ONS: 09 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 9, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Police fired tear gas and shot into the air on protesters in Nigeria.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian drug gang Urabenos offered $500 for every police officer killed.
  • ASIA: Three explosions injured five outside of a court in Malaysia.
  • EUROPE: Security forces clashed with alleged PKK members in Turkey.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Diplomats confirmed that Iran is enriching uranium at Fordo.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Growing Internet activism in Russia opened new avenues for anti-government fundraising.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Former US marine sentenced to death for spying for the CIA.
    • The Revolutionary Court convicted Hekmati of working with a hostile country, belonging to the CIA, and trying to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism.
    • On Sunday, the Intelligence Minister said police arrested several people on charges of spying.
    • The US State Department demanded his release.
    • Coverage: AFP, Reuters, The Guardian, AP, AP-2

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Legislators called on the President to restore fuel subsidies in the face of planned labor strikes. (AP)
  • Nigeria: Police fired tear gas and shot into the air on protesters in Kano. (AFP)
  • Somalia: AU troops in Mogadishu will investigate a recent attack on a mosque. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The drug gang Urabenos offered $500 for every police officer killed. (BBC)
  • Mexico: The DEA alleged that the Zetas cartel recruited children to smuggle narcotics and work as spies. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez prepared to meet with Iranian President Ahmadinejad. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: South Korean President Lee and Chinese President Hu will meet to discuss the status of North Korea. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: Three Afghan army soldiers fired on NATO troops in Zabul province, killing one and wounding six. (DPA)
  • China: The Foreign Ministry denied accusations that three Chinese vessels entered the Philippines’ waters. (Reuters)
  • Malaysia: Three explosions injured five people outside the court where opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was cleared of charges. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Germany: Finance Minister Schaeuble pressed struggling Eurozone countries to implement their deficit-cutting pledges. (AP)
  • Spain: Regional governments increased criticism of the federal government over attempts to impose fiscal restraint. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Security forces clashed with alleged PKK members in Sirnak province. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Diplomats confirmed Iran is enriching uranium at Fordo, with 348 active machines. (AP)
  • Iraq: A car bomb wounded 15 Afghan pilgrims in the town of Owairij on their way to Najaf and Karbala. (AFP)
  • Syria: Troops carried out a house-to house search in the Zabadani area of Damascus, arresting at least 30 people. (DPA)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Growing Internet activism in Russia has opened new avenues for anti-government fundraising, which directly impacted recent protests. (WSJ)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 05S (Chanda)
    • Location: 200 NM West-Southwest of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: SEt at 7 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Santa Cruz Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.6
    • Depth: 38.9 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Nothing to report.

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