ONS: 12 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Troops were deployed in Tunis and the Interior Minister was fired as riots continue
  • ASIA: Six killed and 30 wounded in two separate attacks in Kabul and Kunar
  • EUROPE: A Russian report blames ‘pilot error’ for the April plane crash that killed Polish President Kaczynski
  • LATIN AMERICA: Former NM Governor Bill Richardson appointed as a special envoy for the OAS
  • MIDDLE EAST: Kuwait’s PM arrived in Baghdad, marking the first visit of a Kuwait PM to Iraq since 1990
  • TECHNOLOGY: MySpace reduced its workforce by half, cutting about 500 jobs

TOP STORY

  • Lebanon: Hezbollah threatens to resign from the Lebanese government
    • Eleven ministers could resign, automatically bringing the coalition government down.
    • Hezbollah demanded an urgent Cabinet meeting to discuss the U.N. tribunal probing the assassination of Hariri.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Sudan: A 60% voter turnout threshold has been reached, making the results of the referendum valid. (AP)
  • Tunisia: Troops were deployed in Tunis, and the Interior Minister was fired as riots continue. (Reuters, AP)

ASIA

  • Region: The DPRK and the ROK restored a hotline between the two nations, seven months after it was severed. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Six killed and 30 wounded in two separate attacks targeting members of the Afghan intelligence services in Kabul and Kunar. (AP, CNN)
  • Pakistan: Two roadside bombs in Peshawar killed two teachers. (CNN, AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A Russian report blames ‘pilot error’ for the April plane crash that killed President Kaczynski. (RIA Novosti, AFP)
  • Turkmenistan: President Berdymukhamedov and CENTCOM Commander Gen. Mattis discussed greater security cooperation to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Former NM Governor Bill Richardson was appointed as a special envoy for the OAS. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Kuwait’s PM arrived in Baghdad, marking the first visit of a Kuwait PM to Iraq since 1990. (AP, WAM)
  • Iraq:  Top Iraqi religious leaders gathered for a three-day emergency summit in Copenhagen to discuss the recent violence against the Christian community. (AFP)
  • Iran: Ambassador to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said that next week’s talks over the nuclear program could be the “last chance” for negotiations. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: MySpace reduced its workforce by half, cutting about 500 jobs. (LA Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report


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