ONS: 27 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 27, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: Clashes in Jos left one person dead and several houses burned.
  • ASIA: Pakistan suicide bomber was a teenage girl.
  • EUROPE: Yury Lutzenko arrested for embezzling Ukrainian state funds.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Mexico claimed it has weakened the country’s drug cartels.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Two suicide bombings in Iraq left 7 people dead and 51 injured.
  • TECHNOLOGY: New web-ready gadgets are becoming easy targets for hackers.

TOP STORY

  • At least 6 US drones fired at targets in Pakistan
    • 18 suspected militants were killed in Mir Ali village.
    • A vehicle and compound were also destroyed in the attack.
    • Over 100 drones strikes have been reported this year.
    • (AFP, DPA)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Alassane Ouattara’s call for a general strike to force Gbagbo from office appeared to have failed this morning. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: After the deadly Christmas bombings in Jos, local clashes left one person dead and several houses burned. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Korea, North: A military official said a train carrying birthday gifts for Kim Jong-Un that derailed earlier this month could have been caused by the regime’s opponents.  (AFP)
  • Pakistan: Bajaur Agency said the suicide bomber responsible for killing at least 46 people was a girl between the age of 16-18; the Pakistani Taliban have denied this claim.
    • The UN decided to temporarily suspend food aid in this area as well.  (UPI, Reuters, BBC)

EUROPE

  • Italy: Packages possibly carrying explosives were found in Rome’s Greek and Venezuelan embassies.  (Reuters)
  • Ukraine: Former interior minister Yury Lutzenko was arrested under suspicion of embezzling state funds; he is one of several officials from Yulia Tymoshenko camp accused. (DPA)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Mexico: The government’s Security Cabinet claimed it has weakened the country’s drug cartels, including the Pacific cartel which made up 24% of drug arrests. (EFE)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iraq: Two suicide bombings in Ramadi left 7 people dead and 51 injured. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

  • Mocana, a security technology company, claims new technology gadgets for Internet TVs, smartphones, and other popular web-ready gadgets are becoming easy targets for hackers. (NYT)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Nothing to report.
  • Volcanoes: Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.
    • Karymsky volcano

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