ONS: 15 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 15, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Tunisian troops deployed to fishing ports to halt further emigration to Italy.
  • ASIA: US Senator John Kerry is set to arrive in Pakistan today.
  • EUROPE: A judge ordered Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand for trial
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombian soldiers seized a fully-submersible 100 foot submarine capable of smuggling drugs to Mexico.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Protests continued for a fifth day in Yemen.
  • USA/CANADA: The House of Representatives voted to extend the Patriot Act provisions.
  • TECHNOLOGY: An analysis of Twitter determined that only 22 users, most of them mainstream news outlets, were the source of most trending topic retweets


TOP STORY

  • Iran: Several legislators have called for the death penalty for opposition leaders
    • 1 person was shot during yesterday’s opposition rally.
    • Although state media have blamed the outlawed opposition People’s Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran, the group has strongly denied this.
    • A message that Internet was shut down across Tehran was heavily retweeted. (@Omidhabidinia)
    • Coverage: Reuters, AFP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Tunisia: Troops deployed to fishing ports to halt further emigration to Italy. (VOA)
    • Migrants have accused the coastguard of sinking a migrant vessel, killing 5. (Telegraph)
  • Sudan: The Southern Peoples’ Liberation Movement’s blamed Khartoum for an attack by renegade militias that killed 197 in the south’s Jonglei state. (AP)
  • Somalia: 7 died in fighting between pro-government Sufi militants and Islamist militants. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: A Chinese official endorsed Kim Jong-Un as his father’s successor in North Korea. (AFP)
  • Region: Retired diplomat Marc Grossman will replace the late Richard Holbrooke as the new Af-Pak envoy. (WaPo)
  • Region: Despite UN intermediation, Thai and Cambodian forces briefly clashed early Tuesday. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: US Senator John Kerry is set to arrive in Pakistan today in an effort to repair the US-Pakistani relationship and possibly secure the release of Davis. (Reuters)
  • Philippines: Peace talks between the Philippine government and Marxist rebels have resumed in Oslo after a six-year break. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Italy: The Council of Europe urged Italy not to expel the influx of Tunisian migrants. (AFP)
    • Italy decided, today, to move thousands of the migrants from the Lampadusa island to migrant reception camps in Italy. (DPA)
  • Italy: A judge ordered Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to stand trial for sex with an underage girl and abuse of power charges. (Reuters)
  • Russia: One policeman killed in a suicide bomb attack in Dagestan. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Argentina: Will launch a formal protest against Washington after the seizure of drugs, weapons, and communications interception equipment onboard a USAF cargo plane. (WSJ, FT)
  • Colombia: Soldiers seized a fully-submersible submarine capable of smuggling drugs to Mexico. (AP)
  • Haiti: Former President Aristide may return to Haiti, a move that the U.S. worried could be “an unfortunate distraction.” (UPI)
  • Mexico: The intelligence and security director of the state of Nuevo Leon was killed by gunmen. (AP)
  • Mexico: The government canceled the Year of Mexico celebrations within France amidst a diplomatic row over an imprisoned French citizen. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Thousands of protesters clashed with security forces following the deaths of two demonstrators. (FT)
  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood will found a political party. (Reuters)
  • Egypt: Six killed in clashes between escaped prisoners and gangs in Port Said. (DPA)
  • Iraq: 2 killed in a bomb blast in Shiite neighborhood of Baghdad. (AP)
  • Iran: A Spanish diplomat was detained for several hours.
    • Spain summoned the Iranian ambassador for an explanation and will send a note of protest to Tehran. (EFE)
  • Jordan: 3,000 leaders reiterated their allegiance to Hashemite rule. (DPA)
  • Yemen: Protests continued for a fifth day. (DPA)

CANADA/USA

  • USA: The House voted to extend the Patriot Act provisions through to 08DEC11. (NYT)


TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Twitter: An analysis of trending topics determined that only 22 users, most of them mainstream news outlets, were the source of most trending topic retweets. (Mashable, CNN)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Asia: 13th annual Asian Security Conference to be held in New Delhi.
  • Korea, North: Celebration of the 69th birthday of Kim Jong-Il.

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