ONS: 22 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 22, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: The DR Congo signed a nonproliferation deal with the US
  • ASIA: India successfully fired two ballistic missiles
  • EUROPE: Russia blamed the UK for a series of diplomat expulsions
  • LATIN AMERICA: Ecuador signed military agreements with Venezuela and Brazil
  • MIDDLE EAST: In Lebanon, PM Hariri is expected to renounce support of the UN tribunal
  • TECHNOLOGY: More details emerges about Wikileaks successor

TOP STORY

  • Ivory Coast: In a national address President Gbagbo said he is willing to hold talks with his rival president, Alassane Ouattara.
    • Gbagbo also announced the end of a national curfew.
    • Secretary General Ban Ki Moon confirmed Gbabgo is hiring mercenaries from Liberia and Angola to target supporters of Ouattara.
    • France announced the evacuation of its nationals as fears of civil war increase.
    • Coverage: Al Jazeera, AP, AFP

AFRICA

  • DR Congo: The US signed an agreement with the government designed to prevent the trafficking of illicit nuclear materials. (AFP)
  • Kenya: Authorities believe Somali insurgents may have carried out a bus bomb that killed one and injured dozens. (CNN)


ASIA

  • India: India successfully test fired two Prithvi-II nuclear capable ballistic missiles. (Xinhua)
  • Korea, South: The ROK is scheduled to hold large land and air drills near the DMZ on Thursday. (CNN)
  • Pakistan: The Balochi politician Shah Zain Bugti, leader of the Jamhoori Watan party, was arrested, along with 36 people in his convoy, for carrying illegal arms. (Xinhua)


EUROPE

  • Region: China assured the EU a supply of rare earth metals during talks about bailing out the cash strapped Eurozone. (Reuters)
  • Region: Russia blamed “unfriendly” behavior as the reason it expelled a British diplomat.
    • This comes after the British expelled a Russian diplomat it accused of engaging in espionage. (CNN)


LATIN AMERICA

  • Ecuador: The national assembly approved military agreements with Brazil and Venezuela on Tuesday. (Xinhua)
  • Venezuela: Venezuela’s national assembly passed a new law making it illegal for any lawmaker to change party affiliation or vote against the party line. (Reuters)


MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Sunni militant group Jundallah threatened to kill a nuclear plant worker if 200 Sunni and Balochi political prisoners are not released. (AFP)
  • Israel: The Israeli military is moving tanks equipped with missile defense systems to the Gaza border in response to militants firing new, more effective, and supposedly Iranian, anti-tank missiles. (AP)
  • Lebanon: PM Hariri is expected to announce that he is withdrawing his support for the UN tribunal into his father’s killing. (Jerusalem Post)

TECHNOLOGY

  • Europe: More details emerged about the architecture of Openleaks, a program founded by former Wikileaks members.  (ReadWriteWeb)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Bonin Islands, Japan
    • Mag: 7.4
    • Depth: 14km
    • Map
    • Over 50 aftershocks of 5.0+ have been recorded
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

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