ONS: 01 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Morocco is concerned about potential unrest domestically due to Egypt and Tunisia.
  • ASIA: A new study claimed North Koreans are growing skeptical of the government.
  • EUROPE: PM Cowen will ask for parliament to be dissolved today.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Preval might remain in power for up to 3 more months.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syrian pro-democracy activists began organizing to protest 04 February.
  • TECHNOLOGY: iPhone App filters spam to turn Twitter into a news reader.

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: Hundreds of thousands of protesters have taken to Tahrir Square today for the planned “million-man-march.”
    • Protesters are also showing up at the Presidential Palace in Cairo to continue their calls for Mubarak’s resignation.
    • Coverage: (AFP, Xinhua)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The UN predicted refugees fleeing the country could triple to over 100,000 within 3 months. (AFP)
  • Morocco: The country showed concern for potential revolts in the country sparked by events in Egypt and Tunisia.  (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korea, North: A new study claimed North Koreans are growing skeptical of the government and do not believe the regime is improving. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: The DPRK is building a new base near the Yellow Sea border (30-35 miles from Baengnyeong) providing it with the ability to launch a quick invasion of South Korean islands nearby.  (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A judge blocked any move to hand over Raymond Davis, an American government employee, to US authorities; he is under investigation for double murder. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Hungary: The country indicated it is willing to modify its controversial media law if the EU demands it.  (AP)
  • Ireland: PM Brian Cowen will ask for parliament to be dissolved, leading to a likely general election 25 February. (AFP)
  • Italy: Authorities arrested three Moroccans suspected of training for a suicide bombing mission. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: The government is preparing for the FARC to release five hostages. (CCTV)
  • Haiti: President Preval might remain in power for up to 3 more months beyond his term due to an emergency law enacted last year. (AP/CP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: UK’s Defense Secretary Liam Fox claimed he believes Iran is capable of manufacturing a nuclear weapon by 2012. (AP)
  • Syria: Drawing inspiration from recent protests in both Tunisia and Egypt, Syrian pro-democracy activists have begun organizing to protest 04 February. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Social websites are being used to locate and consume news more and more frequently.
    • In response, iPhone is using its app, Smartr, released in mid-December, to gather tweets in one’s Twitter timeline then determine which of them have meaningful content.
    • Instead of seeing tweets, the Smartr user views a Twitter feed filled with news snippets.
    • Coverage: (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones:  Tropical Cyclone 11P (Yasi) Warning #05, Issued at 01/0300Z
    • Winds: 20 knots
    • Location: Near east coast of Australia
    • NEAR 14.1S 156.5E
    • Movement: WNW at 20 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Kirishima Mountain Range; Kyushu, Japan
    • Spewing gas and clouds of ash into the air.
    • First eruption in 52 years.

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Kirishima mountain range

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