ONS: 30 December 2010

by TRG Alerts Admin on December 30, 2010


  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast UN envoy warned of genocide.
  • ASIA: Japan to consider using drones.
  • EUROPE: Sale of French warships to Russia raises alarm in Europe.
  • LATIN AMERICA: US revoked Venezuelan ambassador’s visa.
  • MIDDLE EAST: US appointed an ambassador to Syria.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Facebook is the most visited website in the US.


  • North Korea boosts special forces
    • According to a South Korean defense review, North Korea has increased its investment in tanks and special forces.
    • The report noted that over the past two years, the North increased their special forces by at least 20,000, pushing the number to 200,000
    • It also warned the North is capable of a “massive surprise bombardment” on Seoul.
    • Coverage: AFP, BBC


  • Ivory Coast: Youssoufou Bamba, Ivory Coast’s newly appointed ambassador to the UN, warned the country is “on the brink of genocide.” (BBC)
  • Senegal: Police prevented opposition supporters from holding a banned march to protest the squandering of public funds. (AFP)


  • China: Related to Beijing’s decision to reduce legal exports of rare earth minerals, the government plans to heavily crack down on illegal mines. (NY Times)
  • Japan: The defense ministry will research the use of unmanned aircraft for surveillance flights in the next fiscal year, and intends to make a final decision on whether to deploy drones by the end of fiscal 2015. (AFP)
  • Korea, North: Pyongyang attached conditions to its nuclear inspection offer, including seeking payment “about five times higher than the market price” for the sale of 12,000 of its nuclear fuel rods. (AFP)


  • Region: France’s sale of Mistral-class helicopter carriers to Russia continues to raise alarm as Eastern European countries fear the deal will allow Moscow to exert greater control over coastal regions. (LA Times)
  • Armenia: In an attempt to remind Azerbaijan of the dangers of renewing military conflict, the Armenian Defense Ministry announced it has S-300 air defense missiles. (AP)
  • Greece: A strong bomb exploded outside a court in Athens after a warning call enabled police to evacuate the area. (Reuters)


  • Colombia: In the port town of Buenaventura, authorities seized six tons of cocaine that was en route to the US. (AFP)
  • Cuba: According to leaked diplomatic cables, Reporters Without Borders believes the Cuban government is more worried about bloggers than traditional activists. (ReadWriteWeb)
  • Venezuela: The US revoked the visa of the Venezuelan ambassador to the US amid the diplomatic row with Chavez. (BBC)


  • Iraq: Iraq Body Count, a British group monitoring Iraqi civilian deaths, said the number of civilians killed by violence in the past year was the lowest since the 2003 invasion. (AP, BBC)
  • Lebanon: Foreign Minister Ali Shami summoned the British Ambassador to Lebanon to inquire about British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s comments about possible turmoil erupting in the country. (Xinhua)
  • Syria: President Obama bypassed Congress to appoint Ambassador Robert Ford as the first US envoy to Syria in nearly six years. (AFP)


  • World: Facebook.com surpassed Google as the top visited website in the US in 2010, taking 8.93 percent of site visits between January and November 2010. (TechCrunch)


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


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