ONS: 24 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Regional African leaders signed a deal aimed at pacifying the troubled east of the DR Congo.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos threatened to abandon bilateral talks with the FARC.
  • ASIA: Three separate suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit outlying provinces and a shootout occurred between security forces and a would-be attacker in Kabul.
  • EUROPE: Polls opened in Italy for the country’s general election.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli PM Netanyahu’s envoy made “an unequivocal demand” to the Palestinian Authority to quell a wave of protests in the West Bank.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Obama administration is considering whether to use economic sanctions to retaliate against China for allegedly hacking into and spying on US companies.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community responds to failing peace talks amid violence
    • The UK urged Syria’s umbrella opposition to reconsider pulling out of international meetings on the crisis.
    • Germany’s Defense Minister said Patriot missile batteries close to the Syria-Turkey border delivered a “clear warning” to Damascus.
    • Jordan will continue to receive Syrian refugees and is planning to build a third refugee camp.
    • Arab and rebel officials said a surge of rebel advances in Syria is being fueled at least in part by an influx of heavy weaponry in a renewed effort by outside powers to arm moderates in the Free Syrian Army.
    • Turkish PM Erdogan said that his country will “not remain silent” over Syrian President Assad’s “crimes” against his own people.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, Reuters, WaPo, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Regional African leaders signed a deal aimed at pacifying the troubled east of the country. (AFP)
  • Guinea: The leading opposition parties announced they were pulling out of May 12 parliamentary polls. (AFP)
  • Libya: The coastguard seized more than 66,000 pounds of drugs from a boat off the coast of Tripoli. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram denied its alleged involvement in the recent abduction of seven French nationals in northern Cameroon. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Thousands protested against the new PM-designate Ali Larayedh, a hardliner from the main Islamist Ennahda party. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos threatened to abandon bilateral talks with the FARC. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Authorities captured Tommaso Iacomino, reputedly a fugitive Camorra clan leader wanted for extradition to Italy. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police seized a “cannon” used to launch packets of drugs to the US side of the border. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Hundreds of government opponents held a demonstration demanding answers about President Chavez’s condition. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan said a Chinese government ship briefly entered its territorial waters off disputed islands in the East China Sea. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Three separate suicide bombings hit outlying provinces and a shootout occurred between security forces and a would-be attacker in Kabul. (AP)
  • Bangladesh: Police fired live rounds in clashes with Islamists demanding the execution of bloggers they accuse of blasphemy, killing at least three protesters. (AFP)
  • Japan: Tokyo and Washington plan to install a US early-warning radar system at a coastal base near Kyoto to bolster defenses against the DPRK. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: A White House official made two secret visits to The DPRK last year in an unsuccessful effort to improve relations after new Kim Jong Un assumed power. (LAT)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: Polls opened in a left-right presidential runoff to elect a new leader to seal a crucial bailout. (AFP)
  • Italy: Polls opened for the country’s general election. (AFP)
  • Spain: Protesters furious at corruption scandals in the financial crisis massed in cities across the country. (AFP)
  • Spain: King Juan Carlos’s son-in-law Inaki Urdangarin worked to distance the royal family from a corruption scandal. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A doctor who oversees Iraqi President Talabani’s medical care says the president is able to speak and understand people around him as he recovers from a stroke. (AP)
  • Israel: 3,000 Palestinians held in Israeli jails staged a one-day hunger strike in protest at the death of a Palestinian inmate. (AFP)
  • Israel: Israeli PM Netanyahu’s envoy made “an unequivocal demand” to the Palestinian Authority to quell a wave of protests in the West Bank. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An Austrian who was kidnapped in Yemen made a video appeal to concerned governments to pay ransom in order to prevent his death. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: President Hadi paid a surprise visit to Aden as witnesses said clashes continued between police and protesting southern separatists. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Obama administration is considering whether to use economic sanctions to retaliate against China for allegedly hacking into and spying on US companies.  (Hillicon Valley)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 17S (Seventeen)
    • Location: 225 Nm N of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 4 kt
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Haruna)
    • Location: 395 NM SW of La Reunion
    • Movement: E at 11 mph
    • Winds: 51 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25FEB)

  • Global: UN Human Rights Council, 22nd Session in Geneva.
  • Kenya: Final presidential debate in Kenya.
  • Korea, South: Inauguration of Park Geun-hye as President of South Korea.
  • Kuwait: Kuwait marks its 51st independence from Britain – 1962.
  • Syria: Syria FM Walid al-Muallem will visit Moscow for talks on the near two-year conflict in his country.
  • Ukraine: Ukraine-EU summit.

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