AFRICA: South African police arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels connected to the M23 movement in northern South Africa in a dawn raid.
AMERICAS: The Colombian ELN kidnapped two Germans in the northwestern Catatumbo region, saying they would be considered spies until evidence to the contrary arises.
ASIA: Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa ruled out granting greater autonomy to ethnic Tamils, backing away from previous promises to empower the minority group.
EUROPE: Bulgarian investigators are expected to link last year’s bomb blast that killed five Israeli tourists to Hezbollah.
MIDDLE EAST: A Kuwaiti court sentenced three former opposition MPs to three-year jail terms for publicly criticizing the emir.
TECHNOLOGY: Internet engineers and legal scholars are worried that amendments to a UN telecommunications treaty will give repressive governments more control of the Internet and may undermine international sanctions.
Egypt: President Morsi and Iranian President Ahmadinejad discussed Syria; improved relations between the countries could change the region.
Presidents Morsi and Ahmadinejad discussed ways of ending the Syrian uprising without military intervention.
Ahmadinejad claimed an improvement in Iranian-Egyptian relations could markedly change the dynamics in the region on a number of issues.
The visit highlights the thaw in Iranian-Egyptian relations since Islamists took control of the Egyptian government last June.
This marked the first visit by and Iranian head of state since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
Central African Republic: The democratic opposition and Seleka rebel coalition contested the makeup of the transitional government released on Sunday by presidential decree. (Xinhua)
Ghana: Authorities arrested and extradited Major Jean-Noel Abehi, a key figure in Ivory Coast’s security services under ousted President Gbagbo, to Ivorian authorities. (AFP)
Mali: FM Coulibaly urged the international community to stand by its side to drive out Islamist extremists from its territory. (AFP)
South Africa: Police arrested 19 suspected Congolese rebels connected to the M23 movement in the north of the country in a dawn raid. (Reuters)
Sudan: The army accused South Sudan of not committing to the withdrawal of its forces from Sudan, contradicting a UNSC resolution and a number of bilateral agreements. (Xinhua)
Zambia: A government panel summoned former President Rupia Banda to face charges of corruption along with numerous other members of his government. (AFP)
Colombia: The ELN kidnapped two Germans in the northwestern Catatumbo region, saying they would be considered spies until evidence to the contrary arises. (AP)
Ecuador: The Navy intercepted four boats with 10 Peruvian citizens fishing in its territorial waters. (EFE)
Ecuador: A man stabbed two people to death and injured four others at an election rally while attendees waited for President Correa to address the crowd. (BBC)
Peru: The Central Reserve Bank purchased USD80 million to prevent the dollar’s slip against the Peruvian sol, adversely affecting exports. (Xinhua)
Region: The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan said they would work to reach a peace deal within six months, while throwing their weight behind moves for the Taliban to open an office in Doha. (AFP)
Bangladesh: A court sentenced Abdul Quader Molla, a ranking leader in the Jamaat-e Islami party, to life in prison for war crimes during the 1971 war for liberation from Pakistan, sparking riots in Dhaka. (AFP)
China: US Ambassador Locke told an economic conference in Hong Kong that the US-China relationship remains “fundamentally very, very strong” but said China could only benefit from further liberalization. (AFP)
Japan: The government announced it will be creating a new agency tasked with promoting the government’s positions in territorial disputes with neighbors. (Itar-Tass)
Sri Lanka: President Rajapaksa ruled out granting greater autonomy to ethnic Tamils, backing away from previous promises to empower the minority group. (AP)
Thailand: Four fruit merchants were killed execution style by Islamist militants in the country’s majority Muslim south (AP)
Armenia: Elections are set to be held on 18FEB despite last week’s assassination attempt on presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan. (AFP)
Bulgaria: Investigators are expected to link last year’s bomb blast that killed five Israeli tourists to Hezbollah. (AP)
France: Police detained four people in a counterterrorism operation near Paris suspected of attempting to join Islamic extremist groups abroad. (AP)
Greece: Dock workers continued their strike for a sixth day, leaving a number of the country’s islands without food or other supplies. (AP)
Serbia: The government named its first envoy to Kosovo since it broke away from Serbia in 2008. (AFP)
Iran: A senior commander claimed the country’s nuclear facilities are impervious to any potential attack by the US or Israel. (Xinhua)
Iraq: A suicide bomber drove a car rigged with explosives into an army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing eight. (AFP)
Kuwait: A court sentenced three former opposition MPs to three year jail terms for publicly criticizing the emir. (AFP)
Syria: A prominent member of the Ba’ath Party rejected the preconditions for dialogue between the regime and opposition to end the two-year uprising. (AP)
Yemen: Six people were killed in sectarian clashes in the northern province of Saada. (Xinhua)
TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS
Internet: Engineers and legal scholars are worried amendments to a UN telecommunications treaty will give repressive governments more control of the Internet and may undermine international sanctions. (Washington Times)
Cyclones: Nothing to report
Hurricanes: Nothing to report
Earthquakes: Nothing to report
Volcanoes: Nothing to report
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (06FEB)
Europe: The European Information Security Summit 2013 will begin in London (to 07FEB).
Middle East: Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo (to 07FEB).