ONS: 25 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The two main Rwandan opposition parties in exile accused President Kagame of seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power for a third term.
  • AMERICAS: President Raul Castro announced his retirement in five-years and tapped rising-star Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed him.
  • ASIA: Chinese leader Xi reaffirmed the government’s intention to pursue unification with Taiwan in a meeting with a representative of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party.
  • EUROPE: Russian police seized 190 kg of heroin with an estimated value of USD18 million coming into the Moscow region from Afghanistan hidden in a shipment of radishes.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli Defence Ministry announced that a joint exercise with American armed forces have successfully tested the Arrow-missile defense system for the first time.
  • TECHNOLOGY: MasterCard announced a new digital payment system that will allow people to use a variety of different devices to spend money, including smartphones.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai ordered ISAF special forces units to leave the provinces of Logar and Wardak within two weeks.
    • The Karzai government accused US special forces of murdering and torturing civilian Afghans in these areas.
    • A NATO spokesman claimed that investigations into these accusations had so far turned up no evidence to support the allegations of misconduct.
    • Two Afghan newspapers strongly criticized President Karzai’s decision, claiming that the withdrawal could be dangerous and embolden the Taliban.
    • Coverage: NYT, LAT, The Guardian, NBC, CBS, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: President Morsi called on opposition parties to join him in a dialogue to ensure integrity and transparency in the upcoming elections. (AP)
  • Mali: French aircraft attacked an Islamist base in the north, wounding four militants near the Algerian border. (AFP)
  • Rwanda: The two main opposition parties in exile accused President Kagame of seeking to amend the constitution to stay in power for a third term. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Cuba: President Castro announced his retirement in five-years and tapped rising-star Miguel Diaz-Canel to succeed him as president. (AP)
  • El Salvador: Former General Jose Guillermo Garcia could face deportation from the United States due to human rights violations in the country’s civil war. (AP)
  • Peru: A photojournalist for the country’s leading daily newspaper, El Comercio, was shot and killed outside his house, mere blocks from a police station. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Four civilians were killed and two other wounded when an IED detonated in the southern province of Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • China: Communist leader Xi reaffirmed the government’s intention to pursue unification with Taiwan in a meeting with a representative of Taiwan’s Nationalist Party. (AP)
  • Korea, South: An association of business owners urged millions of members to boycott Japanese goods to protest Japan’s claim to the Dokdo Islands. (AFP)
  • Thailand: A grenade explosion during a Buddhist festival in the northeast killed four, including two police officers, and wounded 40. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Cyprus: President-elect Anastasiades began to form a government so that the country could secure international bailout funds. (AFP)
  • Germany: Parliament ended subsidies to the far-right National Democratic Party after having failed to pay a USD1.66 million fine for questionable accounting practices. (Xinhua)
  • Italy: Voting resumed for the second and final day of parliamentary elections which are expected to end in a victory for Bersani’s center-left Democratic Party. (DPA)
  • Russia: Police seized 190 kg of heroin with an estimated value of USD18 million coming into the Moscow region from Afghanistan hidden in a shipment of radishes. (The Moscow News)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Israel: The Defence Ministry announced that a joint exercise with American armed forces have successfully tested the Arrow-missile defense system for the first time. (AP)
  • Jordan: Syrian refugees rioted in a camp near the Syrian border sparked by false rumors that policemen had sexually assaulted three women. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: The Interior Ministry announced plans to use confiscated narcotics and other drugs for scientific, medical, and industrial uses. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: FM al-Muallem stated the government was willing to talk with all parties, including militant groups, who would seek to end the bloody conflict. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Financial Tech: MasterCard announced a new digital payment system that will allow people to use a variety of different devices to spend money, including smartphones. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 17S (Rusty)
      • Location: 184 mi N of Port Hedland, Australia
      • Movement: SW at 3.5 mph
      • Winds: 69 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone 16S (Haruna)
      • Location: 414 SW of La Reunion
      • Movement: NE at 17 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone 18S (Eighteen)
      • Location: 138 mi SE of Cocos Island, Australia
      • Movement: SE at 7 mph
      • Winds: 46 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26FEB)

  • Dominican Republic: Independence Day – 1844
  • Iran: Iran nuclear talks will begin in Kazakhstan.
  • Kuwait: Kuwait celebrates the anniversary of its liberation from seven months of Iraqi occupation – 1991.
  • Russia: Ministerial consultations in Moscow (to 28FEB).
  • Russia: US Secretary of State Kerry will meet with Russian FM Lavrov in Berlin.

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