ONS: 30 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 30, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Rights groups accused the Egyptian military council of a campaign against pro-democracy organizations.
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican government sent 8,000 additional troops to the northeast.
  • ASIA: The US considered transferring Taliban official Mohammed Fazi to Afghan custody.
  • EUROPE: The PKK urged Kurds in Turkey to stage an “uprising.”
  • MIDDLE EAST: The rebel Free Syrian Army was ordered to stop offensive operations.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Security researchers found that most consumer routers are susceptible to hacking through WPS.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea to maintain existing policy towards South Korea
    • The NDC stated the international community should not expect policy changes.
    • They also said that the country would never deal with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
    • Defense chiefs of South Korea and the US stated that the power succession in North Korea has been stable.
    • The US will hold talks in East Asia January 3rd to 7th regarding the changes in North Korea.
    • Coverage: NYT, Reuters, AP, BBC, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Rights groups accused the ruling military council of an “unprecedented campaign” against pro-democracy organizations. (AP)
  • Guinea-Bissau: The government detained twenty-five soldiers involved in the coup attempt. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan met with the state’s security chiefs for talks on countering increasing violence. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Kenyan troops clashed with Shebab militants at Beles Qoqani. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Jamaica: The opposition People’s National Party secured a victory with 41 of 63 parliamentary seats. (BBC)
  • Honduras: The US Coast Guard seized a shipment of 4,400 pounds of cocaine near Honduras. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government sent 8,000 additional troops to the northeast after a string of drug killings. (AFP)
  • Venezuela:  The US denounced President Chavez for questioning whether the U.S. might be behind cancer cases among Latin American leaders. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US is considering transferring Taliban official Mohammed Fazi to Afghan custody. (Reuters)
  • China: The government is working with domestic Internet search engines and financial institutions to improve internet security. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: The government plans to ‘actively’ review lifting a temporary ban on cross- border travel to the DPRK. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: Police arrested a member of Abu Sayyaf suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and death of US citizens in 2001. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Bosnia: The main Croat political party, the HDZ, nominated Vjekoslav Bevanda for the position of PM. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Hungarian PM Orban rejected international criticism of Hungary’s legislative process. (AFP)
  • Georgia: South Ossetia and Georgia have exchanged prisoners. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The PKK urged Kurds in Turkey to stage an “uprising” after an air force raid killed 35 villagers. (AFP)
  • Ukraine: Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko has been moved to prison. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed the leader of the al-Qaeda affiliated Army of Islam. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Admiral Moussavi said Iran will test long range missiles in the Persian Gulf on Saturday. (DPA)
  • Iran: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Jun visited Iran for talks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: The rebel Free Syrian Army has been ordered to stop offensive operations pending a meeting with Arab League monitors. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An independent security researcher published a paper revealing that most consumer routers are susceptible to hacking through the WPS security feature. (Naked Security)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Thane
    • Location: 110 NM Southwest of Chennai, India
    • Movement: W at 9 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 04S
    • Location: 680 NM East-Southeast of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 17 mph
    • Winds: 46 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31DEC)

  • Global: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s term ends.
  • Colombia: The security agency, DAS, is dissolved.
  • Iraq: NATO’s training mission ends.
  • Libya: Deadline for government to disarm citizens in Tripoli.
  • Russia: Anniversary of PM Putin taking over from President Yeltsin – 1999.

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