ONS: 27 January 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 27, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Security forces fired tear gas and arrested about 30 supporters of the opposition in Gabon
  • ASIA: Japanese and American troops held annual military exercises
  • EUROPE: Two minor bombs exploded in central Athens
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti’s ruling Unity party announced that Celestin has dropped out of the presidential election
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese PM-designate Najib Mikati met with Saad Hariri and other leaders in order to form a Cabinet
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook released new security features for users

TOP STORIES

  • Egypt: Protests continue for a third day, defying a government ban on public gatherings
    • At least 1,000 people have been detained in Egypt since Tuesday.
    • El-Baradei will return to Egypt today. He has supported the protests, and it is likely that he will join them on Friday.
    • Twitter users are celebrating a video of Egypt’s ‘Tianenmen square moment’, where a lone protester halts an armored vehicle. (@habibh, YouTube)
    • Coverage: AFP, @ElBaradei

AFRICA

  • Gabon: Security forces fired tear gas and arrested about 30 supporters of opposition leader Andre Mba Obame at a protest in Libreville. (AFP)
  • Sudan: While the US praised Sudan for its referendum and looked forward to normalizing ties with the country, the US insisted it would not overlook Darfur. (AFP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: IEDs killed 268 American troops in 2010, an increase of 60% from the previous year. (WaPo)
  • Japan: Japanese and American troops held annual military exercises involving 1,500 U.S. troops and 4,500 Japanese personnel. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Admiral Mike Mullen insisted that China is in agreement with the United States on the need to contain North Korea. (UPI)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Roza Otunbayeva said she would dissolve the parliament if “political games” continued. (Itar-Tass)


EUROPE

  • Greece: Two minor bombs exploded in central Athens, but there are no reports of casualties or injuries. (DPA)
  • Russia: Seeking Razdobudko, a member of the Nogai Jamaat, an insurgent group based in Dagestan, in connection with the Moscow airport bombing. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Venezuelan Justice Minister El Aissami and Colombian Defense Minister Rivera signed an accord to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. (AP)
  • Haiti: Jude Celestin has dropped out of the race, according to the ruling Unity Party. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Chavez took back his offer to give up special powers, ones he obtained in December to help fight the floods, after the opposition charged the move as a legislative ‘coup d’etat’. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: 20 Venezuelans have contracted cholera, after visiting the Dominican Republic. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: PM-designate Najib Mikati met with Saad Hariri and other leaders in order to form a Cabinet.  (AFP, Reuters)
  • Yemen: Thousands of protestors in four locations throughout Sanaa, including Sanaa University, are calling on President Saleh to abdicate his rule. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Facebook: Releases new security features for users, after Mark Zuckerberg’s profile was hacked. (AFP)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southeast Iran
    • Magnitude: 5.8 (Iran reported it as a 6.0 magnitude)
    • Depth: 17.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Bromo in East Java

END

Overnight News Summary
Produced by the Rendon Group
27 January 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Security forces fired tear gas and arrested about 30 supporters of the opposition in Gabon
  • ASIA: Japanese and American troops held annual military exercises
  • EUROPE: Two minor bombs exploded in central Athens
  • LATIN AMERICA: Haiti’s ruling Unity party announced that Celestin has dropped out of the presidential election
  • MIDDLE EAST: Lebanese PM-designate Najib Mikati met with Saad Hariri and other leaders in order to form a Cabinet
  • TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS: Facebook released new security features for users


TOP STORIES

  • Egypt: Protests continue for a third day, defying a government ban on public gatherings
    • At least 1,000 people have been detained in Egypt since Tuesday.
    • El-Baradei will return to Egypt today. He has supported the protests, and it is likely that he will join them on Friday.
    • Twitter users are celebrating a video of Egypt’s ‘Tianenmen square moment’, where a lone protester halts an armored vehicle. (@habibh, YouTube)
    • Coverage: AFP, @ElBaradei


AFRICA

  • Gabon: Security forces fired tear gas and arrested about 30 supporters of opposition leader Andre Mba Obame at a protest in Libreville. (AFP)
  • Sudan: While the US praised Sudan for its referendum and looked forward to normalizing ties with the country, the US insisted it would not overlook Darfur. (AFP)


ASIA

  • Afghanistan: IEDs killed 268 American troops in 2010, an increase of 60% from the previous year. (WaPo)
  • Japan: Japanese and American troops held annual military exercises involving 1,500 U.S. troops and 4,500 Japanese personnel. (AP)
  • Korea, North: Admiral Mike Mullen insisted that China is in agreement with the United States on the need to contain North Korea. (UPI)
  • Kyrgyzstan: President Roza Otunbayeva said she would dissolve the parliament if “political games” continued. (Itar-Tass)


EUROPE

  • Greece: Two minor bombs exploded in central Athens, but there are no reports of casualties or injuries. (DPA)
  • Russia: Seeking Razdobudko, a member of the Nogai Jamaat, an insurgent group based in Dagestan, in connection with the Moscow airport bombing. (Reuters)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Venezuelan Justice Minister El Aissami and Colombian Defense Minister Rivera signed an accord to strengthen cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking. (AP)
  • Haiti: Jude Celestin has dropped out of the race, according to the ruling Unity Party. (AP)
  • Venezuela: Chavez took back his offer to give up special powers, ones he obtained in December to help fight the floods, after the opposition charged the move as a legislative ‘coup d’etat’. (AFP)
  • Venezuela: 20 Venezuelans have contracted cholera, after visiting the Dominican Republic. (WSJ)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Lebanon: PM-designate Najib Mikati met with Saad Hariri and other leaders in order to form a Cabinet. (AFP, Reuters)
  • Yemen: Thousands of protestors in four locations throughout Sanaa, including Sanaa University, are calling on President Saleh to abdicate his rule. (BBC)

TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATION

  • Facebook: Releases new security features for users, after Mark Zuckerberg’s profile was hacked. (AFP)


WORLD

  • Cyclones: Nothing to Report
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Southeast Iran
    • Magnitude: 5.8 (Iran reported it as a 6.0 magnitude)
    • Depth: 17.3km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Bromo in East Java

END

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