ONS: 20 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 20, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Laurent Gbagbo of the Ivory Coast rejected mediation efforts by the Kenyan PM.
  • ASIA: The ROK accepted the DPRK proposals for defense minister talks.
  • EUROPE: Thirty percent of Russian conscripts are too sick to serve.
  • LATIN AMERICA: The death toll from last week’s floods and mudslides in Brazil could top 1,000.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Protesters clashed with police for a second night in Yemen.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google Voice will allow porting of telephone numbers.

TOP STORIES

  • Tunisia: Ministers quit former President’s Party
    • All ministers in the transitional government quit the party of former President Ben Ali.
    • Large groups of Tunisians continue to protest Ben Ali’s perceived influence over the transitional government.
    • State TV reported that 33 relatives of President Ali were arrested.
    • Coverage: (AFPAl JazeeraCNN)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: President Gbagbo has deepened the crisis by rejecting the Kenyan PM as a mediator. (BBC)
  • Sudan: The South Sudanese leader Salva Kiir called for forgiveness of the north after Sudan’s independence referendum. (CS Monitor)
  • Uganda: The main opposition party denied having a militia group designed to guard against vote rigging. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: NATO and Afghan troops killed 15 insurgents in Northern Afghanistan. (AP)
  • Australia: Flooding in the southern state of Victoria continues to worsen.  This is in addition to the previous flooding in the northeastern state of Queensland. (AP)
  • Japan: Stated the location of some US military drills will be shifted Okinawa to Guam. (DPA)
  • Korean Peninsula: South Korea has accepted a North Korean proposal to hold talks at the defense minister level. (AP)
  • Malaysia: 9 protesters were arrested at a Hindu festival for protesting a controversial book. (AFP)
  • Philippines: Sixteen prisoners escaped from a jail in the southern city of Cotabato. (DPA)
  • Taiwan: Taiwan is considering new missile tests after a third of their missiles failed in earlier tests. (AFP)
  • Thailand: About 20 suspected separatists stormed an army camp in in the southern province of Narathiwat and killed six soldiers. (DPAReuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed his vision for missile defense cooperation with Russia. (Xinhua)
  • Kosovo: The European Justice Commission recommended the EU appoint prosecutors to investigate suspected crimes of Kosovarian leaders including accusations that they trafficked the organs of Serbian prisoners. (AFP)
  • Russia: The military failed to reach its goal of a one million man army due to 30% of recent Russian conscripts being too sick to serve. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: Officials say the death toll from last week’s flooding in the Rio de Janerio area could reach beyond 1,000. (WSJ)
  • Haiti: Former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide said that he is ready to return to Haiti from his exile in South Africa. (CNN)
  • Mexico: Officials in Veracruz say they killed a top operative in the Zeta drug cartel. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: A suicide attack killed four people in the city of Baquba. (CNN)
  • Lebanon: Minister’s from Turkey and Qatar have suspended mediation efforts with Lebanon after two days of unsuccessful talks. (BBC)
  • Yemen: Protesters clashed with Police for a second night in Aden. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Google Voice will soon allow users to port their phone numbers over to the service. (TechCrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southwest Pakistan
  • Volcanoes: Kizimen Volcano (Kamchatka area)
    • Ash has been reported six kilometers high.
    • Russian weather satellites have been unable to track the ash clouds.

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