ONS: 13 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Somalia to launch attacks on al-Qaeda
  • ASIA: US will defer to Japan’s lead over base issue
  • EUROPE: EU threatens Belarus with sanctions
  • LATIN AMERICA: At least 270 dead in Brazil floods
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese president asks ex-government to act as caretaker
  • TECHNOLOGY: MySpace confirms sale is likely in the near future

TOP STORY

  • South Korean and Japanese patrol boats in confrontation

    • A South Korean coast guard boat is in a confrontation with a Japanese patrol ship in waters near the disputed islets of Dokdo.
    • The confrontation began at 1400 local time (0500 GMT) in waters about 43 sea miles off the islets over an issue of violating an exclusive economic zone.
    • Coverage: Xinhua


    AFRICA

    • Ivory Coast: Forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo sealed off the pro-Ouattara area within Abidjan and blocked entry to UN peacekeepers. (Reuters, NYT)
    • Somalia: New Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed announced 8,000 government troops will start waging attacks on Islamist insurgents and al-Qaeda terrorists “very, very soon.” (AP)
    • Sudan: Officials from an election commission and the SPLM announced that the referendum vote is valid as the key participation threshold was reached. BBC)


    ASIA

    • Region: An Indian soldier was injured when Pakistani troops opened fire across the Line of Control dividing the Kashmir region. (DPA)
    • Region: A regional anti-piracy agency said the number of pirate attacks in Asian waters in 2010, 164, was a significant increase, but the rise is largely due to a surge in minor incidents. (DPA)
    • Japan: US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Obama Administration will defer to Japan’s lead in working to relocate the American base in Okinawa. (NYT)


    EUROPE

    • Region: Greece will sue Germany at the International Court of Justice to seek compensation for war crimes committed by Nazi forces during the Second World War. (Xinhua)
    • Region: The Russian government is considering ratifying agreements that allow for mutual visa-free travels between the Federation with Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (RIA Novosti)
    • Belarus: European leaders said Belarus could face stiff sanctions, including a travel ban for Belorussian leaders, if dissidents arrested after the dispute election remain in prison. (UPI)


    LATIN AMERICA

    • Brazil: At least 270 people died in towns near Rio de Janeiro as heavy rains continue to cause flooding and mudslides. (BBC, Reuters, NYT)
    • Mexico: According to new drug-related violence figures that include civilians deaths, 34,612 people have been killed in since President Felipe Calderon took office four years ago. (BBC)


    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Raouf Sheibani claimed “sabotage and obstruction” by the US and Israel are to blame for the collapse the Lebanese government. (AFP)
    • Iran: State TV says Iran will welcome foreign experts to accompany envoys of Russia, China, EU, developing and Arab countries to visit the country’s nuclear facilities. (AP)
    • Lebanon: President Michel Sleiman called on the cabinet to continue to serve as a caretaker for the country pending the formation of a new government. (AFP)


    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

    • World: MySpace confirmed that parent company News Corp. is looking for someone to buy the failing social web property. (Mashable)

    WORLD

    • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Bonin Islands, Japan.
      • Magnitude: 6.5.
      • Depth: 520.4 km.
      • MAP
    • Volcanoes: Volcano Kizimen, Russia.
      Volcanoes: Mount Etna, Italy.

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