ONS: 02 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 2, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Rebels linked to Ivory Coast President Ouattara released four Ghanaians accused of working with President Gbabgo.
  • ASIA: A firefight occurred between Afghan and Pakistani forces leaving 1 Pakistani dead and three wounded.
  • EUROPE: The Irish president dissolved parliament and called for elections on 25 February.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haitian leaders are asking questions about the effectiveness of NGO’s in the country.
  • MIDDLE EAST: HRW accused Prime Minister al-Maliki of running secret prisons in Iraq
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google, Twitter, and Facebook condemned the Egyptian censorship.
  • GLOBAL: Brazil assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council

TOP STORY

  • Egypt: President Mubarak announced he not run for re-election and he will die on Egyptian soil.
    • Internet was restored to the nation.
    • The Defense Ministry called for people to return to ‘normal life’ and to go home
    • Clashes are increasing between pro and anti Mubarak factions.
    • Coverage: BBC, Mashable, Globe and Mail, WSJ

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Rebels linked to President Ouattara released four Ghanaians who were arrested in December and accused of spying for President Gbabgo. (Bloomberg)
  • Mauritania:  Security forces stopped a suspected car bombing in the capital when they shot the car, it exploded, and 3 suspects died. (AP)
  • Tunisia: The UN has announced 219 people were killed in last month’s uprisings; a figure considerably higher than government figures. (AP)

ASIA

  • Region: A firefight occurred between Afghan and Pakistani forces left 1 Pakistani dead and three wounded with both sides blaming the other for the fight. (AFP)
  • Australia: Australians continue to brace for the impact of Cyclone Yasi, a major cyclone expected to hit near Queensland. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: A car bomb detonated in a crowded market in Preshwar killing nine. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Ireland: President Mary McAleese dissolved parliament and new elections will be held on 25 February.
  • Poland: European and American representatives are attempting to raise money for the Belorussian opposition at a conference in Warsaw. (AP)
  • Russia: A senior Dagestani militant, Magomed Dalgatov, was killed by a security forces in the outskirts Makhachkala. (ITAR-TASS)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: A new map published by Nicaragua includes disputed territory claimed by Costa Rica, further inflaming tensions in the region. (AFP)
  • Haiti: Leaders are asking questions about the effectiveness of NGO’s in the country. (NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Human Rights Watch is accusing Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of running secret prisons in Iraq. (NYT)
  • Jordan: Protesters expressed skepticism over King Abdullah’s appointment of a new PM to help ease tensions in the country. (BBC)
  • Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen told the country that he would not run for reelection when his term expires in 2013. (NYT)
    • Demonstrators vowed to continue their protests. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Facebook, Twitter, and Google have all released strong statements condemning internet censorship in Egypt. (AFP)

GLOBAL

  • United Nations: Brazil assumed the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council.  The position rotates every month. (Xinhua)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Yasi) Warning #05, Issued at 01/0300Z
    • Winds: 120 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: Japan’s Mount Shinmoe erupted

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