ONS: 30 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Libyan national assembly suspended three of its members for alleged links to the Gaddafi regime
  • AMERICAS: US military officials announced increased drug monitoring in Guatemalan and Honduran waters.
  • ASIA: Pakistani and US authorities confirmed the death of key Haqqani network leader Badruddin Haqqani in a drone strike launched last week.
  • EUROPE: German Chancellor Merkel stated there was the necessary “political will” to strengthen the euro.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian activists reported thousands fleeing bombardment by government forces in Damascus.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Amazon launched the Android app store in Europe, starting with the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Non-Aligned Movement summit opened in Tehran, Ban asks about the nuclear program, Syrian delegation walks out
    • Iran’s supreme leader told delegates that the country had no interest in acquiring nuclear weapons.
    • UNSG Ban Ki-Moon met with Iranian leaders, calling on them to prove Iran’s nuclear program was peaceful.
    • Egyptian President Morsi condemned the Syrian regime as oppressive, triggering a walkout by the Syrian delegation.
    • Coverage: BBC, Reuters, NYT, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Israeli DM Barak stated his country expected Egypt to pull out its reinforcements from the Sinai following the conclusion of anti-militant operations. (AFP)
  • Kenya: A grenade attack killed one in Mombasa. (AFP)
  • Libya: The national assembly suspended three of its members for alleged links to the Gaddafi regime. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: The personal information of over 60 former and current members of the State Security Service was posted on the internet. (AP)
  • Somalia: AMISOM reported killing 42 al Shabaab fighters in operations across the southern part of the country. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US military officials announced increased drug monitoring in Guatemalan and Honduran waters. (Reuters)
  • Colombia: The first details of peace negotiations between rebel groups and the government were released. (EFE)
  • Mexico: President Calderon announced state oil company Pemex had made a large offshore oil discovery off the Tamaulipas coast. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A judge ordered the arrest of former Tamaulipas state governor on charges of fomenting drug trafficking. (BBC)
  • Venezuela: State prosecutors announced an investigation into an alleged massacre of indigenous people in the Amazon. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The Philippine defense chief said his country was considering a joint anti-piracy program with Indonesia and Malaysia. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Five Australian soldiers were killed across the country; three by a gunman wearing an Afghan army uniform and two in a helicopter crash. (Reuters)
  • Korea, North: The country will need more economic reform before it can attract Chinese investments, according to South Korea’s central bank. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: US and Pakistani authorities confirmed the death of key Haqqani network leader Badruddin Haqqani in a drone strike launched last week. (WaPo)
  • Uzbekistan: Lawmakers approved a foreign policy bill which bans the creation of foreign military bases in the country or its participation in military blocs. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel stated there was the necessary “political will” to strengthen the euro. (AFP)
  • Region: Armenian forces killed an Azerbaijani soldier near the disputed region of Nagorny Karabakh. (AFP)
  • Georgia: 11 gunmen and three soldiers were killed in a hostage rescue operation near the Russian border. (Reuters)
  • Greece: PM Samaras stated the new USD14.4 billion austerity measure will be the last. (AP)
  • Turkey: Authorities announced the arrest of 13 on suspected links to Al Qaeda. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UN, US and Israeli officials reported a top Iranian nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, had returned to work. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: US officials reported finishing the last delivery of 140 M1A1 tanks to the country’s military. (AP)
  • Israel: PM Netanyahu called the decision by representatives from more than 120 countries to attend the NAM summit in Tehran a “disgrace and a stain on humanity.” (DPA)
  • Syria: Activists reported thousands fleeing bombardment by government forces in Damascus. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Military officials reported a drone strike killed five suspected militants in the eastern part of the country. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Smartphones: Amazon launched the Android app store in Europe, starting with the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Storm Tembin
    • Location: 85 NM South of Kunsan Air Base, South Korea
    • Movement: NNE at 25 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Isaac
    • Location: Near Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Movement: NW at 5 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Kirk
    • Location: 1495 miles WSW of the Azores
    • Movement: WNW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 60 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): 90% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: 1000 miles W of the Cape Verde islands
    • Movement: WNW at 15-20 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Ileana
    • Location: 335 miles SW of Baja California
    • Movement: NW at 9 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 10% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: Extending W of Central America
    • Movement: WNW at 5-10 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31AUG)

  • Angola: Polls open in general elections.
  • Iraq: Operation New Dawn began; Operation Iraqi Freedom ended – 2010.
  • Kyrgyzstan: Independence Day celebrated – 1991.
  • Lebanon: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mandate expires.
  • Malaysia: Hari Merdeka Day, the day of independence, is celebrated – 1957.
  • Tunisia: Anniversary of the end of an eight-month long state of emergency – 2011.

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