ONS: 20 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 20, 2011


  • AFRICA: DRC swore in Joseph Kabila for his second term as president
  • AMERICAS: Venezuelan President Chavez to attend regional summit in Uruguay
  • ASIA: Myanmar opposition reported Suu Kyi will register her party for by-elections
  • EUROPE: Hungarian opposition parties called for a protest against PM Orban’s “dictatorship”
  • MIDDLE EAST: Egyptian troops opened fire and used tear gas on protesters in Tahrir Square
  • TECHNOLOGY: AT&T dropped the bid to buy T-Mobile USA


  • North Korea: Media displayed Kim Jung-Il’s deceased body
    • North Korean media displayed Kim’s body lying in a glass coffin with most of the corpse draped in a red sheet
    • Media also started referring to Kim Jong-Un as “Respected” or “Great” Comrade
    • Troops canceled an annual winter exercise to pay respects to the leader
    • Chinese President Jintao visited the North Korean embassy in Beijing
    • South Korean troops planned a protest for Wednesday where they will launch leaflet-carrying balloons across the border
    • South Korea sent condolences to the North Korean people
    • Coverage: AFP, AFP-2, AFP-3, AFP-4, AFP-5


  • Region: US special forces set up a base in the Central African Republic as part of their regional hunt for the Ugandan-based Lord’s Resistance Army. (AFP)
  • Algeria: FM Medelci said his country agreed to participate in “exploratory” discussions over the European Neighborhood policy. (Xinhua)
  • Congo, DR: Joseph Kabila took the oath for his second term as President. (BBC)
  • Libya: Russia’s UN envoy called for a thorough investigation of civilians killed in NATO air strikes. (Reuters)


  • Region: A Uruguayan foreign minister reported Venezuelan President Chavez is expected to attend a regional summit in Uruguay, his first official visit since his treatment. (Reuters)
  • Cuba: The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation said that in December there were 388 temporary detentions for political reasons. (EFE)
  • Honduras: A small twin-engine airplane, suspected of being used to smuggle cocaine, was found burned in Colon. (EFE)


  • Afghanistan: President Karzai demanded an immediate halt to NATO-led night raids. (AFP)
  • Japan: Japan chose the US-built F-35 stealth jet for its next-generation mainstay fighter. (AFP)
  • Korea, Peninsula: South Korea’s military raised its cyber-attack alert warning for North Korea. (AFP)
  • Myanmar: According to opposition sources, Aung San Suu Kyi plans to register her party this week to contest a by-election to be held in early 2012. (DPA)


  • Germany: The government will pay 8.6 billion euros ($11 billion) to the Eurozone’s new bailout fund next year, twice as much as expected. (AFP)
  • Hungary: Opposition parties called for a protest on Friday (23DEC) against the “dictatorship” of PM Orban. (AFP)
  • Serbia: Top Islamic cleric Mustafa Ceric called on Islamic countries to proclaim ethnic Serb leader Milorad Dodik persona non grata, accusing him of spreading Islamophobia. (AFP)
  • Turkey: The Dogan News Agency reported security forces killed as many as 20 Kurdish rebels. (AP)


  • Egypt: Troops opened fire and used tear gas on protesters across Tahrir Square. (AP)
  • Iran: Japanese FM Gemba said Tokyo would not stop imports of Iranian oil, despite its divergence from US policy. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Deputy PM al-Mutlak said the Sunni-backed political bloc will boycott the cabinet to protest the “dictatorship” of PM al-Maliki. (AFP)
  • Saudi Arabia: A military aircraft from the Saudi Air Force crashed while performing daily drills. (DPA)
  • Syria: At least six people were killed as Syrian security forces continued a wide-scale military operation against army deserters. (DPA)


  • Communications: AT&T backed out of its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA. (AP)
  • Technology: Apple executives discussed their vision for the future of television with media executives. (WSJ)


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


  • Russia: Newly elected State Duma to hold its first meeting.
  • Scotland: Anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing – 1988.
  • Slovenia: Newly elected parliament to hold its first meeting.

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