ONS: 19 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 19, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Hundreds of protesters marched down the main street of Tunis as unrest continues.
  • ASIA: A 7.2 earthquake struck Pakistan, but reports of damage and casualties are limited.
  • EUROPE: Irish PM Brian Cowen won a motion of confidence.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The Haitian election commission indicated it could not revise the presidential results.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A pair of morning suicide attacks in Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded 85 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google to release Chrome, Earth and Picasa downloads for Iran.

TOP STORIES

  • Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States
    • Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for a formal state visit.
    • The leaders will have talks on economic, security, and political issues.
    • Allegations that China manipulates its currency are expected to be a major topic the two will discuss.
    • Coverage: VOA, Washington Post, AP, LA Times

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Kenyan PM Raila Odinga said the latest AU mediation effort over Ivory Coast’s election failed, and stepped up warnings of more sanctions and possible use of force. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect members in the northeastern Borno State stormed a church and shot dead the pastor. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Hundreds of protesters marched down the main street of Tunis, demanding that allies of the ousted president stop clinging to power. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fuel shortages, aggravated by Iran’s blockade, now affect Kabul. (LA Times)
  • Afghanistan: A special court announced that it wanted President Hamid Karzai to delay the inauguration of Parliament by at least a month, and possibly much longer. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Thirteen Afghan civilians were killed when their motorised rickshaw was hit by a roadside bomb in the southeast. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Floods continue to affect the state of Victoria with residents urged to leave. (BBC)
  • Korea, North: According to a defector, the DPRK has been developing a uranium enrichment programme, a potential second way to make nuclear bombs, since the late 1990s. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Seoul and Washington started talks on extending the range of South Korea’s missiles to help deter North Korea. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Foot-and-mouth disease is spreading through the country. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: A 7.2 earthquake struck the country, but reports of damage and casualties are limited. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: A bomb on a horse-drawn cart exploded outside a school in northwestern Pakistan, killing one person and wounding 14 others. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Ruling communists wrapped up a secretive five-yearly congress with the prime minister fending off a leadership challenge as the party cemented its hold on absolute power. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The chief executive of a large, German satellite company was suspendedfor telling American diplomats that the Galileo satellite project in Europe was redundant (NYT)
  • England: Four Russian officials connected to the London branch of a major international bank are being investigated for corruption by both Britain and Russia. (Guardian)
  • Ireland: PM Brian Cowen won a motion of confidence. (Dow Jones)
  • Italy: Investigations, and tabloids, revealed Berlusconi’ teenage friend was wiretapped. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Bolivia: The US will file a formal objection to Bolivia’s proposal to end the ban on coca leaf-chewing specified by a half-century-old UN treaty.
    • If no complaints are registered by 31JAN, the repeal would automatically take effect. (AP)
  • Bolivia: Will receive six Chinese-made combat aircraft to be used to fight drug trafficking, the head of the Bolivian Air Force stated. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The government said it would accelerate efforts to devise a national system for preventing disasters and alerting the population quickly when they occur. (NYT)
  • Haiti: Former dictator Duvalier was brought into court where corruption and embezzlement charges were filed; a judge who will decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.  (Washington Post)
  • Haiti: The election commission indicated it could not just revise presidential results on the basis of advice by international monitors but must follow legal procedures. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested a suspected leader and founding member of the notorious Zetas drugs gang, Flavio Mendez Santiago. (BBC, LA Times)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al Jazeera journalists are defining the narrative of Tunisia’s upheaval for millions of Arabs riveted by the toppling of a dictator. (LA Times)
  • Region: Arab leaders continue to warily watch developments in Tunisia. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: Arab media outlets reported Hezbollah held a drill simulating takeover of Lebanese capital (YnetNews)
  • Iran: Test-fired a surface-to-air missile near its Khondab nuclear sites. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A pair of morning suicide attacks in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded 85 others, authorities said. (CNN)
  • UAE: The US Navy says a search is ongoing for one of its sailors believed to have fallen overboard while on patrol in the Gulf of Oman. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Iran: Google to release Chrome, Earth and Picasa downloads for Iran. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southwest Pakistan
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 84km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

END
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19 January 2011


KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Hundreds of protesters marched down the main street of Tunis as unrest continues.
  • ASIA: A 7.2 earthquake struck Pakistan, but reports of damage and casualties are limited.
  • EUROPE: Irish PM Brian Cowen won a motion of confidence.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The Haitian election commission indicated it could not revise the presidential results.
  • MIDDLE EAST: A pair of morning suicide attacks in Iraq killed at least 15 people and wounded 85 others.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google to release Chrome, Earth and Picasa downloads for Iran.

TOP STORIES

  • Hu Jintao’s visit to the United States
    • Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for a formal state visit.
    • The leaders will have talks on economic, security, and political issues.
    • Allegations that China manipulates its currency are expected to be a major topic the two will discuss.
    • Coverage: VOA, Washington Post, AP, LA Times

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Kenyan PM Raila Odinga said the latest AU mediation effort over Ivory Coast’s election failed, and stepped up warnings of more sanctions and possible use of force. (Reuters)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram sect members in the northeastern Borno State stormed a church and shot dead the pastor. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: Hundreds of protesters marched down the main street of Tunis, demanding that allies of the ousted president stop clinging to power. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Fuel shortages, aggravated by Iran’s blockade, now affect Kabul. (LA Times)
  • Afghanistan: A special court announced that it wanted President Hamid Karzai to delay the inauguration of Parliament by at least a month, and possibly much longer. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: Thirteen Afghan civilians were killed when their motorised rickshaw was hit by a roadside bomb in the southeast. (Reuters)
  • Australia: Floods continue to affect the state of Victoria with residents urged to leave. (BBC)
  • Korea, North: According to a defector, the DPRK has been developing a uranium enrichment programme, a potential second way to make nuclear bombs, since the late 1990s. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Seoul and Washington started talks on extending the range of South Korea’s missiles to help deter North Korea. (AFP)
  • Korea, South: Foot-and-mouth disease is spreading through the country. (Guardian)
  • Pakistan: A 7.2 earthquake struck the country, but reports of damage and casualties are limited. (WSJ)
  • Pakistan: A bomb on a horse-drawn cart exploded outside a school in northwestern Pakistan, killing one person and wounding 14 others. (AP)
  • Vietnam: Ruling communists wrapped up a secretive five-yearly congress with the prime minister fending off a leadership challenge as the party cemented its hold on absolute power. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The chief executive of a large, German satellite company was suspendedfor telling American diplomats that the Galileo satellite project in Europe was redundant (NYT)
  • England: Four Russian officials connected to the London branch of a major international bank are being investigated for corruption by both Britain and Russia. (Guardian)
  • Ireland: PM Brian Cowen won a motion of confidence. (Dow Jones)
  • Italy: Investigations, and tabloids, revealed Berlusconi’ teenage friend was wiretapped. (NYT)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Bolivia: The US will file a formal objection to Bolivia’s proposal to end the ban on coca leaf-chewing specified by a half-century-old UN treaty.
    • If no complaints are registered by 31JAN, the repeal would automatically take effect. (AP)
  • Bolivia: Will receive six Chinese-made combat aircraft to be used to fight drug trafficking, the head of the Bolivian Air Force stated. (Xinhua)
  • Brazil: The government said it would accelerate efforts to devise a national system for preventing disasters and alerting the population quickly when they occur. (NYT)
  • Haiti: Former dictator Duvalier was brought into court where corruption and embezzlement charges were filed; a judge who will decide whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.  (Washington Post)
  • Haiti: The election commission indicated it could not just revise presidential results on the basis of advice by international monitors but must follow legal procedures. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Police arrested a suspected leader and founding member of the notorious Zetas drugs gang, Flavio Mendez Santiago. (BBC, LA Times)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Al Jazeera journalists are defining the narrative of Tunisia’s upheaval for millions of Arabs riveted by the toppling of a dictator. (LA Times)
  • Region: Arab leaders continue to warily watch developments in Tunisia. (NYT)
  • Lebanon: Arab media outlets reported Hezbollah held a drill simulating takeover of Lebanese capital (YnetNews)
  • Iran: Test-fired a surface-to-air missile near its Khondab nuclear sites. (Xinhua)
  • Iraq: A pair of morning suicide attacks in Diyala province, north of Baghdad, killed at least 15 people and wounded 85 others, authorities said. (CNN)
  • UAE: The US Navy says a search is ongoing for one of its sailors believed to have fallen overboard while on patrol in the Gulf of Oman. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Iran: Google to release Chrome, Earth and Picasa downloads for Iran. (Guardian)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southwest Pakistan
    • Magnitude: 7.2
    • Depth: 84km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to Report

END
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