ONS: 24 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 24, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Malian Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine split and the breakaway faction, the Islamic Movement for Azawad, announced it was ready for peace talks.
  • AMERICAS: The FARC announced it had established some common ground on sensitive land issues in peace talks with the Colombian government.
  • ASIA: A boat carrying seven Hong Kong and Taiwanese activists that was headed for the Senkaku islands turned around after Japanese Coast Guard ships fired water cannons at the boat.
  • EUROPE: NATO said it will start activating its Patriot missile defense systems in Turkey this weekend.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Jordanian tribal coalitions and regime loyalists secured 90% of the 150-seat Lower House of Parliament in the first elections after the Arab Spring.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Secretary Clinton said State Department is actively countering online propaganda posted by terrorist groups by posting videos and other content of its own.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The government announced it would be resuming ballistic missile nuclear testing in response to increased UN sanctions.
    • The National Defense Commission made clear that its long-range rockets are designed to carry not only satellites but also warheads aimed at striking the United States.
    • Chinese officials urged “all relevant parties” to show restraint after the announcement.
    • Russian FM Lavrov called for a resumption of six-party talks.
    • Coverage: AP, Telegraph, AP2

AFRICA

  • Region: Egyptian President Morsi met with President of the Libyan General National Congress, Mohamed al Mugarif, in Cairo, where they agreed to form a joint committee to enhance bilateral ties between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Kenya: The EU election monitoring mission head called for “credible and fair” voting in March without a repeat of the post-election violence in December 2007. (DPA)
  • Mali: The Islamist rebel group Ansar Dine split and the breakaway faction, the Islamic Movement for Azawad, announced it was ready for peace talks. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan said Boko Haram would pose a threat to other African nations if not contained. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shabab insurgents issued an ultimatum to release all prisoners held on terrorism charges or they would execute all Kenyan hostages they hold. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC announced it had established some common ground on sensitive land issues in peace talks with the government. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Prosecutors say the dismemberment killings of 16 people west of Mexico City over the past 10 days were the work of La Familia cartel. (AP)
  • Panama: In northern regions, 2.2 tons of cocaine was seized in two anti-narcotics operations. (Xinhua)
  • Peru: The government and the EU signed a fourth agreement aiming to boost economic cooperation and strengthen business ties. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: A boat carrying seven Hong Kong and Taiwanese activists that was headed for the Senkaku islands turned around after Japanese Coast Guard ships fired water cannons at the boat. (AFP)
  • Cambodia: The National Assembly adopted a draft law on the establishment of the Supreme Council of National Defense, which would ensure the protection of the Constitution, national independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and the implementation of roles, duties, and obligations of the Armed Forces. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: President-elect Park nominated Kim Yong joon, the head of her transition team and former chief of the constitutional court, as PM. (Xinhua)
  • Malaysia: Police rescued nine children and arrested 33 suspected members of a child trafficking syndicate in the north. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: The International Labor Organization claimed rebels freed eight underage military recruits captured and held as prisoners of war. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel said she was open to compromise after British PM Cameron called for weaker ties with Europe. (UPI)
  • Russia: Chechen officials say 12 suspected militants were killed in a special operation that was launched after two policemen were killed and seven injured in an attack on a police station. (AP)
  • Slovenia: PM Jansa’s governing coalition fell apart when a junior coalition partner, the Civic List, pulled out over corruption allegations. (AFP)
  • Turkey: NATO said it will start activating its Patriot missile defense systems in Turkey this weekend. (RFL/RL)
  • United Kingdom: Forty percent of British citizens want to leave the EU according to a survey. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Gaza Strip: A Palestinian rights group says Hamas has detained six journalists suspected of affiliation to Fatah. (AP)
  • Iraq: A suicide attack at a Shiite mosque in the north killed 42 and wounded 75 as sectarian protests call for PM al Maliki to stand down continue. (AFP)
  • Jordan: Tribal coalitions and regime loyalists secured 90% of the country’s 150-seat Lower House of Parliament. (DPA)
  • Syria: Government warplanes bombed rebel-held areas near Damascus as troops battled opposition fighters along the road that links the capital with the main airport. (AP)
  • Yemen: Officials say a US drone strike on a car outside the capital of Sanaa has killed at least seven suspected al Qaeda militants. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Secretary Clinton said the State Department is actively countering online propaganda posted by terrorist groups by posting videos and other content of its own. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclone: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 242 mi NE of Pago Pago, America Samoa
    • Movement: E at 7 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JAN)

  • Austria: Holocaust Remembrance Day, in parliament and an opera by Peter Androsch about the Nazi atrocities to children.
  • Czech Republic: Presidential election 2nd round.
  • Egypt: National Day commemorating Egypt’s protests to unseat Hosni Mubarak; Anti-Morsi protest planned.
  • Korea, South: Presidential Inauguration
  • Russia: The five permanent members of the UN Security Council are set to discuss the deteriorating situation in Syria at a meeting at the end of January – Either 25JAN, 26JAN, or 27JAN.
  • Tunisia: Secular center-left party Ettakatol, a member of Tunisia’s ruling coalition led by the Islamist Ennahda party, holds its annual congress.

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