ONS: 14 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 14, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Aid groups call for action to prevent new LRA massacres.
  • ASIA: Pakistani Prime Minister removes two ministers.
  • EUROPE: Russia to build a unified air defense base.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Clinton urges resolution in Haiti.
  • MIDDLE EAST: UN to end Saddam-era sanctions on Iraq.
  • TECHNOLOGY: YouTube users to raise terrorism flag on videos.

TOP STORY

  • North Korea has “positive attitude” on six-party talks
    • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said that North Korea “has taken a positive attitude” with regard to the resumption of the stalled six-party talks.
    • Yu also stated Pyongyang agreed to help prevent any further escalation of tensions with the South.
    • The spokeswoman told reporters that officials in Pyongyang expressed this during the Chinese State Councilor’s visit last week.
    • Coverage: AFP

    AFRICA

    • Region: An alliance of 19 aid agencies urged the international community to avert a third consecutive year of “Christmas massacres” by the Lord Resistance Army rebels in central Africa. (AFP, BBC)
    • Region: The African Union announced a draft law that criminalizes terrorism and bans any kind of ransom payment. (AFP)
    • Sudan: Western nations offered Sudan economic incentives, including lifting US sanctions and reintegration with the World Bank, to tempt the country away from isolation if the south splits next year. (Reuters)

    ASIA

    • Korea, South: The head of South Korea’s army, General Hwang Eui-don, resigned after reports linked him to a financial scandal. (BBC)
    • Pakistan: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani removed two federal ministers who leveled allegations of correction against each other. (Xinhua)
      • Azam Swati, Minister for Science and Technology, and Hamid Saeed Kazmi, Minister for Religious Affairs, were fired.
    • Philippines: Manila intends to forge a final peace agreement with the communist National Democratic Front within three years. (Xinhua)

      EUROPE

      • Italy: Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi won a vote of confidence in the Senate, but must now face a second vote in the lower house. (BBC)
      • Russia: Chief of the Russian General Staff announced Russia’s plans to build a unified air defense base in 2011 to protect the country from missiles. (RIA Novosti)
      • Spain: Pello Urizar, head of ETA’s political wing Batasuna, stated it is unlikely the organization will end its armed struggle before Christmas. (AFP)

      LATIN AMERICA

      • Cuba: The Cuban government launched its own online encyclopedia, similar to Wikipedia, in order to present its view of the world and history. (BBC)
      • Haiti: US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton warned that the US could cut off aid until the election crisis is resolved. (BBC)
      • Venezuela: President Hugo Chavez vowed to assume decree powers for up to 18 months and justified the measure as an emergency response to the country’s recent floods. (Reuters)

      MIDDLE EAST

      • Region: Jordan and Lebanon signed a bilateral military cooperation agreement, which will include assisting with the training of Lebanese forces. (DPA)
      • Iraq: The United Nations Security Council is set to end a series of Saddam Hussein-era sanctions against Iraq on Wednesday. (AFP)
      • Yemen: A senior Yemeni intelligence official survived a roadside bombing planted by al Qaeda militants in the southern province of Abyan. (Xinhua)

      TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

      • World: Facebook released its top ten status trends for 2010, which included World Cup (#2), Haiti (#5), and Mineros/Miners (#8). (Mashable)
      • World: YouTube will allow users to flag videos that they suspect of promoting terrorism (DPA)

      WORLD

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

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