ONS: 09 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 9, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Armed robbers steal voting equipment in Nigeria.
  • ASIA: South Korea to guard against North Korea’s chemical weapons.
  • EUROPE: New poll underscores Russian President Medvedev’s popularity.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Guatemala links Mexican cartel to violent prison break.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Five injured as Kuwaiti forces crackdown on opposition.
  • TECHNOLOGY: WikiLeaks followers close Swedish government website.

TOP STORY

  • Haiti election candidate Michel Martelly urges calm
    • Ousted presidential candidate Michel Martelly rejected the election results as “incorrect,” but urged for calm amid mass protests by his supporters.
    • Martelly said his supporters should only hold non-violent protests and urged them not to rise to provocations.
    • Post-election violence across Haiti resulted in four deaths yesterday.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, NYT

    AFRICA

    • Nigeria: Armed robbers raided Martala Muhammed International Airport and stole recently arrived voter registration equipment that was to be used for the 2011 elections. (AP)
    • Sudan: The International Criminal Court proceedbeganings  against two Sudanese rebels for allegedly executing a 2007 attack in Darfur that killed 12 African Union peacekeepers. (AP)
    • Sudan: The World Food Programme reports that a Latvian aid crew, who were kidnapped last month in Darfur, has been released. (BBC, AFP)

    ASIA

    • Region: US Admiral Mike Mullen stated there is a “real sense of urgency” to build up three-way defense ties with South Korea and Japan to deter North Korea. (AFP)
    • Region: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il met China’s most senior foreign policymaker, Dai Bingguo, in Pyongyang. (AFP, BBC)
      • Chinese state media said the two sides “reached a consensus,” but gave no further details.
    • Korea, South: The office of the National Emergency Management Agency will buy an extra 1,300 gas masks to protect residents of border islands against any North Korean chemical attack.
    • Thailand: The Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situation ordered security agencies to closely monitor the situation on Friday as the “red-shirts” plan to hold a mass gathering in Bangkok. (Xinhua)

    EUROPE

    • Germany: Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said an anti-terrorist alert is still in place throughout Germany. (DPA)
    • Poland: President Barak Obama committed the US to land-based SM-3 interceptor missiles in Poland as part of the NATO-wide defense system. (Xinhua)
    • Russia: A recent poll indicated President Dmitry Medvedev would easily win reelection by over fifty percent of the vote provided Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stays out of the race. (UPI)
    • Russia: The designer of Russia’s new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), Bulava, stated it could be fired from ground-based launchers after a slight modification. (RIA Novosti)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Region: The Guatemalan interior minister states Mexico’s Los Zetas drug cartel was behind yesterday’s attack on a prison in western Guatemala to free the main suspect in the murder case. (EFE)
    • Mexico: Records show that Servando Gomez Martinez, a leading member of the La Familia cartel, is reportedly on the public payroll as a teacher in Michoacan. (EFE)
    • Panama:  Traffic through the Panama Canal has been temporarily suspended because of heavy rains. (BBC)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Iran: President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated a uranium swap would be the only nuclear-related issue that Iran would raise in the next round of multilateral talks. (DPA)
    • Israel: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that he regrets Israel “will not heed the united call of the international community…to extend the settlement restraint policy.” (Xinhua)
    • Kuwait: Five Kuwaitis were injured as elite special forces cracked down on an unauthorized opposition rally. (AFP)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

    • Lebanon: The website of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar was shut down following a hacker attack over its publication of WikiLeaks documents. (AP)
    • Sweden: Hackers forced the Swedish government’s official website offline for several hours in a cyber attack in support of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. (AFP)

    WORLD

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

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    Cyclones: Nothing to report.

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