ONS: 27 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 27, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The 20th AU summit opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan prison minister Varela announced the closure of the jail where more than 60 people died in a riot on Friday.
  • ASIA: In Afghanistan, at least 13 people, including 11 policemen, were killed and eight others injured in two separate attacks in the south of the country.
  • EUROPE: Tens of thousands of Portugese teachers marched through Lisbon to protest against cuts in education imposed as part of the government’s austerity program.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Israeli vice premier said any sign of Syria’s grip on its suspected chemical weapons slipping could trigger Israeli military strikes.
  • TECHNOLOGY: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is set to release the new BlackBerry 10 hardware and os this week.

TOP STORY

  • Mali: French and African forces move towards Timbuktu
    • French-led troops recaptured the islamist stronghold of Gao.
    • The US agreed to refuel French warplanes that are currently conducting operations against militants in Mali.
    • French fighter jets bombed Mali’s far northern islamist stronghold of Kidal and destroyed the home of the head of an Al-Qaeda-linked group.
    • ECOWAS leaders decided to increase the bloc’s military assistance in Mali to up to 7,700 soldiers from an earlier agreed 3,300 troops.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, DPA, The Guardian, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Region: The 20th AU summit opened in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: EU foreign policy chief Ashton expressed “great concern” over the deadly clashes in Port Said and urged officials to restore calm. (AFP)
  • Eritrea: A senior Eritrean diplomat denied there was an attempted coup early this week. (AP)
  • Sudan: Nigerian President Jonathan met separately with Sudanese President Al-Bashir and President of South Sudan Mayanditt as part of peace efforts. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: PM Jebali delayed a cabinet reshuffle announcement, citing the lack of agreement among the leading coalition. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The leaders of Mexico and Brazil met to discuss forging closer ties to further regional integration on the sidelines of a Europe-Latin America summit. (AFP)
  • United States: The US military said it has successfully launched a missile interceptor rocket on a test flight from the central California coast. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Communications Minister Villegas said President Chavez has beaten a severe respiratory infection that occurred after his latest cancer surgery in Cuba. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Prison minister Varela announced the closure of the jail where more than 60 people died in a riot on Friday. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: At least 13 people, including 11 policemen, were killed and eight others injured in two separate attacks in the south of the country. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-un vowed to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures” to retaliate against American-led UN sanctions. (NYT)
  • Philippines: Gunmen ambushed a truck carrying policemen and village guards, killing nine. (AP)
  • Taiwan: A US congressional group paid a rare visit to a Taiwan naval base, raising speculation a US deal to provide the island with eight submarines. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: European Council President Van Rompuy called for an enhanced relationship between Europe and Latin America. (Xinhua)
  • Cyprus: Officials said that German domestic politics and “envy” over the island’s role as a financial hub are damaging efforts to seal an EU bailout. (AFP)
  • Portugal: Tens of thousands of teachers marched through Lisbon to protest against cuts in education imposed as part of the government’s austerity program. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: A draft report called for the removal of so-called “peace walls” in Northern Ireland separating Catholics and Protestants. (UPI)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: An Iranian defector said the country is only a year away from possessing a nuclear bomb. (UPI)
  • Israel: The vice premier said any sign of Syria’s grip on its suspected chemical weapons slipping could trigger Israeli military strikes. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported othat 50,009 people have been killed in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began. (AFP)
  • Syria: A group of senior Syrian opposition figures and international human rights activists said they would start investigations into war crimes committed inside Syria. (Xinhua)
  • Yemen: A UNSC delegation began a brief visit to Yemen aimed at helping to iron out problems hampering national reconciliation talks. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is set to release the new BlackBerry 10 hardware and operating system this week. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Troipical Cyclone 10P (Garry)
    • Location: 550 NM SW of Bora Bora, Society Islands
    • Movement: SSE at 9 mph
    • Winds: 35 Mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Thirteen)
    • Location: 660 NM NE of La Reunion
    • Movement: W at 8 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28JAN)

  • Global: IAEA International Experts´ Meeting on Decommissioning and Remediation after a Nuclear Accident in Vienna, Austria (to 01FEB).
  • Global: WTO meeting on regulating conflicts in Geneva.
  • Europe: EU agriculture ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • Guantanamo Bay: New preliminary hearings before a military commission for those accused in the September 11 attacks, including Pakistani Khaled Sheikh Mohammed (to 31JAN).
  • South Korea: Visit by Myanmar’s opposition icon Aung San Suu Kyi.
  • Syria: Syria’s main opposition National Coalition to meet in Paris along with representatives of the countries supporting them.

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