ONS: 01 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 1, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Senegalese elections need to be transparent and peaceful, said UN Secretary General
  • AMERICAS: Argentina described UK Prince William as a “conquistador” because of his upcoming deployment in the Falkland Islands
  • ASIA: A Pakistani aircraft killed 20 Taliban members in the northwestern tribal area
  • EUROPE: Secretary Clinton dismissed allegations that Russian FM Lavrov “snubbed” her in Australia
  • MIDDLE EAST: Russia offered mediation to Syrian and opposition officials
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google unveiled country-specific domains to lessen the impact of censored material

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: Secret report on ISI-Taliban relations
    • The NATO report was based largely on over 27,000 interrogations.
    • Details of the report tied the Pakistani ISI directly to the Taliban.
    • The report alleged the Pakistani security service knows the locations of Taliban officials.
    • The Taliban decreased attacks in an attempt to quicken the NATO troop withdrawal in Afghanistan
    • Pakistan denied the allegations, calling them “frivolous.”
    • NATO spokesman said the leaked report is not intended as an analysis of progress.
    • Coverage: MSNBC, BBC, Reuters, AFP, Telegraph, CNN

AFRICA

  • Region: UNSC focused on a comprehensive approach to mitigate the negative impact of the Libyan crisis on the Sahel region. (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: UN Secretary General Ki-moon urged all parties to “create enabling conditions for transparent, credible and peaceful elections.” (Xinhua)
  • Senegal: The opposition called for increased resistance in response to President Wade being allowed to campaign for a third term. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Brazilian President Rousseff and her Cuban counterpart Raul Castro met in an effort to promote cooperation in agriculture, health, and other areas. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Argentina referred to Prince William as a “conquistador,” criticizing his upcoming deployment in the Falkland Islands. (AP)
  • United States: The California-based San Onofre nuclear nuclear station shut down one of its units due to a suspected leak. (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A man clothed in an Afghan army uniform shot and killed a NATO soldier. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Jet attacks in the northwest tribal area killed 20 Taliban members, possibly including a Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A US drone launched three missile strikes in Orakzai, killing 13. (Xinhua)
  • Pakistan: Police opened an investigation into a package containing anthrax that was delivered to PM Gilani’s home 20 days ago. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimated that 1,500 people died attempting to enter Europe through the Mediterranean Sea in 2011. (UPI)
  • Russia: US Secretary of State Clinton dismissed allegations that Russian FM Lavrov “snubbed” her in Australia in an attempt to discuss Syria. (AFP)
  • France: Former Defense Minister Chevenement withdrew from the presidential race due to financing concerns. (DPA)
  • Turkey: Hurriyet Daily News reported that Turkey aims to build ballistic missiles with a 2,500 km range within two years. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: US Fleet Forces Command Chief Admiral Harvey denied allegations of a “floating base” in the Middle East, citing reporters’ assumptions for the error. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Twenty-five Chinese workers, detained for a day in the city of el-Arish, were freed. (AP)
  • Iraq: MP Qais al-Shadhr’s convoy was the target of a bomb attack that killed five civilians in Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Iran: CIA Director Petraeus said sanctions on Iran have been “biting” in recent weeks. (Reuters)
  • Syria: Russia offered Syrian authorities and opposition groups to convene in Moscow for a meeting with no preconditions. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: Google turned to country-specific domains to limit the impact of censored content. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Following YouTube’s content restructuring, advertisers saw increased potential in exposure by focusing on content-related channels. (Epicenter)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Iggy)
    • Location: 420 NM WSW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: S at 11 knots
    • Winds: 65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Cleveland Volcano, Alaska
    • Lava dome formed, alert level raised
    • Ash resulting from eruption could disrupt air traffic
    • AP

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (02FEB)

  • China: German Chancellor Merkel visits China to make speech on the Euro crisis.
  • Kuwait: Parliamentary elections held.
  • Yemen: Anniversary of President Saleh announcing he would step down in 2013 – 2011.

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