ONS: 07 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 7, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: In Chad, the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement won a majority of seats in the first-ever elections.
  • AMERICAS: US Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) planned to prevent a confirmation hearing in order to realign relations with Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
  • ASIA: Pakistan’s defense minister Mukhtar urged the reopening of the Afghan border for NATO supplies.
  • EUROPE: Lithuania and Belarus agreed on a visa-free cross border movement, pending an exchange of notes.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israeli officials became increasingly concerned that weapons from the Syrian conflict could end up in the hands of Hezbollah.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google confirmed to an Indian court that it had removed offensive websites.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Bombardment resumed as diplomats leave
    • Heavy shelling continued in Homs killing at least 95 civilians.
    • The military claimed to be fighting “terrorists” bent on sabotaging the country.
    • Russian FM Lavrov was due to meet with Assad in Damascus.
    • The US closed its embassy, and Italy and the UK recalled their ambassadors.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Guardian, AP

AFRICA

  • Region: A spokesman for the UNHCR says nearly 22,000 fled Mali for refuge in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania. (AP)
  • Algeria: The government scheduled informal talks with the EU for 16FEB in an effort to sign a bilateral agreement facilitating its access to the WTO. (Xinhua)
  • Chad: The ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS) won the majority of seats in the main towns in first-ever local elections. (AFP)
  • Libya: Gunmen killed five Libyan refugees at their camp in a Tripoli suburb. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Venezuelan police arrested Hector German Buitrao, a commander in a former Colombian paramilitary group responsible for thousands of deaths and drug trafficking. (Reuters)
  • Brazil: During a police strike over pay in Bahia, police clashed with soldiers who were sent to disperse the protest. (BBC)
  • United States: In a supposed ultimatum over US diplomacy, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) planned to hold up a confirmation hearing on 07FEB where he will address policies affecting Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. (WSJ)
  • Venezuela: As opposition presidential candidate Henrique Capriles toured Caracas, he continued to give Venezuelans hope for an alternative to President Chavez. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: Pakistan’s defense minister Mukhtar urged the reopening of the border with Afghanistan to allow for the transport of NATO supplies. (AP)
  • Region: In an effort to reach out to Islamabad, India planned to lift visa restrictions on Pakistani nationals. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Alongside the US, Thailand hosted military exercises called Cobra Gold with over 13,000 personnel. (Xinhua)
  • Maldives: The military took control of state television while President Nasheed stepped down. (AP, Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: The meeting between Azerbaijan and the EU on visa facilitation was postponed. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Lithuania and Belarus agreed on a visa-free cross border movement, the countries need only exchange notes for the agreement to take effect. (Itar-Tass)
  • Germany: Police arrested two men in Berlin accused of spying on opponents of the Syrian regime. (AP)
  • Romania: PM designate Ungureanu began talks to form a new government. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli defense officials grew increasingly concerned that Hezbollah militants could get their hands on arms from Syria. (AP)
  • Iraq: The Sunni-backed bloc Iraqiya ended its boycott of the Cabinet, a move to stabilize the country. (AP)
  • Syria: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton and Brazilian FM Patriota reiterated their support for the Arab League effort to end violence in Syria. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Censorship: Google told an Indian trial court that it had removed webpages deemed offensive to the court. (Xinhua)
  • Technology: Google debuted a new forum, Solve for X, which is dedicated to efforts that “take on global-scale problems, define radical solutions…, and involve some form of breakthrough technology….” (Huffington Post)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 11P (Cyril)
    • Location: 370 NM South of Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Movement: SE at 24 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Jasmine)
    • Location: 380 NM NW of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Movement: ESE at 12 knots
    • Winds: 65 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (08FEB)

  • China: Exile Tibet government calls for day of solidarity after recent violence in Tibet.
  • India: Uttar Pradesh state holds elections.
  • Russia: The PACE observer mission arrives in Russia to assess election legislation and monitor the election campaign.

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