ONS: 28 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 28, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: French-led troops in Mali controlled access to Timbuktu after securing the airport.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government warned FARC rebels that fresh kidnappings could undermine peace talks.
  • ASIA: Afghan DM Mohammadi arrived in Pakistan for talks on defense cooperation and border coordination to boost anti-terror cooperation
  • EUROPE: The Russian government replaced the leader of Dagestan.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Iranian government denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its uranium enrichment sites.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Pentagon approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Violent protests escalate amid appeals for calm
    • President Morsi declared a state of emergency in three provinces hit by rioting which has left dozens dead.
    • Emergency measures would come into effect in the provinces of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia “for 30 days starting at midnight (2200 GMT Sunday).”
    • Police fired tear gas at rock-throwing protesters in Cairo.
    • Egypt’s main opposition is set to meet to consider its response to President Morsi’s call for a national dialogue aimed at ending the crisis.
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP, LaT

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: UN officials said the signing of a peace deal for eastern DR Congo was “cancelled.” (AFP)
  • Mali: French-led troops in Mali controlled access to Timbuktu after securing the airport. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: President Marzouk called for a common African anti-terrorist strategy. (Xinhua)
  • Zambia: Opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema challenged President Sata to arrest him again as his party held the first opposition rally allowed by authorities since Sata’s election in September 2011. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: The summit between the EU and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) ended with a “commitment to multilateralism.” (DPA)
  • Colombia: The government warned FARC rebels that fresh kidnappings could undermine peace talks. (AFP)
  • Mexico: A state forensic official said at least eight bodies were pulled from a well near the site where 20 people went missing late last week. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Opposition Leader Capriles said the government is lying to its people about President Chavez’s health. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: China expressed concern after Japan unveiled plans to boost the number of its military personnel. (Reuters)
  • Region: Afghan DM Mohammadi arrived in Pakistan for talks on defense cooperation and border coordination to boost anti-terror cooperation. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan police arrested 18 Taliban militants during a series of operations across the country. (Xinhua)
  • Bangladesh: Thousands of student activists from the largest Islamic party clashed with police, throwing petrol bombs and bricks to protest at the trial of their leaders for alleged war crimes. (AFP)
  • Sri Lanka: President Rajapakse reshuffled his cabinet and appointed ten new ministers. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov said Moscow and Brussels have a common understanding of the need to strengthen relations between Russia and NATO. (Itar-Tass)
  • Bulgaria: A referendum on the future of nuclear energy in Bulgaria failed when too few voters turned out. (DPA)
  • Russia: The government replaced the leader of Dagestan. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: The government will refuse to pay an unexpected USD7 billion bill from Russian gas giant Gazprom for gas Kiev contracted for but did not buy. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The political groups agreed upon a set of 11 principles to facilitate a new round of national dialogue to end the political stalemate. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: The government denied media reports of a major explosion at one of its uranium enrichment sites. (Reuters)
  • Israel: The Israeli rights group B’Tselem said Israel is using deadly force to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters in the West Bank. (Reuters)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah II urged Israelis and Palestinians to resume peace talks. (Xinhua)
  • Lebanon: Social Affairs Minister Faour said his government has no intention to close its border to stop the influx of Syrian refugees. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: Ten rebels were killed in combat with government forces in Hasakeh. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Pentagon approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold. (WaPo)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Thirteen)
    • Location: 550 NM NNE of La Reunion
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29JAN)

  • Global: The WTO begins interviewing nine candidates to replace Pascal Lamy as director general.
  • Global: Special Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea (to 05FEB).
  • Europe: European gas conference (to 01FEB).
  • Israel: Country scheduled to face a Universal Periodic Review before the UN Human Rights Council.
  • Malaysia: Third Annual Cyber Security Conference for Government Asia (to 30JAN).
  • Ukraine: An IMF staff mission will visit Ukraine (to 12FEB).

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