ONS: 29 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 29, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisia offered political asylum to Syrian President Assad.
  • AMERICAS: A Colombian high court unseated chief prosecutor Viviane Morales.
  • ASIA: Japan’s purchase of F-35 jets may be halted due to price increases or delayed delivery.
  • EUROPE: Top French Socialist was attacked by anti-Jewish crowd.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Turkish FM Davutoglu said talks between Iran and the UNSC plus Germany may resume in April.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Interpol arrested 25 suspected members of Anonymous.

TOP STORY

  • Syrian President Assad considered “war criminal”
    • At least 25 people were killed in recent shelling across the country.
    • Opposition groups estimated hundreds of civilians were killed in the 24-day assault.
    • Troops launched a ground attack in Homs to overrun rebel-held neighborhood.
    • China supported international efforts to deliver humanitarian aid.
    • US renewed calls to redraft a UNSC resolution to provide the safe passage of aid.
    • Coverage: Telegraph, AFP, AFP-2, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Gabon: PM Sima unveiled a revamped government line-up, ousting FM Toungui. (AFP)
  • Libya: SECSTATE said the US is working closely to create a post-Gaddafi nation. (AP)
  • Tunisia: A presidential spokesperson said the government is prepared to grant asylum for Syrian President Assad. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Bolivia and the US agreed to renew diplomatic relations by exchanging ambassadors. (AFP)
  • Argentina: The British government said Argentina’s decision to ask leading companies to stop importing British products and supplies could negatively impact Argentina’s economy. (AP)
  • Colombia: Nine people went missing in the east and may have been abducted by armed groups. (AFP)
  • Colombia: A high court unseated the country’s chief prosecutor Viviane Morales on grounds that she was improperly elected. (AP)
  • Colombia: The US State Department expressed skepticism towards the FARC’s pledge to release 10 hostages, citing past broken pledges. (UPI)

ASIA

  • Region: Taiwanese air force captain Chiang was arrested for leaking classified data to China. (AFP)
  • Region: Pakistan said it would normalize trade relations with India by the end of 2012. (AP)
  • Japan: The purchase of the F-35 stealth jet may be cancelled due to delayed delivery, as well as an increase in price. (Kyodo)
  • Pakistan: Gunmen abducted two Christians who were working for a South Korean-run hospital in Karachi. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: Heroin smugglers decreased the use of Turkey as a thoroughfare, but opium destined for Europe continued to arrive through Turkey and Iran. (Hurriyet Daily News)
  • Belarus: US warned the expulsion of EU diplomats further isolated the country. (RIA Novosti)
  • France: Arnaud Montebourg, a top figure in the Socialist party, and his journalist partner were attacked by a crowd shouting anti-Jewish slogans. (AFP)
  • Russia: Vyacheslav Kozlov of the Interior Ministry said private security firms would work polling stations on the 04MAR elections. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Azerbaijan dismissed an Iranian protest over its reported deal to buy arms worth $1.5 billion from Israel. (AFP)
  • Region: Turkish FM Davutoglu said talks between Iran and the UNSC plus Germany may resume in April. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Senior Al-Qaeda operative Seif al-Adel was arrested in the Cairo airport. (AFP)
  • Iran: SECSTATE praised Japan’s efforts to reduce crude oil imports from Iran. (Kyodo)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: Interpol arrested 25 suspected members of the Anonymous hacking collective across Europe and South America. (AP)
  • Cybersecurity: Anonymous claimed to have shut down the Interpol website in response to the recent arrests. (UPI)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 14S (Irina)
    • Location: 270 NM NW of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: W at 01 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01MAR)

  • Europe: EU leaders meet in Brussels to solve the financial crisis.
  • Azerbaijan: Holds visa facilitation talks with the EU.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of FARC leader Raul Reyes killed – 2008.
  • South Korea: Military exercise Foal Eagle held with the US.
  • Sudan: Anniversary of Palestinian group Black September taking US Deputy Secretary of State and others hostage – 1974.

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