ONS: 31 December 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 31, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Central African Republic President Bozizé said he is ready to form a government of national unity with Seleka rebels.
  • AMERICAS: Secretary of State Clinton has been hospitalized after suffering a blood clot following an accident earlier this month.
  • ASIA: A Pakistani airstrike killed eight Islamist insurgents in the northwestern tribal region.
  • EUROPE: French magazine Charlie Hebdo announced plans to publish a comic of Mohammed’s life, raising concerns of future backlash.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran’s navy test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing wargames in the Straits of Hormuz.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An MIT report outlined the pitfalls of companies relying on big data.

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: A series of bombing and gunfire killed at least ten across the country.
    • Bombs killed seven people from the same family at their home in the town of Mussyab, south of Baghdad.
    • A car bomb killed three people and wounded 20 outside provincial government offices south of Baghdad.
    • The attacks targeted Shiite Muslims and Shiite government officials.
    • Coverage: (AP), (BBC), (AFP)

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: President Bozizé said he is ready to form a government of national unity with Seleka rebels. (Reuters)
  • Central African Republic: The AU warned of deep sanctions and suspension of AU involvement if rebels were to seize power. (AP)
  • Libya: In Benghazi, an improvised bomb exploded outside the headquarters of the public prosecutor. (AFP)
  • Libya: A bomb attack at a Coptic church in Misrata killed two Egyptians and injured three others. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram extremists killed 15 Christians in an attack on a village in the northeast of the country. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The brother of Colombian President Santos revealed FARC had proposed to hold peace talks in Colombia or Venezuela, rather than in Cuba. (AP)
  • Colombia: A landslide killed five and left 25 missing in the southwestern city of Neiva. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Human Rights groups reported torture has risen in Mexico. (LAT)
  • United States: Secretary of State Clinton has been hospitalized after suffering a blood clot following an accident earlier this month. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez suffered new complications after cancer surgery. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Regional: Two Chinese ships entered Japanese waters around the Senkaku island chain. (AFP)
  • China: China transferred two destroyers and nine other ex-navy vessels to its maritime surveillance fleet in an attempt to bolster its position in territorial rows with Japan. (AFP)
  • East Timor: The UN ended its peacekeeping mission leaving security forces to maintain order. (BBC)
  • India: Protests against government violence have shut down Indian-controlled Kashmir. (AP)
  • Japan: PM Abe voiced his willingness to build new nuclear reactors. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: An airstrike killed eight Islamist insurgents in the northwestern tribal region. (DPA)
  • Pakistan: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned escalating violence against religious minorities and demanded justice to be brought upon perpetrators. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Extremists blew up a girls school in northwest Pakistan killing one watchman. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Azerbaijan: Azeri FM Mammadyarov announced its territory will not be used for any actions against Iran. (Interfax)
  • France: French magazine Charlie Hebdo announced plans to publish a comic of Mohammed’s life, raising concerns of future backlash. (Telegraph)
  • Germany: German Social Democratic presidential candidate, Peer Steinbruck, encountered harsh criticism for his sexist comment on Chancellor Merkel. (NYT)
  • Northern Ireland: A viable bomb dropped from a police officer’s car, no one was injured. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Iranian naval forces carried out cyber warfare tactics for the first time as they staged maneuvers in the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP)
  • Iran: Iran’s navy test-fired a range of weapons during ongoing wargames in the Straits of Hormuz. (AP)
  • Syria: Syrian troops arrested four Turkish fighter pilots at an Aleppo military airport as they tried to sneak past guards. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: A watchdog group found 30 tortured bodies in northern Damascus. (AFP)
  • Syria: State radio reported rebels attacked a gas pipeline in the country’s east. (AP)
  • Syria: PM Wael al-Halaqi told parliament Syria would respond to any talks on ending the conflict. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Data Mining: An MIT report outlined the pitfalls of companies relying on big data. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:  Tropical Cycline 05P (Freda)
    • Location: 465 NM SW of Noumea, New Caldenia.
    • Movement: S at 6 mph
    • Winds: 120 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: San Cristobal Volcano, Nicaragua
    • Eruptive activity looks unlikely, however, volcanic tremors and a few volcanic earthquakes continued. (Earthquake Report)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Nothing to Report.

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