ONS: 25 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 25, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Sudanese government and the Darfurian rebel group Justice and Equality Movement agreed to a framework for continuing peace talks.
  • AMERICAS: US Secretary Panetta announced the military would lift its ban on women in combat roles, while combat standards would remain the same.
  • ASIA: An Afghan suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the Kapisa province northeast of Kabul killing at least four civilians.
  • EUROPE: Greek riot police stormed the Athens subway train depot, where striking workers had barricaded themselves in.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Syria, twin car bombs near a military intelligence building killed eight in the town of Quneitra.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A Twitter account run by Somalia’s al Shabaab was taken down after the group used the site to boast about killing a French agent and threatened to kill Kenyan hostages.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: The government threatened “physical counter measures” against South Korea should it participate in the UN sanctions.
    • The Chinese government threatened to significantly cut aid to North Korea if it carries out further nuclear tests.
    • Despite the threats, President Park will continue to push for dialogue with Pyongyang.
    • Both Japanese and American officials announced they have seen no indications of imminent North Korean nuclear tests.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, AP-2, Kyodo

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The UN Security Council urged armed groups and the opposition to implement “in good faith” an agreement to end their conflict while extending its mission, known as BINUCA, until 31JAN14. (DPA)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs claimed over 2.5 million people registered as IDPs in 2012. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The US and Australia joined several European countries in urging their citizens to evacuate Benghazi due to a “specific, imminent threat to Westerners” linked to the French intervention in Mali. (AFP)
  • Mali: The government urged security forces to respect human rights and international humanitarian law after evidence arose of consistent human rights’ abuse. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: The government and the Darfurian rebel group Justice and Equality Movement agreed to a framework for continuing peace talks. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC conducted a series of kidnappings and attacks targeting the oil and mining sectors. (AFP)
  • United States: Secretary Panetta announced the military would lift its ban on women in combat roles, while combat standards would remain the same. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Interior and Justice Minister Reverol said the government had increased security around VP Maduro and National Assembly President Cabello. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the Kapisa province northeast of Kabul killing at least four civilians. (AFP)
  • India: The government will present a maritime reconnaissance aircraft to the Seychelles’ government in an attempt to bolster anti-terrorism and anti-piracy measures in the Indian Ocean. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The government announced it will create a new national defense plan to boost defense capabilities in the wake of rising regional threats. (Kyodo)
  • Nepal: Twenty-two journalists fled the western Dailekh district after receiving death threats from the ruling Maoist party. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: At least six people including three policemen were killed and seven others were injured in a twin bomb blast incident that hit Karachi. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Riot police stormed the Athens subway train depot, where striking workers had barricaded themselves in. (AP)
  • Russia: Police in Moscow detained two drug smugglers caught transporting almost twelve kilograms of hashish. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: Parliament passed a bill allowing Kurds to speak Kurdish in court proceedings, bowing to a key demand of the Kurdish minority. (AP)
  • United Kingdom: A court denied bail to Nepalese army colonel Kumar Lama who is being held on charges of committing torture during the Nepalese insurgency in 2005. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Clashes between anti-Maliki protestors and soldiers in Fallujah ended with at least four dead and 19 wounded. (Reuters)
  • Israel: IAEA Chief Amano told Israel that the Iranian nuclear row needs to be handled diplomatically. (Reuters)
  • Palestinian Territories: US Senator Kerry (D-MA) announced he would visit Jerusalem and Ramallah in February to investigate a resumption of the peace process. (AFP)
  • Syria: Twin car bombs near a military intelligence building killed eight in Quneitra, a town in the Syrian-controlled Golan Heights. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: Authorities seized an illegal shipment of 115 assault rifles originating from Turkey in Aden for the second time in a month. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A Twitter account run by al Shabaab was suspended after the group used the site to boast about killing a French agent and threatened to kill Kenyan hostages. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 512 mi NE of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: SE at 13 mph
    • Winds: 86 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Global: First EU-CELAC Summit in Santiago, Chile (to 27JAN).
  • Australia:  Australia Day commemorating the establishment of the first British Colony in Australia – 1788.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of the mine explosion – 2011.
  • Egypt: Anniversary of Egypt shutting down the internet in 2011.
  • India: India Republic Day – The Constitution of India came into force on this day – 1950.
  • Mongolia: Anniversary of the establishment of US-Mongolian ties – 1987.

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