ONS: 23 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 23, 2012

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: France plans to send drones to Mali in order to assist in an international intervention aimed at freeing the country from al-Qaeda militants.
  • AMERICAS: FARC rebels killed three Colombian soldiers in the northeastern region of Arauca.
  • ASIA: Three people have been killed in a new wave of violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in the Western Rakhine state in Myanmar.
  • EUROPE: Russia will begin to withdraw peacekeeping helicopters from the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani entered the Gaza Strip in a landmark visit in which he will invest 245 million dollars into rebuilding the Gaza Strip.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Android applications downloaded from Google’s Play Market can expose users’ online banking and social networking information due to inadequate encryption.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: President Bashir al-Assad declares an amnesty for crimes committed before October 23, 2012, but excludes “terrorist crimes”
    • The Assad regime desginates rebels as “terrorists.”
    • The decree will only apply to those who surrender to the authorities and not to those “on the run.”
    • Syrian opposition has dismissed the amnesty as a “sham.”
    • Coverage: AFP, AJE, DPA, Xinhua,

AFRICA

  • Ghana: Crew members of the Argentinian naval ship ARA Libertad will return home while the ship remains impounded in Ghana. (Xinhua, Reuters)
  • Mali: France is planning on sending drones to Mali in order to assist in an international intervention aimed at freeing the country from al-Qaeda militants. (Guardian)
  • Somalia: The American One Earth Future foundation reported that Somali pirate attacks are at their lowest in three years. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: The Philippines will send a coast guard team on board UN vessels delivering food to Africa to protect against Somali pirates. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North claimed to have shelled the South Kordofan capital of Kadugli as a matter of self-defense after government troops started firing upon them earlier this morning. (Reuters)
    • Two children have been reported killed and eight injured in the shelling. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC rebels killed three Colombian soldiers in the northeastern region of Arauca (Xinhua)
  • Haiti: Hillary Clinton spoke at the formal opening of the new Haitian industrial zone meant to boost economic development following the 2010 earthquake (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities have exhumed the remnants of a relative of Heriberto Lazcano in order to take DNA samples that will confirm whether or not the drug lord was killed on October 16th (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fourteen people, including high-ranking police officials, have been killed in an ongoing military operation in Herat (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: The United Kingdom plans to double its drone fleet to ten (AP)
  • Japan:  Keishu Tanaka has resigned as Japan’s justice minister after admitting to past links with organized crime (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Three people have been killed in a new wave of violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in the Western Rakhine state (AFP)
  • South Korea: Members of the South Korean National Defense Committee are visiting the disputed Dokdo Islands today in a move expected to stoke tensions with Japan (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: British foreign minister William Hague warned against further centralization of the European Union citing state sovereignty and state-based competitive industries as the victims of further centralization (AFP)
  • Hungary: Rival rallies are expected in Budapest today as part of a gearing up for the 2014 elections. (AFP)
  • Moldova: Russia announced that it will begin to withdraw peacekeeping helicopters from the Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: A suicide bomber kills a policeman and wounds three others at a checkpoint between North Ossetia and Ingushetia in Russia’s North Caucus region. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Gaza Strip: Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani entered the Gaza Strip in a landmark visit in which he will invest 245 million dollars into redeveloping the Gaza Strip. (AFP)
  • Iran: Iranian oil minister Rostam Qasemi said Iran could discontinue oil exports if Western sanctions intensified.(Reuters)
  • Iraq: Eight people have been killed and 24 injured in car bombs and mortar attacks targeting Shiite neighborhoods in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: An explosion along the Gaza security fence wounded an Israeli soldier. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: Gatherings of more than 20 people have been banned and police given more authority amid protests against changes to Kuwait’s election laws. (Reuters)
  • Lebanon: The US is sending a FBI team to Beirut to investigate the car bombing that killed police intelligence chief General Wissam al-Hassan last Friday. (AFP)
  • Syria: The United Nations is planning for a peacekeeping force to be sent to Syria if a political deal or ceasefire is achieved. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Security: Android applications downloaded from Google’s Play Market can expose users’ online banking and social networking information due to inadequate encryption protections. (ARS-Technica)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Sandy
    • Location: Couple hundred miles S of Jamaica
    • Movement: Slowly NNE
    • Wind: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Depression Nineteen
    • Location: Over 700 miles NE of Antigua and Barbuda
    • Movement: Slowly NNE
    • Wind: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: SE of the Loyalty Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth:
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24OCT)

  • Global: Anniversary of the founding of the UN – 1945.
  • Europe: EU FMs meet in Luxembourg to discuss Syria.
  • Germany: European Central Bank President Draghi meets with lawmakers to discuss EU bailouts.
  • United States: South Korea and the US hold high-level security talks on the DPRK in Washington.

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