ONS: 30 October 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on October 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudanese official spokesman of the Armed Forces, COL Sa’ad confirmed Iranian warships had docked at the Port of Sudan in a show of “support” and “friendship” following the airstrike on a Sudanese weapons factory last week.
  • AMERICAS: President Obama declared a state of emergency in NY after Hurricane Sandy flooded lower Manhattan and left half a million people without power.
  • ASIA: Taliban militants abducted 13 civilians in Ghor, Afghanistan; a search operation is underway.
  • EUROPE: The EU said it will watch the next steps in the Ukrainian elections closely after observed shortcomings and violations at the polling stations which the US and other Western observers called a “step backwards” for democracy.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman criticized Iraq for grounding Syria-bound cargo planes, urging Iraq not to be influenced by anti-Iranian Western sentiment.
  • TECHNOLOGY: France is considering a law that would force Google to pay to display links to news articles unless it struck a deal with French media outlets.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Fighting continues across Syria as tensions rise within Palestinian and Kurdish populations
    • Activists claimed more than 80 people have been killed after the Syrian government launched a new series of airstrikes.
    • Clashes erupted between Syrian troops and rebels in a Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, with many young Palestinians backing the troops in the fight.
    • Tensions increased between Syrian Sunni rebels and the Kurdish militia in northern Syria after a Kurdish militiaman was reported to have been killed while being tortured.
    • Turkey refused to carry out any dialogue with the Syrian government despite Russian efforts to conduct negotiations.
    • Syrian warplanes bombed the outskirts of Homs in an attempt to break a siege of an army base where dozens of soldiers are housed.
    • Iran’s FM said Iran intends to host a meeting between the Syrian government and the rebels.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Mehr NA, Reuters, Xinhua

AFRICA

  • Algeria: US Secretary Clinton urged Algeria to support military action in neighboring Mali, emphasizing Algeria’s role as a key player in the region due to its “powerful army” and “intelligence services.” (Reuters)
  • Libya: DM al Jueili said the Army has “no control” over Bani Walid, therefore residents may be prevented from returning home by armed men. (AFP)
  • Libya: PM Zeidan submitted his government line-up for congressional approval. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The official spokesman of the Armed Forces, COL Sa’ad, confirmed Iranian warships had docked at the Port of Sudan in a show of “support” and “friendship” following the airstrike on a Sudanese weapons factory last week. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Six police officers were killed in an ambush in the Cauca state town of Padilla. (Xinhua)
  • United States: President Obama declared a state of emergency in NY after Hurricane Sandy flooded lower Manhattan and left half a million people without power. (AP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez appointed Navy CDR Molero, a former navy intelligence chief, as the country’s new Defense Minister. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants abducted 13 civilians in Ghor; a search operation is underway. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Coalition forces arrested a Taliban leader in Helmand Province. (Xinhua)
  • China: US Ambassador Locke urged China to re-examine policies towards Tibetans following a slew of self-immolation protests. (AFP)
  • China: The country’s marine surveillance expelled a fleet of Japanese ships sailing “illegally” in Diaoyu waters. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • France: PM Ayrault stated he might consider a proposal to scrap the 35-hour work week in an effort to improve its poor economic performance. (AFP)
  • Turkey: During a celebration at the president’s mansion commemorating Turkey’s founding 89 years ago, Turkey’s top military official stood with the wives of the president and PM despite many of the women wearing headscarves; this public display is thought to be unprecedented. (NYT)
  • Ukraine: The EU said it will watch the next steps in the Ukrainian elections closely after observed shortcomings and violations at the polling stations which the US and other Western observers called a “step backwards” for democracy. (Interfax)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman criticized Iraq for grounding Syria-bound cargo planes, urging Iraq not to be influenced by anti-Iranian Western sentiment. (AP)
  • Bahrain: The government banned all gatherings and protests in the wake of recent clashes. (AP)
  • Iran: Foreign Ministry spokesman Mehmanparast asked world powers to recognize Iran’s right to explore and master the nuclear fuel cycle for peaceful purposes. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: France is considering a law that would force Google to pay to display links to news articles unless it struck a deal with French media outlets. (Reuters)
  • Communications: The Russian Federation confirmed a mechanism that will block access to banned content on the Internet which is due to go into effect on 01NOV12. (Interfax)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy
    • Location: New Jersey/Pennsylvania border
    • Movement: NW at 18 mph
    • Winds: 39-73 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Queen Charlotte Islands, Canada
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 9.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31OCT)

  • France: Israeli PM Netanyahu travels on official visit to France.
  • Germany: Chancellor Merkel hosts Turkish PM Erdogan for talks.
  • India: Anniversary of former PM Gandhi’s assassination – 1984.
  • Serbia: US Secretary Clinton and EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton meet in Belgrade for talks on Serbia and Kosovo.
  • United Kingdom: Indonesian President Yudhoyo travels to London.

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