ONS: 28 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Kenya rioters clashed with police in Mombasa for a second day after the killing of a radical cleric linked to al-Qaeda allied militants.
  • AMERICAS: Twelve Mexican federal police officers have been detained for their alleged role in shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees.
  • ASIA: Philippine, US and five other Southeast Asian countries’ naval forces commenced counter-terrorism training at the Malacca Strait, Sulu Sea and Subic Bay.
  • EUROPE: The Romanian parliament recognized a court decision that suspended President Basescu should return to office.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian Deputy FM Ramzi formally gave Iran the rotating presidency of the 120-nation group non aligned group.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers attacked the official website of Kyrgyzstan’s government.

TOP STORY

  • Colombia: Government in consultation with the FARC and ELN on potential peace talks, 22 FARC rebels detained.
    • President Santos said that his government has been in contact with the FARC to agree on conditions for possible talks.
    • The FARC offered no immediate public reaction to Mr. Santos’ statement.
    • The government and FARC have agreed to open peace negotiations 05OCT in Norway and then shift the talks to Cuba.
    • The ELN said it is willing to hold unconditional peace talks but refuses to end its kidnapping, bomb attacks and extortion of foreign oil and mining companies before negotiations start.
    • Twenty-two suspected FARC rebels were captured in Antioquia.
    • Coverage: WSJ, AP, AFP, Reuters, EFE

AFRICA

  • Kenya: Rioters clashed with police in Mombasa for a second day after the killing of a radical cleric linked to al-Qaeda allied militants. (AFP)
  • Libya: The US resumed consular services at its embassy but continues to warn against all but essential travel to the country. (AP)
  • Somalia: The new parliament met to vote for the position of speaker. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Al Shebab militants called on Kenyan Muslims to “take all necessary measures” to protect their religion a day after the murder of a radical cleric. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The head of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee criticized the UN as Sudan seemed set to gain a seat on the Human Rights Council. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: Twelve Mexican federal police officers have been detained for their alleged role in shooting at a US embassy car and wounding two US government employees. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Four suspected Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel members were arrested in the western state of Jalisco. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Eleven bodies were found over the weekend in the southern state of Guerrero. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: Navy forces from the Philippines, US and five other Southeast Asian countries commenced counter-terrorism training at the Malacca Strait, Sulu Sea and Subic Bay. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide truck bombing in Kandahar killed four civilians and wounded the provincial police chief. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: The Taliban denied any involvement in the beheadings of 17 civilians in the south of the country. (DPA)
  • Afghanistan: A NATO helicopter made a forced landing in the east of the country causing no fatalities. (Xinhua)
  • Burma: The government removed the names of more than 2,000 people from a government blacklist as part of its ongoing reform efforts. (AP)
  • China: Egypt’s president will meet his Chinese counterpart in Beijing to improve economic and diplomatic ties. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: AQ Khan, the former head of the nuclear program, launched his own political movement aimed at inspiring the youth vote, as the country gears up for an election. (Guardian)

EUROPE

  • Region: The Russian, Norwegian and US militaries agreed to hold the next naval exercises Pomor and Northern Eagle. (Itar-Tass)
  • Greece: A makeshift bomb exploded outside a National Bank of Greece branch in Athens. (Reuters)
  • Romania: The parliament recognized a court decision that suspended President Basescu should return to office. (Reuters)
  • Russia: Three militants were killed and two suspects detained in Ingushetia’s Malgobek region. (Itar-Tass)
  • Spain: The National Statistic Office said Spain’s recession is deepening and revealed the initial downturn was steeper and began earlier than first thought. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Current and former members of the IRGC said Iran is sending commanders from the IRGC and hundreds of foot soldiers to Syria. (WSJ)
  • Iran: Egyptian Deputy FM Ramzi formally gave Iran the rotating presidency of the 120-nation non-aligned movement. (AP)
  • Iran: The envoy to the IAEA said Iran “will never stop” its uranium enrichment activities. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The government executed 21 people convicted of terror-related charges. (AFP)
  • Lebanon: The UNHCR reported number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon rose to around 52,000 with a weekly increase of about 5,090. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Government forces bombarded the eastern belt of Damascus following a day where 60 people were killed in the province. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers attacked the official website of Kyrgyzstan’s government. (Itar-Tass)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 16W (Bolaven)
    • Location: 115 NM W of Seoul, South Korea
    • Movement: N at 26 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 15W (Tembin)
    • Location: 80 NM SE of Taipei, Taiwan
    • Movement: NNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 09E (Ileana)
    • Location: 486 NM W of Acapulco, Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Tropical Storm Isaac
    • Location: 145 miles SE of the mouth of the Mississippi River
    • Movement: NW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29AUG)

  • Asia: Japan and North Korea hold face-to-face talks in Beijing, the first in four years.
  • Asia: Anniversary of the implementation of a Japanese treaty to annex Korea – 1910.
  • Asia: Under Secretary for International Affairs Brainard attends APEC finance ministers meeting in Moscow.
  • United States: Hurricane Katrina hits Louisiana – 2005.

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