ONS: 31 January 2013

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 31, 2013

 

 

KEY STORYLINES

 

  • AFRICA: Malian Interim President Traore ruled out negotiations with any of the Islamist groups in the north saying he would only speak with the secular MNLA.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government announced it was prepared to resume peace talks with FARC guerrillas despite the kidnapping of two police officers.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe announced he intends to amend the post-WWII constitution, looking to make the SDF into a fully fledged military.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian economy contracted 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, officially plunging the country into a recession.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of the Syrian National Council said he was willing to hold talks with Syrian officials if conditions were met.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The New York Times said it was victim to hackers possibly connected to China’s military, an assertion which China quickly denied.

 

TOP STORY

 

  • Syria: Israel conducted an overnight air raid on an arms convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
    • Russia, Hezbollah, and the Arab League all condemned the incursion.
    • The government claimed the strike had targeted a “scientific research center.”
    • The Israeli government has remained silent on the raid, but has warned Syrian officials about arms movement in previous weeks.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Guardian, CNN, AFP

 

AFRICA

 

  • Central African Republic: The rebel Seleka coalition claimed President Bozize was not upholding his end of the peace deal by being both the head of state and the assistant defense minister. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Governors reduced the curfew imposed by President Morsi on three restive cities. (Reuters)
  • Libya: EU foreign ministers agreed to help Libya tighten control over its porous 4,000-kilometre land border in an attempt to stem trafficking in the region. (AFP)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore ruled out negotiations with any of the Islamist groups in the north saying he would only speak with the secular MNLA. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Two gunmen attacked a police station with explosives outside Kano killing a police officer and a civilian. (AFP)

 

AMERICAS

 

  • Argentina: A judge will question Iran’s defense minister as part of an agreement to investigate a deadly 1994 attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish center. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The navy intercepted three tons of explosives and an arsenal of weapons in Narino department. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government announced it was prepared to resume peace talks with FARC despite the kidnapping of two police officers. (AFP)

 

ASIA

 

  • Afghanistan: Adam Khan, a Taliban shadow district governor, was killed in an operation in Ghazni overnight. (Xinhua)
  • India: The government refuted claims from Pakistan that soldiers beheaded Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir, calling them “totally baseless”. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Abe announced he intends to amend the post-WWII constitution, looking to make the SDF into a fully fledged military. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Scientists announced the success of their first-ever space launch after its satellite made contact with a ground station. (UPI)
  • Myanmar: Human Rights Watch criticized Opposition Leader Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party for not standing up for minority rights. (Kyodo)

 

EUROPE

 

  • Region: Europol arrested 103 people in 10 countries in connection with a criminal organization trafficking people from the Middle East and Central Asia. (CNN)
  • Czech Republic: A prosecutor indicted former DM Bartak for corruption after former US Ambassador Cabaniss accused him of asking for a bribe in a high-profile corruption case. (AP)
  • Russia: Police raided a base linked to Chechen militant Husein Gakayev who is implicated in at least five terrorist attacks, including suicide-bombings. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The PKK said media reports that its fighters would withdraw from Turkey under a peace process to end a 28-year-old insurgency were “lies” and part of a “psychological war”. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The economy contracted 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, officially plunging the country into a recession. (Bloomberg)

 

MIDDLE EAST

 

  • Bahrain: Several policemen were injured when a bomb exploded at a roundabout west of Manama. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A diplomat informed the IAEA that Iran plans to use more modern uranium enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz plant. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A UN report said the government must immediately stop all settlement activity and start to withdraw its settlers from the Palestinian territories. (AFP)
  • Syria: The head of the SNC said he was willing to hold talks with regime officials if conditions were met. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An offensive aimed at freeing three hostages that has cost more than 65 lives was suspended to allow for tribal mediators to try securing their release. (AFP)

 

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

 

  • Cybersecurity: The New York Times said it was victim to hackers possibly connected to China’s military, an assertion which China quickly denied. (AFP)

 

WORLD

 

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Felleng)
    • Location: 357 mi NW of La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 34.4 mi
    • Map
  • Earthquake: Vallenar, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 28.4 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount. Lokon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Expelling ash clouds up to half a mile high.
    • Coverage: Xinhua

 

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01FEB)

 

  • Cambodia: Start of ceremonies organized for the funeral of Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk, which will conclude with his cremation on 04FEB.
  • Germany: Annual Munich Security Conference bringing together top global officials to discuss pressing military and defense challenges (to 03FEB).
  • Lichtenstein: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Russia: Seventieth anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) between Soviet forces and those of the Third Reich – 1943.

 

END

 

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Malian Interim President Traore ruled out negotiations with any of the Islamist groups in the north saying he would only speak with the secular MNLA.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian government announced it was prepared to resume peace talks with FARC guerrillas despite the kidnapping of two police officers.
  • ASIA: Japanese PM Abe announced he intends to amend the post-WWII constitution, looking to make the SDF into a fully fledged military.
  • EUROPE: The Ukrainian economy contracted 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, officially plunging the country into a recession.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The head of the Syrian National Council said he was willing to hold talks with Syrian officials if conditions were met.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The New York Times said it was victim to hackers possibly connected to China’s military, an assertion which China quickly denied.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Israel conducted an overnight air raid on an arms convoy on the Syrian-Lebanese border.
    • Russia, Hezbollah, and the Arab League all condemned the incursion.
    • The government claimed the strike had targeted a “scientific research center.”
    • The Israeli government has remained silent on the raid, but has warned Syrian officials about arms movement in previous weeks.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Guardian, CNN, AFP

AFRICA

  • Central African Republic: The rebel Seleka coalition claimed President Bozize was not upholding his end of the peace deal by being both the head of state and the assistant defense minister. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Governors reduced the curfew imposed by President Morsi on three restive cities. (Reuters)
  • Libya: EU foreign ministers agreed to help Libya tighten control over its porous 4,000-kilometre land border in an attempt to stem trafficking in the region. (AFP)
  • Mali: Interim President Traore ruled out negotiations with any of the Islamist groups in the north saying he would only speak with the secular MNLA. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Two gunmen attacked a police station with explosives outside Kano killing a police officer and a civilian. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Argentina: A judge will question Iran’s defense minister as part of an agreement to investigate a deadly 1994 attack on a Buenos Aires Jewish center. (AFP)
  • Colombia: The navy intercepted three tons of explosives and an arsenal of weapons in Narino department. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The government announced it was prepared to resume peace talks with FARC despite the kidnapping of two police officers. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Adam Khan, a Taliban shadow district governor, was killed in an operation in Ghazni overnight. (Xinhua)
  • India: The government refuted claims from Pakistan that soldiers beheaded Pakistani soldiers in Kashmir, calling them “totally baseless”. (Xinhua)
  • Japan: PM Abe announced he intends to amend the post-WWII constitution, looking to make the SDF into a fully fledged military. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Scientists announced the success of their first-ever space launch after its satellite made contact with a ground station. (UPI)
  • Myanmar: Human Rights Watch criticized Opposition Leader Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party for not standing up for minority rights. (Kyodo)

EUROPE

  • Region: Europol arrested 103 people in 10 countries in connection with a criminal organization trafficking people from the Middle East and Central Asia. (CNN)
  • Czech Republic: A prosecutor indicted former DM Bartak for corruption after former US Ambassador Cabaniss accused him of asking for a bribe in a high-profile corruption case. (AP)
  • Russia: Police raided a base linked to Chechen militant Husein Gakayev who is implicated in at least five terrorist attacks, including suicide-bombings. (Itar-Tass)
  • Turkey: The PKK said media reports that its fighters would withdraw from Turkey under a peace process to end a 28-year-old insurgency were “lies” and part of a “psychological war”. (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: The economy contracted 2.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012, officially plunging the country into a recession. (Bloomberg)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Several policemen were injured when a bomb exploded at a roundabout west of Manama. (Reuters)
  • Iran: A diplomat informed the IAEA that Iran plans to use more modern uranium enrichment centrifuges at its Natanz plant. (Reuters)
  • Israel: A UN report said the government must immediately stop all settlement activity and start to withdraw its settlers from the Palestinian territories. (AFP)
  • Syria: The head of the SNC said he was willing to hold talks with regime officials if conditions were met. (AFP)
  • Yemen: An offensive aimed at freeing three hostages that has cost more than 65 lives was suspended to allow for tribal mediators to try securing their release. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: The New York Times said it was victim to hackers possibly connected to China’s military, an assertion which China quickly denied. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Felleng)
    • Location: 357 mi NW of La Reunion
    • Movement: SW at 13 mph
    • Winds: 121 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquake: Lata, Solomon Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 34.4 mi
    • Map

·         Earthquake: Vallenar, Chile

    • Magnitude: 6.8
    • Depth: 28.4 mi
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount. Lokon, North Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • Expelling ash clouds up to half a mile high.
    • Coverage: Xinhua

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (01FEB)

  • Cambodia: Start of ceremonies organized for the funeral of Cambodia’s former king Norodom Sihanouk, which will conclude with his cremation on 04FEB.
  • Germany: Annual Munich Security Conference bringing together top global officials to discuss pressing military and defense challenges (to 03FEB).
  • Lichtenstein: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Russia: Seventieth anniversary of the battle of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) between Soviet forces and those of the Third Reich – 1943.

END

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