ONS: 15 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 15, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: ICC announces indictments in Kenyan violence.
  • ASIA: South Korea launched large defensive drills around Seoul.
  • EUROPE: The Kosovarian PM was implicated in organ trafficking of Serb prisoners.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ciudad Juarez experienced its 3,000 murder of the year.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A bomb exploded in Iran killing 38 Shiites.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The USAF banned personnel from viewing news sites that posted WikiLeaks documents.

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: President briefed on war review
    • President Obama received the report on the progress of the war.
    • One of the major conclusions from the report is that Pakistan continues to provide sanctuaries for insurgents in Afghanistan.
    • The report also states the US is making some gains in its offensive against the Taliban.
    • Coverage: NYT, Washington Post, LAT

    AFRICA

    • Ivory Coast: The US threatened to impose sanctions on President Laurent Gbagbo if he does not step down. (AP)
    • Kenya: Violence is expected after the ICC named 6 Kenyans, including the deputy Prime-Minister, as suspects in 2007 post-election violence that killed 1,500. (AFP)
    • Libya: Muammar Gaddafi proposed Africa create a 1 million man army to defend against threats such as NATO and China. (Reuters)

    ASIA

    • Australia: At least 27 asylum seekers died when their boat crashed on the rocks of Christmas Island. (CNN)
    • Korea, North: According to the Chosun Ilbo newspaper North Korea may test another nuclear weapon as soon as March. (Reuters)
    • Korea, South: The country held a massive defense drill centered around Seoul. (Bloomberg)
    • Pakistan: Former President Musharaf warned the army may need to step in to stop Pakistan’s decline. (Sky News)

    EUROPE

    • Greece: 15,000 Greeks protested in Athens as the country passes a new wave of austerity measures. (AFP)
    • Italy: Prime Minister Berlusconni narrowly survived a vote of no confidence. The vote was followed by street violence. (CS Monitor)
    • Kosovo: The Kosovarian Prime Minister was implicated in the organ trafficking of Serbian prisoners. (AFP)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Mexico: Ciudad Juarez just had its 3,000 murder of the year as drug violence continues to ravage the city. (AP)
    • Mexico: The tip that allowed the Mexican police to kill the head of the Mexican cartel La Familia came after the he threw a large party with hundreds of guests. (Edmonton Journal)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Iran: A suicide attack at a religious ceremony killed 38 Shiites in Chabahar near the Pakistani border. (NYT)
    • Israel: 150 Sudanese asylum seekers were deported in what analysts see as an attempt by Israel to discourage a refugee influx. (CS Monitor)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

    • USA: The USAF has blocked media sites that have posted Wikileaks documents including the NY Times, Washington Post, Der Spiegel and the Guardian. (NYT)

    WORLD

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

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