ONS: 25 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 25, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: A US Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year as part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said he was “cautiously optimistic” about ongoing peace talks.
  • ASIA: Afghan and ISAF troops killed four Taliban militants including their commander in Baghlan province.
  • EUROPE: Georgian PM Ivanishvili said he is ready and willing to meet with Russian President Putin.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Yemen two suspected US drone strikes killed six al Qaeda militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An Internet virus attacked computers at industrial sites in the south of Iran.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: UN-AL envoy meets with opposition as violence continues
    • UN-AL envoy Brahimi met in Damascus with three opposition groups tolerated by the regime, a day after holding talks with President Assad.
    • Syrian insurgents ambushed and killed a military intelligence officer near Damascus while the army pounded several rebel bastions in and around the capital.
    • The US accused the Syrian regime of launching a “vicious” attack on civilians at a bakery.
    • Activists reported that rebels fully captured a northern town near the Turkish border after weeks of siege and heavy fighting.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AP, NYT, WaPo

AFRICA

  • Region: A US Army brigade will begin sending small teams into as many as 35 African nations early next year as part of an intensifying Pentagon effort to train countries to battle extremists. (AP)
  • Mali: The occupation of the north of the country by islamists has significantly and negatively impacted the economy in Bamako. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: The country’s secret police arrested two journalists after a report of alleged abuses by troops battling Boko Haram. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said he was “cautiously optimistic” about ongoing peace talks with the FARC rebels. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Officials said a prosecutor and six others have been found dead near the Mexican border in a crime likely committed by drug traffickers. (AP)
  • Venezuela: VP Maduro said President Chavez could be sworn in before the Supreme Court even if his cancer treatment keeps him out of the country beyond his 10JAN13 inauguration date. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Afghan and ISAF troops killed four Taliban militants including their commander in Baghlan province. (Xinhua)
  • India: An Indian policeman who was injured in protest clashes has died. (AFP)
  • Japan: The ousted ruling party named a new leader to replace PM Noda as its chief. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The government decided to accord recognition to the Republic of Kosovo. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: PM Ivanishvili said he is ready and willing to meet with Russian President Putin. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: A high-ranking Russian ruling party member who headed a college in the North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria was shot dead in his office. (AFP)
  • Spain: PM Rajoy emphasized the contribution of Spain’s military missions abroad to Spain’s security given international threats such as terrorism and piracy. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al- Khalifa stressed the need to enhance cooperation among Gulf states toward forming a union to deal with local and regional developments. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Oaji said that Iran and Iraq are set to finalize a deal on natural gas exports in the near future. (Xinhua)
  • Palestinian Territories: Palestinian President Abbas visited the West Bank. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Two suspected US drone strikes killed six al Qaeda militants. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber security: An Internet virus attacked computers at industrial sites in the south of the country. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Depresion 27W (Wukong)
    • Location: 440 NM SE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Winds: 34 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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