ONS: 24 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan allied forces known as the “Libya Shield” took hold of the airport, radio station, hospital, and other strategic buildings in Bani Walid’s city center.
  • AMERICAS: Guatemalan police will have computer chips affixed to their badges allowing supervisors to track their movements, in an effort to restore public confidence in the domestic security force.
  • ASIA: Japanese and Chinese officials are reported to have held secret talks to discuss the disputed Senkaku islands.
  • EUROPE: Four PKK militants were killed by Turkish police at a security checkpoint in Tunceli.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government has agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim Eid holiday that starts this week.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama excluded regulation of social networks in a draft of his national security executive order focused on cybersecurity.

TOP STORY

  • Israel and Palestinian Territories: An exchange of fire between Israel and the Gaza Strip killed three Palestinians and injured several more on both sides of the line.
    • Three Israeli air strikes killed three Palestinians late Tuesday and early Wednesday.
    • Upwards of 60 rockets and mortars have been fired into Israel from Gaza injuring several Israelis.
    • Coverage: AFPAl JazeeraAPCNNThe Jerusalem Post

AFRICA

  • Libya: Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia had claimed responsibility. (Reuters)
  • Libya: Allied forces known as the “Libya Shield” pushed into Bani Walid’s city center taking hold of strategic buildings including the airport, radio station and hospital. (Xinhua)
  • Morocco: UN human rights investigator Juan Mendez reported that Morocco continues to use torture while interrogating opponents in the Western Sahara. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A Sudanese rebel group, the Justice and Equality Movement, agreed to peace talks with Sudanese officials in Doha in November. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: More than a ton of cocaine was seized during a joint operation between the US and Colombian navies near the Caribbean island of Serrana. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Police say that 76 people kidnapped by FARC and ELN guerillas, paramilitary groups and common criminals with most kidnappings undertaken by common criminals. (DPA)
  • Colombia: Defense Minister Pinzon stated that FARC rebels receive between USD 2.4 billion and USD 3.5 billion annually from drug trafficking. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: In an effort to restore public confidence in the domestic security force, police in Guatemala will have computer chips affixed to their badges allowing supervisors to track their movements. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Protesters occupied the Michoacan state government’s representative office  in Mexico City, demanding the release of eight students being held for commandeering 82 buses and delivery trucks during a previous protest. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Seven alleged criminals were killed in a shootout with marines in Zacatecas, a Zetas cartel stronghold. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Japanese and Chinese officials are reported to have held secret talks to discuss the disputed Senkaku islands. (UPI)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan National Police and NATO-led coalition forces killed four Taliban militants and detained 22 during cleanup operations across the country over the last 24 hours. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The Japanese Coast Guard reported the presence of five Chinese vessels just beyond Japanese territorial waters surrounding the Senkaku islands. (Kyodo)
  • Japan: Makoto Taki reappointed as justice minister after Keishu Tanaka’s resignation. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Muslim-Buddhist clashes spread into new districts in the coastal region. (AP)
  • Pakistan: At least two people were killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan on Wednesday afternoon. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: In a meeting with US political counselor Rick Waters Pakistani Senator Haji Adeel sought further assistance from the United States in providing military equipment to fight terrorism. (The Express Tribune)
  • Philippines: A US navy ship rescued five Filipino fishermen who used a lighter to signal the ship while standing atop their sinking boat. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The European Union decided to maintain controversial fishing subsidies  to strengthen the fishing industry despite environmentalist claims that the subsidies contribute to overfishing in already stressed stocks. (AFP)
  • Abkhazia: President Alexander Ankvab stated that “secondary issues” being imposed on the participants in the Geneva consultations regarding security in the South Caucuses will not be discussed with Georgia. (Itar-Tass)
  • United Kingdom: Home Secretary Theresa May announced that the threat from N. Ireland-related terroism has been downgraded from severe to moderate. (AP)
  • Russia: Lenid Tibilov, head of the Republic of South Ossetia, is holding talks with President Putin today to establish the bilateral regional agenda focused on assistance from the Russian Federation to South Ossetia’s statehood and socio-economic development. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Four PKK militants were killed by Turkish police at a security checkpoint in Tunceli. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iran’s Passive Defense Organizations announced that it will conduct its first cyber drills to enhance its defenses against foreign cyber attacks. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Two Iraqi soldiers and a policeman were killed in attacks across Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Israel will deport the final 17 foreign activists detained after the navy intercepted them during an attempt the breach Israel’s blockade on Gaza last week. (AFP)
  • Kuwait: The US has issued “veiled” criticisms defending the “universal right” to freedom of assembly following injuries to protesters over the weekend. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The US State Department urged the people of Lebanon to choose a government that would counter threats posed by spillover violence from Syria. (AP)
  • Syria: The Syrian government and several rebel groups have agreed to a ceasefire during the Muslim Eid holiday. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Syrian warplanes raided Maaret al-Numan, killing five. (AFP)
  • Syria: Thirteen people were killed in attacks by “armed terrorist groups” according to state TV. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Russian Armed Forces General Nikolai Makarov told reporters that Syrian rebels possess shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles, including US-made Stinger missiles. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: President Obama excluded regulation of social networks in a draft of his national security executive order which is focused on cybersecurity. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Sandy
    • Location: South of Jamaica
    • Direction: N
    • Movement:10 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Tony
    • Location: 800 miles SE of Bermuda
    • Direction: NE
    • Movement: 12 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: 13km ENE of Hojancha, Costa Rica
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Grenada: Anniversary of US troops invading Grenada – 1983.
  • South Korea: Nine day military exercises held.
  • Zambia: Independence day celebrated – 1964.

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