ONS: 24 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Armed groups occupying Timbuktu used pickaxes to destroy any remaining mausoleums in the city.
  • AMERICAS: In Mexico clashes with criminal gangs left seven police officers dead, with five more bodies found in other parts of the country.
  • ASIA: A female Afghan police officer shot dead a foreign civilian adviser in Kabul police headquarters in the first “insider” attack to be carried out by a woman.
  • EUROPE: Russia and India signed new weapons deals worth billions of dollars.
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Iran accused Canada of adopting a “dangerous” move for removing an exiled Iranian opposition group from its blacklist of terror groups.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The internet boom associated with social, local, and mobile technology trends is expected to slow leading into 2013.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Increased violence as government meets with peace envoy
    • UN-AL peace envoy Brahimi said he was concerned after discussing the crisis with President Assad, indicating there had been no apparent progress.
    • Brahimi recently held talks with US and Russian officials, who hold opposite views on how to deal with the Syrian crisis.
    • Bombs that anti-government activists said were dropped by a government warplane killed dozens of civilians in Halfaya.
    • The government blamed the attack in Halfaya on ‘terrorists’, and suggested that ‘terrorists’ were attempting to frame the government.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, NYT, Reuters, The Guardian, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The government announced that it endorses the UN resolution authorizing an African-led international military intervention in Mali. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: Armed groups occupying Timbuktu used pickaxes to destroy any remaining mausoleums in the city. (AFP)
  • Morocco: Hundreds of members of Morocco’s “February 20” protest movement gathered in Rabat to demand the release of all political prisoners. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The radical islamist group Ansaru claimed the recent kidnapping of a French citizen in the north of the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: The government issued a top-level red alert for its Copahue volcano. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Hundreds of people have visited the centerpiece of the new Center for Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Clashes with criminal gangs left seven police officers dead, with five more bodies found in other parts of the country. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A female Afghan police officer shot dead a foreign civilian adviser in Kabul police headquarters in the first “insider” attack to be carried out by a woman. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: An Afghan police officer shot and killed five of his colleagues. (AFP)
  • India: Indian PM Singh urged calm and vowed to protect women as police struggled to quell protests which had left 100 people injured the previous day. (AFP)
  • Japan: The new envoy to China urged stronger economic ties with Beijing. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A surge of violence in the northwest of the country has raised fears of a renewed Taliban campaign that could threaten national elections. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A survey on employment trends indicates that one out of two Greeks of working age seek jobs abroad due to the debt crisis. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Russia and India signed new weapons deals worth billions of dollars. (AP)
  • Russia: A prominent Russian opposition leader faces his third investigation in five months as authorities intensify pressure on the opposition. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych approved a new cabinet led by PM Azarov. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government accused Canada of adopting a “dangerous” move for removing an exiled Iranian opposition group from its blacklist of terror groups. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories: HRW said Gaza militants violated laws of war by launching hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians during the November conflict. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: A Gaza health official said two men were wounded by Israeli fire in the central Gaza Strip. (AP)
  • Yemen: Security officials said the military has launched a new round of strikes against armed tribesmen with links to attacks on oil pipelines and electricity stations. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social media: The internet boom associated with social, local, and mobile technology trends is expected to slow leading into 2013. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04A (Four)
    • Location: 280 NM SE of Cape Guardafui, Somalia
    • Movement: W at 19 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Copahue Volcano, Chile.
    • Continued ash plumes, potential eruption. (CNN)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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