ONS: 23 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 23, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: The Egyptian parliament held its first session since the popular uprising.
  • AMERICAS: In Guatemala, gunmen killed five and wounded 23.
  • ASIA: A drone attack in Pakistan’s North Waziristan province killed at least five suspected militants
  • EUROPE: EU nations agreed to an oil embargo against Iran’s oil exports.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Mutinies in Yemen demanding the ouster of the air force commander spread.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Polish government websites were disrupted by hacker groups.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Assad government rejects Arab League peace plan
    • The Arab League called for a national unity government within two months.
    • The Syrian government called the plan a violation of its sovereignty.
    • Saudi Arabia withdrew its monitors due to Syrian authorities’ failure to cooperate.
    • The Arab League extended its observer mission for another month.
    • Coverage: AP, Reuters, BBC, AFP

AFRICA

  • Egypt: The lower house of parliament held its first session since a popular uprising ousted President Mubarak. (AFP)
  • Kenya: The ICC confirmed charges against four out of six officials over post-election unrest. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: President Jonathan reiterated the commitment of the government toward combating terrorism. (Xinhua)
  • Somalia: Kenyan and Somali soldiers killed 11 militants in a raid on an al-Shabaab camp. (Xinhua)

AMERICAS

  • Brazil: Riot police stormed an illegal settlement in Sao Paulo state to reclaim the land. (BBC)
  • Guatemala: Gunmen killed five and wounded 23 in an attack on a nightclub. (AFP)
  • Mexico: An attack on a funeral in Guerrero left eight dead. (AP)

ASIA

  • India: A bomb outside the residence of a politician in Manipur killed two. (DPA)
  • Japan: The government asked the International Atomic Energy Agency to set up a permanent office in Fukushima. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: A drone attack in North Waziristan killed at least five suspected militants. (BBC)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU nations agreed to an oil embargo against Iran’s oil exports. (AFP)
  • Croatia: A referendum on EU membership passed with 67 percent support. (BBC)
  • Turkey: The government threatened France with new sanctions over a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian genocide. (AFP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Syria: EU foreign ministers adopted fresh sanctions against military officials. (AFP)
  • Syria: Rebels killed five soldiers at a checkpoint in Homs. (AFP)
  • Yemen: President Ali Abdullah Saleh is heading to the United States for medical treatment after asking his people to forgive him for any “shortcomings” during his 33-year rule. (VOA)
  • Yemen: Mutinies demanding the ouster of the air force commander spread to four air bases. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber Security: Hacker groups disrupted Polish government websites in protest of the government’s intentions to sign a treaty controlling internet piracy of music and video files. (DPA)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Funso)
    • Location: 590 NM NE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: S at 3 mph
    • Winds: 115 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (24JAN)

  • Israel: EU Foreign Policy Chief Ashton meets with Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Lebanon: Anniversary of lawmakers’ protests against Hezbollah – 2011.
  • United States: President Obama makes State of the Union address.

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