ONS: 28 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African Republic President Francois Bozize appeals to US and France for help to halt rebel advance.
  • AMERICAS: Obama calls leaders for Friday talks in effort to reach fiscal cliff breakthrough.
  • ASIA: Pakistani militants killed two and kidnapped 22 paramilitary police in northwest Pakistan; government pleads to northwestern tribes for help.
  • EUROPE: Putin signs bill baring Americans from adopting Russian children.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia urges Syrian leadership to talk with opposition; Moscow expects meeting with US officials in January to discuss ending the 21-month-old conflict.
  • TECHNOLOGY: China adopts internet legislation to permit post deletion and require internet user identification by name.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Russia urges Syrian leadership to talk with opposition; Moscow expects to meet with US and UN officials to discuss ending the 21-month-old conflict.
    • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters during his Thursday meeting with Syrian leadership he encouraged them to engage in dialogue with the opposition.
    • Russia said it was ready to meet with Syria’s opposition leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.
    • Russian, US and UN delegations are expected to meet in January to discuss strategies for ending the 21-month-old conflict.
    • Coverage: (REUTERS), (AFP), (AP)

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: President Francois Bozize appeals to US and France for help to halt rebel advance. (AFP)
  • Central African Republic: US suspends embassy in Central African Republic due to security concerns.(REUTERS)
  • Egypt: Egypt’s chief prosecutor orders an investigation into allegations that opposition leaders committed treason by inciting supporters to overthrow President Morsi. (ALJAZEERA)
  • Nigeria: Nigerian troops kill five Boko Haram Islamists and recover arms and explosives in a raid in the northern city of Kaduna. ( AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Regional: Former English PM Margaret Thatcher describes ‘worst moments’ of her life in formerly secret Falklands documents. (AP)
  • Colombia: Colombian authorities say sister of northern valley drug cartel’s founder was slain by gunman. (AP)
  • United States: Obama calls leaders for Friday talks in effort to reach fiscal cliff breakthrough. (WP)

ASIA

  • China: China tightens Internet controls requiring users to use real names to identify themselves to service providers. (XIN)
  • India: Soldiers kill two suspected rebels in a gun battle and injured seven civilians during anti-Indian protests in Southern Kashmir. (AP)
  • Japan: Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 Index finished on its highest point since last year’s triple disaster, up almost 23%. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistani militants have killed two and kidnapped 22 paramilitary police in northwest Pakistan. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Putin signs bill baring Americans from adopting Russian children. (REUTERS)
  • Russia: Russia and Egypt met to discuss coordinating bilateral and regional agendas, particularly in regards to Palestine and Syria. (ITAR-TASS)
  • Russia: A Moscow court acquits a former top prison official accused of negligence over the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in 2009, an incident that sparked a diplomatic scandal with the US. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian state TV reported the country has begun naval maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz Friday. (AP)
  • Iran: Iranian state TV reported that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fired sole female minister Dastjerdi from health post. (BBC)
  • Palestine: President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that he will disband his Palestinian Authority if there is no Israeli movement toward peace talks after Israeli January 22 elections. (AL JAZEERA)
  • Syria: Russia urges Syrian leadership to talk with opposition; Moscow expects meeting with US officials in January to discuss ending the 21-month-old conflict. (REUTERS)
  • Syria: Officials at Turkey’s Foreign Ministry say two Syrian Air Force Generals have defected and crossed the border. (AP)
  • Syria: Syria launched air raids in Damascus overnight killing one civilian and wounding dozens. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Apple: Chinese court hits Apple with copyright dispute on unlicensed e-book distribution. (WSJ)
  • China: New rules legalize post deletion for content deemed “illegal” and requires service providers to hand over such information to authorities. (REUTERS)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Kamtchatka, Russia
    • The eruption of the Kizimen volcano that has lasted for over a year has ended. (ITAR-TASS)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (Dec 29)

  • Nothing to Report

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