ONS: 17 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 17, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egypt requested $3.2 billion in IMF assistance
  • AMERICAS: Mexican police chief assassinated in Zacatepec
  • ASIA: Myanmar ordered the army to cease attacks on ethnic conflict zones
  • EUROPE: EU commission set to initiate legal action against Hungary
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni officials stated the security situation might delay the election
  • TECHNOLOGY: Wikipedia announced plans for blackout in protest of SOPA

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Crisis continued to escalate
    • Two legislators left the country and defected to the anti-Assad opposition.
    • The leader of the main Syrian rebel group called for an international intervention to stop the ongoing violence.
    • Activists reported at least 12 were killed across the country as a violent crackdown on the opposition continued.
    • Coverage: Reuters, Al Jazeera, VoA, CNN

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The government requested a $3.2 billion loan from the IMF. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: The HRW reported that up for 70,000 are being forcibly displaced by the government. (Reuters)
  • Sudan, South: Russian officials announced the possible withdrawal of participation in the UN peacekeeping mission due to the mounting risk to personnel. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said the FARC was increasingly reliant on cattle sales for its financing as drug revenue has declined. (Reuters)
  • Mexico: Police killed seven gunmen during a clash in Cuernavaca. (AP)
  • Mexico: Gunmen assassinated the police chief of Zacatepec. (BBC)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: An anti-Taliban tribal leader was assassinated in Kandahar. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The South Korean government reported the economic gap between it and the North has widened substantially in recent years. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The army was ordered to halt all offensive operations in ethnic conflict zones. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: A NATO anti-missile radar system was made operational in Turkey. (RIA Novosti)
  • Greece: Anti-austerity protests shut down many public services in Athens. (Reuters)
  • Hungary: The government confirmed an EU commission will initiate legal action against Budapest over disputed reforms. (Reuters)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The government arrested several suspects over last week’s assassination of a nuclear scientist in Tehran. (WSJ)
  • Iraq: Five policemen were killed in an insurgent attack at a checkpoint in Anbar province. (AP)
  • Yemen: Government officials suggested that ongoing unrest may delay elections. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Internet: Wikipedia announced plans to close its services for one day in protest against proposed US anti-internet piracy legislation. (BBC)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (18JAN)

  • Nothing to report

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