ONS: 03 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 3, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo resists African demands he step down
  • ASIA: Door for inter-Korea dialogue ‘open’: President Lee
  • EUROPE: Swedish bomber’s YouTube account post hints he may have had accomplice
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexican cartel announces 1-month truce
  • MIDDLE EAST: Insurgents are suspected in 5 killings in Baghdad
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Digital Newsstand aims to muscle in on Apple

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: PM Gilani held talks with opposition leaders after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement left the alliance with the Pakistan Peoples Party, leaving Gilani 12 votes short of the majority. (DPA)


AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: The diplomatic standoff over the disputed presidential election continued with the UN alleging human rights violations on the part of Gbagbo’s regime. (Reuters)
  • Zimbabwe: Authorities reported a cholera outbreak in the suburb of Mbare, outside of Harare, with 20 households affected. (DPA)


ASIA

  • Region: Taiwan will not deploy the Ray Ting 2000 rocket system on islands near China due to warming relations. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: President Lee Myung-Bak said there is still an opportunity for inter-Korea dialogue and to enhance economic cooperation if Pyongyang is sincere. (AFP)


EUROPE

  • Belgium: Socialist politician Johan Vande Lamotte issued a new proposal to bridge the gulf between the country’s Dutch and French speakers. (AFP)
  • Sweden: Taimour Abdulwahab, the suicide bomber who blew himself up in an attempt to kill Christmas shoppers, sent an audio message to Swedish intelligence service Saepo and the TT news agency minutes before the attack in Stockholm on December 11. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: Octavio Cocopi, the second-in-command of the FARC guerrilla group’s squad 16, died in clashes with soldiers outside Cumaribo, a city in Vichada province. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A letter allegedly signed by the leadership of the La Familia drug cartel declares a one month truce in the state of Michoacan. (AP)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Demonstrators chased the state minister for economic development, Osman Mohammed Osman, to his car and pelted him with stones after he met Shenouda III, the Coptic pope. (AFP)
  • Iran: The Bushehr nuclear plant will be connected to the national electricity network in February, according to Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali-Akbar Salehi. (DPA)
  • Iraq: Assassinations carried out by suspected insurgents across Baghdad left an Iraqi army colonel, a civil engineer and three police officers dead. (AP)


TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Google is reportedly developing a digital newsstand service and is in discussion with publishers. (WSJ)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Araucania, Chile
    • Magnitude: 7.1
    • Depth: 25.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

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