ONS: 25 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 25, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Egyptians packed Tahrir for protests and celebration
  • ASIA: President Gilani told Khyber News US drones fly from Pakistan
  • EUROPE: EU ministers backed an illegal migrant agreement with Turkey
  • LATIN AMERICA: Juarez cartel boss ‘the Condor’ Peralta was shot in Mexico
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iraqis rallied to vent anger at the government
  • USA/CANADA: Drug raids across US captured hundreds of suspects
  • TECHNOLOGY: Google tweaked its search to promote “high-quality” sites

TOP STORY

  • Libya: State TV pledged handouts in bid to quell revolt
    • The regime offered each Libyan families $400.
    • Public sector workers were also offered up to 150% raises.
    • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said the international community must “step in vigorously” to end the crackdown against anti-government protesters.
    • Coverage: AFP, AP, Reuters

AFRICA

  • Egypt: Protesters gathered in Tahrir Square to put pressure on the military regime to kick out Mubarak-era cabinet members. (Reuters)
  • Ivory Coast: Unknown insurgents fought Gbagbo forces in Abidjan as residents fled to nearby villages. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Pro-government forces fought Shebab militants in renewed fighting in southern Mogadishu. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: American forces are withdrawing from Pech Valley in Kunar province and moving into the more populated areas of the province.
    • They are being replaced by Afghan troops. (NYT)
  • Koreas: Song Yong Sun, a member of South Korea’s National Assembly’s defense committee, said South Korea is dropping leaflets over North Korea detailing the pro-democracy protests in the Middle East. (Bloomberg)
  • Pakistan: PM Gilani said Pakistan allows the US to fly drone aircraft from its soil and they are used for surveillance of al-Qaeda and Taliban militants. (Bloomberg)

EUROPE

  • Region: Illegal immigrants who arrive in the EU via Turkey can be sent back according to a Turkish-EU agreement. (DPA)
  • Russia: The military might send one or two of its French-designed Mistral warships to the Pacific to defend the Kuril Island chain. (AFP)
  • Slovenia: The government proposed a legal change that would allow the country to accept detainees from Guantanamo Bay. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: Luis Humberto Peralta Hernandez, Juarez boss known as ‘the Condor,’ was killed in Chihuahua city on Tuesday in a gun battle with police. (BBC)
  • Paraguay: Authorities extradited three Lebanese men to the US for drug trafficking as well as selling stolen cell phones and used cars to fund extremist activities in Lebanon. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro accused the US and its allies of fomenting arrest in Libya to seize its oil reserves. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: Protesters planned to honor the 7 victims of a deadly police crackdown as protests entered their 12th day. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Protests occurred across the nation despite calls from PM al-Maliki and cleric al-Sadr.
    • The governor in Basra resigned in front of 10,000 protesters. (NYT)
  • Jordan: The government deployed more than 3,000 security personnel across central Amman in preparation for ‘Day of Rage’ protests. (AFP)

USA/CANADA

  • US: More than 3,000 federal, state and local arrested 450 suspected criminals who allegedly had ties to criminal organizations in Latin America.
    • Agents also confiscated 300 kilograms of cocaine, 150,000 pounds of marijuana and 190 weapons. (NYT)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Google changed its search mechanism to filter out on uninformative sites. The change impacts 11.8% of queries. (Faster Forward)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 15S (Carlos)
    • Location: 400 nautical miles WSW of Learmonth, Australia.
    • Movement: SW at 5 knots over the past 6 hours.
    • Winds: 55 – 70 knots.
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (26FEB)

  • Ireland: General elections take place.
  • Kuwait: National Day is celebrated.

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