ONS: 26 February 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: HRW claimed six members of Sudanese opposition political parties were being held without charges after having met with several rebel groups in Uganda last month.
  • AMERICAS: Hundreds of protestors gathered in front of the Uruguayan Supreme Court to protest its ruling that fresh investigations into human rights abuses violated the constitution.
  • ASIA: The Chinese military unveiled a new steel frigate in a move to strengthen defenses amid a number of territorial disputes with neighboring states.
  • EUROPE: Moscow police arrested two men suspected of belonging to a group linked to funding militant organizations in the northern Caucasus.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Israel, a rocket launched from Gaza hit the southern city of Ashkelon, the first time a rocket attack occurred since a truce was declared last November.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A new Copyright Alert System will notify customers if their ISP suspects them of pirating information on the internet and, in repeat offenses, could result in the revocation of internet privileges.

TOP STORY

  • Italy: Bersani’s center-left coalition is set to secure a majority in the lower legislative house, but fail to secure an outright majority in the Senate.
    • This political uncertainty slammed markets in Europe over fear of another debt crisis.
    • Germany reiterated the need for continuing the policy of budget reform pursued under the last government.
    • Berlusconi hinted at the creation of a “grand coalition” between his center-right coalition and Bersani’s center-left coalition.
    • The indecisiveness at the polls vaulted former comedian Beppe Grillo to the roll of kingmaker after his party received a quarter of the vote in the lower house.
    • Coverage: Xinhua, AP, AFP-1, DPA, AFP-2

AFRICA

  • Cameroon: The French government ruled out negotiations with the abductors of a French family, who have demanded the release of a number of prisoners. (AFP)
  • Mali: French forces engaged Islamist rebels in a massive firefight in the north, with the fighting concentrated largely in the Ifoghas Mountains. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen shot and killed a senior police officer outside his home in the northern Kano state, the latest in a string of targeted killings in the region.  (AFP)
  • Sudan: HRW claimed six members of opposition political parties were being held without charges after having met with several rebel groups in Uganda last month. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The government authorized a committee of civilians and Red Cross officials to travel to a jungle zone to assist the two German hostages being held by the ELN. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: Venezuelan President Chavez sent a message to President Castro congratulating him on his re-election. (AP)
  • Mexico: Military officials began selecting and training members for a new federal police force to fight common crime across the country. (AP)
  • Uruguay: Hundreds of protestors gathered in front of the Supreme Court to protest its ruling that fresh investigations into human rights abuses violated the constitution. (AP)

ASIA

  • China: The military unveiled a new steel frigate in a move to strengthen defenses amid a number of territorial disputes with neighboring states. (AFP)
  • Japan: Two US sailors pleaded guilty to raping a young woman in Okinawa last October, sparking massive public resentment of the American military presence. (BBC)
  • Philippines: President Aquino warned the gunmen in Malaysia to withdraw or face the “full force of the law.” (AFP)
  • Vietnam: The military announced it will begin participating in UN peacekeeping operations starting early next year. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A UN report stated although the circulation of cocaine out of western Africa has decreased in recent years, its value in Europe remains USD1.25 billion. (AP)
  • Poland: President Komorowski said the country should meet the economic requirements for entry to the Euro Zone by 2015 to make it competitive. (AP)
  • Russia: Moscow police arrested two men suspected of belonging to a group linked to funding militant organizations in the northern Caucasus. (Itar-Tass)
  • Ukraine: German doctors will travel to the country in March to treat former PM Tymoshenko for acute pain resulting from a back injury. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A French journalist detained for three weeks for allegedly taking unauthorized photographs was released and will be free to leave the country in two days. (AFP)
  • Israel: A rocket launched from Gaza hit the southern city of Ashkelon, the first time a rocket attack occurred since a truce was declared last November. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Reports stated the Saudi government supported the Syrian rebels by providing them with arms bought from Croatia. (AFP)
  • Syria: The military fired four ballistic missiles into the city of Aleppo over the last week, killing more than 140 people. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Intellectual Property: A new Copyright Alert System will notify customers if their ISP suspects them of pirating information on the internet and, in repeat offenses, could result in the revocation of internet privileges. (Fast Company)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:
    • Tropical Cyclone 17S (Rusty)
      • Location: 121 mi NE of Port Hedland, Australia
      • Movement: SE at 3.5 mph
      • Winds: 86 mph
      • Map
    • Tropical Cyclone 18S (Eighteen)
      • Location: 297 mi SE of Cocos Island, Australia
      • Movement: SW at 7 mph
      • Winds: 40 mph
      • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27FEB)

  • Global: The 2014 Nuclear Security Summit: challenges and opportunities in The Hague (to 01MAR).
  • Global: UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters, 59th Session in New York (to 01MAR).

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