ONS: 28 September 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on September 28, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan and Somali troops captured Kismayu, the last major stronghold of al Shabaab.
  • AMERICAS: Eight Colombian FARC rebels were reportedly killed by an airstrike in the country’s northwest.
  • ASIA: US and NATO coalition forces resumed the practice of joint patrols with Afghan forces.
  • EUROPE:  In Spain, the Catalonian parliament in the country’s northeast approved a resolution foreseeing a vote on independence, while Spain vowed to do “whatever it can” to prevent it.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian opposition forces reported heavy fighting in Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US FTC moved to establish tighter privacy protections for children online.

TOP STORY

  • Middle East: Iran’s nuclear program takes center stage at UN
    • Israeli PM Netanyahu gave a speech at the UN outlining a “red line” condition for Iran’s nuclear program.
    • Iran declared it had the right to retaliate against any attack.
    • Commentators analyzing the Netanyahu speech’s “red line” criteria reported it indicated military action is unlikely to take place this year.
    • Coverage: Reuters, BBC, NYT, Al Jazeera-1, Al Jazeera-2, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: Gun and grenade attacks struck Goma, killing at least 12. (Reuters)
  • Libya: US Defense Secretary Panetta said terrorists had planned and carried out the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. (AP)
  • Libya: The US withdrew more embassy staff from Tripoli due to security reasons. (AFP)
  • Mali: EU officials stated they were considering ways to assist the government in dealing with Islamist militants occupying the northern part of the country. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: The country’s UN envoy rejected claims it was aiding rebel groups in the DR Congo. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Kenyan and Somali troops captured Kismayu, the last major stronghold of al Shabaab. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: President Marzouki vowed to crack down on Islamist extremists after they encouraged crowds to attack the US embassy in the capital Tunis. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Nearly 23,000 military police agents were deployed in a massive anti-crime operation across Sao Paulo. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Eight FARC rebels were reportedly killed by an airstrike in the country’s northwest. (EFE)
  • Colombia: The FARC and ELN issued a joint statement reaffirming their commitment to upcoming peace talks with the government. (Xinhua)
  • Guatemala: Authorities arrested a man suspected of running a Zetas cartel operation in the country’s northwest. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Region: China and Japan traded accusations over the disputed Senkaku Islands at the UN. (BBC)
  • Afghanistan: US and NATO coalition forces resumed the practice of joint patrols with Afghan forces. (AP)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Suu Kyi stated her country could not become a full democracy without an independent judiciary. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The country’s foreign ministry rejected a US report that it had given “tacit consent” to the use of drone strikes against militants. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Dempsey said a planned meeting between US and Pakistani military chiefs was postponed this week due to a wave of violent anti-American protests. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The US issued a security alert for Manila, warning its citizens they could be the target of an unspecified attack. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: French Minister for European Affairs Cazeneuve said France is open to the idea of a new EU treaty to deepen integration if it is deemed necessary to improve economic governance in the bloc. (Reuters)
  • Cyprus: The country’s central bank said it would conduct stress tests on its chief lenders. (AP)
  • France: President Hollande’s administration will release its first budget, expected to set tough deficit reduction goals. (BBC)
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel renewed a commitment to stabilizing the euro. (AP)
  • Spain: The parliament of the north-eastern Spanish region of Catalonia approved a resolution foreseeing a vote on independence, while Spain vowed to do “whatever it can” to prevent it. (DPA)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said Turkey could hold a fresh round of talks with Kurdish rebels but accused France and Germany of obstructing its efforts to solve the unrest. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Twelve policemen were killed in clashes at a Tikrit prison seized by militants and later retaken by security forces. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas stated he will seek an upgrade to Palestine’s UN status at the General Assembly. (Al Jazeera)
  • Syria: Opposition forces reported heavy fighting in Aleppo. (Reuters)
  • Syria: EU defense ministers ruled out the possibility of a military intervention in Syria and advocated a political solution to the crisis faced by the country. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • United States: The FTC moved to establish tighter privacy protections for children online. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Ewiniar
    • Location: 280 NM SE of Tokyo
    • Movement: ENW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Typhoon Jelawat
    • Location: 250 NM SW of Kadena Air Base
    • Movement: NNE at 15 mph
    • Winds: 165 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Nadine
    • Location: 740 miles SSW of the Azores
    • Movement; W at 7 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Post-Tropical Cyclone Miriam
    • Location: 440 miles W of Baja California
    • Movement: S at 1 mph
    • Winds: 35 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 50% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 125 SE of Baja California
    • Movement: N at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.0
    • Depth: 10 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (29SEP)

  • Haiti: Anniversary of former President Aristide ousted – 1991.
  • Pakistan: Court resumes corruption hearing filed against Nawaz Sharif.

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