ONS: 12 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 12, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU urged international involvement in Somalia
  • AMERICAS: Speaker Boehner met with the Colombian government
  • ASIA: Malaysia and KEN signed cease-fire agreement
  • EUROPE: Denmark took over the  EU presidency
  • MIDDLE EAST: Japan announced plans to cut its reliance on Iranian oil
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Army uses Vocus to follow searches for keywords

TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: PM fired Defense Secretary Lodhi
    • PM Gilani relinquished Lodhi from his duties due to “gross misconduct”
    • State media reported the termination was due to a “misunderstanding between the state institutions”
    • The army criticized the Defense Ministry for failing to process submissions to a Supreme Court inquiry regarding “Memogate”
    • Gilani named Nargis Sethi, a civilian cabinet secretary, to the position
    • Zardari left Pakistan for a one-day unannounced trip to Dubai
    • Telegraph, WSJ, NYT, NYT-Editorial, AP

AFRICA

  • Somalia: AU urged the international community to take advantage of the opportunity to eradicate Al-Shabaab. (Xinhua)
  • Sudan: Top UN peacekeeper Herve Ladsous urged the government to return to the negotiating table. (DPA)
  • Tunisia: A middle-aged woman set herself on fire, the fourth immolation case in a week. (AP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Speaker of the House of Representatives Boehner asked the Colombian government to correctly implement the FTA with the US. (DPA)
  • Mexico: The Calderon administration tried to cover up drug war related deaths during his election campaign by claiming 34,612 were killed, while recent reports estimated as many as 50,000. (LA Times)
  • Puerto Rico: US Justice Department announced a crackdown on an identity theft ring in Puerto Rico involving 50 people. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The Tajik drug control agency confiscated over 100 kilograms of hashish and heroine en route from Afghanistan to Russia. (RIA Novosti)
  • Afghanistan: Security forces captured eight insurgents in Kandahar. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: An intelligence assessment claims US efforts have been undercut by corruption and incompetent governance. (LA Times)
  • Myanmar: Government officials and representatives of the Karen National Union signed a cease-fire. (WSJ)

EUROPE

  • Region: Denmark took over the six-month EU presidency. (Xinhua)
  • Germany: In light of the attack on an Iranian scientist, the German government increased security at nuclear waste storage sites. (AFP)
  • Greece: A bomb, placed under the car of the head of fire and rescue services, exploded in Athens, no injuries reported. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: France’s Le Figaro reported Mossad is actively recruiting Iranian dissidents from Iraq’s Kurdish region to work against Iran. (UPI)
  • Iran: Japan announced plans to reduce its reliance on Iranian oil. (AP)
  • Israel: Two soldiers were charged with passing classified information of the army’s movements to a group of settlers. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Communications: The public affairs department for the US Army uses Vocus, a web tool that monitors news and social media for keywords, to keep tabs on searches for Pfc. Bradley Manning. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 06S (Heidi)
    • Location: 11 NM NNE of Port Hedland, Australia
    • Movement: SSW at 05 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (13JAN)

  • Nothing to report.

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