ONS: 17 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 17, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: 20 dead as Ivory Coast braces for another day of violence
  • ASIA: N.Korea vows to strike back if South holds island drill
  • EUROPE: European report cites need to regain ground with U.S.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexico summoning Interpol’s aid to catch outlaw lawmaker
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraq offers Iran anti-terror help
  • TECHNOLOGY: U.S. code-cracking agency works as if compromised

TOP STORY

  • Afghanistan: Report Exposes a Split Over Pullout Timelines
    • The report acknowledged there were gains, but said those gains were fragile and questioned whether troop withdrawals were a good idea.
    • Due to Afghan corruption, there were splits between deadlines set in Washington and the U.S. military leadership in Afghanistan.
    • Afghans on the ground are pessimistic about the report, with some saying that the US should not be withdrawing troops next summer.
    • Coverage: NYT, AFP

    AFRICA

    • Region: U.S. Coordinator for Counter-Piracy and Maritime Security, Donna Hopkins, said the US pledged to fight piracy and small arms trafficking to Africa. (Xinhua)
    • Ivory Coast: It’s estimated 20 people were killed during clashes yesterday between Ouattara supporters and soldiers loyal to Gbagbo. More violence is expected today.  (DPA)

    ASIA

    • Region: Japan’s National Defense Program Guidelines report outlined a strategy in response to China’s growing strength in the region.  It called for more submarines and mobile forces. (NYT)
    • Korea, North: The military threatened to attack South Korea if it holds a one-day drill between Saturday and Tuesday. (AFP)
    • Pakistan: U.S. drone strikes killed 21 people in the Khyber region, attacking militant safe houses in Tirah valley. (Xinhua)

    EUROPE

    • Region: Foreign Policy Chief Ashton delivered a report acknowledging that U.S. foreign policy paid less attention to the EU and said that EU unity was needed to change the relationship. (NYT)
    • Montenegro: The EU agreed to grant Montenegro candidate-member status; though there were no dates set to start talks for accession to the union. (DPA)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Region: Nicaragua and Costa Rica accepted an offer by Mexico and Guatemala to mediate bilateral talks over their border dispute. (EFE)
    • Mexico: Attorney General, Arturo Chavez Chavez, is asking Interpol to assist in the capture of Julio Cesar Godoy Toscano, a federal deputy, because of ties to La Familia. (WaPo)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad al-Bolani offered Iran counter-terrorism support in the wake of an attack in southeastern Iran that killed 34 people. (AFP)
    • Yemen: Two soldiers were killed by Al-Qaeda gunmen in southern Abyan province at a checkpoint in the provincial capital of Zenjibar. (DPA)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

    • United States: The National Security Agency said it works under the assumption that foes have access to the most sensitive national security computer networks. (Reuters)

    WORLD

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

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