ONS: 26 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ethiopian PM Desalegn arrived in Khartoum to bolster peace efforts between Sudan and South Sudan
  • AMERICAS: Two Colombian engineers kidnapped while working for US-based Occidental Petroleum were freed in Arauca.
  • ASIA: A suicide car bombing hit the front gate of US-run Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, killing at least three Afghans and wounding seven others.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police busted a major drug trafficking ring, seizing more than 11 tonnes of hashish destined for Europe and arresting 35 people.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Syrian government’s military police chief defected, saying he felt that the army was no longer acting in the people’s best interest.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A researcher at Harvard University is adapting Google to track publicly available cartel data to inform Mexican security officials’ work.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Controversial new constitution signed into law
    • President Morsi signed into law the new Islamist-drafted constitution he says will help end political turmoil and allow him to focus on fixing the economy.
    • Official results showed Egyptians had approved the text with an overwhelming 63.8 percent.
    • Egypt’s upper house of parliament convened in its first session after the passing of the constitution.
    • The Islamist-dominated council is expected to draft a law regulating upcoming parliamentary elections.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Region: Algeria said it is determined to combat terrorism and is willing to share its counter terrorism expertise with Tunisia. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: The General National Congress discussed the matter of issuing a political isolation resolution against loyalists of former leader Qaddafi. (Xinhua)
  • South Africa: President Zuma said former president Nelson Mandela is recovering steadily but still requires medical treatment. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Ethiopian PM Desalegn arrived in Khartoum to bolster peace efforts between Sudan and South Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Chile: Activity at the Copahue volcano diminished markedly and the red alert issued for the area was completely lifted. (EFE)
  • Colombia: Two Colombian engineers kidnapped while working for US-based Occidental Petroleum were freed in Arauca. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A bishop has gained increased public focus as a social activist following a high profile condemnation of the government for failing to curb organized crime. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide car bombing hit the front gate of US-run Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, killing at least three Afghans and wounding seven others. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan police said a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy in the east of the country, with no reported casualties. (AP)
  • Burma: The president voiced rare public criticism of his government, saying that rampant corruption, bribery and inefficiency were obstructing the reform process. (AP)
  • Kazakhstan: A military transport plane crashed in the south of the country, killing all 27 people on board, including the commander of the border guards (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: ROK Marines staged a live-fire exercise near the disputed Yellow Sea border with the DPRK. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Abkhazia and Russia signed 69 bilateral agreements that cover key areas of interstate relations. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: Police busted a major drug trafficking ring, seizing more than 11 tonnes of hashish destined for Europe and arresting 35 people. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The government indicated that it wants to buy 117 air-to-air missiles from the US to strengthen its air defense capabilities. (UPI)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs said Iran supports the Syrian people and government against the US. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Witnesses reported thousands of demonstrators have gathered again in a Sunni Muslim-dominated Iraqi province to voice their opposition to the Shiite-led government. (AP)
  • Syria: The government’s military police chief defected, saying he felt that the army was no longer acting in the people’s best interest. (DPA)
  • Syria: Fresh clashes erupted in the Palestinian Yarmuk camp in southern Damascus. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: A researcher at Harvard University is adapting Google to track publicly available cartel data to inform Mexican security officials’ work. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 27W (Wukong)
    • Location: 180 NM SSE of Manila, Philippines
    • Movement: W at 13 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27DEC)

  • Nothing to report.

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