ONS: 10 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 10, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: AU suspends Ivory Coast over disputed election.
  • ASIA: Pakistani media retract fake WikiLeaks story lambasting India.
  • EUROPE: Students clash with British police in fees protest.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Report notes drop in Colombian production of cocaine.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Syria rejects US report on religious freedom.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Ex-WikiLeakers to launch new Openleaks site.

TOP STORY

  • Protesters take to the streets in Haiti
    • Post-election protests extended into a second day as clashes and shooting resumed Thursday afternoon.
    • Most of the demonstrators are anti-government, but ruling party candidate Jude Celestin has also called on his supporters to mobilize.
    • The Haitian electoral commission announced they will conduct an immediate vote recount of the top three leading candidates.
    • Coverage: BBC, NYT, Miami Herald

AFRICA

  • Guinea: The African Union lifted sanctions imposed on Guinea due to the return to constitutional order. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: The African Union suspended the Ivory Coast and the country will remain suspended until opposition candidate Alassane Ouattara takes over. (BBC)
  • Uganda:  According to a US diplomatic cable, Uganda’s opposition has privately threatened to incite violence in the upcoming general elections. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: According to released US cables, Burma may be building missile and nuclear sites in remote locations with support from North Korea. (BBC)
  • Indonesia: Abu Tholut, one of the most dangerous Islamist extremists in Indonesia, has been arrested. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Leading Pakistani newspapers retracted a story that used fake US diplomatic cables to brand Indian generals as “genocidal” and accuse New Delhi of sponsoring militants. (AFP, BBC)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Deputy Prime Minister Georgi Baramidz has asked the US for a “road map” to outline the steps necessary for Georgia to join NATO. (AP)
  • Turkey: Four homemade bombs exploded simultaneously in Istanbul, damaging property but without causing casualties. (AFP)
  • UK: Demonstrators clashed with people in a student protest outside parliament as the coalition government voted to triple university tuition fees. (AFP, BBC, NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and criticized the arrest as “an attack on freedom of expression.” (BBC, DPA)
  • Colombia: A new report by the US Office of National Drug Control Policy said the production of cocaine declined last year by 10 tons to 270 metric tons. (Wash Post)
  • Mexico: Mexican police broke through a blockade by gunman associated with the La Familia cartel in Morella. (BBC, NYT)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey plan to create a regional strategic cooperation mechanism. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Ali Shakouri-rad, a top Iranian blogger released on bail in late October, was sent back to jail for “propagating against the regime and spreading lies.” (AFP, BBC)
  • Syria: The Syrian Foreign Ministry rejected the US State Department’s annual report on religious freedom, saying the report ignores that Syria is the most secular state in the region. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • World: Several people who resigned from WikiLeaks amid conflicts with Julian Assange are planning to launch a new site called Openleaks on Monday to create a “strong, transparent platform to support whistle-blowers.” (CNET News)

WORLD

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

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