ONS: 28 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 28, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The trial of Mubarak resumed in Egypt.
  • AMERICAS: FARC said they would release six hostages.
  • ASIA: The two-day state funeral for Kim Jong-Il began in North Korea.
  • EUROPE:  Prime Minister Putin rejected the idea of becoming acting head of state.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian police seized 1,168 kg of narcotics.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers affiliated with Anonymous said they will publish emails stolen from Strategic Forecasting Inc., a private intelligence analysis firm.

TOP STORY

  • Arab League observers in Syria are “optimistic”
    • Chief of the monitoring contingent Sudanese General al-Dab said Syrian authorities were cooperative.
    • Human Rights Watch accused the government of hiding hundreds of detainees.
    • On Tuesday Syrian authorities fired tear gas on about 70,000 demonstrators in Homs.
    • Syria released from jail 755 prisoners.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, AFP-2, DPA, Washington Post, AP

 

AFRICA

  • Region: Egypt is discussing measures to conduct an investigation on violations of human rights during the NATO operation in Libya. (RIA-Novosti)
  • DR Congo: The primary opposition group the Union for Democracy and Social Progress reported seven people were killed and 542 others arrested during Tshisekedi’s swearing in ceremony. (Xinhua)
  • Egypt: The trial of Mubarak resumed. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Clashes between islamists and security forces displaced an estimated 90,000 people in Damaturu. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: FARC said they would release without condition six hostages. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: Prosecutors moved to drop genocide and war crimes charges against Oscar Mejia. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police found seven bodies with information provided by a kidnapping gang associated with the Zetas. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez will host Iranian President Ahmadinejad and Peruvian President Humala in early 2012. (AFP)

ASIA

  • North Korea: The two-day state funeral for Kim Jong-il started. (BBC)
  • Philippines: Communsit rebel group New People’s Army acquired $6.9 million through extortion. (AFP)
  • South Korea: The military lowered its cyber alert level to normal. (Xinhua)

 

EUROPE

  • Hungary: US Secretary of State Clinton sent a letter to Hungarian Premier Orban expressing concern over the state of the country’s democracy. (AFP)
  • Russia: President Medvedev appointed Vladislav Surkov Deputy Prime Minister. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: Prime Minister Putin rejected the idea of becoming acting head of state ahead of the 04MAR12 presidential elections. (AFP)

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: police seized 1,168 kg of different types of narcotics, and arrested 47 people, in South Khorasan. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: Leaders of the Iraqiya bloc accused Prime Minister al-Maliki of assembling a new dictatorship. (AFP)
  • Israel: Police arrested six Jewish extremists on suspicion of attacking an army base in the northern West Bank. (AFP)
  • Palestinian Territories:  Two Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip injured twelve people and killed one al-Qaeda linked militant. (DPA)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Hackers affiliated with Anonymous said they would publish emails stolen from private intelligence analysis firm Strategic Forecasting Inc. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Thane
    • Location: 270 NM East-Southeast of Chennai, India
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29DEC)

  • Yemen: Anniversary of al-Qaeda’s first attack in the country – 1992.

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