ONS: 26 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 26, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan President Megaryef said the 11SEP attack on the US consulate was a pre-planned assault that had “nothing to do with” Innocence of Muslims.
  • AMERICAS: Andean Community of Nations representatives met to update a cooperation plan to fight the illegal drug trade.
  • ASIA: Chinese and Japanese foreign ministers held talks over rival claims to a disputed island chain.
  • EUROPE: Spanish police said 38 people were arrested and 64 people injured in clashes between police and protesters demonstrating against austerity measures.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi offered to hold talks with the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda if they give up violence.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A study by Forrester suggests less than 1% of online transactions can be traced back to social networks like Facebook or Pinterest.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Violence in and around Damascus escalates.
    • Rebels targeted the government’s army headquarters with two large bomb blasts.
    • Military officials said one of the bombs had caused damage to the main building of the General Staff.
    • The Free Syrian Army said they had carried out the attack and claimed dozens had been killed, while the army said no one had died.
    • The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said pro-government militiamen executed at least 16 civilians in their homes in Damascus.
    • A female reporter for Iran’s Press TV was killed by a sniper and the Damascus bureau chief for Iran’s al Alam channel wounded in Damascus.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, BBC, NYT, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: Ethiopian officials said Sudan and South Sudan leaders are edging close to signing a deal on ongoing disputes. (AFP)
  • Libya: President Megaryef said the 11SEP attack on the US consulate was a pre-planned assault that had “nothing to do with” Innocence of Muslims. (AFP)
  • Libya: Critics warned the government’s decision to only disband some armed groups is dangerous and may backfire. (AFP)
  • Mali: A senior AU official dismissed suggestions that new elections are needed before any military intervention can take place. (Reuters)
  • Zambia: President Sata demanded Africa have permanent seats on the UNSC. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Representatives from the Andean Community of Nations met to update a cooperation plan to fight the illegal drug trade. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: A court banned the Innocence of Muslims and gave YouTube 10 days to pull the film’s trailer from its website. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: Police arrested José Miguel Valencia, the head of an organized criminal group that operates in Valle del Cauca. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: A bomb blast attributed to the ELN by the military left 20 people wounded. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: President Molina advocated the international legalization of drugs while internally building up military forces to fight drug cartels. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The foreign ministers of China and Japan held talks over rival claims to a disputed island chain. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: NATO said two ISAF members were killed in an insurgent attack. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: The Pentagon said partnered operations between NATO and Afghan forces are continuing despite a decision to scale them back. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A security official confirmed a drone strike on 24SEP killed an al Qaeda operative and an Iraqi reported to be a liaison between al Qaeda and the Taliban.  (NYT)
  • Philippines: More than 100 marines shifted from fighting Abu Sayyaf to reinforcing the national claims in disputed South China Sea territories. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Workers engaged in the first general strike since the country’s coalition government was formed in June. (AP)
  • Russia: President Putin called on the EU to increase efforts for a transition to visa-free traveling with Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Spain: Police said 38 people were arrested and 64 were injured in clashes between police and protesters demonstrating against austerity measures. (AP)
  • Turkey: A blast ripped through a vehicle carrying Turkish security forces killing six soldiers and one nearby civilian. (AP)
  • Ukraine: President Yanukovych will meet with NATO SG Rasmussen during his working visit to New York. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The country’s permanent representative to the IAEA said Iran has offered to stop enriching uranium to a purity level of 20 percent if the West lifts sanctions. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Roadside bombs targeting Iraqi police killed five officers. (AFP)
  • Iraq: US Secretary Clinton pushed Iraq to deliver on pledges to stop flights by Iran over its territory. (AFP)
  • Syria: US Secretary Clinton’s point man on Syria, Fred Hof, is set to retire. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi offered to hold talks with the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda if they give up violence. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: A study by Forrester suggests less than 1% of online transactions can be traced back to social networks like Facebook or Pinterest.  (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 19W (Ewiniar)
    • Location: 545 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: NE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 57 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Super Typhoon 18W (Jelawat)
    • Location: 505 NM S of Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 155 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 510 miles SSW of the Azores
    • Movement: SSW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Miriam
    • Location: 430 miles SW of the southern tip of Baja California
    • Movement: 6 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 20% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: a few hundred miles SW of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: NW at 10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Gulf of California, Mexico
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 10.1
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Karymsky Volcano, Kamchatka Russia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (27SEP)

  • Global: Anniversary of the founding of Google – 1998.
  • Afghanistan: Anniversary of the routing of Afghan forces as Kabul falls – 1996.
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas files application for observer state recognition before the UNGA.

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