ONS: 20 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 20, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Senegalese opposition M23 movement called for fresh protests in Dakar after a week of urban clashes.
  • AMERICAS: A Mexican prison riot caused by fighting between two warring drug cartels left 44 inmates dead.
  • ASIA: ROK Troops staged a live-fire artillery exercise near the disputed border despite DPRK threats.   
  • EUROPE: The German government and opposition agreed on Joachim Gauck as the candidate for the presidency.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two Iranian naval ships docked at the Syrian port of Tartous to provide naval training.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The FTC rejected the Electronic Privacy Information Center’s call for an investigation of Google.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government increased forces amid rise in protests
    • The military deployed heavily in Damascus to prevent activists from holding protests.
    • CJCS GEN Dempsey said it would be ‘premature’ to arm the opposition movement.
    • Activists reported three columns of army reinforcements were headed toward Homs.
    • A referendum on a new constitution is scheduled for 26FEB.
    • Coverage: AFP, DPA, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: US Sen. McCain said the partnership with Egypt is changing but stressed the two countries “must remain friends.” (AP)
  • Senegal: The opposition M23 movement called for fresh protests against the president in Dakar after a week of urban clashes. (AFP)
  • Sudan: Islamist opposition leader al-Turabi accused government intelligence agents of bugging his offices. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Mexico: A federal prosecutor in Coahuila was arrested for allegedly providing protection to the Los Zetas. (EFE)
  • Mexico: A prison riot in Nuevo Leon caused by fighting between two warring drug cartels left 44 inmates dead. (WSJ)
  • Peru: Seventeen prisoners escaped from the Challapalca prison after allegedly taking some of their guards hostage. (EFE)

ASIA

  • Burma: Election authorities lifted some restrictions on political campaigning after the party of Aung San Suu Kyi complained. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The ruling Workers’ Party will hold a key conference in April with expectations to make the transfer of power official. (Reuters)
  • Korea, South: Troops staged a live-fire artillery exercise near the border despite threats from the DPRK of “merciless” retaliation. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Hundreds of protesters gathered in Islamabad to take part in an anti-US demonstration. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Georgia: Police arrested former lawmaker Gelbakhiani on charges of plotting a coup amid crisis four years ago. (AFP)
  • Germany: The government and opposition agreed on Joachim Gauck as the candidate for the presidency. (AP)
  • Greece: US Treasury Secretary Geithner said the US backed the idea of a new IMF loan for Athens. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: Two Iranian naval ships docked at the Syrian port of Tartous in preparation for providing training for Syrian naval forces. (Reuters)
  • Israel: CJCS GEN Dempsey warned Israel that attacks on Iran’s nuclear facilities would be “premature” and “destabilizing.” (AFP)
  • Yemen: Security forces and armed separatists clashed in Aden amid rising tensions ahead of Tuesday’s presidential vote. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Data security: The FTC rejected watchdog group Electronic Privacy Information Center’s call for an investigation of Google’s privacy policy changes. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Giovanna)
    • Location: 455 NM SSE of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: E at 16 mph
    • Winds: 74 mph
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Thirteen)
    • Location: 480 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: W at 12 mph
    • Winds: 40 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (21FEB)

  • Global: International Mother Language Day.
  • Africa: Energy Indaba opens at Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Europe: EU-brokered talks between Kosovo and Serbia continue in Brussels.
  • China: Anniversary of President Nixon’s visit to China – 1972.
  • United States: Secretary of State Clinton hosts a global business conference with over 100 countries attending.
  • Yemen: Presidential elections held.

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