ONS: 24 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 24, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Explosions were heard in Kano, Nigeria, following a week of violence
  • AMERICAS: A former CIA agent was arrested in the US for leaking classified documents
  • ASIA: Hundreds of rebels surrendered their weapons in northeast India
  • EUROPE: The French Senate adopted a bill criminalizing the refusal to acknowledge the Armenian genocide; Turkey condemned the legislation
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two bombs exploded in Baghdad, Iraq, killing eight
  • TECHNOLOGY: A YouTube video suggested Anonymous plans an attack to shutdown Facebook on 28JAN

TOP STORY

  • Iran: Increased global pressure mounts
    • EU agreed to freeze the assets of the Iranian central bank
    • European foreign ministers agreed to ban oil imports starting 01JULY
    • Gold, precious metals, diamonds and petrochemical products from Iran were also banned
    • US vowed to continue to impose new sanctions on Iran
    • Japan and Australia considered cutting crude oil imports in an effort to align with the West
    • Coverage: Reuters, Bloomberg, NYT, Kyodo, Reuters-2

AFRICA

  • Nigeria: Explosions were heard near a police station in Kano, the site of suicide attacks earlier in the week. (AFP)
  • Sudan: UN Security Council condemned a deadly ambush that led to the killing of a UN peacekeeper of the joint UN-AU mission in Darfur. (Xinhua)
  • Tunisia: PM Jebali deplored security breaches indicating they are causing economic havoc. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Region: Canadian and Colombian labor ministers met to examine the free trade agreement that took effect last August. (Xinhua)
  • Region: Due to the booming Brazilian economy, at least 4,000 Haitians have immigrated to Brazil since an earthquake destroyed Haiti in 2010. (DPA)
  • United States: A former CIA officer was charged with disclosing classified information to reporters. (AP)

ASIA

  • India: Hundreds of rebels surrendered their weapons Tuesday as several local insurgent groups formally joined a cease-fire with the government in a step toward ending three decades of insurgency in the northeast of the country. (AP)
  • Korea, North: The air force conducted more winter training than normal despite Kim Jong-Il’s death. (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Police suspected a Kenyan aid worker was kidnapped in the Sindh province. (AP)
  • Pakistan: Pakistan released a report laying out its version of a cross-border airstrike by U.S. and coalition forces that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead, repeating its disagreement with the U.S. version of events. (CNN)

EUROPE

  • Region: Turkey dismissed the French Senate’s passage of a bill criminalizing the refusal to recognize the mention of Armenian killings in 1915 as genocide. (Xinhua)
  • Hungary: PM Orban continued to seek European acceptance by stacking the government with party loyalists, drawing criticism from US. (Reuters)
  • United Kingdom: The government planned to cut penalties for small-scale drug dealers while increasing the severity of jail with more serious offenders. (BBC)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two car bombs exploded, killing eight and injuring 32 others, in a Shiite district in Baghdad. (AP)
  • Israel: Six Israeli diplomatic missions throughout the US and Europe received envelopes containing a white powder, initially thought to be anthrax. (AFP)
  • Syria: The GCC, in a joint statement with the Arab League, decided to pull its observers from the violence-laden country. (Reuters)
  • Yemen: Army forces killed six al-Qaida militants in Abyan during a heavy shelling operation. (Xinhua)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cybersecurity: A YouTube video suggested Anonymous plans to shutdown Facebook on 28JAN. (Mashable)
  • Technology: Google introduced a new feature called “Hotel Finder,” which allows users to find lodging near popular landmarks. (Mashable)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08S (Funso)
    • Location: 550 nm NE of Maputo, Mozambique
    • Movement: S at 4 knots
    • Winds: 115 knots
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: South of the Fiji Islands
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 582.8 km
    • Map
  • Earthquakes: Offshore of Bio-bio, Chile
    • Magnitude: 6.2
    • Depth: 29.7 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (25JAN)

  • Global: Annual World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland.
  • Egypt: National day of celebration commemorating Egyptians’ initial protests against Hosni Mubarak – 2011.
  • Tunisia: US Deputies of State and Treasury visit to discuss economic issues and democratic reform.
  • United States: Department of Defense hosts Cybercrime Conference in Atlanta.

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