ONS: 18 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 18, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Gunmen killed at least 51 people in Jonglei in South Sudan
  • AMERICAS: Three dismembered bodies were found in Acapulco, Mexico
  • ASIA: Pakistani officials refused to allow US special envoy Grossman entry into the country
  • EUROPE: Russia urged the US to address missile defense system concerns
  • MIDDLE EAST: A Yemeni intelligence chief escaped assassination in Aden
  • TECHNOLOGY: Second wave of Timeline applications hits Facebook on 19JAN

TOP STORY

  • Syria: International community responds to violence
    • Syrian troops and rebels in Zabadani, near Lebanon, agreed to a ceasefire
    • Syria accused Qatar of arming the rebels, and rejected the Qatari proposition to send Arab troops
    • President Obama denounced the violence, calling it “unacceptable”
    • US criticized Russia’s draft UN resolution, saying it was insufficient and needed to hold Assad accountable
    • The EU expanded sanctions to include an additional 22 individuals and businesses
    • China defended the Arab League’s observer mission
    • Russia warned the West against military action in Syria, and called for cutting supplies to the opposition
    • Coverage: Reuters, Xinhua, Xinhua-2, AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AP,

AFRICA

  • Region: Denmark said the Seychelles refused to detain 25 suspected Somali pirates. (Reuters)
  • Ethiopia: Two foreign tourists were kidnapped in an attack that left five Europeans dead. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Authorities suspended a top police officer for negligence in the escape of Kabiru Sokoto, a member of Boko Haram, arrested over a Christmas bomb attack. (AFP)
  • Sudan, South: Gunmen killed at least 51 people in the latest clashes in the Jonglei state. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: Former President Uribe expressed his objection to the three-month government truce with the FARC. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Three dismembered bodies were found in different parts of Acapulco in continued drug cartel violence. (AFP)
  • United States: According to the Secret Service, Occupy protesters tossed a smoke bomb over the White House fence. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Region: US Navy commander Admiral Walsh expressed concern over the South China Sea, citing disputes between China and Japan. (AP)
  • Afghanistan: British police opened an investigation into claims that two servicemen abused children in Afghanistan. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: The government dispatched a peace delegation to seek a truce with the Kachin rebels. (DPA)
  • Myanmar: Opposition leader Suu Kyi launched her bid for a seat in parliament. (AFP)
  • Pakistan:  Pakistan refused to allow US special envoy Marc Grossman to visit the country. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Russian FM Lavrov urged the US to confront Moscow’s issues with the missile defense plans due to time constraints. (AP)
  • Region: Germany and France released a document, “Ways out of the crisis – Strengthen growth now!” that urges the EU to speed up tax coordination efforts. (AFP)
  • Georgia: To mark the 20th anniversary of US-Georgian relations, President Saakashvili announced plans to meet with President Obama in Washington on 30JAN. (DPA)
  • Greece: PM Papademos said he would consider forcing creditors to absorb losses if negotiations fail to reach an agreement. (DPA)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli air raid in Gaza killed one Palestinian and wounded two. (AFP)
  • Egypt: Masood Ahmed, head of the IMF mission to Egypt, ruled out imposing conditions on a much-needed loan to reduce the budget deficit. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Gunmen killed a Sunni village chief and his three sons just south of Baghdad. (AFP)
  • Yemen: The intelligence chief in Aden escaped an assassination attempt by unidentified gunmen. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Social Media: Facebook announced a string of partnerships to develop Timeline applications in September at f8; the second wave of applications hits Facebook tomorrow, 19JAN. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

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

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (19JAN)

  • Nothing to report.

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