ONS: 16 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 16, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: About 500-2,000 people rioted in the eastern city of Benghazi in Libya.
  • ASIA: Senator Kerry apologized over Raymond Davis’ murders and President Obama urged his release due to his diplomatic status.
  • EUROPE: The US committed $50 million to aid Ukraine in destroying all its highly enriched uranium.
  • LATIN AMERICA: A US immigration official was killed in northern Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, a former Iraqi chemical engineer, admitted he fabricated claims of WMDs in 2003.
  • USA/CANADA: The Senate voted to extend the Patriot Act provisions until 27MAY2011.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Secretary Clinton promised that the US would back internet freedom globally.

TOP STORY

  • Korea, North: Kim Jong-Un promoted to vice-chairman of the National Defense Commission.
    • This move effectively makes him the second-most powerful official in North Korea after only his father, Kim Jong-Il.
    • Social media shared a video showing Monday’s reception for a senior Chinese official. The video included shots of Jong-Un.
    • Pyongyang residents marked the birthday of Kim Jong-Il with flowers and staged festivities.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, DPA

AFRICA

  • Libya: About 500-2,000 people rioted in the eastern city of Benghazi, calling for the release of a government critic. (NYT)
    • Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen opened fire on a church in Kano, although no casualties were reported. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Religious violence erupted a day after Nigerian Muslims celebrated the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. (AP)
  • South Africa: Riots in Ermelo continued for a third day and police responded with live ammunition. (Bloomberg, AFP)
    • The police minister warned that “no leniency” would be shown towards “those who find themselves on the wrong side”. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Southern Sudan will be named ‘South Sudan’ when it achieves independence. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Myanmar: Senator Mitch McConnell expressed concern over Aung San Suu Kyi’s physical safety. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Senator Kerry apologized over Raymond Davis’ murders and President Obama urged his release due to his status as a diplomat. (AFP, IANS)
  • Pakistan: 90% of targeted areas have been cleared of insurgents since the Army launched an offensive last month. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Ukraine: The US committed $50 million to aid Ukraine in destroying all its highly enriched uranium. (Interfax, RIA Novosti)
  • Turkey: The US Ambassador expressed worries over the country’s press freedom. (DPA)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: The Committee to Protect Journalists said that press freedoms were dwindling through Latin America, most notably in Venezuela. (AP)
  • Mexico: US immigration official killed in northern state of San Luis Potosi. (AP)
  • Mexico: Los Zetas leader in Nuevo Leon captured. (EFE)
  • Venezuela: Opposition lawmakers boycotted a special congressional session. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Two policemen were detained for the deaths of two demonstrators, as peaceful protests continued in Manama. (AFP, NYT)
  • Egypt: Thousands of workers continued to strike in Cairo and Ismailiya.
  • Iran: Ahmadinejad called for further nuclear talks. (DPA)
  • Iran: Further clashes erupted during the funeral of a person killed in anti-government protests. (AJE)
  • Iraq: Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, a former Iraqi chemical engineer, has admitted that he fabricated claims of WMDs in 2003. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Protests continued for a fourth day in Sanaa. (AFP)

USA/CANADA

  • USA: The Senate voted to extend the Patriot Act provisions until 27MAY2011. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • USA: Secretary Clinton promised that the US would back internet freedom globally. (WaPo, Bloomberg)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Carlos)
    • Location: Near 12.7S 130.9E – Northern Australia
    • Winds: 35 knots, gusts at 045 KT
    • Movement: 225 degrees AT 01 KTS
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Sixteen)
    • Location: Near 19.1S 111.2E – Northwest of Australia
    • Winds: 035 KT, gusts 045 KT
    • Movement: 280 degrees AT 05 KTS
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Bingiza)
    • Location: Near 17.4S 43.9E – West coast of Madagascar
    • Winds: 035 KT, gusts 045 KT
    • Movement: 200 degrees AT 05 KTS
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Kosovo: Declared independence from Serbia in 2008.
  • Libya: Protesters will hold a “Day of Rage” to demonstrate against Gaddafi’s regime.

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