ONS: 24 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptian Presidential candidate Fotouh was injured when gunmen attacked his car.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian National Police extradited 16 Colombians and one Nicaraguan to the US, Spain and Italy on drug charges.
  • ASIA: Afghan anti-US demonstrations occurred in Kabul and across the country in a fourth day of protests.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish government stated it is ready to host an international meeting on Syria after Tunis.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government expressed interest in more IAEA talks amid growing suspicions.
  • TECHNOLOGY:  A former McAfee cybersecurity researcher demonstrated a security flaw in smartphone browsers.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: “Friends of Syria” group to issue demands to Assad
    • The 50 countries at the Tunisian summit will demand that Syria allow aid to be delivered to civilians.
    • The updated draft declaration called on Syria to “immediately cease all violence”.
    • UN SG Ban Ki-Moon and Arab League SG Elaraby appointed Kofi Annan the joint special envoy on the crisis.
    • French ambassador to Syria Chevallier returned to Damascus two weeks after being recalled in protest.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Xinhua, AFP, BBC, NYT

AFRICA

  • Region: The Russian Navy will continue to participate in international counter-piracy operations off Somalia, but not participate in land operations. (Itar-Tass)
  • Egypt: Presidential candidate Fotouh was injured when gunmen attacked his car outside Cairo. (DPA)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen burned down a school in Maiduguri, the second such attack in two days. (AFP)
  • Somalia: A missile strike killed four al Shebab rebels in Lower Shabelle. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: A farmer in Cauca was tortured by the FARC when he refused to install a bomb on a donkey. (DPA)
  • Colombia: The National Police extradited 16 Colombians and one Nicaraguan to the US, Spain and Italy to face prosecution for drug trafficking crimes. (Xinhua)
  • Nicaragua: Russia and Nicaragua concluded an agreement on cooperation against drug trafficking and organized crime. (RIA Novosti)

ASIA

  • Region: PM Gilani called on Taliban leaders and other Afghan insurgent groups to take part in a peace process. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Anti-US demonstrations occurred in Kabul and across Afghanistan in a fourth day of protests over the burning of the Koran at an US-run base. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: German forces withdrew early from a base in Taluqan because of anti-US unrest. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: US envoy Davies reported “a little bit of progress” in negotiations with North Korea on restarting nuclear disarmament in return for aid. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The ROK chief of staff Choi Yun-hee met with US Admiral Haney to discuss enhancing military exchange and defense cooperation. (Yonhap)

EUROPE

  • Russia: FSKN said Russia will extend assistance to Central American countries in training personnel to combat drug trafficking and organized crime. (Itar-Tass)
  • Serbia: Germany restated its support for Serbia’s EU membership and expressed interest in its approval in the upcoming week. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government stated it is ready to host an international meeting on Syria to follow up one being held in Tunis. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government expressed interest in more IAEA talks amid growing suspicions about Tehran’s atomic activities. (Reuters)
  • Israel: Clashes broke out between police and “hundreds” of Palestinian stone throwers at the Al-Aqsa mosque. (AFP)
  • Syria: Amnesty International demanded aid agencies be given immediate access to Homs. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The Supreme Committee for election said seven people were killed during presidential elections. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A former McAfee cybersecurity researcher used a previously unknown hole in smartphone browsers to demonstrate an expansive security gap. (LAT)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25FEB)

  • Kuwait: Independence day celebrated – 1950.
  • Pakistan: By-elections held for six seats on the National Assembly.

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