ONS: 17 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 17, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: “Day of anger” in Libya.
  • ASIA: Japan says no deadline to resolve US base row.
  • EUROPE: Russia to build new air defense system in 2014.
  • LATIN AMERICA: US cocaine and heroin seizures up at Mexico border.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iranian warships canceled request to transit Suez Canal.
  • TECHNOLOGY: US Cyberwar issues likely to be addressed only after a catastrophe.

TOP STORY

  • Bahrain security forces break up protests
    • An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Manama’s Pearl Square to protest against the government.
    • Security forces dispersed protesters, as hundreds of riot police used tear gas and batons.
    • The Square is now occupied by dozens of armed military vehicles; at least three people died in the operation, with 100 injured.
    • A US reporter for ABC News was beaten while covering the unrest.
    • A foreign ministry official and a popular human rights activist resigned from the government amid the unrest.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC, DPA, BreakingNews

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Gbagbo’s government promised to avoid the “total destabilization of the banking system.” (AFP)
  • Libya: Protesters rallied for today’s “day of anger” across Libya. (BBC, Reuters)
  • Libya: Opposition websites and foreign Libyan NGOs reported at least four people were killed in clashes at demonstrations against Gaddafi. (AFP, NYT)
  • Tanzania: Explosions at arms depots at the Gongola Mboto military base in Dar es Saleem killed at least 32. (BBC)

ASIA

  • China: The strongest solar flare in four years has already disrupted radio communications in China. (AFP)
  • Japan: Tokyo said it has no plans to set a deadline to resolve the dispute over the US base on Okinawa. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: Seoul said North Korea has shown no signs of preparations to launch a long-ranch missile. (AP)
  • Pakistan: The court adjourned the case against Raymond Davis until 14MAR without announcing whether he is protected by diplomatic immunity. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Russia: An aerospace defense chief announced Russia would begin serial production of the S-500 air defense system in 2014. (RIA Novosti)
  • Russia: The US Under Secretary for Nuclear Security announced the US will expand its civilian nuclear cooperation with Russia, including reactor development and security of radioactive materials. (RIA Novosti)
  • Serbia: Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic called on the UNSC to authorize a new international criminal investigation into allegations of Kosovo’s organ trafficking activities. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Colombia: The Farc released two more hostages, bringing the total in recent days to six. (AFP, BBC)
  • Mexico: According to US officials, the gunmen involved in the fatal shooting of a US border agent were aware they were attacking law enforcement officers. (AP)
  • Mexico: According to a DHS report, US border patrol agents seized 87 percent more cocaine and 108 percent more heroin in FY2010 than compared to the previous year. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Egypt: The US Treasury advised American financial institutions to closely monitor transactions related to Egypt for any signs that state assets were misappropriated. (Reuters)
  • Iran: The chief of the judiciary announced Tehran would block the ability of opposition leaders to make statements to their supporters. (AFP)
  • Iran: Two Iranian warships withdrew their application to transit the Suez Canal. (AP, BreakingNews)
  • Iraq: Hundreds protested in Basra to demand the removal of the local governor. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • World: Foreign intelligence chief Mike McConnell said the US will likely wait for a catastrophic event before developing a comprehensive cyberwarfare policy, rather than plan ahead. (Wired’s Threat Level)
  • Canada: A cyberattack from Chinese-based computers penetrated two key economic ministries last month. (Reuters)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Carlos)
    • Location: 75 NM S of Darwin, Australia.
    • Movement: SW at 5 knots.
    • Winds: 35 knots.
    • MAP
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Dianne)
    • Location: 220 NM NW of Learmonth, Australia.
    • Movement: E-SE at 2 knots.
    • Winds: 40 knots.
    • Waves: 19 feet.
    • MAP
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Bingiza)
    • Location: 220 NM W-SW of Antananarivo, Madagascar.
    • Movement: S at 7 knots.
    • Winds: 40 knots.
    • Waves: 16 feet.
    • MAP
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Uganda: General elections will be held.

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