’s army quelled a mutiny at a military barracks near Antananarivo
  • AMERICAS: In Colombia, a FARC attack on the country’s largest oil pipeline halted operations
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform killed at least three ISAF contractors in Herat.
  • EUROPE: Fears of Spanish sovereign debt sparked a slump in the European stock market.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s top commander of the Republican Guard’s naval forces stated the country had no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon announced plans to establish a digital media development center in London.

TOP STORIES

  • Iraq: Wave of attacks across the country killed at least 91, wound at least 161
    • At least 19 separate bombings took place in Baghdad, Kirkuk and elsewhere.
    • At least 15 Iraqi soldiers were killed and an interior ministry official was targeted in Baghdad.
    • Both Sunni and Shiite population centers were struck.
    • The attack is the deadliest single day of violence in the country since 2010 and raised fears that sectarian conflict might reignite in the country.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, AFP, AP
  • Syria: Pressure on Assad regime intensified
    • Regime forces drove opposition fighters out of two Damascus districts a week after a major insurgent assault began on the city.
    • Intense fighting was reported in major cities across the country.
    • The US was reportedly employing behind-the-scenes tactics to weaken the Assad regime.
    • The EU strengthened its arms embargo on the government.
    • The Arab League called for Assad to step down, and offered him a “safe exit” from the country if he did so.
    • Coverage: WSJ, Al Jazeera, Reuters, CBS, AP, CNN, BBC

AFRICA

  • Region: A senior official of Sudan’s ruling party stated his country desired a peace deal with South Sudan, but blamed Juba for the impasse in negotiations. (Reuters)
  • Madagascar: The army quelled a mutiny at a military barracks near Antananarivo. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: President Kigali said the US decision to suspend military aid to Rwanda because of concerns over evidence it is supporting a mutiny in the neighboring DR Congo is based on incorrect information. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabaab executed three of its members, allegedly for spying for the US and the UK. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A FARC attack on the country’s largest oil pipeline halted operations. (EFE)
  • Cuba: Dissident figure Oswaldo Paya died in a car accident in the eastern part of the country. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Thousands marched in protest against Enrique Nieto’s presidential election victory. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan launched rocket attacks on villages in northeastern Afghanistan. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Gen. Allen, top commander of US and NATO forces in the country, stated the troop withdrawal had reached its halfway point. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Five NATO troops were killed in three separate insurgent attacks across the country and at least three ISAF contractors were killed by a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform in Herat. (Reuters)
  • China: The defense ministry announced plans to establish a military garrison on a disputed island in the South China Sea. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Korea Resources Corp., a South Korean state-run resources developer, said it held working-level talks with officials of the North’s National Economic Cooperation Federation at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in September and December last year. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Russia: President Putin signed into law a controversial measure restricting the activities of NGOs operating in the country. (AP)
  • Spain: Fears of Spanish sovereign debt sparked a slump in the European stock market. (WSJ)
  • Turkey: The military sent batteries of ground-to-air missiles to the border with Syria, boosting its firepower as rebels in Syria seized several border posts. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A soldier was killed and eight wounded by a PKK grenade attack in the southeastern part of the country. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu stated his country had evidence tying Hezbollah to the suicide bombing at a Bulgarian seaside resort last week that killed five Israeli nationals. (WSJ)
  • Iran: Top commander of the Republican Guard’s naval forces stated the country had no plans to close the Strait of Hormuz. (AP)
  • Yemen: Authorities defused a bomb planted at an intelligence service building in Aden. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Media: Amazon announced plans to establish a digital media development center in London, stating the city was the “obvious choice.” (Telegraph)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Typhoon Vicente
    • Location: 115 NM SSE of Hong Kong
    • Movement: NNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 80% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 750 miles SW of Manzanillo
    • Movement: W or WNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 0% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Over Florida
    • Movement: None
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  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JUL)

  • Iran: EU and Iran diplomats meet for technical talks on nuclear program.

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