ONS: 02 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 2, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt denied accusations of suppressing human rights
  • AMERICAS: Colombian authorities killed the leader of a drug gang
  • ASIA: Fiji’s military government said it will lift emergency laws
  • EUROPE: Russia to acquire 60 modernized MiG-31s by 2020
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran test-fired cruise missiles during naval exercises
  • TECHNOLOGY: Sony cut the Tablet S price

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Monitor mission under scrutiny
    • Security forces killed at least eight protesters across the country, despite the presence of Arab League observers.
    • Some AL officials stated that the continued violence demonstrated that the monitor mission was ineffective and called for its withdrawal.
    • AL officials stated the mission would be strengthened with additional personnel.
    • Coverage: CNN, Reuters, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government denied accusations by activists that it was attempting to suppress human rights groups. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: Government and UN forces reinforced the city of Pibor in an effort to stabilize the region. (Al Jazeera)
  • Tunisia: President Marzouki stated that civil liberties and women’s rights will be key parts of the new constitution. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The leader of the Urabenos drug gang was killed during a police operation in Choco province. (BBC)
  • Haiti: A presidential commission recommended President Martelly restore the Haitian army. (AP)
  • Mexico: The National Human Rights Commission reported that five suspects were tortured by federal police. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing at a police checkpoint in Nangarhar province killed at least one and injured another. (Xinhua)
  • Fiji: The ruling military government stated it would lift emergency laws and begin consultations for a transition to democracy. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak predicted the transition of power in North Korea would lead to “big changes” in relations between the two countries. (NYT)

EUROPE

  • Greece: Doctors and pharmacists went on strike to protest changes to state healthcare. (BBC)
  • Russia: Officials announced plans to modernize 60 MiG-31 aircraft by 2020. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: Hamas leader Haniyeh met with PM Erdogan in an effort towards reconciliation. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Opposition activists reported dozens of injuries resulting from clashes between protesters and police. (AFP)
  • Iran: The navy test fired two long-range cruise missiles over the Strait of Hormuz during exercises. (Al Jazeera)
  • Iraq: A leading Sunni politician’s convoy was hit by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad. (WaPo)
  • Yemen: Pro-Saleh troops shelled parts of Sanaa, injuring at least four. (Bloomberg)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Tablet Computing: Sony slashed the price of its Tablet S to further competition with the Apple iPad. (CNet)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Benilde
    • Location: 750 NM S of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: SW at 5mph
    • Winds: 70 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (03JAN)

  • Niger: Anniversary of 2011 elections.
  • Russia: Anniversary of the US and Russia halving the number of their nuclear arsenals – 1993
  • United States: Republican Iowa caucus.

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