ONS: 24 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 24, 2011


  • AFRICA: Clinton fields online questions, criticism from young Egyptians.
  • ASIA: Arab uprisings spark concern in North Korea.
  • EUROPE: EU urged to revamp asylum rules.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexico arrested a suspect in US ICE agent Jaime Zapata’s killing
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran warships ‘to dock in Syria’: Iran commander.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook friends can now be mapped in Google Maps.


  • Libya: Obama condemns Libya amid stalled evacuation
    • President Obama said the world must speak in one voice against the bloodshed in Libya, though did not call on Gaddafi to resign as Americans are still in the country.
    • Secretary Clinton will travel to Geneva on Monday to meet with top diplomats on how to respond to the crisis.
    • Clinton said all options to stop the violence are on the table, including a no-fly zone and sanctions.
    • Coverage: NYT, LAT, CNN


    • Egypt: Clinton answered questions about US policy on Egypt when she hosted an internet chat on Masrawy.com. (WaPo)
    • Libya: Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) made a statement backing protesters against the Gaddafi regime. (Reuters)
    • Tunisia: US diplomat William Burns said Washington would welcome a “solid partnership” with a democratic Tunisia. (AFP)


    • Korea, North: The regime tightened control on outside information amid growing popular revolts against authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. (AFP)
    • Myanmar: US charge d’affaires, Larry Dinger, consulted with Aung Sang Suu Kyi and Burmese authorities on US aid programs in the country. (BBC)
    • Pakistan: Gunmen in the southwest town of Chaman set fire to two NATO oil tankers. (AP)


    • Region: Italy, Spain, France, Cyprus, Malta and Greece will present joint proposals at an EU interior ministers meeting in Brussels on asylum policies. (BBC)
    • Greece: Thirty thousand demonstrators gathered near parliament to protest against austerity measures. (BBC)
    • Sweden: Wikileaks founder Assange was ordered to Sweden for questioning and possible trial on charges of sexual assault. (LAT)


    • Region: Wikileaks revealed that former President Uribe authorized covert attacks in Venezuela against rebels and drug traffickers. (AFP)
    • Cuba: President Obama urged Cuba to release all political prisoners after the first anniversary of the death of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died during a hunger strike in prison. (AP)
    • Mexico: Authorities arrested Julian Zapata Espinoza, leader of gang related to Los Zetas, in relation to the killing of a US ICE agent last week.
      • The gang leader thought he was attacking a rival gang. (BBC)


    • Region: The two Iranian warships that traveled through the Suez docked are to dock at the Syrian port of Latakia. (AFP)
    • Bahrain: Protests entered their eleventh day as opposition leaders say the government has not met conditions for dialog. (AFP)
    • Yemen: President Saleh ordered security forces to protect protesters after supporters of his regime attacked the protesters. (NYT)


    • A new app called “Where My Friends Be” uses Facebook and Google Maps so users can pinpoint where all their friends are in the world. (Mashable)


    • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Carlos) Warning #16
      • Location: 245 NM WSW of Learmonth, Australia.
      • Movement: SW at 15 knots.
      • Winds: 45 – 55 knots.
      • Map
    • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.


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