ONS: 30 January 2012

by TRG Alerts Admin on January 30, 2012

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: AU leaders failed to choose a new chairman for the executive Commission.
  • AMERICAS: Colombian President Santos said that he would consider legalizing drugs.
  • ASIA: Afghan officials plan to meet Taliban representatives in Saudi Arabia.
  • EUROPE: EU leaders are to sign off on a permanent rescue fund for the euro zone.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Iran said it will unveil a new domestically-built unmanned aerial vehicle.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Hackers supporting Syrian President al-Assad attacked al Jazeera’s English website.

TOP STORY

  • Syria: Government increased pressure amid continued attacks.
    • Government troops regained control of Damascus suburbs captured by rebels.
    • The suburbs mark the closest point to the capital the rebels have controlled.
    • Activists called the violence the most intense since the beginning of the uprising.
    • Government media blamed ‘terrorists’ on the detonation of a pipeline that supplies Homs.
    • Coverage: Reuters, AP, AP-2, Telegraph, Bloomberg

AFRICA

  • Region: AU leaders failed to choose a new chairman for the executive Commission. (AFP)
  • Nigeria: Gunmen attacked a police station in Kano for the second time in three days. (AFP)
  • Somalia: Ethiopian troops entered to support the fighting against al-Shebab. (AFP)
  • Sudan: The military freed 14 Chinese workers ‘kidnapped’ by rebels in South Kordofan state. (AFP)

AMERICAS

  • Colombia: President Santos said he would legalize drugs in Colombia if that decision is accepted by the rest of the world. (EFE)
  • Cuba: President Castro ratified the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) as the only legal political organization on the island. (DPA)
  • Venezuela: President Chavez said he would consider nationalizing banks that refuse to finance government promoted agricultural projects. (AP)

ASIA

  • Afghanistan: Government officials plan to meet Taliban representatives in Saudi Arabia. (WSJ)
  • India: The government said it will not cut back on oil imports from Iran despite new US and EU sanctions. (AP)
  • Korea, South: The finance minister called for more time to diversify oil sources amid pressure to join US-led sanctions on Iran. (AFP)
  • Papua New Guinea: Rebel soldiers surrendered their weapons to the government amid promises of general amnesty. (Xinhua)

EUROPE

  • Region: EU leaders are to sign off on a permanent rescue fund for the euro zone. (Reuters)
  • Belgium: A national strike called by unions in protest of EU-ordered austerity measures halted public services. (AFP)
  • Greece: The Finance Minister rejected a proposal from Germany for the EU to take control over its financial decisions. (AFP)
  • Turkey: Foreign Ministry officials denied claims that the country provided funds to Hamas. (Xinhua)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Iran: Defense Minister Vahidi said Iran will unveil a new domestically-built unmanned aerial vehicle. (Xinhua)
  • Iran: Foreign Minister Saleh said the visiting IAEA delegation can choose to extend its stay beyond the three days. (AFP)
  • Iraq: The Obama administration is preparing to begin talks with Iraq on defining a long-term defense relationship. (AP)
  • Palestinian Territories: President Abbas convened the central committee of the Fatah movement to discuss contacts with Israel. (AFP)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Cyber attacks: Hackers supporting Syrian President al-Assad attacked and defaced the al Jazeera English website. (Ars Technica)
  • Social media: Twitter stated the policy of withholding tweets in certain countries based on legal requests would not apply to re-tweets. (TPM IdeaLab)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: Tropical Cyclone 09S (Iggy)
    • Location: 245 NM WNW of Learmonth, Australia
    • Movement: SW at 7 mph
    • Winds: 63 mph
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to report.
  • Earthquakes: Near the Coast of Central Peru
    • Magnitude: 6.3
    • Depth: 39.2 km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Nothing to report.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK (31JAN)

  • Myanmar: Parliament set to hold third session of both houses.
  • Russia: US Special Representative for North Korea Policy Davies visits Moscow to deepen cooperation.
  • South Korea: US Assistant Secretary of State Campbell visits South Korea to discuss various issues.
  • Syria: Arab League Chief Elaraby and Qatari PM al Thani visit Syria.
  • United States: Republican Party primary held in Florida.

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