ONS: 11 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 11, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Nigeria’s fuel strikes continued into the  fourth day
  • AMERICAS: Colombian government rebuffed the FARC’s offer to resume talks
  • ASIA: Four Pakistani militants were killed by US drone strike
  • EUROPE: Russian opposition announced plans to stage large rallies in February
  • MIDDLE EAST:  Syrian monitor mission criticized as violence continued
  • TECHNOLOGY:  ICANN CEO defended upcoming changes to URL rules

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Nuclear scientist assassinated
    • A car bomb in Tehran killed an Iranian nuclear scientist who worked at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.
    • Iranian government officials stated they believe Israel is responsible for the bombing.
    • Coverage:  Reuters, NYT, AP, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: A nationwide strike against fuel shortages continued into its fourth day, the longest in the country’s history. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Boko Haram gunmen attacked a bar in northeastern Nigeria, killing eight. (Reuters)
  • Rwanda: A French investigation exonerated President Kagame for responsibility in instigating the 1994 genocide. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos rejected a call by the FARC to resume negotiations until “clear acts of peace” occurred. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed eight people across Ciudad Juarez. (EFE)
  • Nicaragua: President Ortega began his third term. (Miami Herald)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: A suicide bombing targeted Kandahar police headquarters, but resulted in no casualties. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: State media reported the US offered food aid and a suspension of sanctions in exchange for a halt to uranium enrichment. (NYT)
  • Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least four militants in North Waziristan. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Germany: The government released economic statistics indicating an unexpected downturn. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: EU officials proposed to establish additional economic sanctions on Hungary for failing to reach agreed deficit reduction targets. (AFP)
  • Russia: Opposition activists announced plans to stage large rallies in February. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Israeli military officials stated they expected Syria to collapse, and are preparing to handle an influx of refugees. (NYT)
  • Syria: Activists reported continued violence against protesters by security forces as criticism of the Arab League’s monitor mission intensified. (AP)
  • Yemen: Gunmen attacked a bus carrying intelligence officers in southern Yemen, killing one and injuring five. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: ICANN CEO Bergstrom defended the upcoming expansion of web domains in the face of criticism from some government agencies and corporations. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone Heidi
    • Location: 80 NM NNE of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 10 mph
    • Winds: 50 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Off the west coast of northern Sumatra
    • Magnitude: 7.3
    • Depth: 29.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (12JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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