ONS: 16 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 16, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Libyan militias committed widespread human rights abuses, according to Amnesty International.
  • AMERICAS: UNASUR representatives planned a meeting in Bogotá to design a proposal to mitigate transnational crime.
  • ASIA: Malaysian authorities arrested an Iranian man suspected of involvement in the Thai bombing.
  • EUROPE: Serbs in North Kosovo rejected Albanian rule in a referendum.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Over 120 Bahraini protesters were wounded in clashes with the police.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Microsoft released plans for msnNOW, a social reader that tracks trending topics across social platforms.

TOP STORY

  • Honduras: Prison fire kills hundreds
    • A massive fire swept through the Comayaguase Prison Farm.
    • The prison was overcrowded, housing 853 inmates.
    • Over 350 inmates were assumed dead when they failed to report for roll call.
    • Coverage: USA Today, BBC, AP, CNN

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AFRICA

  • Libya: Amnesty International alleged militias are committing widespread human rights abuses, creating instability and obstructing efforts to rebuild the country. (CNN)
  • Madagascar: Cyclone Giovanna killed 16 as it struck the island’s coast. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Members of Boko Haram stormed a prison, killing a guard and releasing inmates. (DPA)
  • Sudan: The AU urged the recognition of the Memorandum of Understanding on non-aggression and cooperation signed by Sudan and South Sudan. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Region: UNASUR representatives planned a meeting in Bogotá to design a proposal to mitigate transnational crime. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A top army commander suggested the military may have committed serious human rights abuses. (WSJ)
  • United States: Separate investigations in Wilson, NC and Phoenix, AZ led to the discovery of 103 and 24 pounds of cocaine respectively. (AP, AP)

ASIA

  • Region: Malaysian authorities arrested an Iranian man suspected of involvement in bomb blasts in Thailand. (AP)
  • Region: Washington, Kabul and the Taliban began three-way talks that could lead to full-fledged peace negotiations. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: A drone struck a compound, killing five insurgents. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: The US Embassy emphasized the Afghan border remained closed to NATO despite DM Mukhtar’s comments that the route was open to transport food. (AP)

EUROPE

  • Region: France and Britain planned to launch a joint project to build air combat drones. (AFP)
  • Region: Serbs in North Kosovo rejected Albanian rule in a referendum. (AFP)
  • Region: The Russian Foreign Ministry said Georgia is far from being an “outpost of democracy and human rights.” (Itar-Tass)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Over 120 protesters were wounded in clashes with the police. (Reuters)
  • Iran: Iran postponed plans to cut off oil supplies to Europe. (Itar-Tass)
  • Syria: Armed forces attacked Deraa in an attempt to root out Free Syrian Army rebels. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: An al-Qaeda leader was killed by his half-brother in an armed attack in the southeast of Sanaa. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Microsoft planned to unleash msnNOW to track trending topics across social platforms and BreakingNews.com. (Mashable)
  • Technology: The Stealth search engine debuted, allowing users to search without being trailed by cookies and other tracking devices. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Giovanna)
    • Location: 450 NM E of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: SSW at 04 knots
    • Winds: 50 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Thirteen)
    • Location: 805 NM SE of Diego Garcia
    • Movement: WSW at 07 knots
    • Winds: 45 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10P (Jasmine)
    • Location: 150 NM SW of Tonga
    • Movement: S at 07 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (17FEB)

  • Asia: Anniversary of China invading Vietnam – 1979.
  • Kosovo: Independence day celebrated – 2008.
  • Libya: Anniversary of uprising beginning against former leader Gaddafi – 2011.
    ANALYST NOTE: Pro-Gaddafi loyalists might launch attacks.
  • United States: Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau chief Joel Gurin steps down.

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