ONS: 23 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 23, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The embattled Algerian government repealed a 19 year old emergency law which limited constitutional freedoms.
  • ASIA: Thousands rallied against high food prices in India.
  • EUROPE: Russian President Putin is in Brussels for talks with EU leadership.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Brazil delayed its decision to purchase new fighter jets to due budget cuts.
  • MIDDLE EAST: The Bahraini king is in Saudi Arabia for talks.
  • TECHNOLOGY: The US military plans to connect all soldiers to data-nets.

TOP STORY

  • Libya: Protests continue throughout Libya
    • More evidence is emerging that Gaddafi is using heavy weapons against his own people.
    • There have been reports that the death toll could be as high as 1,000.
    • Countries continue to evacuate their nationals.
    • Coverage: BBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg
  • New Zealand: Search for survivors continue
    • Officials say as many as 400 people may have been killed by Monday’s earthquake.
    • Police imposed a nighttime curfew o\in Christchurch.
    • A two block area around Hotel Grand Chancellor, one of the tallest buildings in Christchurch, was evacuated because of fears it may collapse.
    • Coverage: NY Times, Telegraph, Bloomberg

AFRICA

  • Algeria: The government repealed an emergency law that limited constitutional freedoms.  The repeal of the law was a major demand of protesters. (Al Jazeera)
  • Ivory Coast: Soldiers loyal to President Ouattara ambushed and killed 10 soldiers loyal to President Gbagbo. (AP)
  • Senegal: The government has announced that it is cutting diplomatic ties with Iran over a shipment of weapons found in Nigeria that were meant for Senegalese rebels. (AP)

ASIA

  • India: Thousands of trade unionists marched in New Delhi to protest rising food prices. (Reuters)
  • Korean Peninsula: DPRK called an upcoming joint US/ROK military exercise “mad” and an attempt to provoke a war on the peninsula. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: CIA has avoided launching drone strikes in Pakistan because of fears of civilian casualties (LA Times)

EUROPE

  • Greece: A 24 hour nationwide strike by more than 30,000 citizens turned violent as police and protesters clash.  (WSJ, AP)
  • Belgium: President Putin arrived in Brussels for talks with the EU leadership.  Russia’s entrance into the WTO is expected to be the main topic of discussion. (RIA Novosti)
  • United Kingdom: A British intelligence official admitted MI5 could have stopped the 7/7 bombers if British intelligence had followed up on a tip they received four months before the attacks. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Brazil: The foreign minister announced a delay in a $5 billion fighter deal due to budget cuts. (AP)
  • Mexico: According to recently released Wikileaks documents, drug cartel members were able to obtain copies of President Calderon’s medical records. (EFE)
  • Mexico: The National Commission for Human Rights released a report saying  over 11,000 migrants were kidnapped between April and September 2010. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Region: The top-ranking US envoy for the Middle East, Jeffrey Feltman, will travel to Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, and the UAE, to hold talks with allies about events in the region. (AFP)
  • Bahrain: King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa is in Saudi Arabia to hold talks with his allies over the continuing protests in Bahrain. (AP)
  • Israel: President Obama is expected to nominate his White House point person for Israel, Dan Shapiro, to be the next US ambassador to the country. (Ha’aretz)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • US Military: The US Military is planning to deploy a system known as the Common Operating System that will incorporate low-level soldiers into military data-nets by giving them smartphones. (Danger Room)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 15s (Carlos), Leamouth, Australia
    • Wind: 55 knots
    • Heading: SW at 8 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 17p (Atu), South Pacific
    • Wind: 70knots
    • Heading SE at 22 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to Report
  • Volcanoes: Hawaii

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24FEB)

  • Estonia: Independence Day
  • Kuwait: 20th anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait. All Iraqi troops were expelled on 28FEB.
  • Mexico: Día de la Bandera (Flag Day)
  • Russia: Probe into the death of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky in a Moscow pretrial detention center last November.
  • United Kingdom: Ruling in Julian Assange’s extradition case will be made.

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