ONS: 27 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 27, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese and South Sudanese leaders reached an agreement to resume oil exports.
  • AMERICAS: Mexican authorities arrested Zetas cartel top leader Ivan Caballero, “El Taliban”, in San Luis Potosi.
  • ASIA: Seven warships and 11 aircraft from South Korea, the US, Japan and Australia are participating in the one-day US-led Proliferation Security Initiative exercise in waters about 100 kilometers south of the southern South Korean city of Busan.
  • EUROPE: Turkish PM Erdogan indicated new talks with Kurdish militants might be possible.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Hadi offered to open conditional dialogs with al Qaeda militants.
  • TECHNOLOGY: A report indicated talks between Apple and Google over mapping software for the iOs platforms broke down over a voice-guided direction function.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Activists report one of bloodiest days of conflict so far; UN warns of refugee crisis
    • Activists reported at least 300 killed across the country, including 40 who appear to have been executed in al Dhiyaba.
    • Rebels struck a military headquarters in Damascus with bombs, provoking clashes that killed at least 14.
    • The UNHCR warned up to 700,000 Syrians might flee the country before the end of the year.
    • Coverage: Reuters, LA Times, WaPo, NYT-1, NYT-2, AFP

AFRICA

  • Region: The leaders of South Sudan and Sudan reached an agreement to resume oil exports, but did not reach agreement on other issues. (Reuters)
  • Region: The North African branch of al Qaeda says France has broken off negotiations over French hostages, endangering their lives. (AP)
  • Libya: US Secretary of State Clinton suggested a link between al Qaeda and the attack on US diplomats in Benghazi. (NYT)
  • Mali: A UN special session saw division from member nations in how to handle the situation in the northern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan stated the country’s military was having success in fighting Boko Haram. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The EU froze further budgetary support to Rwanda over allegations that the state supports anti-government rebels in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Kenya said its navy hit military targets belonging to al Shabaab militants in the port of Kismayu in south Somalia, ahead of a ground assault on the rebels’ last bastion. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos stated he was “cautiously optimistic” the government could reach a peace deal with FARC rebels. (Reuters)
  • Guatemala: Security officials are on alert for increased violence stemming from an alleged split in the leadership of Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel. (EFE)
  • Haiti: President Martelly said the country is still in dire need of international aid after being devastated by a January 2010 earthquake. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Authorities arrested Zetas cartel top leader Ivan Caballero, “El Taliban”, in San Luis Potosi. (BBC)
  • Peru: A battle between army troops and suspected “narco-terrorists” in the southern Cuzco region left four soldiers wounded. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Authorities reported the capture of a drug plane with the assistance of a drone aircraft. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Seven warships and 11 aircraft from South Korea, the US, Japan and Australia are participating in the one-day US-led Proliferation Security Initiative exercise in waters about 100 km south of the southern South Korean city of Busan. (Kyodo)
  • Afghanistan: The government reported 45 Taliban militants killed in operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • China: The country’s foreign ministry sharply criticized statements by Japanese PM Noda on the disputed Senkaku islands. (AP)
  • Myanmar: The US announced it would ease an import ban on the country. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: Information Minister Kaira said Pakistan will not hold an early general election despite a legal dispute over corruption allegations between the Supreme Court and President Zardari. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Interior Minister Valls said the country will expel any foreigner who threatens security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country’s secular traditions. (AFP)
  • Georgia: A 22-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will travel to Georgia from 29SEP to 02OCT to observe the conduct of the parliamentary elections alongside observers from the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, European Parliament, NATO Parliamentary Assembly and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. (Itar-Tass)
  • Greece: Finance Minister Stournaras says the heads of the three parties in the governing coalition have reached a “basic agreement” on an austerity package for 2013-14. (AP)
  • Spain: The government will announce economic reforms and a reduced budget Thursday. (Reuters)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan indicated new talks with Kurdish militants might be possible. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli PM Netanyahu will reportedly push for a “red line” towards Iran’s nuclear program at the UN on Thursday. (Reuters)
  • Iran: President Ahmadinejad accused the West and Israel of nuclear “intimidation” during a speech at the UNGA. (AFP)
  • Iran: State media reported a top aide of President Ahmadinejad was arrested. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Security forces killed two in a Shiite village in the eastern Qatif region of the country. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Hadi offered to open conditional dialogs with al Qaeda militants. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: A report indicated talks between Apple and Google over mapping software for the iOs platforms broke down over a voice-guided direction function. (All Things Digital)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Ewiniar
    • Location: 345 NM SSE of Yokosuka, Japan
    • Movement: N at 15 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Jelawat
    • Location: 410 NM SSW of Kadena, Air Base
    • Movement: NNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 150 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 640 miles SSW of the Azores
    • Movement: SW at 6 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Tropical Storm Miriam
    • Location: 385 miles WSW of Baja California
    • Movement: NNW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 375 miles SSW of Mananzillo, Mexico
    • Movement: NNW at 10-15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, US
    • Magnitude: 6.4
    • Depth: 9.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Marapi, Indonesia

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (28SEP)

  • Guinea: Anniversary of the Guinean Army Massacre – 2009.
  • Palestinian Territories: Anniversary of Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank being agreed to – 1995.

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