ONS: 14 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 14, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: The 1992 state of emergency in Algeria will end in the next few days.
  • ASIA: Japan confirmed China is the world’s second largest economy.
  • EUROPE: Italian government declared a humanitarian emergency after thousands of Tunisians arrived in Italy in the past week.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Gunmen killed 8 people in a drive-by shooting in a Mexico City suburb.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Palestine’s PM and Cabinet resigned, paving the way for future elections.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US State Department established a Twitter account in Farsi to reach out to Iranians.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: An opposition rally in solidarity with Egypt and Tunisia will take place
    • Security forces have blocked entrances to the metro in Tehran.
    • Mobile and landline communications with Mousavi’s house have been cut off, and police have blocked access to his house.
    • Twitter users are using the hashtag to #25Bahman to refer to today’s protests.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The Foreign Minister confirmed that the 1992 state of emergency will end in the next few days, meeting one of the demands of protesters. (Reuters, AJE)
  • Algeria: The United States called on security forces to show “restraint” against pro-reform demonstrators. (AFP)
  • Sudan: 25 women demonstrated in Khartoum to demand the release of detained protesters. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: The DPRK and China agreed to boost security cooperation. (Itar-Tass)
  • Region: Japan confirmed China is the world’s second largest economy, based off newly released GDP figures. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: 3 people were killed in an explosion targeting a hotel and shopping complex in Kabul. (AP)
  • Korea, North: 500,000 people were excluded as Pyongyang residents, possibly due to food shortages. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A police report found Raymond Davis guilty of the murder of two Pakistani men. (WaPo)
  • Pakistan: A court charged a policeman with the murder of Pubjab governer Salman Taseer. (AP, AFP)
    • Reports conflict over whether the policeman pleaded guilty or not.
  • Thailand: Up to 25,000 opposition protesters rallied in Bangkok Sunday, calling for the release of 18 of the leaders. (Reuters, AFP)
  • Thailand: A car bomb in Bangkok injured 18 people. (UPI)
  • Thailand: Two Thai F-16s crashed during joint U.S.-Thai military exercises. (DPA)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Thousands of Italian women rallied against Berlusconi, demanding dignity for women. (CNN, NYT)
  • Italy: The Italian government declared a humanitarian emergency after thousands of Tunisians arrived in Italy in the past week.
    • Tunisia rejected an Italian proposal to deploy armed forces to its nation. (NYT)
  • Macedonia: 8 injured in ethnic clashes between Albanian and Macedonian youth. (Xinhua)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: President Santos said he was willing to discuss the legalization of drugs as a means to deter violence and crime. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen killed 8 people in a drive-by shooting in a Mexico City suburb. (CNN)
  • Mexico: The Army seized $20 million worth of crystal meth in the state of Sinaloa. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Libya’s Gaddafi called on Palestinian refugees to march towards Palestine. (AFP)
  • Egypt: The Army dissolved the parliament, suspended the constitution and called for elections within six months. (AP)
    • Reports indicate that the Army is removing the remaining protesters in Tahrir Square. (NYT)
  • Egypt: Despite some media reports to the contrary, Egyptian state media confirmed that Mubarak is not in a coma. (RIA Novosti)
  • Iraq: The parliament approved 8 cabinet ministers. (AFP)
  • Palestine: Palestine’s PM and Cabinet resigned, paving the way for future elections. (WSJ)
  • Yemen: Police fired tear gas and gunshots at hundreds of protesters as demonstrations continued. (AFP, Reuters)
  • Yemen: The parliamentary opposition will resume talks with President Saleh’s government.

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: The State Department set up a Twitter account in Farsi to reach out to Iranians. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Offshore Maule, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.65.0
    • Depth: 25.6km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

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