ONS: 21 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 21, 2010


  • AFRICA: President Gbabgo’s allies said UN Peacekeepers will be treated like rebels if they do not leave Ivory Coast
  • ASIA: Thailand ended its state of emergency
  • EUROPE: Syrian President says Turkey should become an EU member
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ecuador is sending aid to Colombia and Venezuela
  • MIDDLE EAST: Israel carried out airstrikes in Gaza
  • USA/CANADA: START Treaty to be voted on
  • TECHNOLOGY: FCC ready to adopt net neutrality regulations


  • Pakistan: US wants to expand Special Forces raids into Pakistan
    • US military officials want to conduct the raids to capture militants for intelligence purposes.
    • The CIA has also uses Afghan operatives to sometimes carry out raids in Pakistan.
    • NATO officials deny the raids are being proposed.
    • Coverage: AP, NYT, UPI


  • Ivory Coast: An ally of President Gbabgo said the UN Peacekeepers will be treated like rebels if they do not leave the country. (BBC)
  • Nigeria: The country’s election commission warned of huge security challenges during the 2011 presidential poll. (AllAfrica)


  • Pakistan: The Army Strategic Force command successfully tested the Ghauri Hatf 5, a medium range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead 800 miles. (AFP)
  • Thailand: The country announced that it will end its eight-month long state of emergency which was issued after the “Red-shirt” protests in April. (Al Jazeera)


  • Region: Syria’s president stated the EU needs to accept Turkey to avoid becoming a “Christian club.” (AFP)
  • Belarus: Police announced that hundreds who protested against President Lukashenko’s reelection will spend two weeks in jail. (BBC)


  • Region: Ecuador is sending another 68 tons of aid to Venezuela and Colombia to help the countries deal with an unusually bad flood season.
    • The aid will be split almost evenly between the two countries. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Diego Fernandez de Cevallos, a former presidential candidate kidnapped seven months ago, was released yesterday. Authorities have not found his kidnappers. (Washington Post)


  • Iran: Traffic throughout Iran appeared normal yesterday despite a cut in the national gas subsidy which quadrupled the price of gas for the average motorist. (NYT)
  • Iraq: PM Al-Maliki delayed the announcement of his new government; apparently, due to new strains with his Sadrists allies.
    • The announcement is now expected to take place on Tuesday. (NYT)
  • Israel: The IAF carried out airstrikes in the Gaza strip, their second in three days. (BBC)


  • USA: The US Senate will vote on the START treaty today. The White House will need to convince three more Republican senators to vote yes in order for the treaty to pass.  (NYT)


  • USA: The FCC is poised to adopt controversial net neutrality regulations today. (LA Times)


  • Cyclone: Tropical Storm 01C (Omeka) Central Pacific
    • Wind: 40mph
    • Heading NNE at 18mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: 30% chance cyclone formation 275 miles E SE Barbados
    • Wind: N/A
    • Heading: WNW  at 10-15mph
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Southeastern Iran
    • Mag: 6.5
    • Depth: 11.8 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.


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