ONS: 29 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 29, 2010

KEY STORYLINES:

  • AFRICA: A UN convoy carrying 22 peacekeepers was attacked yesterday in the Ivory Coast.
  • ASIA: North Korea is capable of producing one nuclear bomb a year according to a US official.
  • EUROPE: Israel accused a London Palestinian center of being a branch of Hamas.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Colombian police may have killed one of the country’s top drug traffickers.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran claimed it is now a nuclear country.
  • TECHNOLOGY: McAfee forecasted the top targets for cyber criminals in 2011.


TOP STORY

  • Pakistan: About a half dozen Taliban militants attacked 2 NATO supply trucks in Landikotal
    • “The militants started firing from the hilltop. A driver of one truck was killed on the spot, while his helper and another driver of another truck were injured,” local administrative official Iqbal Khatak said.
    • Coverage: (AFP)

    AFRICA

    • Comoros: Ikililou Dhoinine officially won the presidential polls. (AFP)
    • Ivory Coast: A UN convoy carrying 22 peacekeepers was attacked yesterday in Abidjan; one peacekeeper was wounded by a machete while a vehicle was set on fire. (AFP)

    ASIA

    • Afghanistan: A suicide bomber attack at a bazaar in Barmal left 2 Afghan soldiers dead and 7 injured; 5 civilians were also injured. (AFP)
    • Korea, North: According to former defence chief William Perry, North Korea is capable of producing one nuclear bomb a year. (AFP)
    • Korea, North: The North’s Air Force drills have increased since the Yeonpyeong Island shelling despite a shortage of fuel.
      • Drills have increased 150% compared to December 2009. (AFP)

    EUROPE

    • Italy: 2 devices exploded just outside the office of the Northern League party near Milan this morning; reports indicate 2 large fire crackers were used. (AP)
    • United Kingdom: Israel accused a London-based Palestinian centre of being a European branch of Hamas that is engaged in terror related activities. (AFP)

    LATIN AMERICA

    • Region: Los Zetas drug cartel threatened attacks on civilians in shopping centers and other public places in Guatemala if security forces do not cease their counternarcotics operations. (EFE)
    • Colombia: Police believe they have killed Pedro Guerrero Castillo, one of the country’s top drug traffickers, after years of trying to catch him. (BBC)
    • Haiti: Former interim president Boniface Alexandre warned that the country could fall into civil war over claims of election fraud.
      • Haiti granted the OAS full access to verify the results of the election. (AFP, AFP)
    • Venezuela: Chavez dared the US to sever diplomatic relations because of his opposition to Obama’s nomination of Larry Palmer as ambassador. (AFP)

    MIDDLE EAST

    • Region: Syria and Turkey discussed military cooperation. (Xinhua)
    • Iran: Ahmadinejad claimed Iran is now a nuclear country, implying the country has achieved nuclear energy capabilities. (Xinhua)
    • Iraq: PM Nouri al-Maliki is having the Baghdad military investigate whether security has improved enough to remove hundreds of checkpoints in the city. (AP)

    TECHNOLOGY & COMMUNICATIONS

    • McAfee forecasted that the top targets for cyber criminals in 2011 are Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone, Foursquare, Google TV, and the Mac OS X platform. (TechCrunch)

    WORLD

    • Cyclones: Nothing to report.
    • Hurricanes:  Nothing to report.
    • Earthquakes: Vanuatu

      • Magnitude: 6.6
      • Depth: 31.0 km
      • Map
    • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

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