ONS: 19 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 19, 2012


  • AFRICA: Somali ambassador to the UN sought to try a pirate in Somali, not US, court
  • AMERICAS: Argentine leaders responded to British PM Cameron’s “colonial” comment with regard to the Falkland Islands
  • ASIA: Pakistani PM went before the Supreme Court over “memogate”
  • EUROPE: Norwegian security chief resigned over a confidential information leak
  • MIDDLE EAST: US Navy rescued Iranian fisherman in the Gulf of Oman
  • TECHNOLOGY: The Huffington Post plans to launch a 24-hour network, HPSN


  • Iran: Alleged talks with the US
    • Lawmaker Ali Motahari claimed President Obama called for direct talks in a secret letter
    • US denied the correspondence
    • Head of the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee warned the Obama administration that talks with Iran would be “a foolish waste of time”
    • As part of the secret letter, Obama warned Iran against closing the Strait of Hormuz
    • US experts said Iran would not close the Strait due to the regime’s own interests
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AP


  • Region: Four top Rwandan army officers were suspended and placed under house arrest on suspicion of conducting business deals in the DRC. (AFP)
  • Region: The Sudanese government dismissed the accusations that it has been stealing oil from South Sudan. (Xinhua)
  • Libya: Angry students attacked the deputy head of the NTC Abdelhafiz Ghoga. (AFP)
  • Somalia: The Somali ambassador to the UN asserted that accused pirate Mohammad Saaili Shibin should be tried in Somalia, not the US. (AP)


  • Region: Evidence shows the Mexican drug war is increasingly intensifying in the interior and southern areas of the region, which were once thought to be safe. (NYT)
  • Region: Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s newest ambassador to the US, said she would seek a bilateral relationship focused on mutual respect. (AFP)
  • Argentina: Political leaders responded with outrage to British PM Cameron’s comments that the government is engaged in “colonialism” in the Falkland Islands. (AFP)


  • Region: A senior security official said Pakistan expects to re-open supply routes for NATO forces in Afghanistan. (Reuters)
  • Bangladesh: The military foiled a plot by 16 hardline Islamic officers to overthrow the government of PM Hasina. (AP)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani went before the Supreme Court, facing charges on contempt of court. (Reuters)
  • Pakistan: Former President Musharraf delayed, and may have canceled, plans to return on 31JAN. (AFP)
  • Thailand: PM Shinawatra defended the cabinet appointment of Nalinee Taveesin, who is on a US blacklist over ties to Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe.(AFP)


  • Region: According to the US, Macedonia and Greece must resolve a name dispute in order to join NATO. (Xinhua)
  • Azerbaijan: President Aliyev met with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rubin, and vowed to deepen bilateral ties. (Xinhua)
  • Norway: Internal security chief Janne Kristiansen resigned following her revelation that the intelligence service has agents working in Pakistan. (Reuters)


  • Region: US Navy rescued an Iranian fishing crew in the Gulf of Oman. (AFP)
  • Iran: FM Salehi said Iran never tried to close or obstruct the Strait of Hormuz. (AFP)
  • Syria: Germany accused Russia of preventing the UNSC from decisive action over the deadly protests. (AFP)


  • News Media: Forbes reported the Huffington Post will launch a 24-hour live programming network called the Huffington Post Streaming Network, or HPSN. (Mashable)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Off West Coast of the South Island, NZ
    • Magnitude: 6.1
    • Depth: 18.1 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.


  • Nothing to report.

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