ONS: 31 August 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 31, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Kenyan religious leaders urged Muslims to call off planned protests over the killing of a hardline Islamist preacher.
  • AMERICAS: in Mexico all seven justices on the highest election court supported dismissing legal challenges to overturn the results of the presidential election.
  • ASIA: US Secretary Clinton arrived in the South Pacific at the top of a six-nation Asia tour.
  • EUROPE: Georgia displayed the bodies of 11 alleged Muslim gunmen from Russia who it said killed three of its servicemen.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Activists in Syria reported that rebels attacked several security compounds in Aleppo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Qatari natural gas company RasGas has been hit with a virus that shut down its web site and email servers but did not affect the company’s operational computers that control the production and delivery of gas.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Iran criticizes Egypt amid pressure from UN and IAEA.
    • Iran criticized Egyptian President Morsi over his remarks on Syria at the Non-Aligned Movement summit, saying he did not have “the necessary political maturity.”
    • The IAEA said Iran had doubled its capacity to enrich uranium at its underground Fordo nuclear facility by installing, but not yet switching on, more than 1,000 more centrifuges.
    • The IAEA said Iran has “sanitized” the Parchin base to such an extent that the agency’s ability to investigate claims of nuclear weapons research there is “significantly” hampered.
    • The US warned Iran the window for a diplomatic solution to its stand-off with the West was limited in light of the developments at Fordo.
    • Coverage: DPA, NYT, AFP, Reuters, AFP, Reuters-2,

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The army killed nine terrorist militants in an operation in Boumerdes province. (Xinhua)
  • Angola: Polls opened in the country’s third election in 37 years. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Religious leaders urged Muslims to call off planned protests over the killing of a hardline Islamist preacher. (AP)
  • Togo: Pirates released a tanker with 24 Russian crew on board after siphoning off part of the gas oil cargo. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Ecuador: The US granted asylum to an Ecuadoran journalist critical of President Correa. (AFP)
  • Mexico: All seven justices on the highest election court supported dismissing legal challenges to overturn the results of the presidential election. (AP)
  • Mexico: Marines captured a suspected Jalisco Nueva Generacion drug cartel boss in Ciudad Guzman. (EFE)
  • United States: New Orleans lifted a dusk-to-dawn curfew which was enacted in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Region: US Secretary Clinton arrived in the South Pacific at the top of a six-nation Asia tour. (AP)
  • Region: The Uzbek Senate ratified an intergovernmental agreement on air transit of US cargo and personnel in the provision of security and reconstructions in Afghanistan. (Interfax)
  • Afghanistan: Australian DM Smith said the recent spike in troop deaths would not speed up the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The DRPK’s ceremonial leader said that the recent US-ROK joint military exercise will push the Korean Peninsula to the brink of war. (Xinhua)
  • Philippines: President Aquino III appointed his transport minister and head of his political party to replace the country’s interior minister. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Georgia displayed the bodies of 11 alleged Muslim gunmen from Russia who it said killed three of its servicemen. (AFP)
  • Russia: A top defense industry official reportedly said Russia plans to develop its own sea-based missile interceptor program. (AP)
  • Russia: Authorities killed an armed militant in a special operation in the village of Nesterovskaya. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: A Turkish diplomat said the country will keep up its diplomatic efforts to protect refugees within the Syrian territory. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: The UNSC voted unanimously to extend the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon for another year. (AP)
  • Syria: Activists reported that rebels attacked several security compounds in Aleppo. (AP)
  • Syria: An American freelance journalist whose whereabouts in Syria were unknown for more than two weeks is being held by the Syrian government. (AFP)
  • Yemen: A Yemeni intelligence officer was killed by a gunman shooting from a motorbike. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The Qatari natural gas company RasGas has been hit with a virus that shut down its web site and email servers but did not affect the company’s operational computers that control the production and delivery of gas. (Threat Level)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Hurricane Kirk
    • Location: 860 miles ESE of Bermuda
    • Movement: NNW at 12 mph
    • Winds: 105 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Atlantic): Tropical Storm Leslie
    • Location: 100 miles E of the Leeward Islands
    • Movement: WNW at 16 mph
    • Winds: 65 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): Hurricane Ileana
    • Location: 300 miles WSW of the Southern tip of Baja California, Mexico
    • Movement: 7 mph
    • Winds: 75 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes (Pacific): 30% chance of tropical cyclone formation
    • Location: several hundred miles south of the coast of southern Mexico
    • Movement: WNW at 15 mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Jan Mayen Island Region
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 9.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01SEP)

  • Europe: Germany invades Poland – 1939.
  • Kosovo: International Steering Group grants full sovereignty – 2012.
  • Lebanon: Turkey renews UN troop mandate through September 2013.
  • Libya: Bloodless coup celebrated as National Day – 1969.
  • Libya: Seif al-Islam, son of Former leader Gaddafi, goes on trial in Zintan during the month.
  • Mexico: Government announces steps against migrant kidnapping – 2010.
  • Russia: Beslan siege begins, killing over 200 in a 3-day massacre – 2004.
  • Syria: UN-Arab League envoy Brahimi replaces Koffi Annan in UN mission.

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