ONS: 26 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 26, 2011

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Gabon opposition candidate creates opposition government
  • ASIA: Karzai inaugurates Afghan parliament
  • EUROPE: Russian parliament approves START treaty
  • LATIN AMERICA: Government-backed candidate drops out of Haiti elections
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanon back to calm after anti-Hezbollah protests
  • TECHNOLOGY: Germany warns of Stuxnet copycats

TOP STORIES

  • Egypt: Government bans protests day after clashes with police
    • The government barred all public gatherings, protests, and marches.
    • One policeman and two protesters were killed along with 250 injured and 200 detained in an anti-Mubarak rally which rallied tens of thousands.
    • Demonstrators are still calling for a second day of protests.
    • Coverage: NYT, AP, BBC, Al Jazeera

AFRICA

  • Region: The US has warned Americans of a possible February terrorist attack by Somali militants in Burundi and Uganda. (AFP)
  • Gabon: Citing the Ivory Coast as a model, a failed 2009 presidential candidate created a parallel government and vowed to rule the country. (AFP)
    • In response to the challenge, the ruling government abolished the National Union opposition party. (AFP)
  • Tunisia: The country issued an international arrest warrant for ousted premier Ben Ali. (Reuters)
  • Uganda: The army captured a former member of Ugandan National Rescue Front II before his planned grenade attack on a Kampala military base. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: President Hamid Karzai inaugurated Parliament today, giving up his insistence on waiting for a verdict from a disputed tribunal on election fraud. (BBC)
  • Indonesia: More than 1,000 Papuans marched in front of the Jayapura provincial parliament demanding independence. (AFP)
  • Korean Peninsula: The ROK proposed holding working-level military talks with the DPRK in early February, the first of its kind since the shelling of the South’s Yeonpyeong island. (AFP)

EUROPE

  • Albania: US Ambassador Alexander Arvizu urged political parties to drop there protest plans in light of recent clashes that claimed 3 lives. (Xinhua)
  • Russia: Both the lower and upper houses of Parliament approved the START arms treaty with the US, which will eliminate 650 warheads in each country. (AP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Authorities in Arizona detained 17 people in a gun-running network designed to arm Mexican drug cartels. (BBC)
  • Haiti: The government-backed presidential candidate, Jude Celestin, is set to drop his claim to appear on the second-round ballot. (BBC)
  • Mexico: Federal police shot and killed a plain-clothes bodyguard to the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, further fueling tensions between federal and municipal security forces. (AP)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: The Israeli military intelligence head suggested that Tehran is not currently working on a nuclear weapon, but has capabilities to develop one within 1-2 years. (AFP)
  • Iraq: Controversy ensues as the highest court ruled that all independent institutions would fall under the Cabinet and; therefore, the Prime Minister’s direct jurisdiction. (Washington Post)
  • Lebanon: Security officials restored calm in the country after two days of anti-Hezbollah protests. (AP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Stuxnet: The German Minister of Interior warned that hackers are attempting to replicate the Stuxnet virus. (DPA)
  • Wikileaks: In an interview with the AP, Julian Assange indicated he is working to forming partnerships with dozens of media organizations in an effort to accelerate the publication of US diplomatic and intelligence documents. (AP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 08P (Wilma)
    • Location: 555 nm E of Noumea, New Caledonia
    • Winds: 115 knots
    • Movement: WSW at 11 knots
  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 10S (Bianca)
    • Location: 290 nm N of Learmonth, Australia
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Movement: SW at 15 knots
  • Hurricanes:  Nothing to report
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report

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