ONS: 11 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 11, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Morocco unlikely to see Egypt-style unrest.
  • ASIA: White House threatens Pakistan envoy.
  • EUROPE: Russia and Japan hold islands crisis talks.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombian president angered as rebels kidnap two.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egypt PM to appoint deputy from “wise men” council.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Activists on Facebook need protection.

TOP STORY

  • Cairo remains tense after Mubarak’s speech and there are reports he has left the city (Reuters)
    • Protesters expect “millions” to rally in Cairo and other cities across the country, intensifying calls for Mubarak to step down; mass protests began in earnest after the conclusion of Friday prayers.
    • The military’s Supreme Council has thrown its weight behind Mubarak and promised to lift the country’s 30-year state of emergency when the “current situation” ends.
    • Analysts posit there is increased fear that current protests could bring demonstrators into direct conflict with the army.
    • In a newspaper interview, Mohamed ElBaradei said Egypt’s leadership is in “total chaos” and likened the regime to the Titanic.
    • Coverage: BBC, Al Jazeera, Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Morocco: The government spokesman stated Morocco will unlikely see Egypt-style unrest, particularly as reforms are already afoot. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Recent clashes between rebels and south Sudanese troops in Jonglei state have killed 105. (AFP, BBC)
  • Tunisia: Authorities detained an armed group linked to ousted president Ben Ali, which they suspected of instigating recent violence. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: The UN Security Council will hold a closed meeting Monday on recent border clashes between Thailand and Cambodia with the foreign ministers from the two nations. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: US National Security Advisor Tom Donilon threatened to boot Pakistan’s Ambassador Husain Haqqani if Raymond Davis is not released today. (AFP)
  • Philippines: The chief government negotiator announced the Philippine government and communist rebels would declare a seven-day ceasefire when they resume negotiations next week. (AP)

EUROPE

  • France: Hundreds of magistrates staged a strike yesterday, and accused President Nicolas Sarkozy of stepping out of line by criticizing their conduct in an ongoing murder inquiry. (DPA)
  • Russia: At talks between Russia and Japan over the disputed Kurils Islands, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his counterpart that Japan’s behavior was “unacceptable.” (AFP, BBC)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Bolivia: President Evo Morales abandoned a public event in the face of angry protests over food shortages and increased prices. (BBC)
  • Colombia: President Juan Manuel Santos said he was tempted to cancel an order to halt all military operations in southern Colombia after FARC rebels abducted two. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Legislators supporting and opposing President Hugo Chavez broke out fighting during yesterday’s National Assembly session.  (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: An Egyptian worker at the US Embassy in Cairo died amid the unrest after going missing on 28JAN. (AFP)
  • Egypt: A deputy premier will be appointed from the council of “wise men” who have been in talks with the government. (Reuters)
    • The deputy would take responsibility for a “national dialogue” with opposition forces and independent figures.
  • Iran: BBC’s Persian TV service stated it is being jammed from within Iran due to its coverage of the unrest in Egypt. (BBC)
  • Israel: The Israeli government warned of possible Hezbollah attacks timed to mark the anniversaries of the deaths of Abbas al-Moussawi and Imad Mughniyeh. (AP)
    • The government specifically mentioned Egypt, Turkey, and Venezuela as possible locations for attacks.

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • World: In a letter to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, US Senator Dick Durbin stressed that recent events are evidence that the social networking site has become an important tool for democracy and human rights and they need to do more to protect activists. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Warning
    • Location: 485 NM NE of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
    • Movement: SE at 2 knots.
    • Maximum wave height: 20 feet.
    • Maximum winds: 45 knots.
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Celebres Sea.
    • Magnitude: 6.5.
    • Depth: 528.4 km.
    • MAP
  • Earthquakes: Celebres Sea
    • Magnitude: 6.7.
    • Depth: 512.2 km.
    • MAP
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

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