ONS: 16 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 16, 2010


  • AFRICA: Clashes in the Ivory Coast killed over a dozen people
  • ASIA: Bill Richardson left for Pyongyang
  • EUROPE: President Putin condemned recent ethnic violence in Russia
  • LATIN AMERICA: The number of Haitians living in camps declined by a third
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran cut aid to Hezbollah by 40% due to international sanctions
  • TECHNOLOGY: EU to use “crowd sourcing” to combat cyber crime


  • Asia: Japan, South Korea, and the US released 5 conditions for restarting talks with North Korea
    • Two conditions were not disclosed to the public, but were relayed to Russia and China.
    • The three announced conditions are:
      • Fulfillment of the DPRK’s 2005 pledge to abandon their nuclear program;
      • Abandonment of their enrichment program;
      • Allowing for inspections of nuclear facilities by the IAEA.
    • North Korea responded that they will never beg for dialogue.
    • Coverage: (AFP, Yonhap)


    • Ivory Coast: A battle is currently underway between supporters of presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara and president Gbagbo. (Bloomberg)
      • Latest reports say at least 13 people are dead. (Bloomberg)
    • Somalia­­­: At least 10 people were killed in fighting between Islamist and government forces in Mogadishu. (Shabelle)
    • Sudan: Carter Center observers declared the registration of voters for the upcoming North/South referendum to be “credible.” (AFP)


    • Afghanistan: US support for the war has dropped to its lowest point, with 60% of Americans believing that it is not worth fighting for. (AFP)
    • Afghanistan: Taliban reach is spreading in the north even as the US makes gains in the south. (NYT)
    • Korea, North: Bill Richardson left for Pyongyang and will stay until December 20.  He will be meeting DPRK leaders. (AFP)


    • Germany: Anti-nuclear protesters sabotaged a railroad line which a train containing nuclear waste was expected to pass over. (DPA)
    • Russia: President Putin condemned recent country-wide ethnic riots which resulted in the arrest of over 1,000 people. (AFP)


    • Region: The presidents of Colombia and Ecuador met yesterday in what the Colombian president called the final step of re-normalizing relations between the countries. (EFE)
    • Haiti: A UN report stated the number of Haitians living in camps decreased by a third to only 1 million people. (Miami Herald)
    • Venezuela: The US said President Chavez’s attempts to rule by decree show “he seems to be finding new and creative ways to justify autocratic powers.” (AFP)


    • Iraq: Iraqi forces claim to have arrested over 80 militants who planned to attack pilgrims at the Ashura ceremonies in Karbala. (AFP)
    • Lebanon: Iran reportedly cut the amount of aid it gives to Hezbollah by 40% due to international sanctions. (Jerusalem Post)


    • EU: The EU is plans to develop a system that would use “crowd sourcing” to help combat internet crime. (BBC)


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


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