ONS: 20 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 20, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Two of the main Islamist groups in Somalia announced a plan to merge in an attempt to defeat the UN supported government
  • ASIA: Coalition operations killed 15 insurgents in the north of Afghanistan
  • EUROPE: In coordinated raids, police arrested 12 terrorist suspects in Cardiff, London, and Stroke on Trent
  • LATIN AMERICA: A pipeline blast in Mexico left 27 dead and dozens wounded
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki is expected to name his new cabinet today
  • TECH: Google debuted a program called “Shared Spaces” which is designed to easily allow group collaboration

TOP STORIES

  • Korea, South: Artillery drills conducted without incident
    • Some residents were forced to take shelter before the drills began
    • The Korean Air Force was put on alert in case of DPRK retaliation
    • The North later stated that it did not retaliate because the ROK changed the direction in which it was firing
    • Coverage: CNN, ABC, WSJ
  • Korea, North: Nuclear Deal announced in DPRK
    • The DPRK announced it will allow the return of IAEA inspectors
    • It also agreed to negotiate the sale of 12,000 fuel rods
    • The deal was announced by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer who is traveling with Bill Richardson in the DPRK
    • Coverage: CNN

    AFRICA

    • Somalia: Two of the main Islamist groups announced a plan to merge in an attempt to defeat the UN supported government. (Bloomberg)
    • Uganda: Police warned that Al Qaeda militants may try and stage Christmas attacks. (AFP)

    ASIA

    • Region: Indian PM Sing stated that good relations with Pakistan are dependent upon Pakistani steps to stop anti-Indian terrorist groups. (DPA)
    • Afghanistan: Coalition operations killed 15 insurgents in the north of the country. (AP)

    EUROPE

    • Belarus: Riot police beat back opposition protesters who attempted to storm government buildings after disputed elections. (BBC)
    • United Kingdom: In coordinated raids, police arrested 12 terrorist suspects in Cardiff, London, and Stroke on Trent. (AFP)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Mexico: A pipeline blast in Mexico left 27 dead and dozens wounded. The blast was caused by thieves attempting to steal fuel from the pipe (AFP).
    • Venezuela: Hugo Chavez plans to introduce a “social responsibility” bill that critics say is an attempt to censor the Internet. (AFP)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced the UN Tribunal decision regarding the murder of Rafiq Hariri, had been influenced by outsiders and was therefore “null and void.” (CNN)
    • Iran: Iran deployed additional police patrols throughout the country as it launches an overhaul of government subsidizes for gas and staple foods. (Washington Post)
    • Iraq: After a 9.5 month wait, PM Nuri al-Maliki is expected to name his new cabinet today. (Bloomberg)

    TECHNOLOGY

    • Google debuted a program called “Shared Spaces” which is designed to easily allow group collaboration in design and share gadgets. (ReadWriteWeb)
    • Google TV faces delays and will not be featured as prominently as planned at Las Vegas’ Consumer Electronics Show. (NYT)

    WORLD

    • Cyclones: Tropical Storm 01C (Omeka) Warning #01
      • Located a few hundred miles south of Midway Island.
      • Winds: 45 – 55 knots.
      • Movement: NE at 12  knots.
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

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