ONS: 21 February 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 21, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Darfur rebel movement JEM released 49 members of UNAMID.
  • AMERICAS: The Colombian National Liberation Army agreed to stop attacks if the government consents to talks.
  • ASIA: Afghan ISAF commander apologized for US soldiers’ burning of Korans.
  • EUROPE: UN special envoy urged Macedonia and Greece to solve their name disagreement.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemen headed to the polls in an effort to replace President Saleh.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Twitter paired up with Yandex for real-time search results.

TOP STORY

  • Europe: Agreement reached on Greek bailout
    • EU countries agreed to hand over 130 billion euros to Greece.
    • The talks lasted over 12 hours.
    • The markets climbed 0.7 percent within minutes of the news.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, BBC, The Guardian

AFRICA

  • Libya: The military chief said government forces will intervene if clashes between tribes persists. (Reuters)
  • Sudan: The rebel Justice and Equality Movement released 49 members of the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur. (Reuters)
  • Tunisia: The third-largest party proposed a constitutional draft based on Islamic law, which is likely to alarm secularists. (Reuters)

AMERICAS

  • Region: US Secretary Clinton pledged US cooperation in Mexico’s fight against transnational crime. (Xinhua)
  • Colombia: The National Liberation Army offered to cease attacks if the government agrees to talks. (AP)
  • Cuba: Deputy FM Barrera condemned Spanish FM Garcia-Margallo’s criticism of human rights in Cuba, calling it a “disrespectful interference.” (Xinhua)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: GEN Allen apologized for US troops’ burning of the Koran as a method of disposal and ordered an official investigation of the incident. (AFP, AP)
  • Afghanistan: Taliban militants killed four civilians for spying for the government in Helmand. (Xinhua)
  • Myanmar: The government promised to “seriously consider” allowing ASEAN poll observers for upcoming by-elections. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Region: The UN special envoy urged Macedonia and Greece to solve the disagreement over Macedonia’s name. (Xinhua)
  • Belarus: President Lukashenko appointed MAJ GEN Pakhmelkin as commander of the Air Force and Troops of the Belarusian Armed Forces’ Air Defenses. (Interfax)
  • United Kingdom: The Interior Ministry said Britain’s border agency will split in half following a security row where hundreds of thousands entered the country without proper checks. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Japan reduced its reliance on Iranian crude imports in an attempt to be exempt from US sanctions. (Reuters)
  • Syria: German FM Westerwelle said the EU will probably adopt new sanctions against President Assad’s government. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Citizens headed for the polls to vote for President Saleh’s successor. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Technology: Twitter and Russian search engine Yandex agreed to a partnership that will allow Yandex to show new tweets in its search results almost instantly. (Reuters)
  • Technology: Engagement Media Technologies provides backend services for citizen journalism, retail brand management, and intelligence and security operations. (Epicenter)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 12S (Giovanna)
    • Location: 410 NM SE of Antananarivo, Madagascar
    • Movement: NNW at 07 knots
    • Winds: 30 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 13S (Hilwa)
    • Location: 410 NM E of Port Louis, Mauritius
    • Movement: WSW at 08 knots
    • Winds: 35 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (22FEB)

  • China: Tibetan New Year celebrated.
  • Egypt: Shura council elections held.
  • St. Lucia: Independence day celebrated – 1979.

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