ONS: 22 December 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 22, 2011

Overnight News Summary

Produced by the Rendon Group

22 December 2011


  • AFRICA: DRC forces killed 24 since election results were released
  • AMERICAS: The US Peace Corps pulled out of several Latin American countries
  • ASIA: Pakistani President Zardari expressed concern over a possible military conspiracy
  • EUROPE: Turkey threatened to sanction France over Armenian genocide bill
  • MIDDLE EAST: Yemeni President Saleh must go abroad to seek medical attention
  • TECHNOLOGY: A study found that Twitter users, during the Arab Spring, followed journalists, bloggers, and activists – not news organizations


  • Iraq: Explosions rocked Baghdad
    • Eleven attacks took place in the Allawi, Bab al-Muathaum, and Karrada districts of Baghdad
    • The bombs killed at least 63 people, and injured 185
    • The attacks came after a tumultuous week where a warrant was issued for the arrest of VP al-Hashemi, and PM al-Maliki threatened to cease power-sharing
    • Coverage: AP, AP-2, AP-3, AFP, WaPo, AFP-2, Xinhua



  • Region: An Al-Qaeda branch that claimed an abduction in Algeria last week threatened to increase its presence across Sub-Saharan Africa. (AFP)
  • Congo, DR: Security forces killed 24 people since the disputed presidential election that elected Joseph Kabila. (Reuters)
  • Kenya: UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon expressed deep concern over security incidents at the Dabaab refugee complex. (Xinhua)


  • Region: The US Peace Corps decided to pull out of Honduras and stop sending new volunteers to Guatemala and El Salvador, citing organized-crime as the reason. (NYT)
  • Colombia: Police captured at least seven people allegedly part of a transnational drug trafficking network in North Santander. (Xinhua)
  • Mexico: Security forces killed 22 people in counter-drug operations in three different states: Veracruz, Sinaloa, and Jalisco. (AFP)
  • Peru: Around 100 kilograms of cocaine-based paste was seized by police in Lima. (DPA)


  • Region: US military released its findings of an investigation into the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan-Pakistani border, placing blame on both parties but justifying the use of retaliation by America. (NYT)
  • Afghanistan: New Zealand PM Key said his 35-troop contingent in Afghanistan would leave Kabul by March 2012. (AP)
  • Pakistan: A California woman was indicted on federal charges alleging that she sent money to Pakistan to fund attacks against US military personnel. (AP)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani indicated he believes there is a conspiracy to oust the country’s civilian government; military sources confirmed the suspicion. (AP, Reuters)


  • Region: Turkey threatened to sanction France over a bill that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide. (AFP)
  • Region: Dutch prosecutors announced they will, for the first time, work with Italian authorities to probe Italian mafia activities in the Netherlands. (AFP)
  • Russia: In his last speech to the nation, President Medvedev addressed “extremists,” the State Duma, and the open government system in his remarks. (AFP)
  • Russia: About 70 percent of victims of human traffickers are women in sexual slavery. (Itar-Tass)


  • Iran: A naval commander confirmed the navy would hold ten days of maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. (DPA)
  • Syria: The Philippines offered to extricate 5,000 of its citizens out of Syria for free as they urged them to leave immediately. (AFP)
  • Syria: A team of Arab League observers headed to Syria to investigate the ongoing unrest. (AP)
  • Yemen: Six Al-Qaeda suspects were killed during shelling in Abyan. (AFP)


  • Social Media: An MIT study, tracking the early growth of Twitter, found that mainstream media mentions, alongside geographic and socioeconomic proximity of users, fueled new Web technologies. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Social Media: A study published in the International Journal of Communication found that during the Arab Spring, Twitter users were more likely to follow journalists, bloggers and activists than news organizations. (Mashable)


  • Cyclones: Nothing to report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report


  • Nothing to report


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