ONS: 13 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 13, 2012


  • AFRICA: UNSC passed resolution furthering ties with the African Union
  • AMERICAS: The Mexican defense ministry defended the army despite human rights violations
  • ASIA: Myanmar released over 600 political prisoners, including former PM
  • EUROPE: Turkish police arrested over 20 people in a campaign on Kurdish sympathizers
  • MIDDLE EAST: AL head warned of Syrian civil war as monitors fled
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google unveils plan to merge online personality with Google search results


  • Europe: US Army released plans to cut troops
    • Two combat brigades are slated to return to America
    • A new defense strategy outlined a rotating force throughout Europe
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2
  • Japan: PM Noda reshuffled cabinet
    • In an attempt to promote cooperation on tax reform, Noda replaced five cabinet members
    • Opposition had previously censured two members: Defense Minister Ichikawa and Consumer Affairs Minister Yamaoka
    • Noda chose Naoki Tanaka as the new defense minister
    • Coverage: AP, Xinhua


  • Region: Foreign Secretary Hague reaffirmed Britain’s support to governments elected in the Arab Spring uprisings despite concerns regarding their Islamic roots. (AFP)
  • Region: UNSC approved a resolution furthering ties between the UN and regional groups, specifically the African Union. (Xinhua)
  • Nigeria: Police in the Edo state confirmed the arrest of over 50 suspects connected to violence and looting during the recent fuel protest. (Xinhua)


  • Bolivia: Senator Gabriela Montano was elected President of the Senate. (Xinhua)
  • Ecuador: Iranian President Ahmadinejad met with President Correa on his last leg of his tour through Latin America. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The defense ministry defended the army’s role in the drug war despite complaints of systematic human rights abuses. (McClatchy)


  • Korea, Peninsula: A South Korean official reported the DPRK launched three short-range missiles on Wednesday. (AP)
  • Myanmar:  Amidst the release of over 600 political prisoners, the government set free prominent activist Min Ko Naing and former PM Khin Nyunt. (AFP, DPA)
  • Pakistan: British and Pakistani officials corroborated an account that PM Gilani called High Commissioner Thomson in fear of a coup. (AP)


  • Region: The Netherlands requested Denmark and Norway join in purchasing and maintaining F-35 fighter jets. (AFP)
  • Azerbaijan: FM Mammadguliyev affirmed the first round of visa negotiations with Europe will take place in February. (Xinhua)
  • Turkey: Police launched a nationwide campaign targeting alleged sympathizers of Kurdish separatist rebels and arrested more than 20 people. (AFP)


  • Iran: US Defense Secretary Panetta insisted the US was not involved in the scientist’s assassination, but has “some ideas as to who might be involved.” (AFP)
  • Syria: Arab League head Elaraby warned of a civil war that could impact neighboring countries as some monitors abandoned their mission. (Reuters)


  • Technology: Google releases details for its experiment Google “Search Plus Your World,” a search that combines your online presence with search results. (Nieman Journalism Lab)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.


  • Nothing to report.


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