ONS: 06 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 6, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

AFRICA: Ivory Coast may get an additional 2,000 UN peacekeepers
ASIA: US embassy official roughed up by Vietnamese police
EUROPE: Poland working unilaterally to counterbalance Belarus government
LATIN AMERICA: Dominican Republic resumes expulsions of illegal Haitians
MIDDLE EAST: Iran arrests American woman
TECHNOLOGY: Hacked iTunes accounts for sale on Chinese website

TOP STORY

  • Iraq: Anti-US Cleric returns
    • After nearly four years of voluntary exile in Iran, Muqtada Sadr returned home in an apparent attempt to work with Iraq’s new national unity government.
    • Analysts believe that Sadr’s return could intensify anti-U.S. policies and rhetoric within the nation and further complicate the political process.
    • State Department spokesman Philip Crowley downplayed concerns and asserted that Sadr’s “return is a matter between him and the government of Iraq.”
    • Coverage: Washington Post, NYT, Bloomberg

    AFRICA

    • Ivory Coast: The UN announced it will ask the Security Council to deploy 1,000-2,000 additional peacekeepers to the western part of the country. (Reuters, Bloomberg)
    • Sudan: Southern Sudan signed a ceasefire with a renegade general’s fighters four days ahead of the independence referendum vote. (AP)

    ASIA

    • Region: South Korea dismissed North Korean calls for “unconditional” talks aimed at improving relations between the two nations. (BBC)
    • China: The Foreign Ministry refuted media reports that it is considering changing its non-first-strike policy for nuclear weapons. (Xinhua)
    • Pakistan: Talks for the U.S. to supply the country with surveillance drones have hit a snag as Pakistan raised concerns over the high costs and slow delivery time. (Reuters)
    • Vietnam: The U.S. demanded an explanation from the government over the alleged manhandling by police of an American diplomat visiting a Catholic priest who is under house arrest. (Reuters, BBC)

    EUROPE

    • Region: Poland has broken with EU custom and is working unilaterally in Belarus to build a civil society intended to alienate top government officials. (NYT)
    • Region: Passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight from Norway to Istanbul thwarted a hijack attempt by a possible Kurdish rebel from Turkey. (BBC)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Dominican Republic: The government announced it will continue its expulsion of undocumented Haitian immigrants, ending a year-long suspension of the law for humanitarian reasons. (EFE)
    • Guyana: A grenade at a bus stand killed a U.S. deportee and injured 19. (AP)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: Netanyahu and Mubarak will meet today to discuss peace negotiations with the Palestinians.  (Reuters)
    • Iran: A 55-year old American woman has been detained by authorities for allegedly possessing spy equipment when crossing the border from Armenia. (AP)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

    • China: 50,000 hacked iTunes user accounts were found for sale on China’s largest retail website, Taobao, giving buyers illegal access to user credit cards. (AFP)

    WORLD

    • Cyclones: Nothing to report
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

    END

    Overnight News Summary

    Produced by The Rendon Group

    06 January 2011


    KEY STORYLINES:

    AFRICA: Ivory Coast may get an additional 2,000 UN peacekeepers
    ASIA: US embassy official roughed up by Vietnamese police
    EUROPE: Poland working unilaterally to counterbalance Belarusian government
    LATIN AMERICA: Dominican Republic resumes expulsions of illegal Haitians
    MIDDLE EAST: Iran arrests American woman
    TECHNOLOGY: Hacked iTunes accounts for sale on Chinese website

    TOP STORY
    Iraq: Anti-US Cleric returns

    • After nearly four years of voluntary exile in Iran, Muqtada Sadr returned home in an apparent attempt to work with Iraq’s new national unity government.
    • Analysts believe that Sadr’s return could intensify anti-U.S. policies and rhetoric within the nation and further complicate the political process.
    • State Department spokesman Philip Crowley downplayed concerns and asserted that Sadr’s “return is a matter between him and the government of Iraq.”
    • Coverage: Washington Post, NYT, Bloomberg



    AFRICA
    Ivory Coast: The UN announced it will be asking the Security Council to deploy 1,000-2,000 additional peacekeepers the western part of the country. (Reuters, Bloomberg)
    Sudan: Southern Sudan signed a ceasefire with a renegade general’s fighters four days ahead of the independence referendum vote. (AP)

    ASIA
    Region: South Korea dismissed North Korean calls for “unconditional” talks aimed at improving relations between the two nations. (BBC)
    China: The Foreign Ministry refuted media reports that it is considering changing its non-first-strike policy for nuclear weapons. (Xinhua)
    Pakistan: Talks for the U.S. to supply the country with surveillance drones have hit a snag as Pakistan raises concerns over the high costs and slow delivery time. (Reuters)
    Vietnam: The U.S. has demanded an explanation from the government over the alleged manhandling by police of an American diplomat visiting a Catholic priest who is under house arrest. (Reuters, BBC)

    EUROPE
    Region: Poland has broken with EU custom and has been working unilaterally in Belarus to build a civil society intended to alienate top Belarusian government officials. (NYT)
    Region: Passengers on a Turkish Airlines flight from Norway to Istanbul thwarted a hijack attempt by a possible Kurdish rebel from Turkey. (BBC)

    LATIN AMERICA
    Dominican Republic: The government announced that it will continue its expulsion of undocumented Haitian immigrants, ending a year-long suspension of the law for humanitarian reasons. (EFE)
    Guyana: A grenade at a bus stand killed a U.S. deportee and injured 19. (AP)

    MIDDLE EAST
    Region: Netanyahu and Mubarak will meet today to discuss peace negotiations with the Palestinians.  (Reuters)
    Iran: A 55-year old American woman has been detained by authorities for allegedly possessing spy equipment when crossing the border from Armenia. (AP)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION
    China: 50,000 hacked iTunes user accounts were found for sale on China’s largest retail website, Taobao, giving buyers illegal access to user credit cards. (AFP)

    WORLD
    Cyclones: Nothing to report
    Hurricanes: Nothing to report
    Earthquakes: Nothing to report
    Volcanoes: Nothing to report

    END

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