ONS: 26 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Obama administration is seeking an additional $32 million to train African troops to fight islamic extremists.
  • AMERICAS: US Customs and Border Protection agents in New Mexico seized six tons of marijuana in one of the agency’s largest drug busts ever.
  • ASIA: Clashes in Pakistan between two Islamic militant groups near the Afghan border have killed at least 24 people.
  • EUROPE: Russian PM Medvedev defended Russia’s decision to pass tit-for-tat legislation targeting the US.
  • MIDDLE EAST: An Iranian government official said Iran would consider any attack on Syria an attack on Iran.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The hacktivist group Anonymous hacked the US federal sentencing website, using the page to make a declaration of “war” on the U.S. government.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Troops deployed to quell violent protests in Port Said and Suez.
    • The army deployed troops and armoured vehicles in Suez after deadly clashes between police and anti-government protesters.
    • President Morsi appealed for calm after at least seven people were killed in violence on the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
    • Egyptian security officials said a senior police officer and a policeman were killed in Port Said after a judge sentenced 21 people to death in connection to one of the world’s deadliest incidents of soccer violence.
    • At least 75 people were wounded in violence outside the prison in Port Said.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, AP-2, CNN, Reuters, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The FM acknowledged that security forces made mistakes in the hostage crisis at the Saharan gas plant. (AP)
  • DR Congo: The UN wants to set up a 2,000-strong “intervention brigade” to tackle armed groups in the east of the country. (AFP)
  • Mali: The Obama administration is seeking an additional $32 million to train African troops to fight islamic extremists. (AP)
  • Mali: The AU is seeking to bolster the strength of the African-led force in Mali, or AFISMA, and has given member states one week to commit troops to the mission. (AFP)
  • Sudan: South Sudan’s President Kiir called for the immediate implementation of a series of agreements signed with Sudan. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Latin American and European leaders opened a two-day summit focused on sealing a free trade agreement between the two blocs. (AFP)
  • United States: US Customs and Border Protection agents in New Mexico seized six tons of marijuana in one of the agency’s largest drug busts ever. (AP)
  • United States: A US appeals court overturned the war crimes conviction of an Al-Qaeda propagandist. (AFP)
  • Venzeula: At least 50 people were killed in a prison riot in the south-west of the country. (BBC)
  • Venzeula: VP Maduro said he is taking a message from President Hugo Chavez to share with leaders at a summit meeting in Chile. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: China agreed to train the Cambodian army and to supply Phnom Penh with new weapons. (UPI)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack in Ghazni killed and injured over a dozen people. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: The government  protested the US State Department’s use of the name ‘Burma’ rather than Myanmar in a statement regarding fighting in Kachin. (DPA)
  • Korea, North: A US research institute said the country could be almost ready to carry out its threat to conduct a nuclear test. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Clashes between two Islamic militant groups near the Afghan border have killed at least 24 people. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Macedonia’s FM Poposki said Macedonia and Russia have the potential to step up bilateral cooperation. (Itar-Tass)
  • Italy: Police seized millions of dollars in assets from two alleged mafia members. (UPI)
  • Russia: PM Medvedev defended Russia’s decision to pass tit-for-tat legislation targeting the US. (AFP)
  • Spain: Chile and Spain signed an agreement of strategic alliance to boost ties and cooperation in various fields. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Iranian government official said Iran would consider any attack on Syria an attack on Iran. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Talks between six global powers and Iran on its nuclear program are likely to be delayed until February. (Reuters)
  • Iraq: UNSG Ban Ki- moon strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks across Iraq. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Rebels stormed a prison and freed some 300 prisoners after hours of intense fighting at the facility. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Armed tribal attackers blew up Yemen ‘s main oil export pipeline nearly two weeks after it was repaired. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The hacktivist group Anonymous hacked the US federal sentencing website, using the page to make a declaration of “war” on the U.S. government. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 470 NM WSW of Bora Bora, Society Islands
    • Movement: SSE at 15
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27JAN)

  • Africa: African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Bulgaria: Bulgarian Nuclear Power Referendum.
  • Pakistan: Anniversary of US Consular official killing two Pakistanis in Lahore – 2011.
  • Qatar: Verdict in the appeals trial of poet Mohammed al-Ajami, sentenced to life in prison after he was accused of incitement against the regime.
  • Vietnam: Vietnam celebrates the 40th anniversary of Paris Accords that marked the end of the Vietnam War – 1973.

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