ONS: 26 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian militant group Boko Haram is increasingly expanding ties with militants across Africa
  • AMERICAS: Mexican soldiers held 11 Zetas members
  • ASIA: An Afghan suicide bomber attacked a NATO vehicle, casualties expected
  • EUROPE: British PM Cameron backed a possible FTA between Europe and the US
  • MIDDLE EAST: An ISIS report claimed Iran is incapable of producing nuclear weapon in 2012
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikimedia Foundation and Orange joined forces to provide 70 million with free mobile access to Wikipedia in the Middle East North Africa region

TOP STORY

  • Papua New Guinea: Military coup takes hold, then fails
    • Around 20 soldiers infiltrated Taurama Barracks and placed commanding officer Brigadier General Agwi under house arrest.
    • Former Colonel Sasa declared himself defense chief following the mutiny.
    • The overthrow came after months of uncertainty over political leadership.
    • The rebels gave PM O’Neill a week to step aside, claiming support for formerly ousted PM Sir Michael Somare.
    • PM O’Neill refused to step down.
    • General Agwi was released following the arrests of approximately 15 soldiers.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Region: Nigerian militant group Boko Haram established ties with Al-Qaeda and other Islamist groups in West Africa to increase its regional impact. (AFP)
  • Mali: Tuareg rebels and Malian troops clashed in Anderamboukane. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: The Justice and Equality Movement selected Gibril Ibrahim to replace his brother Khalil, who recently died at the hands of government forces. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Argentine President Kirchner blasted British PM Cameron, claiming he portrayed Argentina as “violent” in the dispute over the Falkland Islands. (AFP)
  • Region: Venezuelan President Chávez lauded trade with Colombia, and attributed a disastrous trade relationship to the former Colombian President Uribe. (DPA)
  • Mexico: In an investigation into espionage, lawmakers discovered recording equipment and microphones in their offices. (AP)
  • Mexico: Soldiers detained 11 Zetas gunmen, seven of whom are wanted for the murder of two soldiers. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attacked a NATO vehicle in Lashkar Gah, numerous casualties are to expected. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: ISAF troops detained a Taliban commander in Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The Defense Ministry announced its marines are conducting live-fire drills at Yeonpyeong Island, near the border with North Korea. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Nearly a dozen Baluch rebels attacked the paramilitary Frontier Corps post in the district of Dera Bugti, killing six soldiers. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Security forces killed at least 20 militants in an attack near the border with Afghanistan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: British PM Cameron backed a free trade deal between the EU and the US. (AP)
  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel addressed Germany’s exposure to criticism from financial markets over the possible Euro bailout, while British PM Cameron called it “tinkering.” (AFP)
  • Region: Ukrainian activists protested the arrival of a US Navy ship set to take part in military drills in the Black Sea. (AP)
  • Poland: The Ambassador to Japan Jadwiga Rodowicz-Czechowska confirmed that she signed an international copyright agreement in Tokyo. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Authorities imposed a travel ban on four members of the International Republican Institute. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The Institute for Science and International Security reported that Iran is incapable of producing enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear weapon by 2012. (Reuters)
  • Iran: An Iranian F14 crashed near the coast of the Persian Gulf, killing both crew members. (AFP)
  • Syria: Security forces stormed a restive area in the suburbs of Damascus, killing at least two. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Wikimedia Foundation and Orange announced a deal where they would provide 70 million people in MENA with mobile access to Wikipedia at no cost. (ReadWriteEnterprise)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Iggy)
    • Location: 485 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: ESE at 04 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Funso)
    • Location: 370 NM ENE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: S at 05 knots
    • Winds: 115 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JAN)

  • Cuba: Communist party holds conference on potential political and economic changes.
  • Pakistan: Political party Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) to march in Karachi due to Muttahidda Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) stalemate.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of CIA contractor Raymond Davis killing two Pakistanis in Lahore – 2011.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of protests beginning against President Saleh – 2011.

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