ONS: 18 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 18, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gbagbo announced he is nationalizing all major banks in the Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: A US official voiced fear of new provocation within months from North Korea.
  • EUROPE: The Russian military successfully test fired the new S-400
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti’s run-off campaigns kicked off.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Mass antigovernment demonstrations continued in Bahrain.
  • TECHNOLOGY: President Obama met with Jobs, Zuckerberg, and Schmidt.

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Protests for and against the government continue to be a focus of attention.
    • Thousands of worshippers called for the execution of two opposition leaders, in response to anti-government protests earlier this week.
    • Iranian authorities Friday are to stage a demonstration against the two main opposition leaders with a huge turnout expected.
    • Mir Hossein Mousavi is calling on Iranians to rally on Sunday in an attempt to build on recent uprisings.
    • Coverage: (AP, DPA, LA Times)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Gbagbo announced he would nationalize all major banks after closures crippled the country’s banking sector. (Reuters)
  • Libya: 20 anti-government protesters were killed in clashes around the country. (AP)
  • Somalia: Is on the verge of facing a country-wide drought, potentially affecting 2.4 million people. (AFP)
  • South Sudan: A top official claimed over 20,000 people fled clashes last week between rebels and the army. (AFP)
  • Uganda: Polls opened for national elections, expected to give Yoweri Museveni another term. (NYT)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: The US said it is considering increasing Afghan security forces by an additional 45,000 to 70,000 troops. (AP)
  • Korean Peninsula: North Korea claimed that Seoul “bears full responsibility” for the failure of preliminary military talks last week. (Bernama)
  • Korea, North: US Admiral Robert Willard voiced fear of new “provocation” within months from North Korea. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Top US lawmakers warned against cutting aid to Pakistan as leverage to win the release of US national Raymond Davis. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • France: Mexican Ambassador Carlos de Icaza walked out of a meeting at the French Senate after France’s foreign minister mentioned the case of Florence Cassez. (AP/CP)
  • Russia: The military successfully test fired the new S-400 Triumph missiles. (Itar-Tass)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Haiti: Run-off campaigns kicked off with a little more than a month to go before the March 20 elections. (AFP)
  • Mexico: The army seized more than 280 kilos of cocaine, 147 kilos of crystal meth and 21.4 kilos of heroin (combined street value of $68.2 million) while in transit.(EFE)
  • Venezuela: US diplomat Arturo Valenzuela said Chavez’s influence in Latin America is in “marked decline” despite Caracas rhetoric claiming the contrary. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Mass antigovernment demonstrations continued while tens of thousands of mourners buried the killed protesters. (WSJ)
  • Egypt: Two former cabinet ministers and a tycoon were arrested on suspicion of corruption.(AP)
  • Iraq: Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Basra yesterday demanding better services, an end to corruption, and more jobs. (AP)
  • Saudi Arabia: Prince Talal bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud warned the country could be harmed by the uprisings sweeping the Arab world unless it speeded up reforms. (AFP)
  • Yemen: Protests continued with four reported causalities. (Reuters)

USA/CANADA

  • USA: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the administration’s budget request for the upcoming fiscal year contains funds allowing the government to expel some 200,000 aliens with criminal records. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Obama met with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Eric Schmidt and other top technology executives to discuss what the rest of the American economy can learn from the tech industry.
    • The focus of the discussion was innovation and job creation in the industry, which he expects to be a significant contributor to economic growth in the future. (CBS)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 16S (Dianne)
    • West of Australia
    • Max winds: 060 KT, moving South
    • Map
  • Cyclones: ABPW10 (Western/South Pacific Ocean)
    • Approximately 140NM ENE of Vanuatu
    • Development of a significant tropical cyclone w/in 24hrs is upgraded to fair.
    • Map
  • Cyclones: ABIO10 (Indian Ocean)
    • South Indian Ocean area
    • Max winds: 55K
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Algeria: Pro-reform demonstrations scheduled.
  • Nepal: National Democracy Day

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