ONS: 10 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 10, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigerian strike over fuel prices continued  
  • AMERICAS: Colombia’s FARC announced it was prepared to resume negotiations with the government
  • ASIA: At least 25 killed in Pakistani bombing
  • EUROPE: German and French leaders warned Greece over reform obligations  
  • MIDDLE EAST: Attacks across Iraq killed 16
  • TECHNOLOGY: Analysis revealed that December’s Stratfor hack released personal information on US and UK officials

TOP STORY

  • Syria: President Assad gave televised address
    • President Assad declared he would not relinquish power.
    • He criticized foreign intervention in Syrian domestic affairs, including the Arab League monitoring mission.
    • He claimed no order had been given to shoot civilians, and insisted his regime still maintains popular support.
    • He promised reforms but also he would “crush terrorism with an iron fist.”
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, Reuters, WSJ, AP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The final phase of voting began for the lower house of parliament. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: A nationwide strike over fuel prices continued for a second day. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: Clashes between rival tribes killed at least 24. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: The FARC announced it was ready to resume negotiations with the government. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Authorities detained 71 Guatemalan migrants living in a tent camp on the border. (AP)
  • Mexico: Authorities discovered 15 bodies piled outside a convenience store in Michoacan. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: North Korea held secret talks with Japan in China. (Reuters)
  • Afghanistan: A suicide attack on a government building in Paktika killed at least six. (CNN)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi confirmed she will bid for a seat in parliament during the upcoming elections. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A bombing near the Afghan border targeting an anti-Taliban militia killed at least 25. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Region: German Chancellor Merkel and French President Sarkozy warned the Greek government that failure to deliver on promised changes would risk the next installment of bailout funds. (NYT)
  • Russia: Authorities reported seizing hundreds of kilograms of various illegal drugs over the New Year festivities. (RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: PM Erdogan said the French resolution on the Armenian genocide would seriously harm relations between the two countries. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran:  An American accused of espionage was sentenced to death. (NYT)
  • Iraq: At least 16 were killed in multiple gun and bomb attacks across the country. (NYT)
  • Yemen: US officials defended the proposed amnesty law for President Saleh as part of the established transfer of power arrangement. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: An analysis of December’s hack of the think-tank Stratfor revealed that dozens of US and UK government officials had sensitive personal data exposed. (The Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Canary Islands
    • Three months of undersea eruptions subsided. (DPA)

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (11JAN)

  • Nothing to report

 

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