ONS: 07 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 7, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast expelled Canadian, UK ambassadors
  • ASIA: China and US expected to resume military ties
  • EUROPE: Russia warned against US criticisms of Nemtsov detention
  • LATIN AMERICA: Raul Castro shuffled Cuban cabinet
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran not expected to be nuclear before 2015
  • TECHNOLOGY: New Apple Mac App store already hacked

TOP STORY

  • US: Pentagon faces cuts on defense spending
    • Secretary Gates announced trimming the defense budget by $78 billion  over the next five years.
    • Part of the cuts would require the reduction of the Army and Marine Corps.
    • The proposed budget for 2012 – excluding the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – would be $553 billion, which represents less than a 1% increase over the 2011 budget.
    • Coverage: Washington Post, LA Times

    AFRICA

    • Ivory Coast: Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo expelled the Canadian and British ambassadors after their countries refused to recognize Gbagbo’s appointed ambassadors. (BBC)
      • The US Department of Treasury also imposed financial sanctions on Gbagbo, his family, and supporters. (Xinhua)
    • South Africa: The government has temporarily stopped deportations of its 1.5 million Zimbabwean immigrants, vowing to instead to work on procuring their legal status within the country. (Bloomberg)

    ASIA

    • Region: US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Bosworth, met with both Japanese and Chinese officials and pressed for the resumption of six-party talks soon, marking a shift in US’s “strategic patience” policy toward the DPRK. (NYT, Washington Post)
    • China: In a visit to the mainland next week, Secretary Gates is expected to announce a resumption of military-to-military exchanges which were halted by Beijing a year ago when the US sold arms to Taiwan. (AP)
    • Laos: Vang Pao, and exiled Laotian general and Hmong leader who aided the CIA during the Vietnam War, died in the U.S. at the age of 81. (BBC, AFP)
    • Thailand: Opposition leaders are courting Yingluck Shinawatra, sister to the exiled former premier Thaskin Shinawarta, to run against the incumbent prime minister. (AFP)

    EUROPE

    • Belarus: Leaders drew the ire of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for charging 25 opposition leaders and protestors and jailing hundreds more. (AFP, RIA Novosti)
    • Russia: Authorities warned the US that relations between the two countries would be jeopardized if the US continues with its criticism of Russia’s jailing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. (RIA Novosti)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Cuba: President Raul Castro removed his information minister, a veteran of the Cuban revolution, in a cabinet shuffle that included the removal of other top officials. (AFP)
    • Venezuela: The Venezuelan parliament continued a diplomatic standoff with the US with its rejection of Larry Palmer as the U.S. ambassador. (Xinhua, AFP)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: In a triumph for US-led sanctions against Iran, Israeli Mossad director Meir Dagan expressed doubts that Iran could produce a nuclear bomb before 2015. (Reuters)
    • Iran: Tehran authorities admitted to arresting dozens of Christian converts since Christmas, in what has become a widespread targeting of Christians throughout the Middle East. (WSJ, AFP)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

    • Apple: Within 24-hours of launching its new Mac App store, pirates have hacked into the store’s security system and installed illegal apps. (International Business Times)

    WORLD

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

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