ONS: 29 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 29, 2013

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Somalia, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the PM’s office in Mogadishu, killing at least six.
  • AMERICAS: A Guatemalan judge ordered former Dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial on charges of genocide for the slaughter of more than 1,750 Maya.
  • ASIA: Afghan President Karzai called Afghan-led peace talks with the Taliban the only way to achieve durable peace and stability.
  • EUROPE: The Turkish PKK will declare a ceasefire and withdraw to their bases in northern Iraq in the spring as part of a deal brokered between their jailed leader and the country’s intelligence agency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees crossed into northern Jordan in the last week, overwhelming already struggling refugee camps.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook experienced a widespread outage in the US, UK, Australia as well as other countries.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: DM warns of Egypt collapsing; 60 people killed since protests began; curfews imposed in three provinces; Morsi re-invites opposition for dialogue.
    • DM General el Sissi warned of the “collapse of the state” should the political turmoil of the last week continue.
    • Nearly 60 people have been killed in clashes between police and protestors since protests began last Thursday.
    • Curfews have been imposed in the three provinces that have witnessed the most violence: Port Said, Ismailiya, and Suez.
    • In response to the continued unrest, President Morsi re-invited members of the main opposition group to participate in a national dialogue that they had earlier refused to do.
    • Coverage: CNN, AP, AFP, BBC, FT

AFRICA

  • Region:  Japan said it would give USD120 million to help stabilize the Sahel region in the wake of the Algerian hostage crisis. (AFP)
  • Region: Attendees pledged over USD455 million at a donor conference in Addis Ababa to support military operations against militants in Mali and humanitarian aid. (AP)
  • Mali: The army called on rebel forces to surrender after allied forces took control of Timbuktu. (Xinhua)
  • Mali: French President Hollande said it would be up to African forces to tackle Islamist rebels in the northern part of Mali after the main towns were retaken. (Reuters)
  • Niger: The government gave permission for US surveillance drones to be stationed on its territory to improve intelligence on al Qaeda-linked Islamist fighters in northern Mali and the wider Sahara. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: At least six people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the PM’s office. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: CELAC adopted a resolution to voice support for Argentina’s claim over the disputed Malvinas Islands. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: Authorities arrested suspected ELN guerrillas carrying the passports of two Peruvians and a Canadian kidnapped earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Guatemala: A judge ordered former Dictator Efrain Rios Montt to stand trial on charges of genocide for the slaughter of more than 1,750 Maya. (AFP)
  • United States: President Obama will announce his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform to give illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. (AP)
  • United States: A federal judge in Kentucky is set to pass sentence on two Iraqi nationals who pleaded guilty to conspiring to send weapons, cash and explosives to al Qaida in Iraq. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Karzai called Afghan-led peace talks with the Taliban the only way to achieve durable peace and stability. (Xinhua)
  • China:  Xi Jinping said the government will maintain a policy of “peaceful development” but while protecting its “legitimate rights” to sovereignty and security. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: The cabinet approved a USD1.02 trillion annual budget with significant increases in defense and public works spending. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: After Google Chairman Schmidt’s recent trip to the country, Google unveiled a detailed map of the country, including some of its remote and infamous gulags. (AFP)
  • Philippines: While an American congressional delegation is visiting, the government will try to win US support with regards to its territorial dispute with China. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Bulgaria: Notorious drug lord Zlatomir Ivanov was injured in a shooting outside a courthouse in Sofia. (AFP)
  • Italy: Lombardy province emerged as a crucial swing vote in Italian elections between Berlusconi’s center-right coalition and the center-left Democratic Party. (AP)
  • Romania: The IMF urged the government to implement deeper structural economic reforms and to apply for more EU funding to encourage growth. (AP)
  • Turkey: The PKK will declare a ceasefire and withdraw to their bases in northern Iraq in the spring as part of a deal brokered between their jailed leader and the country’s intelligence agency. (AFP)
  • Turkey: A parliamentary commission report showed at least 35,566 people have been killed in the conflict between the government and the PKK. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Police have continue to hold under arrest without charge a French journalist arrested for taking photos without permission in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Jordan: A wave of 21,000 Syrian refugees in the past week moved into northern Jordan, overwhelming already struggling refugee camps. (AP)
  • Syria: Rebels stormed a government intelligence complex in the eastern city of Deir el Zour, freeing at least 11 people held in a prison at the facility, activists said. (AP)
  • United Arab Emirates: The government announced 94 people face charges of trying to overthrow the state as part of widening crackdowns on Islamist groups. (AP)
  • Yemen: Government forces intercepted a ship carrying weapons – including surface-to-air missiles – which US officials suspect were being smuggled from Iran. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook experienced a widespread outage in the US, UK, and Australia among other countries. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Felleng)
    • Location: 529 mi of La Reunion
    • Movement: W at 11 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Global: Fourth Maritime Piracy & Security Summit in London (to 31JAN).
  • Egypt: President Morsi is to visit Germany.
  • Kuwait: International donors conference to raise humanitarian aid to civilians caught up in Syria’s bloody conflict.
  • Nigeria: A Dutch court will decide whether Shell should clean up oil damage that destroyed a group of Nigerian farmers’ land in 2005. The verdict will be read at 0900 GMT.
  • Russia: Macedonian FM Nikola Poposki will arrive in Moscow on a two-day official visit.

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