ONS: 25 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 25, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The African Union pledged to send an African military force to Mali to fight the al Qaeda affiliated groups controlling northern Mali.
  • AMERICAS: Cuban immigration reforms will allow Cubans who fled illegally after 1994 and have spent eight years abroad to return without repercussions.
  • ASIA: Chinese and Japanese authorities confirmed the presence of Chinese surveillance ships in the waters near the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands.
  • EUROPE: Russia successfully tested a prototype of an upgraded nuclear-capable long-range missile.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s intelligence minister Heydar Meslehi reported fifty people were arrested on money trading violations since the recent crackdown on foreign-exchange dealings linked to the degradation of Iran’s currency.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Thieves compromised the credit card readers at 63 Barnes & Noble stores, causing the bookseller to remove the readers from its stores while an investigation is underway.

TOP STORY

  • Israeli and Sudanese officials exchange accusations over Sudanese weapons factory explosion in Yarmouk.
    • Sudanese Culture and Information Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman stated there was evidence proving the attack was carried out by an Israeli aircraft.
    • Osman said Sudan “reserves the right to strike back.”
    • Top Israeli defense official Amos Gilad stated Sudan is a “dangerous terrorist state.”
    • Sudan’s link to Iran has come under scrutiny by Israel following the exchange.
    • Sudan called for the UNSC to condemn Israel.
    • Coverage: AFP, The Daily Star, Guardian, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Region: The African Union pledged to send an African military force to Mali to fight the al Qaeda affiliated groups controlling northern Mali. (AP)
  • Mali: The African Union readmitted Mali, lifting suspensions placed following the coup in March. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Six civilians were killed after their bus was hit along the frontline between al Shebaab fighters and African Union troops. (AP)
  • Somalia: A pirate was killed off of the Somali coast when a NATO anti-piracy taskforce ship came under fire from suspected pirates. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador discussed stronger joint efforts to combat drug trafficking, smuggling, terrorism, human trafficking and natural disasters in Bolivia during a seminar titled “Measures for International Cooperation and Mutual Trust.” (Xinhua)
  • Region: Chiefs from the American Police Community (Ameripol) gathered in Bogota to discuss regional challenges to the drug war. (Xinhua)
  • Argentina: Crew members from the detained Libertad frigate in Ghana have arrived in Buenos Aires. (AP)
  • Colombia: The Navy seized 1.2 tons of cocaine hidden inside a shipping container used to smuggle cocaine to into the islands of San Andres and Providencia. (Xinhua)
  • Cuba: Immigration reforms will allow Cubans who fled illegally after 1994 and have spent eight years abroad to return without repercussions. (DPA)
  • Jamaica: Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Jamaica and killed at least two people. (AP)
  • Mexico: Marines captured nine Los Zetas cartel members and seized more than 50 firearms, five rockets, drugs and thousands of rounds of ammunition across the cities of Pedras Negras, Nava and Monclova. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodian PM Hun Sen urged ASEAN to conduct studies on ways to ease religious tensions and promote religious harmony. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Captain Gregory Fenton of the USS George Washington said the US Navy’s presence in Asia would guard the “freedom of navigation” in Asia. (AFP)
  • Region: Chinese and Japanese authorities confirmed the presence of Chinese surveillance ships in the waters near the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. (AFP, Xinhua)
  • China: Police are offering an award for information on persons responsible for a series of self-immolations in Tibet. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: Tokyo Governor Ishihara resigned in order to start his own national political party. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: A boat from the DPRK was spotted crossing into South Korean territorial waters while raiding a Chinese fishing boat. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Police in Islamabad established a cyber crime unit to deal with crimes and investigations related to technology. (APP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Police broke up a human trafficking ring from the Balkans that is purported to have smuggled 50 girls to Western Europe. (DPA)
  • Greece: The IMF stated “outstanding issues” remain about the terms of Greece’s bailout package despite progress in recent days. (Reuters)
  • Russia: President Putin stated Russia will continue to help South Ossetia in strengthening its statehood and solving major economic and social problems. (Itar-Tass)
  • Russia: The military successfully tested a prototype of an upgraded nuclear-capable long-range missile. (DPA)
  • United Kingdom: The hacking group known as Anonymous sent messages to several current and former British police officers pleading officers to stand with them in solidarity and “not to support the traitors against us.” (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: A man suspected of involvement in the Benghazi US embassy attack was killed during a police raid on an apartment in Cairo. (LAT)
  • Iran: UN human rights expert Ahmed Shaheed said Iran continues to use the death penalty in manners that do not meet international standards. (AP)
  • Iran: Intelligence Minister Meslehi reported fifty people were arrested on money trading violations since the recent crackdown on foreign-exchange dealings linked to the degradation of Iran’s currency. (NYT)
  • Israel: Egypt negotiated a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza Strip during the Eid al-Adha holiday which began this morning. (AFP)
  • Syria: President Assad has indicated to the Russian Ambassador that the Syrian government will accept a ceasefire during the Eid al-Adha holiday. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: Thieves compromised the credit card readers at 63 Barnes & Noble stores, causing the bookseller to remove the readers from its stores while an investigation is underway. (Wired)

WORLD

  • Cyclones (Pacific): Tropical Storm, East of Panay, Philipines
    • Direction: NW
    • Movement: 34-63 Knots
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  • Cyclones (Indian): Tropical Cyclone, 200 miles East of Ras Binnah, Somalia
    • Direction: SW
    • Movement: 34-63 Knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Sandy, Cuba
    • Direction: NNE
    • Movement: 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic):
    • Direction: ENE
    • Movement: 23 mph
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  • Earthquakes: Costa Rica
    • Magnitude: 6.5
    • Depth: 20.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Alaid Volcano, Altasov Island, Russia
    • Began to spew ash 700 meters in the air
    • Map

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Middle East: Anniversary of Israel and Jordan making peace – 1994.
  • South Korea: Anniversary of the assassination of the South Korean President – 1979.
  • South Korea: The country tries to launch its own satellite into orbit.
  • United States: Microsoft inaugurates its new news service.
  • Islam: Holiday of Eid al-Adha on 26OCT.

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