ONS: 29 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The US Navy reported that piracy around the Horn of Africa dropped sharply in 2012.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities arrested five suspects related to a bombing that targeted former interior minister Londono in May.
  • ASIA: In Pakistan, a clash in the northwest between Taliban militants and soldiers at a checkpoint killed at least 18.
  • EUROPE: Ukraine’s high court rejected an appeal by former PM Tymoshenko.
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Iran, UNSG Ban Ki-Moon is set to meet with Iran’s leaders in Tehran today, ahead of the NAM summit.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amnesty International’s website was hacked by Syrian government supporters.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad claimed upper hand for regime; pressure increased for refugee safe zone
    • President Assad stated his forces needed more time to win the battle against rebel groups but that the regime was gaining ground.
    • The UN warned the country’s refugee exodus was worsening, increasing pressure for the creation of a safe zone within Syria.
    • French FM Fabius stated establishing a safe area for refugees would require the implementation of a no-fly zone.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, Al Jazeera, AFP

AFRICA

  • Region: The US Navy reported piracy around the Horn of Africa dropped sharply in 2012. (NYT)
  • Region: The US urged African nations to pool their air force assets in a NATO-style effort to take on terrorists and international criminals rather than struggle to fund costly independent operations. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: The military stated it would broaden its offensive against militants in the Sinai. (Reuters)
  • Libya: The interior minister stated the country would not risk an armed clash with hard-line Muslims responsible for a series of sectarian attacks. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Diplomats and the country’s UN representative called on the new Parliamentary Speaker Jawari to hold presidential elections quickly. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Bolivia: Authorities seized two tons of uranium stashed in La Paz. (AFP)
  • Chile: Police clashed with student protesters demanding education reform in Santiago. (AFP)
  • Colombia: Authorities arrested five suspects related to a bombing that targeted former interior minister Londono in May. (EFE)
  • Guatemala: Drug enforcement agents seized 120 kilos of heroin that arrived in Guatemala from Mexico and France. (EFE)
  • Mexico: Officials revealed the two Americans shot south of Mexico City on Friday were CIA operatives involved in a training program for the Mexican Navy. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Region: Japan and North Korea held their first diplomatic talks in four years. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing left five Afghan soldiers dead in the eastern part of the country. (AFP)
  • Afghanistan: A roadside bombing in Ghazni killed at least four civilians. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: Officials increased security in Male ahead of Thursday’s release of a report on coup allegations by former President Nasheed. (Reuters)
  • Myanmar: President Sein granted amnesty to three staff from UN agencies and an international NGO, who were held for being involved in recent Rakhine unrest. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: A clash between Taliban militants and soldiers at a checkpoint in the country’s northwest killed at least 18. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: A train bombing in Jacobabad killed at least two. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Authorities detained over 100 suspected of involvement in the 2009 massacre of 57 in Maguindanao. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Police battled a group of unidentified gunmen who crossed the country’s border from Russia’s restive Dagestan region. (AFP)
  • Greece: Coalition leaders debated proposed new austerity measures. (AP)
  • Italy: The government paid lower borrowing rates at a debt sale, indicative of greater investor confidence in either the country itself or an ECB intervention. (AP)
  • Russia: A suicide bombing in Dagestan killed a prominent Muslim cleric and five others. (AP)
  • Ukraine: The country’s high court rejected an appeal by former PM Tymoshenko. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UNSG Ban Ki-Moon is set to meet with Iran’s leaders in Tehran, ahead of Thursday’s NAM summit. (AFP)
  • Iran: The IAEA created a special Iran Task Force of nuclear weapons experts, intelligence analysts and other specialists focused on probing allegations that Tehran has been _ or is _ secretly working on developing atomic arms. (AP)
  • Iraq: A series of attacks on security officials killed at least five across the country, including a brigadier general. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Two suspected militants were killed by a drone strike in the eastern part of the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Amnesty International’s website was hacked by Syrian government supporters, briefly hosting a page indicating the group opposed support for Syrian rebels and accusing rebel groups of atrocities. (WaPo)
  • Web Browsers: Firefox released an updated version of its desktop web browser and a new Android app interface. (CNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Bolaven
    • Location: 350 NM N of Seoul
    • Movement: NNE at 32 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tembin
    • Location: 515 NM SSW of Seoul
    • Movement: N at 15 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Isaac
    • Location: Coast of Southeastern Louisiana
    • Movement: WNW at 8 mph
    • Winds: 80 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Kirk
    • Location: 1440 miles SW of the Azores
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 45 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 40% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 550 miles WSW of Cape Verde
    • Movement: W at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Ileana
    • Location: 415 miles S of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (30AUG)

  • Iran: 16th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement begins in Tehran.
  • Iran: Government offices close until 01SEP during the Non-Aligned Movement summit.
  • Kazakhstan: Anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution – 1995.
  • Philippines: National Heroes’ Day is celebrated.

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