ONS: 31 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 31, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Somalia dismissed claims that the national parliament has been dissolved.
  • ASIA: Seoul rejected Pyongyang’s request to move up military talks to February 1.
  • EUROPE: EU member-states are to adopt new sanctions against Belarus today.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Clinton reaffirmed US support to Haiti.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Insurgents killed a government employee and wounded 6 in Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Al-Jazeera pleaded for Egyptian social media to step up reporting.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei urged the US to back calls for Mubarak to step down in a number of media appearances.
  • He told CNN that, “It is better for President Obama not to appear that he is the last one to say to President Mubarak, ‘It’s time for you to go.’”
  • ElBaradei also claimed to have a mandate to negotiate a national unity government and that he would soon reach out to the army.
  • Coverage: (Reuters)

AFRICA

  • Gambia: President Yahya Jammeh enforced a cabinet reshuffle, transferring a number of ministers into new offices. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: The president’s office dismissed “baseless and unfounded statements” by local media that the national parliament was dissolved. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Two independent newspapers have been banned a day after violent clashes in Khartoum. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korean Peninsula: Seoul rejected moving military talks with the North from 11Feb to 01Feb.
  • (AFP)
  • Myanmar: Suu Kyi’s opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), launched its own website, www.nldburma.org. (AP)
  • Sri Lanka: LankaeNews.com, a website critical of the government, had it’s offices set ablaze; one of the journalists has accused the government of being behind the attack. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Belarus: EU member-states are to adopt new sanctions against Belarus today, which will include denying a list of top-ranking officials entry into EU territory. (Itar-tass)
  • Kazakhstan: The Constitutional Council ruled out a referendum that would extend President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s rule until 2020. (Xinhua)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: Secretary of State Clinton reaffirmed US support during her visit with President Rene Preval. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: 6 torched bodies, found outside of Monterrey, were expected to be cartel killings. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Insurgents killed a government employee and wounded six people in separate attacks in Baghdad. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Egypt: After being shut-down by the government, Al-Jazeera pleaded for Egyptian bloggers and others to send blog posts, eyewitness accounts and videos to expand coverage of the uprising against Mubarak. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Eleven)
    • Winds: 65 knots
    • Location: near Port Vila, Vanuatu
    • Movement: WNW at 16 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Tonga
    • Mag: 6.0; Depth: 68.6
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

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