ONS: 03 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 3, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: US warned of Burundi terror threat.
  • ASIA: Myanmar’s junta party sweeps presidential race.
  • EUROPE: Factory explosion in Ankara.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti announced run-off candidates.
  • MIDDLE EAST: “Day of Rage” held in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: CrowdVoice website for Yemeni protests launched.

TOP STORY

  • Violent unrest continues in Egypt
    • Early-morning gunfire rung out around Tahrir Square; pro-Mubarak supporters are reportedly firing on people from the October Bridge.
    • Egypt’s health minister confirmed over 800 were injured and five people died in fighting between pro-Mubarak supporters and anti-government protesters since yesterday; Al Jazeera TV puts the death toll at seven.
    • The Egyptian military is taking up positions between the protesters and supporters, but have not yet intervened.
    • Coverage: AP, BBC, Al Jazeera, NYT

AFRICA

  • Burundi: The US Embassy in Burundi warned its citizens that terror organizations “remain actively interested” in attacking US interests this month. (AFP)
  • Sudan: A second assault this week by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Sudan’s Western Equatoria state continues to displace thousands.  (UPI)
  • Zimbabwe: An independent doctors group said political violence in Harare is escalating and has “gravely” injured at least three. (AP)

ASIA

  • Australia: Queensland survived Cyclone Yasi with no known deaths. (BBC)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea’s parliament sent a letter to South Korea’s National Assembly to propose holding talks to ease tensions.  (AP)
  • Myanmar: The three candidates chosen for the presidential nomination – Prime Minister Thein Sein, Tin Aung Myint Ooo, Sai Mouk Kham – are all members of Myanmar’s leading, junta-backed party. (AFP, BBC)

EUROPE

  • Belgium: King Albert asked caretaker Prime Minister Yves Leterme to take all measures necessary to safeguard the welfare of the nation, including implementing budget guidelines beyond 2011. (AP)
  • France: Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie denied news reports that she flew on a private jet belonging to a family member of Tunisia’s deposed government. (AP)
  • Turkey: A factory explosion in the in industrial district in Ankara injured several people and trapped others inside the debris. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Cuba: A Roman Catholic Church official said the Cuban government agreed to free four opposition prisoners and send them into exile in Spain. (AP)
  • Haiti: The electoral commission announced that Mirlande Manigat and Michel Martelly will stand in the second round of the election. (AP, BBC, BreakingNews)
  • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez celebrated 12 years in power and asked the nation to forgive his “mistakes and miscalculations” that he has made. (BBC, RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: US Secretary of State condemned the “shocking” bloody violence in Tahrir Square in a call to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman. (AFP)
    • Suleiman later announced he would investigate the violence.
  • Egypt: As Mubarak apologized for the violent attacks, ElBaradei and the Muslim Brotherhood reiterated that the President must leave office before the opposition will begin talks with the government. (BBC, BreakingNews)
  • Yemen: Over 20,000 Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa for a “Day of Rage” rally against President Ali Abudullah Saleh. (BBC, Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Yemen: Activist group MidEast Youth launched an English and Arabic version of its CrowdVoice software and website to capture information about today’s protests in Yemen. (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Yasi.
    • Downgraded to Category Two Storm.
    • Location: 200 NM SW of Cairns, Australia.
    • Movement:  W-SW at 20 knots.
    • Maximum Winds: 60 knots.
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kirishima volcanic group, Japan.

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