ONS: 04 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 4, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Niger elections head to run-off.
  • ASIA: Myanmar picked junta insider as president.
  • EUROPE: Britain’s home-grown terror threat increasing.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Panama steps up migratory control of Nicaraguans.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood won’t bid for presidency.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Proposal for cyber war “Rules of Engagement.”

TOP STORY

  • “Day of Departure” rally held in Egypt
    • Thousands of Egyptians protesters gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a “Day of Departure” rally aimed at ousting President Mubarak.
    • There are unconfirmed reports that the Egyptian military is using tasers on demonstrators.
    • In an interview with ABC, Mubarak reiterated that he fears there would be chaos if he resigned.
    • Protests and attacks continued across the country, as a security source noted a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at state security headquarters in El-Arish in the Sinai.
    • Coverage: BBC, AFP, Al Jazeera, NYT, BreakingNews

AFRICA

  • Morocco: The government said it was not worried about opposition plans for a peaceful protest later this month to press for reforms. (Reuters)
  • Niger: Veteran opposition leader Mahamadou Issoufou will face ex-Prime Minister Seini Oumarou in a run-off election. (AP, BBC)
  • Tunisia: All 24 regional governors were replaced as part of ongoing efforts to dismantle the legacy of ousted president Ben Ali. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodian and Thai troops clashed near Preah Vihear, a disputed temple located at the border area. (Reuters, Xinhua)
  • Kazakhstan: According to a presidential decree, early presidential elections will be held on 03APR. (RIA Novosti)
  • Myanmar: Thein Sein, outgoing prime minister and a former general close to the junta, was elected president with a majority vote. (AFP, BBC)

EUROPE

  • France: Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie faced renewed calls for her resignation over a recent Tunisian vacation. (NYT)
  • Russia: The Orthodox Church allowed its clergy to enter politics in certain cases, the latest sign of its growing presence in Russia’s secular society. (Reuters)
  • UK: According to leaked WikiLeaks cables, Britain is facing a growing threat from home-grown jihadists  who are beyond the “radar screen” of intelligence authorities. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales stressed the new constitutional role of the armed forces, reiterating that they serve as the defenders of the nation’s sovereignty and natural resources. (Xinhua)
  • Panama: The government will impose stronger migratory control of Nicaraguan citizens in response to the growing number who enter Panama as tourists and remain beyond the authorized time. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: The Health Ministry announced the number of cholera cases is at 239 after a group of citizens traveled to the Dominican Republic. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: Admiral Mike Mullen stated that Egyptian army leaders “reassured” him they will not fire on protesters. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood movement stated they have no plans to put forward a candidate for the presidency. (RIA Novosti)
  • Iran: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei called Egypt’s uprising an “Islamic liberation,” and urged Egyptians to rally around religion. (BreakingNews)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • World: The EastWest Institute drafted a proposal to establish a cyber war “Rules of Engagement” to cope with potentially devastating cyber weapons. (BBC)

WORLD

Cyclones: Nothing to report.
Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
Volcanoes: Kirishima volcanic group, Japan.

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