ONS: 21 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 21, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Sudan’s President al-Bashir announced he will not stand in his country’s next presidential election.
  • ASIA: The Afghan government accused the US military of killing over 60 civilians during a recent military operation.
  • EUROPE: Cuts in European defense budgets are causing increasing concern for NATO and the US.
  • LATIN AMERICA: In Mexico, drug violence killed over 40 people this past weekend.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Protests continued for a ninth day in Bahrain.
  • TECHNOLOGY: TechCrunch posited that websites that cater to ‘social expression’ may be the next big Silicon Valley industry.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Protests turn deadly as government opens fire
    • President Gadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam appeared on state TV saying his father is in control of the country and warned of a civil war if protests continued. (Al Jazeera)
    • Embassies and foreign corporations began evacuating their. (CNN)
    • Protests are being reported in Tripoli for the first time. (LA Times)

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the recent cabinet reshuffle saying all members of the former regime need to be removed. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: A bomb at a police station in Mogadishu killed 12 including children. (DPA)
  • Sudan: Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir will not stand for re-election during the next presidential election due in four years. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Region: Cambodia will ask Thailand to sign a permanent cease-fire agreement at the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting on 22FEB. (Xinhua)
  • Afghanistan: Afghan government officials accused NATO of killing 65 innocent people, including 22 women and more than 30 children, during recent military operations in the northeast. (Washington Post)
  • Afghanistan: Officials say a recent NATO airstrike targeting militants killed a family of six. (DPA)
  • China: Chinese police made a show of force on Sunday to prevent rallies called for by online activists who want to inspire a “Jasmine Revolution” in China. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Intelligence officials detected signs North Korea is digging tunnels at its nuclear weapons test site. (Reuters)

EUROPE

  • Region: Cuts to European defense budgets are causing increased concerns among NATO officials and officials in the US military. (Washington Post)
  • France: French authorities seized yachts belonging to Boris Berezovski at the request of Russian prosecutors who are pursing the exiled oligarch for fraud. (Telegraph)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Argentina: The government banned its military from taking part in foreign military training after a incident involving the US. (AFP)
  • Mexico: Drug violence killed over 40 people this weekend; most of them in the Ciudad Juarez area. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: Government authorities announced its cholera outbreak is contained. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: An Israeli military spokesman announced it sees no threat from Iranian ships crossing the Suez Canal as long as they stay out of Israeli waters. (Haaretz)
  • Bahrain: Anti-government protesters held Pearl Square as protest continued for a ninth day. (Al Jazeera)
  • Yemen: One protester was killed and four injured in protests with soldiers in Aden bringing the death toll to 12. (Reuters)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • TechCrunch columnist Semil Shah theorized that internet movements that support ‘political expression’ may become a new economic force within Silicon Valley. (Techcrunch)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15s (Carlos)
    • West Coast of Australia
    • Winds: 40 knots
    • Heading: W SW at 15 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 17s (Atu)
    • SE of Port Villa
    • Winds: 100 knots
    • Heading: SE at 07 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: South of Fiji Islands
      • Mag: 6.4
      • Depth: 540.7
      • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Bulsan, Philippinnes
    • The volcano erupted at 9:15 local time on Monday
    • Ash clouds have been reported 2 km high.
    • Approximately 1,000 people have been evacuated from two towns.
    • Source: IANS

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Asia: ASEAN foreign ministers meet in Jakarta to discuss Thai-Cambodian border conflict.
  • Middle East: Egypt and Syria merged in 1958 to form the United Arab Republic.
  • Philippines: People Power Day celebrating the start of 1986 popular protests leading to Ferdinand Marcos’ downfall.
  • St. Lucia: Independence Day

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